Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao
Chek Lap Kok International Airport, Arrivals Meeters and Greeters Hall, Level 5
Hong Kong, China SAR
Better soup dumplings than Din Tai Fung?
Worthy respite after a 14 hour flight! Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao is an casual dining sit down Chinese restaurant located near the arrivals area at the Hong Kong International Airport.
In 2020 we ate at their location in Times Square Shopping center, Causeway Bay and also at Ocean Terminal. Quality was very similar to the Airport.
Established in 1991, they have several styles of restaurants and many locations throughout China, Singapore, and other Asian countries. 9 of these informal restaurants in Hong Kong alone. There used to be a high end Crystal Jade in San Francisco, but it closed.
Crystal Jade was touting their Michelin Bib Gourmand rating.
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Decor, Vibe – Crystal Jade has clean modern Asian decor even in this small location. The place was obviously filled with fellow travelers.
Crystal Jade Menu
Crystal Jade Menu has a wide variety of items, from dim sum to noodles to large plates. Peking, Sichuan and Shanghai cuisine makes it ripe for being the master of none.
Signature Dishes – Shanghai steamed dumplings or Xiao Long Bao
Crystal Jade Food Picks:
Shanghai steamed pork dumplings or Xiao Long Bao (HK$42 for 4) thin, smooth skin, larger in size, enormous meatball, and very robust flavored soup broth. Surprisingly similar to popular Din Tai Fung’s, although the wrapper was thicker and the soup much more flavorful.
In 2018 we dined at Maxims Chinese Restaurant at the Hong Kong airport, and found that their Shanghai steamed dumplings were even better!
Chilled Cucumbers tossed with minced garlic ($50) hit the spot. Nice and crunchy.
Pan Fried Shanghai pork buns aka Sheng Jian Bao (HK $42 for 3) had a nice crisp crust, good wrapper, but minimal soup inside.
Milk Tea Cold (HK$24) hit the mark, with deep flavor and a side of simple syrup to sweeten it.
Glutinous dumpling in ginger soup (HK$24) had sesame paste filled dumplings in a super spicy – gingery soup. The dumplings were of good size and quality, and not too sweet.
Glutinous Rice wine dumplings (HK $34) possessed the heavy Rice wine flavor along with lots of little Rice dumplings.
Sweet red bean buns (HK$22) had three small buns with tasty filling that were very good.
Making of Hand pulled noodles
Sichuan Dan Dan noodles (HK$48) were surprisingly excellent. We could watch the cook actually making these authentic ‘Lanzhou’ noodles by swinging them around. The peanut, sesame broth was very spicy, and the egg noodles were spaghetti thin. They use pork tailbone, chicken, Jinhua ham and dried tangerine peel in their broth.
Sautéed thick noodle with shredded pork & cabbage Shanghai style ($88) hit the spot. Thick udon like noodles with lots of pork and veggies stir fried in.
La Mian with Minced Pork and vegetable wontons (HK$48) had excellent silky smooth noodles cooked al dente, which is not typical of restaurants here.
Chinese Gai lan ($62) were done well and had ample quantity.
Sweet and Sour Cucumber roll ($56) tasted a bit odd with lots of ginger flavor.
Poached Chinese White cabbage ($62) was very watery and should be avoided.
Service – Crystal Jade understands that everybody is in a rush, so ordering, food delivery, and such, occurred fast. We did have to hail the waitress to order and get things done.
Value – Prices are very reasonable, making this a great value.
Alternatives – Nearby restaurants include the marginal Chao Inn and many other fast food restaurants. Maxim may be one of the better options at the airport.
Verdict – Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao surprised us with some solid food at rock-bottom prices. Hungry after a
- 14 hour transpacific flight? Come on in and get a taste of why you flew this far. If you see one of their restaurants you then need a decent and inexpensive meal, give them a try. 10% service charge.
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