Whether you’re someone who knocks back xiao long baos by the baskets or someone that’s keen to try it without having to splurge, we’ve come up with a list of 8 hawker stalls in Singapore that serve xiao long bao that is on par, if not, better than some top Chinese restaurants.
There are some real-deal, restaurant-quality dumplings that you can knock back by the trays without having to feel the pain overspending after. You can thank us later.
Tucked away in a crevice at Chinese Garden is Ah Wei Jing Dian, a humble stall that sells a variety of scrumptious and affordable Chinese food. Each bamboo basket comes with 6 pieces of juicy, fat xiao long baos that are just waiting to be popped open.
347 Jurong East Avenue 1, #01-220
Daily: 6am – 8.30pm
Nearest Station: Chinese Garden
Chuan Qee is hidden away in a nondescript coffee shop at Macpherson. No one would expect that this no-frills stall would sell such delectable, restaurant-quality xiao long baos at such low prices. One bamboo basket contains 8 large dumplings that are chock full of meaty goodness and savoury soup.
7 Stars Coffee Shop
188 Circuit Road
Tel: +65 93222317
Nearest Station: Macpherson
Shanghai La Mian Xiao Long Bao at Alexandra Village Food Centre is one of those places. Serving up a selection of authentic and affordable Shanghainese dumplings and noodles, it’s no wonder the queue for this stall is endless.
We are glad to say that the Steamed Mini Buns 小笼包 (S$5 for 7pcs) were worth standing in the queue for. Steamed fresh to order, each morsel was a burst of soupy goodness encased in a handmade skin that had a good chew. While the xiao long baos were not as uniform as those you would get at restaurants, we weren’t complaining for the price.
TIAN JING LA MIAN XIAO LONG BAO
Tian Jing La Mian Xiao Long Bao is located in a corner of Hougang and here, they serve up baskets of simple yet satisfyingly juicy xiao long baos that are great for when the xiao long bao cravings hit. We recommend that you order some of their la mian to go with it!
#01-37 Ci Yuan Hawker Centre
51 Hougang Avenue 9
Nearest Station: Hougang
Yi Dian Xin is a gem at Upper Serangoon that serves up an array of affordable, quality dim sum. One of our favourite things to order here, of course, is their xiao long bao. The only downside to this place is the fact that each basket only comes with 3 dumplings so you have to order a few baskets depending on how ravenous you are.
1012 Upper Serangoon Road
Teo Seng Eating House
Tel: +65 9168 5587
Wed to Mon: 7am – 3pm
(Closed on Tuesdays)
Nearest Station: Kovan
Tucked away at Beauty World Centre is You Peng Noodle Dumpling House. The dumplings here are served piping hot and fresh, so be careful when you bite into one, you don’t want to burn your tongue! We recommend that you have a basket of this with their zha jiang mian; they go together really well!
144 Upper Bukit Timah Road, #04-23
Beauty World Centre
Tel: +65 6463 5608
Daily: 10.30am – 9pm
Nearest Station: Beauty World
Zhong Guo La Mian Xiao Long Bao is definitely one of the more well known and popular ones on this list. Their stall at Chinatown Complex never fails to have a snaking long queue, but its totally worth it just to get your hands on a basket of this goodness. The skin to meat ratio of the dumplings here is perfect and you can watch them make the dumplings for you by hand through the glass window of the stall.
#02-135, 335 Smith Street
Wed, Fri – Sun: 11.30am – 3pm, 5pm – 8.30pm
(Closed on Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays)
Nearest Station: Chinatown
Zi Yean Bistro is known for their unique and unusual dim sum such as their Cream Of Yam In Watermelon Bun as well as their Steamed Black Truffle Mushroom Bun. Aside from that, however, we also love to order a basket of their classic xiao long baos. The xiao long baos here are the definition of a well-made xiao long bao, and we appreciate the perfect skin to filling ratio as well as how juicy the fillings are.
56 Lengkok Bahru, #01-443
Daily: 8am – 10pm
Nearest Station: Redhill