Last Wednesday, Momo and I met for lunch. It was a short meal because she only had a one-hour lunch break before heading back to work.
Since she’d been here before, I asked, “What’s good to eat?” Momo replied, “Soup rice!”
Turns out that soup rice is a souped-up version of Teochew porridge. Instead of rice in plain porridge water, it’s rice in tasty soup stock with a choice of meat or veggies.
It was very comforting and, I have to admit, far nicer than I’d imagined.
We both love 干煸四季豆, so we unanimously voted to order this classic Sichuan dish! Decently executed, the sweet-salty flavors and slick, crunchy textures paired nicely with our soup rice.
The wantons were pretty good, but the vinegar-chilli oil dressing seemed rather toned down. Could it be that they automatically reduced the chilli because we had asked them to reduce the chilli for the French bean stir-fry?
Big mistake ordering this cold appetizer. The wine was way too strong, to the extent that the chicken tasted bitter. We didn’t like this at all.
On the other hand, their xiao long bao aka soup dumplings were really good. In fact, we ordered another basket after finishing the first!
Surprisingly, these dumplings held a great deal of soup. The broth was clear and robust in taste. I also liked the fact that they were meaty and not too dainty.
Compared to other established xiao long bao specialists like Din Tai Fung and Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao, Imperial Treasure may not be as well-known, but they can certainly hold their own. To see how five xiao long bao specialists measure up against each other, read this article I wrote for inSing.com.
Total bill was S$40.72, inclusive of charges for tea and taxes.
Imperial Treasure La Mian Xiao Long Bao
6 Raffles Boulevard
#02-138J Marina Square (located at Center Stage, next to Central Atrium)
Tel: +65 6338 2212
Open: 11am – 10pm daily