Nanxiang Steamed Bun Restaurant @ Plaza Singapura (revisited, 3rd)
Bigdeal.sg brought me back to this restaurant again. Having been very impressed with the food we had during the previous 2 visits, I decided to bring a friend to this restaurant for an early dinner today before we catch Lion King! I have been thinking about the food here but have not given myself enough excuses to get out of the house to eat! Today is my “OFF” day hence can indulged a bit 😛
As we arrived well before dinner time, there were tables available and we were seated immediately. If you want to sit in those specially frames seats as shown above, do remember to make a reservation as they are limited and pretty hot!
Yummy braised peanuts卤花生 ($1) are served while you make your food choices. 🙂
The food were placed on our tables not too long after our orders were put in. First came the Steamed Egg with Clams 蛤蜊蒸蛋 ($6). I just cannot forget the image I saw on bigdeal.sg. The clams were just calling out “EAT ME” and the egg looks so silky smooth. I must say that I am really not a shell food person so to have that effect on me, the food must look really good.
This is our Steamed Egg with Clams. Where are the clams?? They are covered by the eggs and you have to scope them out. The eggs look silky smooth and tasted exactly like that! Yum!
The clams and the shells revealed.
Closeup of my dug-out clams. There are 8 clams in this dish. Every mouth of clam is accompanied by the silky smooth egg. One of my clams ended up with only eggs, not sure where the meat went too.. lol.
Next came the Stir-Fried Green Bean Noodles with Crab Roe 蟹黄粉皮 ($12.80). I love the fragrance of this dish, the texture of the green bean noodle and the combination of the ingredients – crab meat and roe, makes this dish one of my favourite. Be warned that this is one high cholesterol dish so do share with your dining companions.
The “Yuan Yang” Duck Tongue鸳鸯龙舌($8) that one my dinner companions adores. He cannot help giving himself a second serving although this is not the best he has tasted. There were 5 braised tongues and 5 in wine sauce per serving. I think the braised one wins – hands-down!
Braised Beancurd with Crab Meat 蟹黄豆腐($12.80). This way this dish is prepared is similar to the Stir-Fried Green Bean Noodles with Crab Roe except that the green bean noodles have been replaced with beancurd aka Doufu. Not too sure why i ordered this. Perhaps it was the mind remembering things again? 😛 I am not sure why the word braised was used as the beancured were nowhere braised. My recommendation is to get the Stir-Fried Green Bean Noodles with Crab Roe as the beancurd reduces the savoury taste of this dish.
We had wanted to order the Poached Cod fish with Scallion Oil but the waiter pointed out that the fish will not look like the dry version in their menu as the fish will be steamed with the scallion oil. We were puzzled as to how the fish will turned out and hence changed the order to Steamed Cod Fish with Hua Niang Sauce 花酿蒸银雪鱼 ($13) which seems tastier.
Shanghai Pan-Fried Dumpling 上海锅贴 (5 pcs for $5.00)
This is the award winning King Size Nanxiang Crab Roe Steam Soup Bun 蟹黄灌汤包 ($6.80) that I feel you have to try at least once. This bun comes served with a straw as you are supposed to drink the delicious soup inside this big bun. The soup in the bun tasted fresh but somehow lacks the wow factor today. The skin of this bun is not eaten. Just slurp up the soup and ingredients in the bun. 🙂
I have tasted very nice 生煎包 before and hence deecided to try the Nanxiang Shanghai Pan-Fried Pork Bun 上海生煎包 （2 pcs for $3.20). Why is this bun so special? I guess it is because of its preparation method. From the chinese name, this bun is pan-fried “raw” meaning that it is put on the pan immediately after it is made and fried till it is ready.
This bun comes soft and fluffy with a golden brown base. 🙂
Close up of the ingredients inside the bun. Basically it is minced pork wrapped in a bun. The bun tasted sweeter and it balances out with the savoury pork. I find it a little expensive though.
This is a must order if you are a xiao long bao lover – Fresh Pork Filling Steamed Dumplings鲜肉小笼 ( 6pcs for $6). Though the skin on the top is a little thicker than the Ding Tai Fung version, there is more soup in this one at Nanxiang. It must be eaten while it is hot. Just take a small bite on the skin, slurp out the soup in the dumpling, then either eat the remainder on its own or with some shredded ginger and vingear – heavenly!
A satisfying meal though I feel that the standard has dropped a bit. Not too sure if it had anything to do with visiting out of peak meal times but I will still be back if there are good deals to be hunted down! 🙂
Nanxiang Steamed Bun Restaurant
68 Orchard Road
#02-01 Plaza Singapura
Tel: 6337 7446
Weekdays: 11:30 to 10pm
Weekends: 11am to 10pm
Photos taken with SE C905