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This Famous Spot At Chinatown Complex Draws Insane Queues For Their Fried Xiao Long Bao!

Most of us are probably no strangers to Xiao Long Bao but have you ever given Fried Xiao Long Bao a go? Also known as Sheng Jian Bao, you can actually find this unique and tasty dish at Chinatown Complex Food Centre. Introducing Shang Hai Fried Xiao Long Bao, a popular stall that prepares these delicious delights to perfection!

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Shang Hai Fried Xiao Long Bao At Chinatown Complex

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Opened by Chef Jiang who has more than 25 years of experience in making dim sum and noodles, he has previously worked in notable restaurant chains including Crystal Jade and Paradise Group.

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For those that have never tried Sheng Jian Bao before, the skin is thicker as compared to your typical xiao long bao to withstand being fried and then steamed afterwards. The dumplings are stuffed and wrapped individually before being placed on a gigantic pan for pan-frying to give the bottom layer a delightful crispiness. A lid is then placed on top for them to get steamed.

Fried Pork Buns ($4 For 3pcs)

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Starting off with their signature Fried Pork Buns, they are larger compared to your xiao long bao and have a similar thickness to your typical steamed bao. The bottom has a delightfully crispy layer that adds a slight char as well.

The interior houses a generous amount of flavourful soup and filling, with the pork being juicy and giving a pleasant bite. Additionally, the flavours are bolder compared to your usual xiao long bao, making them reminiscent of your Da Pao (big steamed bun).

Fried Shrimp Buns ($5 For 3pcs)

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Offering Fried Shrimp Buns as well, the flavours are lighter and cleaner compared to the pork version, tasting more closely to the classic xiao long bao. The flavour of the prawn shines through with each bite and its bouncy texture blends well with that of the pork.

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To add some oomph, pair them with vinegar and ginger, and with some chilli for an incredible burst of acidity, spice, and umami that blends together harmoniously!

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Hurry Try Shang Hai Fried Xiao Long Bao Today!

Noodle dishes are also available here such as Zha Jiang Mian ($4.50) and Beef Noodles ($5.50) as well as dumplings like Wanton in Chili Oil ($5.50 for 8pcs) and Leek Steamed Dumpling ($6.80 for 10pcs). Do be prepared to wait as the queuing and receiving of your food can take up to 30 minutes each, especially during the lunch hour. Hurry down for a taste today!

Address: 335 Smith St, #02-104, Chinatown Complex Food Centre. Singapore 050335

Operating Hours: Daily, except for Wed and Fri, 10.30am to 3.30pm & 5.30pm to 8.30pm

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