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Rong Xing La Mian Xiao Long Bao Review: Guo Tie And XLB From $0.60 In Redhill

18th January 2023

Rong Xing La Mian Xiao Long Bao has $0.60 dumplings in Redhill

rong xing la mian xiao long bao - flatlay

I’ve often been bitten by my decision to order dumplings at hawker stalls, finding myself disappointed by thick, floury skins and overly porky-tasting fillings. On a visit to Redhill Food Centre recently, however, I discovered Rong Xing La Mian Xiao Long Bao, which is popular for their $0.60 dumplings and spread of noodle dishes—and concluded that all is not lost.

rong xing la mian xiao long bao - storefront

There is quite an extensive menu at the stall, which operates from 9:30am every day, so if dumplings for breakfast is your jam, this one’s for you. While the noodles and dough are not made on the premises, the dumplings and xiao long bao are wrapped here.

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Food at Rong Xing La Mian Xiao Long Bao

rong xing la mian xiao long bao - guo tie

We started with their Chive Pork Pan Fried Dumpling ($6 for 10), which came piping hot. There’s also a Cabbage Pork version, which I would love to come back on a separate occasion for.

rong xing la mian xiao long bao - guo tie cross section

It was a pity that biting into this didn’t reveal any scalding zhup within, but the skin of this guo tie was quite pleasantly thin, with a chunky lot of tasty chive-pork filling.

rong xing la mian xiao long bao - guo tie with chilli

Pair it with some of their house-made chilli, and buy yourself some to bring home at just $4 a bottle. If you find that too much of the pork filling is too jelak, the spice, plus vinegar, does cut through it.

rong xing la mian xiao long bao - xiao long bao

We also ordered a basket of Xiao Long Bao ($4 for six), which works out to $0.67 a dumpling. If you order a basket of 10, that goes for $6.50, or just marginally cheaper a piece.

rong xing la mian xiao long bao - making xlb

Each dumpling is wrapped by hand at the stall, and generously stuffed.

rong xing la mian xiao long bao - xlb closeup

Don’t come expecting translucent, paper-thin skins—these are a little more rustic than the restaurant-quality types. But the xiao long bao skins are sufficiently delicate that you can see the soup they hold.

rong xing la mian xiao long bao - xlb soup

I broke a hole in one just to check, and true enough, a small flood of soup spilled out.

rong xing la mian xiao long bao - xlb cross section

As with the guo tie, we found the pork filling well seasoned. I had a slight gripe with the tip of the xiao long bao being too thick, but at $0.67 a dumpling, I’m not going to complain.

rong xing la mian xiao long bao - xlb with ginger

For the ultimate experience, stack your xiao long bao with vinegared ginger and pop it all into your mouth.

rong xing la mian xiao long bao - noodles with braised pork rib

Of the 18 noodle dishes on their menu, the Noodles with Braised Pork Rib ($5) caught my eye, not least because its Chinese name read 特色排骨刀削面 (tè sè pái gǔ dāo xiāo miàn), or Special Pork Rib Noodles.

rong xing la mian xiao long bao - braised pork noodles ingredients

When it was served, I was surprised by the herbaceous scent that wafted off this bowl. Apart from large pieces of tender, pull-apart pork, we also found long-stemmed dried mushrooms, which had an earthy, pleasant sort of woody flavour.

rong xing la mian xiao long bao - noodles with braised pork ribs

The soup tasted just as good as it smelled, though you might note that my colleagues and I aren’t averse to herby tastes. We found it moreish and addictive, nicely balanced with the savoury braised pork.

I had initially thought that the broth would not be able to cling to the thick, knife-cut noodles. I was wrong—in fact, the noodles still had a nice bite even after they’d sat in the soup, and were even tastier.

rong xing la mian xiao long bao - dan dan mian

Rounding off our meal here was Si Chuan Dan Dan Ramen ($4.50), which is pretty cheap for such a large bowl of noodles.

rong xing la mian xiao long bao - dan dan mian soup

While it looked fiery, the dan dan mian broth wasn’t too spicy. It wasn’t viscous and thick either, though you could still taste the peanut in this.

rong xing la mian xiao long bao - dan dan mian noodle lift

As with most dan dan mian, it’s topped with some minced meat. Since these noodles are much thinner than the dao xiao mian, it’s advisable to eat them with more haste, or they will get soggy.

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Ambience at Rong Xing La Mian Xiao Long Bao

rong xing la mian xiao long bao - ambience

Rong Xing La Mian Xiao Long Bao is located in Redhill Food Centre, which is just four minutes away from Redhill MRT Station. The stall is located in one of the central aisles here, but the space is well-ventilated so you won’t feel stuffy while dining. Even though we were there pretty early in the day, it was quite bustling with activity and many tables were taken. Consider sharing a table, or getting your meal to go!

The verdict

rong xing la mian xiao long bao - verdict

For what it is, Rong Xing Xiao Long Bao is definitely worth heading to for their dumplings and noodles. My colleague, who is moving to the area soon, even bookmarked the stall for her future meals. And honestly, the price point of the guo tie and xiao long bao makes it hard to resist, especially if you’re the sort who eats 20 dumplings a meal.

Also at Redhill Food Centre is Redhill Pork Porridge, which only serves one dish for three hours each day! For more dumplings, consider Abundance, which is just down the road, and serves Din Tai Fung-style Taiwanese grub.

Address: 85 Redhill Lane, #01-77, Redhill Food Centre, Singapore 150085
Opening hours: Daily 9:30am to 9pm
Rong Xing La Mian Xiao Long Bao is not a halal-certified eatery

Photos taken by Chew Yi En.
This was an independent review by Eatbook.

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Rong Xing La Mian Xiao Long Bao Review: Guo Tie, XLB And Dandan Mian From $0.60 In Redhill
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Summary

Pros

– Big hearty portions with low prices
– Tasty food

Cons

– Tip of XLB was too doughy
– Guo tie had no soup inside

Recommended dishes: Pan Fried Dumplings ($6), Xiao Long Bao ($4/$6.50), Noodles with Braised Pork Ribs ($5)

Opening hours: Daily 9:30am to 9pm

Address: 85 Redhill Lane, #01-77, Redhill Food Centre, Singapore 150085

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