Zhong Guo La Mian Xiao Long Bao 中国拉面小笼包 @ Chinatown Complex Food Centre

Update (Oct 2016): Price for the Xiao Long Bao or Guo Tie is now S$6.

Zhong Guo La Mian Xiao Long Bao

The husband and I were checking out the Chinatown Complex Food Centre for new eats and we stumbled upon this Chinese stall that sells xiao long bao (XLB), dumplings and a decent selection of noodles.

Zhong Guo La Mian Xiao Long Bao

Their XLBs are all handmade on the spot so freshness is definitely guaranteed.

Zhong Guo La Mian Xiao Long Bao

For S$5.50, you get 2 bamboo baskets of 5 XLBs each. These XLBs are possibly the cheapest you can find in Singapore!

Zhong Guo La Mian Xiao Long Bao

I never like XLB with thick skin that can be rubbery sometimes. But look at this – the skin is perfectly thin with a plump, meaty filling. One bite into the XLB, you would get an explosion of steaming hot clear broth which wasn’t laden with (too much) MSG or seasoning. I couldn’t stop popping these delicious mini buns into my mouth – could easily eat another 10 myself, lol.

Zhong Guo La Mian Xiao Long Bao

Their pork & chives potstickers a.k.a. guo tie are also priced at S$5.50 for 10 pieces. I loved that brown paper-thin crust that had formed in the pan while the potstickers were pan-fried; it just gave a really nice crisp. Normally I don’t really fancy chives that much because of their strong flavour but they tasted quite subtle in these potstickers as the sweetness of the pork filling stood out more.

If you’re a XLB and guo tie fan, you just have to check this place out. Highly recommended! 🙂

Zhong Guo La Mian Xiao Long Bao
335 Smith Street
#02-135 Chinatown Complex Market & Food Centre
Singapore 089152
Opening hours:
11.00am to 9.00pm (Wed-Mon)
Closed on Tuesdays


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