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Yu Long Quan Review: Halal Salted Egg And Chilli Crab Xiao Long Bao At Changi Airport

28th March 2019

Yu Long Quan at Terminal M

Yu Long Quan Terminal M - Flatlay

After walking through the expansive glass doors at Terminal 3 and taking the elevator down to B2, we arrived at Terminal MIn the aviation-themed food court were suitcases strewn across a feature wall and elongated tables designed to look like runways. It felt like we were being immersed in a kid’s dream.

Yu Long Quan Terminal M - making Xiao LOng Bao

In particular, a stall named Yu Long Quan piqued our interest. They sold salted egg xiao long bao and, my favourite, spicy wanton.

Before long, masterful hands with almost a decade of experience fashioned an incredible feast for us.

Food at Yu Long Quan

Yu Long Quan Terminal M - Xiao Long Bao

Have you seen the insanely colourful array of xiao long bao at Paradise Dynasty? Well, Yu Long Quan serves something close. 

They have a 6 in 1 Chicken Dumpling ($13 for six pieces) – salted egg yolk, laksa, chilli crab, black pepper crab, bak kut teh, and original. Each dumpling distils the essence of each iconic Singaporean dish.

Yu Long Quan Terminal M - Salted egg xiao long bao halal

I tried the salted egg yolk chicken dumpling first. There was a slight tinge of yellow on the tip; a sort of prologue to the salted egg yolky goodness cloaked within.

Yu Long Quan Terminal M - Xiao Long Bao Dumpling gif

As I broke into the dumpling, molten salted egg yolk slowly filled the spoon.

Yu Long Quan Terminal M - Salted Egg Xiao Long Bao Break Open

It tasted as I expected. A cloying tang of salted egg yolk blended well with the rich chicken oils.

The skin also possessed a certain translucent thinness, which, thankfully, did not break apart easily.

Yu Long Quan Terminal M - Plain xiao Long Bao

For a better analysis of the chicken filling, I embarked on the original. It tasted eerily similar to pork-based xiao long bao. The soup had a profound cartilage brininess that draped my mouth in an unctuous layer of collagen. It was then fortified by a dense chicken mince, making this parcel a bombardment of meatiness.

Yu Long Quan Terminal M - Bak Kut Teh Xiao Long Bao

Unfortunately, a few flavours such as bak kut teh and black pepper crab are not yet available to the public. A discerning diner can only wait in anticipation.

Yu Long Quan Terminal M - chilli wanton

I saw the chef lather copious amounts of spicy vinaigrette onto the slithery fans of Wanton with Vinegar Chilli ($8.50).

As they steamed, salivatingly tart and piquant aromas permeated the air.

Yu Long Quan Terminal M - Chilli Shrimp Vinegar Wanton

It had such a dynamic spectrum of flavours: sweet, vinegary, umami and spicy. A mellow sweetness from the chicken filling exposed a vinegary tartness. This is followed by a umami punch from the soy marinade and a lingering heat from the Sichuan peppercorn.

Yu Long Quan Terminal M - Chicken Chop Fried rice

I was convinced that the Fried Rice with Chicken Cutlet ($13.50) could have passed off as Din Tai Fung’s pork chop fried rice.

Here, a ubiquitous fried meat accompanied the generous bowl of egg-laden fried rice.

Yu Long Quan Terminal M - Chicken Chop

A thin veil of batter enfolded a moist, succulent thigh that glimmered with poise. Taking a bite, the meat yielded with delicate ease in the mouth.

I could taste the spices, the pepper, and the brine. All of which reminded me of KFC’s original chicken. 

Yu Long Quan Terminal M - Fried Rice

The rice, on the other hand, was less perfect. Despite being fried in a wok, it lacked wok hei. In fact, it lacked complexity in flavour altogether. Perhaps more garnish and seasoning would have done the trick.

Ambience at Yu Long Quan

Yu Long Quan Terminal M - Booths

As I said at the start of the article, the decor and outlandish display of aviation motifs feel like something plucked from a kid’s dream. I absolutely love it. Pair that with good food and great company, I’m on cloud nine.

Yu Long Quan Terminal M - Ambience

That said, would I travel down to the far east just for food? Maybe. With crazy-good food options such as A&W, Shake Shack and London’s Burger & Lobster slated to open in Jewel, dining at Changi Airport would probably be as intuitive as hanging out in town.

The verdict

Yu Long Quan Terminal M - stall front

Walking out of Terminal M, I was probed to ask, “Why is Terminal M still so empty despite all their adverts?”

I’m not sure.

I’m just happy to have found this gem, and will visit again when I fly off from Changi Airport in the future. 

Address: 65 Airport Boulevard, #B2-32, Changi Airport Terminal 3, Singapore 819663
Opening hours: Sun-Thu 11am to 10pm, Fri-Sat 11am to 10:30pm
Tel: 6382 3550
Terminal M has applied for halal certification.

Photos taken by Sharlene Lau and John Lim.
This is an independent review by Eatbook.sg.

  • 8/10
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8/10

Summary

Pros
– Reasonable prices
– Good tasting food
– Good portions

Cons
– Far location

Recommended Dishes: 6 in 1 Chicken Dumpling ($13 for six), Wanton with Vinegar Chilli ($8.50), Fried Rice with Chicken Cutlet ($13.50)

Opening hours: Sun-Thu 11am to 10pm, Fri-Sat 11am to 10:30pm

Address: Changi Airport Terminal 3 #B2-32, 65 Airport Boulevard, Singapore 819663

 

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