This is my first flight to China this year. Like finally! I love flights to China! Food is cheap! Everything is cheap! I love chinese food! I live like a Queen whenever I am in China. I re-visited YuYuan (豫园) and you can view my previous post on YuYuan here. I took a cab to YuYuan and the dishonest cab driver wanted to charge me more. The cab fare was RMB46 (SGD9) and I gave him RMB100. He only returned me RMB24 instead of RMB54, thinking that I wasn’t aware of the exact charge on the meter. I was traveling alone, a little scared but still, I demanded for my exact change and luckily he returned. A small tip for women traveling solo is that before you board a cab, you can check with your concierge the approximate cab fare and travel time to reach your destination. Stay vigilant and if something is amiss, do not hesitate to leave and board another cab. So yea, be careful.
I wanted to go to YuYuan because I have a craving for Xiao Long Bao (小笼包) and Nanxiang Steamed Buns Restaurant (南翔馒头店) is well known to both locals and tourists as the place to eat Xiao Long Bao. I wanted to try the famous Xiao Long Bao on my last visit but I did not have enough money and I was very determined to try it this time round. There was a super long queue on the ground level for Xiao Long Bao (10pcs) at RMB20 (SGD4). SO CHEAP RIGHT? The average queue time was about an hour. I tried to queue for 10 minutes and gave up when I noticed that there was a staircase leading to second floor. I went up to the second floor but there was some queue too so I continued my way to third floor. Voilà, there was NO QUEUE.
I was so happy that I did not need to queue and I was given a table immediately. Woah! I did a little research about the restaurant while I was waiting for my food. I then realized that there were 3 different levels of service and pricing at Nan Xiang. The ground level is for take away (forever long queue!) and the cheapest compared to second and third level. The second floor dining level is casual whereas the third level dining level is more formal with more options in the menu. No wonder no queue la! Lol!
I ordered the King Size Nanxiang Crab Roe Steam Soup Bun (蟹黄湯包). I sucked up the broth through the straw. It was super hot but damn shiok! I have wanted to order Nanxiang Drunken Chicken and Chicken Soup but I was informed that these chicken dishes are not available in the menu anymore. I was quite impressed that the restaurant has taken preventive measures against H7N9.
This is my favorite dish, Crab Roe & Pork Filling Steamed Bun (蟹黄小笼). The skin is thicker than the Ding Tai Fung’s Xiao Long Bao in Singapore but gosh, the filling is substantial and soupy. The broth is so much that it fills the spoon and I should have taken a picture to show! Damn good, damn shiok la! Simply the best Xiao Long Bao I have ever tried!
Of cos, I must order the original flavor, Fresh Pork Filling Steamed Bun. The broth was flavorful and rich with fats. However, it will be better if the meat is more tender. And YES, I FINISH EVERYTHING all by myself! The bill only came up to RMB130 (SGD26). Damn worth it with such delicious Xiao Long Bao! I have tried the Nanxiang outlet in Singapore but it is not as good as the Shanghai’s outlet.
I took the train back to my hotel. The 20 minutes train ride only cost RMB4 (SGD0.80). Cheap! When back to my room, I enjoyed my mango bubble bath with coconut scrub (great combination) and then a 2 hour call in full body oil massage. Guess how much the 2 hour full body oil massage cost? ONLY RMB185 which is less than SGD40!! CHEAP AND SHIOK!
I think I deserve to enjoy my life because I work hard… Work Hard, Play Hard and Enjoy life!