Monday, September 04, 2006

Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao

Sometimes there are great restaurants that I want to visit but they never come to my mind when I'm in the area. Somehow or other I find myself in the Bukit Bintang area quite often but I never remember to visit Crystal Jade despite having read so many of our local food bloggers rave about it. Thankfully ST is a lot less forgetful than I am. One fine day last month we were able to try Crystal Jade for ourselves and we're really glad that we did.

I've placed Crystal Jade's address at the bottom of the post but I doubt that would help in explaning its exact location. Basically it's located in the Lot 10 building but is only accessible through the outside of the building. Crystal Jade directly faces Sungei Wang Plaza. To get there use the sidewalk and go past Secret Recipe towards Parkroyal Hotel. Keep an eye on your left, you should be able to spot Crystal Jade.

We were hungry that day so I ordered a little bit extra. Aside from a bowl of noodle for each of us I ordered an additional soup and a basket of Xia Long Baos. That was a BIG mistake because their servings are surprisingly generous. The must try item here is the Xiao Long Bao. After all it actually forms part of the restaurant's name! What about the La Mian you ask? Well read on to find out.

Spicy and Sour Soup (RM8.00).

It's everything the name says it is; spicy and sour, though more spicy than sour. I really liked this. It was a good appetizer. Probably not going to order it next time though. You want to save some space in your tummy for the Xiao Long Baos!

La Mian with Spicy Sauce (RM10.00).

You can't see the noodles in this dish but trust me it's there. This dish was OK. The sauce was a little more spicy than I expected and it was filled decently with minced meat (pork perhaps... I can't really remember).

Shanghai Xia Long Bao (RM7.00).

Truly one of the better Xia Long Baos I have eaten. This one comes as a definite recommendation. Honey Star once asked me in a previous blog post if I knew that the proper way of eating a Xiao Long Bao was to pour the soup from the dumpling out first. Well I still can't figure out how to do it properly... do you poke the dumpling open first or what? Anyone knows?

Shanghai Noodle with Meat and Cabbage (RM13.00).

This was a recommendation from the captain. It's thick la mian which is cooked with meat and cabbage. What's special about this dish is that the cabbage is stewed first then the noodles are added in and fried. This gives the noodles a nice cabbagg-y taste. It tastes a lot better than it looks. Incidentally it looked a lot better in the menu.

Barley with Lemon (RM2.50).

I'm featuring this barley with lemon drink because it's actually a very nice combination. How come so few people selling barley in Malaysia offer a lemon add on? :P

In conclusion I heartily recommend you try out Crystal Jade if only for their Xiao Long Baos. Their noodles are decent but not great. Read the links below, boo_licious from masak-masak had a great time with their snacks so that's something to look out for. I liked this place a lot better than dragon-i.

One funny thing you'll notice about this place is that nothing they serve you actually looks like how it's represented on their menus. Not that what you get served looks ugly it just doesn't look like what you ordered!

R2 Annexe Block
Lot 10 Shopping Centre
50 Jalan Sultan Ismail
50250 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 2148 2338
Business hours: 11 am to 10 pm daily

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posted by wyejon at Monday, September 04, 2006 (permalink) |

6 wise words from our readers:

a golden opinion from Blogger boo_licious

Most hawkers don't serve barley with lemon as lemon is more expensive vs the local lime. Strangely in Sabah, they seem to love lemon as their popular drink is hot tea with lemon slices.

On how to eat yr Xiao Loong Bao - guess it's individual taste depending on what you like as isn't it yr tastebuds you are satisfying? I like to suck up the soup with the hole on top but I did read that you are supposed to place it in a spoon, nibble a bit to allow the steam out and then savour the soup and meat slowly with ginger and vinegar.

4:05 AM  

a golden opinion from Blogger wyejon

boo_licious: yeah... i bite off the top and suck up the soup first too. That just seems the most natural way to eat it :)

10:53 PM  

a golden opinion from Blogger Meiyen

whoa...i like barley with lemon! da last time i had this drink was at KTZ, Kepong. Not too sure if KTZ, SS2 offer this drink...

9:41 AM  

a golden opinion from Blogger Jackson

my way of eating siu long bao is give a small bite on the skin, then let the soup pour onto the soup spoon, sip the soup, then place some ginger and vinegar on top of the siu long bao again, swallow the whole thing!! Yummy!

2:00 PM  

a golden opinion from Blogger Honey Star

I like the xiao long bao in Crystal Jade. The best I had! I had some pork chop noodle last time n it was pretty good too. Love love love the dried chillie in oil. YUMMY

Crystal Jade is so much better than C Jade Express. Eating in there is like eating in some fast food chain. Sit, eat and run....cannot enjoy the food at all.

11:30 PM  

a golden opinion from Anonymous Anonymous

I like the way u does talk about food, welcome to join us at

1:35 PM  

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