Jing Hua Restaurant- Delicious Homemade Dumplings
Jing Hua restaurant (or more affectionately known as 京华小吃) along Neil road has become a household name that is known for serving up delicious homemade dumplings for the past 25 years, since 1989. A homegrown family business which is now being run by the second generation, it is heartening to know that despite the fact that Jing Hua’s menu has never changed since the very beginning, the popularity of their dumplings and other signatures has never wavered and remains well-loved in Singapore.
My sister who is a huge fan of 小笼包, strongly recommended I try the ones made by Jing Hua. These Little Juicy Steamed Meat Dumplings, priced at $7 for 7 dumplings are probably one of the most affordable you can find in town. Quality-wise, definitely a bang for your buck and every bite is worth so much more than its price. The translucent skin, though thin and fragile, encases the soup and parcel of minced pork so delicately and beautifully. The proportion of soup, meat and skin was said to have taken many years to perfect and the end result shows.
Another item to try is their Pan-fried Mixed Seafood and Pork Dumplings, $8 for 10 dumplings with its substantial filling was simply bursting out of the skin. Juicy, flavourful and rightfully appetizing, we finished this plate all too easily.
For those of you who like chives will take to this Chinese Pizza $10, which is packed full with chopped greens and minced pork. Nothing too spectacular but just plain ol’ comfort food, in a good way.
The Noodle with Minced Pork & Soya Bean Sauce $5 with its thick springy noodles and sticky brown soybean paste refreshed the palate a bit, in between the different varieties of dumplings. Further complimented with a crunch of peanuts in each bite, Jing Hua’s take on the famed “zha jiang mian” was light and enjoyable.
And being the sweet tooth that I am, the desserts at Jing Hua surprised me the most because they were really good. Truth be told, I do not usually expect much from the desserts at Chinese restaurants but I was quite impressed with the two that I tried here.
The Crispy Red Bean Pancake $10, fried to order was presented with a crisp paper-thin exterior with a lovely golden brown colour enveloping the thick sweet red bean paste which simply oozed. After I had my fill, I could not resist taking away a portion as well for everyone at home to try.
The Sweet Osmanthus Flower Rice Ball Soup $3 too with its 4 different fillings of rice balls delighted with its clear and lightly scented osmanthus soup. The rice balls themselves too were chewy and bouncy, with an element of suspense each time you bit into one of them, then guessing which filling you had. Utterly comforting. Two thumbs up.
Word has it also that Jing Hua will be opening a third outlet right in the heart of town! So get excited 小笼包 fans, because you will soon be able to enjoy traditional Jing Hua cuisine with an affordable price tag in between those shopping escapades!
21 Neil Road
Tel: 6221 3060
Lunch: 11.30am to 3.00pm
Dinner: 5.30pm to 9.30pm
(Closed on Wednesdays)
159 Rochor Road
Tel: 6337 7601
Lunch: 11.30am to 3.30pm
Dinner: 5.30pm to 10.00pm
All day weekends and public holidays