Sunday, November 23, 2008

Nanxiang Steamed Bun Restaurant, Singapore

Clockwise from top: Fresh Pork Filling Steamed Bun, King Size Crab Roe Steamed Soup Bun, and Dried Scallop with Shredded Egg Soup

Remember that Bourdain episode where he drank soup through a straw out of a steamed bun in Shanghai? That restaurant has popped up at Singapore's Bugis Junction (200 Victoria Street, #02-53, 6835-7577), and of course featured that awkward-looking straw thing - more properly known as the King Size Crab Roe Steamed Soup Bun. The crab roe's overtones were very pronounced, creating a light yet savory broth that actually wasn't too hot when slurped through that straw.

We also got a number of other items, ranging from the requisite xiao long bao to a few other soups and even some steamed buns stuffed with vegetables. They all fared fine, but as with most Shanghainese food, they were very light in taste - so light that it wasn't enough for me to want to come back...especially since they don't take American Express. Sure, I'll eat here again if I happen to be in the vicinity, but that doesn't happen very often.


Anonymous said...

So cool, a straw for the huge xiao-long-bao! :)

Kian Lee said...

oh..i read ur comments about the light taste. i agree too!
i think the taste was probably just not strong enough to live a memorable craving for it :)