Monday, 22 February 2016

Jing Hua Xiao Chi ~ 京华小吃 ~

Jing Hua Xiao Chi, is like a family-owned restaurant that specializes in dumplings that is able to meet the taste of Singaporeans. With a total of 3 outlets in Singapore, and more in Japan and Italy, no doubt how Jing Hua Xiao Chi is able to gain the nods of the world, both Asian and Europeans.

I visited the boutique-featured outlet in Singapore, at Palais Renaissance, in the heart of Singapore where youth vibrants and night stays cheerful during the weekends. I reached around 1900 hours on a weekend, and there wasn't a queue or crowd to speak of. It looked pretty quiet, till about half an hour, when I see tables started to get filled. I knew I was in the right place..

Jing Hua Xiao Chi's menu is not the usual kind of Chinese Restaurant where you can order plenty of dishes and eat it with rice. NO! Focus is on their dumplings and noodles, so be prepared if you are expecting a tza-char stall instead.

More like a snacking place for the dumpling-lovers, Jing Hua Xiao Chi also have wines and other alcoholic drinks to complement with their renowned dumplings.

Hot & Sour Soup ($4.00). This immediately reminds me of the Thai's hot & sour soup too, but a milder version that can be widely accepted. While it does not gives you the exact excitement as the Thai version, it still managed to get me into a minute of coughing fits. Looks like I'm really bad at it..

Pan-fried Mixed Seafood & Pork Dumplings ($9.50 for 10 pieces). Resemblance of a mini sausage roll, these crispy open-ended dumplings managed to retain the juiciness of the meat within the roll. Firm dumpling skin that is lightly fried, is definitely a must-order item when I visit them again.

Mixed Seafood & Pork Dumplings ($5.00). Exactly the same as Pan-fried Mixed Seafood & Pork Dumplings, except this time it is the steamed version, and without the open-ended shaped-dumpling, it now looks more like the usual Chinese dumpling we have all seen. Thick and firm skin that doesn't overwhelm its fragrant meat within. Thumbs up again for this!

Little Juicy Steamed Pork Dumplings ($5.00 for 4 pieces). Commonly known as the "小笼包", this has been a hot favorite for the Chinese. Within the delicate dumpling skin contained not only the pork meat, but also the fine-flavoured pork broth. Common way of eating is bite a small hole into the skin and sipped dry the broth inside, beside consuming the rest of its remains. Nearly ordered another basket!

Ended off with a warm dessert, as though I did not had enough of dough.. Rose Water Rice Ball Soup ($4.00) that consist of 5 rice balls, almost each with different filling to give you the enjoyment of having all.

Fillings of black sesame, lotus seed with walnut, peanut paste, and red bean paste submerged in rose water that comes with a very slight bandung taste. I'm kind of a bandung lover, and no doubt how much I love this dessert.

All the dumplings I've tried in Jing Hua Xiao Chi, none of it disappoint me. Dumplings, regardless pan-fried or steamed, manages to surprise me with its juiciness and light broth that does not make me feel sick of it. Overheard a family conversing on the ranking out of the 3 outlets in Singapore, their personal opinion turns out to be ranking number 2 for the outlet at Palais Renaissance. The top-ranked goes to the one at Chinatown though.

Accept Reservation: Yes

Jing Hua Xiao Chi

390 Orchard Road
Basement 1
Singapore 238871

Tel: (65) 6733 8231

Opening Hours
Mon - Sun: 1130 - 1530 hours
                   1730 - 2200 hours

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