Posted by: incywincy | July 14, 2007

Nanxiang Steamed Bun Restaurant

Yesterday was a pretty unsatisfactory day.

Exam was unsatisfactory. But let’s not go there any more, since I already briefly blogged on it here.

Lunch was unsatisfactory. I ate with Xin, at Siam Kitchen. Xiaoli joined us later. The food at Siam Kitchen really sucks. My glass noodles with seafood was really really below satisfactory level. The glass noodles were clumpy, the fish wasn’t fresh and had a weird taste, the overall taste was as if it came from a pack of instant food.

Movie was unsatisfactory. I watched Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix with Xiaoli. Let me begin by saying that I went in with pretty low expectations (though still rather excited, as I am a big Harry Potter fan, afterall) but this movie really was the worst of the 5 HP movies so far!

If I were to rate it, I would have given it a mere 1.5 out of 5 stars. The acting was inadequate, but Dolores Umbridge and Luna Lovegood were pretty good. Plot cuts and absence of impressive special effects aside (imho), I felt that David Yates did an extremely lousy job. There was no transition between scenes, as it jumped from one place to another. There was no clear differentiation of which was dream, which was memory, which was reality, nor which was Voldemort invading Harry’s mind. The plot changes were also too much for me to swallow, having read each HP book at least 5 times.

I know that movies are never exactly like the books on which they are based, but Yates and his team took it a little too far. I’m not going to elaborate on this any more, as I’m sure there are much better reviews out there, except to say that I came out of the cinema feeling upset, unsatisfied, and even a little angry! Shame on you, David Yates!

High tea was good! Thank god, this actually saved the day!

Nanxiang Steamed Bun Restaurant
200 Victoria Street
#02-53 Bugis Junction
Singapore 188024


We ordered the Deluxe Set high tea set, which cost us $8.80++ per pax. Although one of my favourite dishes, the chilled tofu with preserved vegetables was replaced by a rather strange tasting beancurd skin with preserved vegetables, the meal was still the best thing that happened yesterday.

Beancurd skin with preserved vegetables

This dish would have been more pleasing to the palate had it not contained so much of coriander. Not a big fan of this herb, I found the taste to be overpowering, and not at all a good mix with the preserved vegetables.

Steamed soup bun with pork filling
Steamed soup bun with mushroom
Steamed soup bun with pork and shrimp filling

I loved these 3 steamed soup buns (more commonly known as xiao long bao 小笼包)! Much better than their Crystal Jade counterparts whose skin breaks when you lift them up from the bamboo steamers, the skins of these little buns were actually thick enough to hold the soup in, but also thin enough to avoid that doughy texture of other restaurants’ steamed soup buns.

While the bun with the pork and shrimp filling was my favourite, I savoured all three with equal enthusiasm. Xiaoli liked the mushroom filling the most. The soup contained in the bun was extremely tasty, and it was served to us steaming hot. We waited for a few moments to cool it down to a temperature that would have been safe for us to put into our mouths.

Spring roll with crab roe
Cake with sweet bean paste
Steamed bun with vegetable stuffing

Of the three, the cake with sweet bean paste was the most forgettable, to me. Xiaoli liked it though. I much preferred the triangular spring roll and the steamed bun with vegetable stuffing.

This spring roll had a light skin that was deep fried to a perfect golden crisp. The filling consisted a savoury combination of tofu, carrot, shrimp and some sort of leaf. It was different from the usual spring roll you get, of vegetables filling, but this was very tasty.

This steamed bun had the most perfect pillowy soft dough. It was pure delight biting into the bun, which was light and fluffy. The vegetable stuffing was also quite delicious, although the dough was the unarguably the highlight of this dish.

Almond jelly with longan

Perhaps the most forgettable dish due to its overpowering sweet liquid which masked the fragrance of the almond jelly, this cold dessert was still a good way to end the meal.

All in all, I feel that this meal was a good deal, and for the price, it is pretty affordable, if not exactly cheap. The food I have had here is quite authentic in its taste (none of that fusion crap), having originated from Shanghai, and I would definitely recommend it if you’re a big fan of Chinese cuisine, as I am. Wouldn’t mind visiting it for this high tea set, although I’ve had it twice so far. For the three different high tea menus, click here, here and here.

Item: Deluxe Set
Cost: $8.80++
Rating: 4 out of 5

High tea is available at Nanxiang from Monday to Fridays, 2:30pm to 5:30pm.


  1. yeah…I watched Harry Potter.
    It’s an overhype and underscore show.
    disappointment. I’d rather go watch Ratatouille.

  2. *hugs daphne*
    hope you’ll feel better after a night’s rest.

    those dim sum look damn good… *drooling*

  3. i like longan. ok tmw i want to buy. hahaha!!! im craving for so many stuffs… like pregnant woman. worse than a pregnant woman!! 🙂

  4. I liked the movie actually. Altho i didn’t go in with much expectations in the first place. 😀

    Yummy looking buns… God i miss cheap Chinese food. 🙂

  5. chaoyi, go eat this one together leh

  6. Bro, this one not buffet leh, where got enogh?

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