I've been recently eating a spate of Shanghainese food hence these frequent posts about soupy dumplings, so do forgive me! Strangely enough, although these tiny dumplings' quality should remain the same at every restaurant, there are such marked differences between them. Another thing I also noticed was how ugly they look when they reach one's table. For instance, if I had taken a picture of these four dumplings together, you will notice the differences straight away.
Must admit that Dragon-i's food has never impressed me and a recent visit to their latest outlet at the Curve reconfirmed why. Their xiao loong baos weren't fantastic - skin was slightly too thick and dry on top. Although their soup and filling was tasty, I was dissapointed with the skin. Another point I noticed was their meat filling is a deep pink colour versus the others indicating the use of dark soy sauce to flavour the filling. One good thing is they have recently switched to using cabbage leaves to line the base of the steam basket instead of paper ala Crystal Jade.
Am sure this has been featured so many times - Lai Mian with Pork Ribs. The ribs are deboned and flattened. With a slight taste of garlic, it's deep fried till crispy. Accompany it with a hot bowl of Lai Mian. Texturewise, the noodles were definitely better than my first visit long ago hence I enjoyed it.
I recently had a great bowl of Lai Mian and Pork Ribs at Soho by Jun in 1 Utama. Nope no pictures as I gave the camera a holiday. Moreover, I heard that they don't encourage people to snap pictures there. Although the noodles was good, I was appalled with their signature flowy custard buns. So difficult to eat unless you didn't mind bright yellow salted egg custard all over your face. Moreover difficult to remove from the paper casing especially piping hot.
Back to Dragon-i, we tried the Honey Eel as I was told it's pretty good here. I quite liked it as the eel is fried till crunchy and coated with a sweetish sauce.
I wanted to compare the fried rice with Nanxiang Mantou Dian downstairs hence we ordered a portion of it fried with preserved greens. Didn't like it much as I felt it was slightly soggy with oil.
Overall, I kinda felt food at this joint wasn't fantastic and I guess it will be a while before I return here.
*Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here is entirely based on my personal tastebuds and may vary for others. The reviewer also declares that she has not received any monetary or non-monetary compensation from the restaurant/stall for writing this review.
Tagged with: Xiao Loong Bao + Shanghai Food