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Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao
With a Michelin star rating and rock bottom prices, it’s not hard to imagine what makes this chain so popular. Expect to wait for a table, but don’t worry, even if there are a ton of people outside, it typically won’t be more than 30 minutes. With more than 10 branches in Hong Kong alone, such as in Causeway Bay, Central, and Tsim Sha Tsui, it is a hit among tourists and locals alike.
The service is exceptional, with timely, hot (free) tea refills, and attentive staff, which might explain why the dishes are served so promptly. Watch the chefs in action, pulling and slapping their famous La Mian noodles through the big viewing window.
Signature dishes include of course their La Mian (Shanghai style noodles in broth), Xiao Long Bao steamed dumplings, and generous portion of flavorful Dam Dam noodles, which, with chili flakes on top, give it a nice spicy punch that’s not too hot for rather mild Hong Kong taste. Other favorites are Chicken cooked with Wine, and Broad Beans with Bean Curd Sheets and pickled vegetables
Expect to spend only about HKD 50 – 150 for lunch and dinner.
One branch is located in Tsim Sha Tsui, Harbour City (the longest shopping mall in Hong Kong), conveniently close to many of bars and club s, shopping malls
, and if you’re lucky, you can see the Symphony of Lights at 8:00pm everyday.