This Michelin-recommended stall serves up juicy and flavourful dumplings from just S$0.60 like xiao long baos, spicy wantons and more

by Kylynn Seng

What’s better than slurp-worthy dumplings? Hint: affordable xiao long baos

Tucked away in Alexandra Village Food Centre, this popular stall that serves up Shanghainese cuisine is no stranger to long queues — the Singaporean testament to good food. Plus, they’ve recently been added to Singapore’s Michelin Guide! Zhang Ji Shanghai La Mian Xiao Long Bao might be a bit of a mouthful to pronounce, but you won’t have any problems remembering its name once you’ve had a taste of their popular dumplings! 

Zhang Ji Shanghai La Mian Xiao Long Bao
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Be sure to order their Steamed Mini Buns (xiao long bao, S$5/6pcs), which are freshly made daily. These dumplings are known for their flavourful and generous pork fillings, making them one of the most value for money xiao long baos around. 

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Their dumpling skin may not be the thinnest, but that also means that it’ll hold the precious soup within. As you slurp up all that goodness, you’ll probably also realise that the soup is a little on the sweet side — but it’s all natural flavouring from the good quality meat. 

Zhang Ji Shanghai La Mian Xiao Long Bao
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Craving for something more savoury? Two other hot favourites include the Szechuan Spicy Wantons and Pan Fried Dumplings (both S$6/10pcs)

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Lao Gan Ma fans, this one’s for you. The spicy dumplings (红油抄手) are packed with delicious pork fillings and wrapped in silky smooth skin that soaks up all the addictive sour-spicy chilli sauce. 

Zhang Ji Shanghai La Mian Xiao Long Bao
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One look at the pan fried dumplings is enough to understand why it’s a crowd favourite — they’re fried to golden brown perfection and have an insanely juicy pork and chive filling. Given the size of these dumplings, you’ll be sure to get the best bang for your buck! 

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If dumplings alone aren’t enough for a meal, you can also get the Lamian w Fried Bean Sauce or Szechuan Spicy Noodles (both S$4.50). The noodles are known to be chewy with a good bite, and like all the other dishes, you’re sure to get a generous portion that’s bound to fill your tummy. 

The next time a xiao long bao craving hits, you know where to go!

Zhang Ji Shanghai La Mian Xiao Long Bao
???? 120 Bukit Merah Lane 1, #01-56, Singapore 150120
???? 11.30am–2.30pm, 5pm–8pm (Thu to Sun), Closed Mon to Wed

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