This area has been under renovations for a rather long time, and we were pleasantly surprised to find that Ju Hao Xiao Long Bao 聚豪拉面小笼包 (originally from the already closed Lavendar Food Square and now opened in collaboration with MOF) has finally opened on 31st March!
As the shop name suggested, we simply had to try…
- Beijing Zha Jiang Noodles 北京炸酱拉面 ($7.80++): Oohhh, we liked this rather thin and springy noodles. The meat sauce was salty and sweet, while the cucumber strips gave it a refreshing balance. Not bad at all!
- Steamed Salted Egg Dumpling 金沙灌汤小笼包 ($5.80++ for 5, $8++ for 8 pieces): Seems like everything can be “salted-egged” and we simply had to try this. While there was some salted egg sauce drizzled on top of each XLB, and also some sparing bits coated on the minced meat inside. The soup was similar to the normal XLB, with a slight hint of salted egg yolk flavour. The skin was slightly thicker than the versions in Ding Tai Feng and Crystal Jade, but not overly thick. A pity that a couple of XLB were broken 😦 While we overheard some patrons exclaiming that the XLB here was better than DTF, we still preferred the version at DTF… At least we always had our XLB intact there.
- Steamed Chives Dumpling 韭菜鲜肉饺子 ($6++ for 6, $9.50++ for 10 pieces): There was a good mix of chives and meat, this was not bad.
- Pan Fried Cabbage Dumpling 香煎白菜鲜肉锅贴 ($6++ for 6, $9.50++ for 10 pieces): We rather enjoyed the crispy skin and juicy cabbage and meat mix.
- Chilled Bitter Gourd 冰浸玉脆 ($3.50++): While we enjoyed the refreshing coolness, we were kinda surprised to see some of them coated with sugar…
Overall, the food was not bad, but they definitely need some time to hire more staff and have a better work flow. Throughout our meal, there were only 3 wait staff serving the crowd, and almost every table had someone else’s food served to them 😮 The staff were very apologetic and pleasant, but could see that they were rather overwhelmed. Hope that the situation will improve over time.
We will be back to try out more stuff 🙂