Unlike Crystal Jade in Shanghai, which serves mainly Cantonese food, the Hong Kong branches specialise in Shanghaiese fare. Clever! We started with some pork dumplings. The fillings were very tasty and full of soup but the pastry was a little too thick for me.
Braised lion heads. Very disappointing to say the least. The consistency was all wrong: they were very soggy probably because the mince was way too fine. The sauce was pretty blah and it did nothing to the dish. It didn't even come close to the version I had in Shanghai two weeks ago.
Wonton in soup. Didn't try the soup, the wontons were tasty enough I wanted more.
Noodles with deep-fried pork chops. The chops were extremely greasy and the seasoning was nothing special.
The noodles were hand-made but they were nothing special. Let's say I've had better ones before. Don't think I'll be back in a hurry. Why do people line up to eat at this place?
Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao
Shop 169, L1, New Town Plaza, Shatin, Hong Kong. Tel: 2699-9811