Actually, the restaurant for xiao long bao and other "mainland Chinese" goodies is just next to Chef Icon.
The restaurant's name is Savor Rye La Mian Xiao Long Bao. I think the owners are Shanghainese from their accent, but I haven't heard them speaking Shanghainese dialect yet. But they are definitely recent immigrants from mainland China, from their accent and the authenticity of the food.
The Husband and I visit this restaurant whenever we miss real "mainland" Chinese food.. not the typical Singapore "Chinese" food.. but those we eat when we were in Beijing and Shanghai.
It is a humble little restaurant with a very extensive menu. As such, not everything is nice but the following dishes we've tried and we think are spot on in terms of flavour and authenticity.
Xiao long bao - almost every table would order at least one of these. Good and cheap (SGD 3.80)
Pan-Fried Bao, or Sheng Jian Bao (生煎包)
- not the best I've ever had but good enough. I haven't found a fantastic one in Singapore
Beijing Zha Jiang Mian (北京炸酱面) - quite authentic and good.
I would prefer more vegetables and less meat though
Hot and Sour Soup (酸辣汤) - this is really good. The best I've had so far in Singapore.
This doesn't come with the wantons. We like to order the Shanghainese wanton separately and add the wanton to the soup. Trust me, you'd want to try it this way as well.. It makes the soup and wanton both better!
Dry Fried Four Seasons Beans (干煸四季豆)
- this dish is very authentic, it tastes like those we often have in Beijing
Garlic Pork slices (蒜泥白肉) - this is a cold dish.
I don't like pork but my family liked this a lot..
This place is a hidden gem.. I'm sure there are other nice dishes as well, but the above are some tried and tested ones. There have been misses too, for sure.. like their Dan Dan noodles.. but overall, this is a really nice little restaurant to visit.. Plus you can pop by next door to buy a Chocolate Trovana cake after your meal too!
Note: Photos of this post are taken over a few trips, hence the difference in lighting and look (some are taken with my phone..)
Savor Rye La Mian Xiao Long Bao RestaurantAdd: 3 Kampong Bahru Road
Tel: +65 6223 5038