If you are looking for real good Dumplings, Jing Hua Xiao Chi is the place to go. The price is relatively high for a eating house but perhaps this is the price you need to pay for a quality food.
Jing Hua Xiao Chi 京华小吃 – One of the best dumplings around
Xiao Long Pao (Chinese dumplings) and pan-fried dumplings are the top favorites of my son, he was elated when we told me the plan to visit one of the best Xiao Long Pao and pan-fried dumplings – Jing Hua Xiao Chi 京华小吃.
We chosen the Neil road which is the birth place of Jing Hua Xiao Chi, if anything has to be the best, it has to be the mothership.
Boiled Dumplings 三鲜饺子
The filling was simple, minced pork, Chinese chives and may be egg or prawns but not distinct, the boiled dumplings were juicy and tasty, dumpling skin was chewy and not too thick that will taste like rubber. Not too bad for a boiled dumplings.
Xiao Long Bao 小笼包
Jing Hua Xiao Chi gained its fame from its famous Xiao Long Bao, however, we could not fully appreciate the goodness of a good Xiao Long Bao here, though the content under the wrap was juicy but the seasoning somehow more tame than what we expected. Overall Jing Hua Xiao Chi Xiao Long Bao may be acceptable but there are some real good and better one around to give it a run.
Pan-fried Dumplings 煎饺
If we have to pick the best from Jing Hua Xiao Chi, pan-fried dumpling was undoubtedly garnered all our supporting votes.
The dumplings are different from the traditional closed end dumplings, the pan-fried dumpling are folded to leave both ends open, filling was similar to the boiled dumplings, the slight crispiness on the skin and nice dumplings texture with the flavourful filling was such a temptation that our chopsticks moving back and forth non-stop to gobble down plates of pan fried dumplings. One of the best pan fried dumplings for sure.
Jing Hua Xiao Chi is smart enough to make use of the same fillings to create different version of their specialty and Chinese pizza is one of them. The crispy crust is stuffed with the similar juicy filling made from vegetables and pork. Another nice dish that we enjoyed.
Zha Jiang Noodle 炸酱面
The Northern Chinese wheat noodle was lavishly doused with zhajiang sauce that made of ground pork with fermented soybean sauce and seasoning. Texture of noodle was spot on and a quick stir of sauce with the noodle was followed by non-stop slurping sound from the table.
The crispy cucumber and bean sprouts add a refreshing contrast to the umami-flavored sauce.
Red Bean Pancake 豆沙锅饼
The Shanghai pancake is one of our favorites, the Chinese dessert has a crispy skin that goes well with the fragrance red bean paste.
Our verdict on Jing Hua Xiao Chi
If you are looking for real good Dumplings, Jing Hua Xiao Chi is the place to go. The price is relatively high (>$70 for above with repeat order for Pan-fried dumpling) for a eating house but perhaps this is the price you need to pay for a quality food.
21 Neil Road, Singapore 088814 Tel: +65 6221 3060
Rochor Road 159 Rochor Road, Singapore 188434 Tel: +65 6337 7601 Orchard
Palais Renaissance #B1-04/05 390 Orchard Road Singapore 238871 Tel: +65 6733 8231
Neil Road Lunch from 11.30am to 3.00pm Dinner from 5.30pm to 9.30pm (Closed on Wednesdays)
Rochor Road Lunch from 11.30am to 3.30pm Dinner from 5.30pm to 10.00pm All day weekends and public holidays
Palais Renaissance Lunch from 11.30am to 3.30pm Dinner from 5.30pm to 10.00pm All day weekends and public holidays