Thursday, July 4, 2013

Ju Hao Xiao Long Bao


During one of the family food hunts at Lavender Food Centre few months ago, one of our surprise finding was Ju Hao Xiao Long Bao stall. Compared to other stalls, you can actually watch how the food is made LIVE like an open kitchen as the owner from China makes all the dough from scratch. 
The Xiao Long Bao ($5.50 for 8) are much bigger than those found in restaurants. Though some may find the skin a little thick, the ratio of dough to meat is well proportioned.
The lighter meat colour indicates a lesser use of soy marinade and thus the natural pork juices are preserved. Another "HOT" item is the 旦旦面, or spicy bean paste noodles with minced meat ($4.50).
However, the thick red gravy is sweeter and less fiery than it looks. That said, the yellow noodles were well-pulled and had a nice texture. Old Dad who loves his cuisine from China found this rather average.
Overall, I like this place because one can find (authentic) quality Chinese food at wallet-friendly prices. Out of the two items, I would also recommend the Xiao long Bao more than the noodles. Nonetheless, there are many items including pan fried spring onion pancake, etc that would draw me back. If you come across any other good items from this stall, do drop a msg on my fb page.
Ju Hao La Mian Xiao Long Bao聚豪拉面小笼包
Lavender Food Square Blk 380 Jalan Besar, #01-29
Opening hours: Daily 11:00am-11:00pm

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