Crys­tal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao / Jiang Nan

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Part of the ac­claimed Crys­tal Jade brand, Crys­tal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao show­cases dishes in­spired by China’s Jiang­nan re­gion, which en­com­passes cities like Wuxi, Shaox­ing and Shang­hai. The area is famed for its skill­fully crafted snacks and del­i­ca­cies, many of which can be found on the menu here.

Whet your ap­petite with Wuxi-style deep-fried white­bait or the very mor­eish deep-fried fish skin coated with salted egg. Don’t un­der­rate these small plates that kick start the meal as they pack a wallop of flavour. An­other must-try is the colour­ful as­sort­ment of xiao long bao, dainty steamed dumplings brim­ming with aro­matic broth and var­i­ous fill­ings. Apart from the orig­i­nal pork xiao long bao, there are myr­iad other op­tions avail­able, in­clud­ing salted egg yolk, chilli crab and mush­room.

The hand­made Szechuan la mian (pulled noo­dles) is a sig­na­ture here. Try the chilled la mian with spicy chicken, pre­served egg and cu­cum­ber— the bright, fiery flavours will sur­prise and de­light. Other main dishes that im­press in­clude the sautéed egg white with fish and con­poy, and the deep-fried diced chicken with dried chill­ies.

This be­ing a Crys­tal Jade restau­rant, there is a com­pendium of de­pend­able stan­dards like fried rice and noo­dles, and of course, dim sum. End the meal on a re­fresh­ing note with the honey aloe vera with os­man­thus, or for tra­di­tional favourites such as red bean paste pan­cake. Vivoc­ity, #01-52, 1 Habourfront Walk, Sin­ga­pore 098585

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