They often say, "the more expensive, the better". But does that really hold true? From October to December, we compare your all-time favourite dishes at different price points, and let you decide for yourself what's value for money!
This month, we're all about the juicy, and oh-so delicious Xiao Long Bao! With minced pork and delicious broth enveloped in a translucent dumpling skin, you can find this world-famous dumpling in many cities worldwide.
From the affordable and flavour-packed options at hawker centre stalls to decadent and indulgent choices at fine dining restaurants, this Shanghai speciality and perennial favourite is a must-order on any menu, and we invite you to join us in unconvering the steaming baskets of this delectable treat!
To protect and promote the cultural heritage of the dish, Xiao Long Bao was added to Shanghai's list of protected traditional treasures in 2006.
The dish was likely invented in the 1870s, when gelatin made from a meat stock was added into minced pork for the dumplings. Upon steaming, the gelatin liquifies into a delicious broth.
A man sampled the dish in 52 restaurants in Shanghai over a year, and created the Shanghai Soup Dumpling Index.
There are supposed to be 14 pleats on each Xiao Long Bao, which seals the dumpling intricately. Some chefs still adhere to this standard religiously.
Post a photo of your Xiao Long Bao (yes, any XLB!) on Instagram and hashtag #ChopeSG #ChopeDOTM to stand a chance to win a $50 voucher to Yum Cha Restaurant 飲茶酒樓!
Find out what's the difference between these Xiao Long Baos!
PRICE: $0.65 per piece
Some may think a 65 cents-per-piece XLB may be "cheap", but the ones served at this little stall tucked away at Zion Riverside Food Centre is anything but. Value for money, outstanding quality, and with a chill riverside vibe to boot, how can we complain?
PRICE: $1.60 per piece
Pop by one of the outlets of this much-loved Dim Sum haven, and have a taste of their juicy Xiao Long Baos and other dim sum favourites. Be sure to make a reservation before heading down, 'cause we hear the snaking queues are never-ending!
Find out where to get your fix!
Find yourself transported to another dimension at this stunning restaurant, as you walk through their striking antique doorway and taste some of the finest Cantonese Dim Sum and delights!
If you've never been to Crystal Jade's La Mian Xiao Long Bao concept, you're truly missing out. Reinventing the classic with flavours like Salted Egg Yolk, Chilli Crab, and Mushroom, this popular eatery has got us all daydreaming about XLBs all day long.
If you didn't know they serve dim sum, now you do! Only available at the VivoCity outlet, their Dim Sum selections are equally as good as their famed seafood dishes!
If you catch yourself in Orchard and craving some Xiao Long Bao goodness, you know where to go. Impeccably prepared, trust us when we say you won't be disappointed!