Feel that Old Shanghai vibe?
Xiao Long Bao: Six colorful varieties of xiao long bao (Chinese steamed soup dumplings) in different flavors. Simply put, they’re warm soup filling wrapped under a coating of dumpling skins. If the skins are thick, you might get away with biting your first half without pouring out the soup inside. Personally, I’m more of a soft-skin type, as the mild taste of an almost-transparent dough would blend into the hot, sapid soup in your mouth. As someone who’s been eating xiao long bao all my life, I decided to try these colorful kinds I’ve seen a lot lately on menus in various Chinese restaurants. Fook Yew’s xiao long bao, though good, is still not the best that I’ve eaten, in terms of how the quality of dumpling texture and soup flavors are combined. It may just be personal taste. However, for someone who’s never munched on these watery dumplings before, I recommend trying Fook Yew’s first before you try them elsewhere. Careful not to spill too much – it might get messy during your first bite!
Crispy Rice Dori: This is something new (and crumbly, for sure). Maybe it’s just me, but the rice crisps tasted somewhat like Quaker Oats Lightly Salted Rice Cakes. The popcorn feel tasted familiar, yet it was the perfect combination with some salty, well-baked fish fillets, especially when it’s bathed under the mild and sweet corn soup. Definitely an original take from the same old, soggy porridge.
Chicken & Prawn Sheng Jian Bao: Perhaps it’s destiny for mushy doughs and bulky meats. This palate is another original approach. Steering away from traditional pork buns comes along fresh, juicy prawns and chicken fillings all showered with a warm sea of savory soup. Right after your first bite, remember to have a soup spoon underneath your chin to catch all the dripping waters out of your lips. Slurp the liquid off your spoon. Hmmm. Warm, oozy, tasty. Perfect as a halal food.
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