Never mind, later I lick the plate
Welcome to another episode of Eatbook Vlogs
And I'm Bolin
and in this episode
we are going to get all our xiao long bao cravings satisfied
And can I say that all the xiao long bao we are having today
is free flow!
So if you're a xiao long bao fan
keep your eyes peeled!
Hey miss, it's here
Wah look at all these food
I'm so hungry, I want to eat now
Bolin, do you like xiao long bao?
You know what, every time I go to Chinese restaurant
or hotpot restaurant
if there is xiao long bao on the menu
I will definitely order at least one tray
That's why we're here at Guo Fu Steamboat
to try their xiao long baos and their hotpots
and this restaurant is located along cross street
which is just a 5 minute walk from Chinatown MRT
So if you work at the CBD area
this place is super convenient for you
So if during lunchtime, you crave for some hotpot
crave for some xiao long bao
this is the place to come.
There's a lot of food on the table, but
first up we are going to try the xiao long bao
From this angle
I can feel the juices just by seeing it
The skin doesn't look too thick or too thin
but it's sturdy enough to keep the meat and the juices inside.
I'm very excited to try!
Bolin: Let's try! Brenda: Do you want to try together?
I watched this video
This Ding Tai Fung Master taught us how to eat xiao long bao properly
Bolin: So how do you eat it properly? Brenda: First,
You dip the xiao long bao into the vinegar first
then put it on your spoon
after that, use your chopsticks to cut a small hole
let's the juices come out
Bolin: Oh! Okay! Brenda: Drink the soup.
Bolin: Wah! Brenda: You drink very nice is it?
It's damn nice!
The soup you leave on the top of your lip for tomorrow ah?
Don't like that, it's damn nice!
Okay next step
We take ginger and put on the xiao long bao
Bolin: What's the next step? Brenda: The last step is to put it into your mouth.
One, two, three
Oh my god! The soup!
The soup damn nice!
It's very tasty
Very savory also
I like how the meat to skin ratio of this xiao long bao
The skin is just nice
but the amount of meat that's inside
My mouth is big you know
and it can fill my mouth
and the meat is super juicy and tender
You know the top part of the xiao long bao
is twisted right
so that part is especially thick
it's not so well cooked
or it's too thick so the texture seems a bit off
but this one is just nice
Just now, although your method was to poke a hole
and you squeeze all the soup out and drink all the soup
but after I drank all the soup
put the whole xiao long bao in my mouth and bit it again
I could still feel a lot of soup!
Yes! I love it!
I feel like making a poem for this
Make a poem!
I want birds chirping at the side
Beautiful little xiao long bao
I think you should eat it now
Put it on a spoon
And poke a hole
And eat it fast
So it doesn't turn cold!
Alright so that's it for the xiao long bao
and right here with us
we have two hot pot soup bases
and what did you order for your soup base?
I got the Millet Golden Soup. How about you?
Wow, mine is the Pure Tomato Soup
Ooh, there are slices of tomato inside
It's very tangy
and there's a good balance between sweet and salty
I think the reason why it had
this sweet taste is because
they really put a lot of fresh tomatoes inside and
and it's not like they used some
power or what
Okay so inside my soup there is
shrimps, cordyceps and pumpkin
It's very thick
It tastes very nourishing and comforting
Yes, and it's got this herbal like taste
and it's very savoury
It's not just a plain saltiness
It's very savoury and has that umami too
I think that although it's herbal
The herbal taste is not too overpowering
So even if you don't like herbal tastes, you can still opt for this
If you don't like maybe mala or spicy soups
Alright I think enough of just tasting the soup base
It's time for us to put all these awesome food in and cook it
and by the way
$25.90++ for this buffet including
this awesome xiao long bao
I think it's really very worth it
Because usually if you're paying $25.90++, I would imagine
just having hotpot
But this one has xiao long bao also!
Yah, that's why! Oh my god. I think right now
Let's faster dig in and
enjoy all the food!
Woo let's go!
Now we are here at Master Wang in Woodlands
Unlike other hotpot buffet places that serve free flow xiao long bao
This places offers a purely xiao long bao buffet
Plus you also get a complimentary noodle dish
So it keeps your meal a little more balanced
And on top of that, you also get to try four different flavours of xiao long baos
and different variety of dumplings
for only $21.80!
And do you know that one tray costs at least $3.20!
Bolin: So if you go and count Brenda: Do the maths...
Wow, it is super worth it
There are four different flavours of xiao long bao here
and Kurobuta pork
Mala xiao long bao?
I've never tried a mala xiao long bao before
So I think we try that first?
Brenda: Let's do it! Bolin: Wah, wah, wah!
From an outside look
you can tell that the skin is slightly towards the thinner side.
I was honestly scared that the skin was going to break
but the skin is actually strong enough
to hold all the meat inside!
And there is a lot of meat!
This is slightly towards the spicier side
But the numbing sensation, I can only taste it
For the first few seconds
After that it's quite subtle, I would say
Once you eat it, it's a little spicy
but once you swallow it, after a while, the spiciness is gone
Then you can move on to your next one.
Why not let's try the...
Let's try the Kurobuta pork!
Kurobuta pork! Oh my god let's try
I think my favourite part of this xiao long bao is the skin
Bolin: Ya! Brenda: Because it is
thin enough to hold all the juices
and when you eat it
it's very QQ
Right? It's chewy, I don't know how they make it like that!
It's thin but chewy at the same time
And I don't know whether it's because they use higher quality pork for this xiao long bao but
but the broth here tastes thicker compared to other xiao long baos I've had before
So now, let's try the next flavour
Brenda: Which is the scallop! Bolin: wah, scallop
I just want to say, this scallop version of xiao long bao
It brings a bit of the scallop
a very subtle scallop and seafood taste
But I think it still differentiates itself from the original quite a bit.
Of course, other than the xiao long bao, we have the complimentary la mian
Mine is the spicy braised pork la mian
and what's this?
And mine is the signature braised minced pork la mian
I love the signature braised minced pork
The taste is very substantial
and it's very full bodied
and I like how the
chewiness of the noodles, the crunchiness of the carrots
bean sprouts and radish
and the sauce goes so well together
Right? It tastes very fresh.
I just want to say that the noodles are really very
Bolin: very Q Brenda: Ya!
I feel like he was there and la (pull) for damn long
You can use the noodles to tie things and all
It's like a rubber band
Like what? Tie your mouth?
Alright so this is the spicy braised pork la mian
It is because all of the noodles are hand made
and you can really tell that
the noodles have this really good texture
it is not soggy
this has a lot of biting texture to it
I think the sauce has vinegar inside
and the vinegar really complements the pork very well
It makes it a bit tangy and a little more appetising
It is a spicy braised pork la mian, right?
But the spices of all the chilli on top
It complements the flavour
I think what stands out for me is
the chilli oil
It's very very fragrant
So Bolin, what do you think of the spread of food we had today?
Wah, I think it's truly a rare find to have
free flow xiao long bao buffet and
high quality restaurant level food
in a food court
I know right? And do you know that the shifu (master) actually hand makes all the
the noodles, the xiao long bao and the dumplings
Everything he made by himself!
Bolin: WOW! Brenda: Plus,
He won a lot of culinary competitions
I wish I could just move our house here
BOTH: OUR HOUSE
Okay, so we BTO tomorrow?
Bolin: Today la, don't need to wait already Brenda: Today ah okay ah, go ah!
Alright! So after a long day of eating xiao long bao
we are finally back to the studio
So, what do you think of the two xiao long bao places that we've been to?
For me, I really liked Guo Fu Steamboat
because it had one of the better xiao long baos I have tasted
And also, I like that they have a variety of dishes to choose from
so when I'm sick of the xiao long bao I can go for the hot pot
and when I want something heavier
I can go back to the xiao long bao
How about you?
For me, I think Master Wang
is one of those rare gems in a foodcourt
because you get to have xiao long bao buffet
and also high quality Chinese food
in a food court
So that's one of my favourites for sure
and if I have xiao long bao cravings
I definitely will go there
So if you want to eat xiao long bao
and you're around Woodlands area
You can call Bolin
Drop him a DM and he will go with you
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