Sunday, November 10, 2013

Jing Hua Restaurant (京华小吃), Neil Road

Wow, these pan fried guo tie from Jing Hua (21 Neil Road, tel : +65 6221 3060) were really really good. It's literally flavors of nostalgia for me having grown up with the ones from Tian Jin Fong Kee down at People's Park. These had that exact crisp and umami flavors from the savoury stuffing of meat and greens. The shape was just a little odd as the dumplings looked like they've had their ends chopped off.

If not for anything else, I'd definitely come back just for them pot stickers again.

Their zha jiang mian was actually a little disappointing. The gravy had a little too much starch and not robust enough flavors. The chilli paste condiment they provide on table side certainly elevates this but surely we've had better.

This rocks quite a bit as well. It's tastes to be a different beast from most xiao long bao altogether. Exactly what about the flavors that differ eludes me. The meat stuffing weren't as tightly packed and the dumplings as a whole were good enough on their own without the usual vinegar drippings.

There wasn't much for desserts in this restaurant, but this was tang yuan in osmanthus soup. The flavors really caught us off as it tasted very much like rose rather than what we had in mind for osmanthus. I mean Paul Smith's Rose kind of rose. It's nice though.

Will definitely be back.

1 comment:

ice said...

I read somewhere that a traditional guo tie is shaped like this, longer and thinner & with both ends left open, as opposed to jian jiao 煎饺 which are the usual crescent shaped "guo tie" we get elsewhere.