Wanton Story is one of the many micro-eateries at the basement of Bugis Junction. They had an unusual range of fillings for wanton and xiao long bao, such as miso fish and oyster. I'm not exactly a conservationist, but I believe some things are better off with their original taste. My mom and I were looking for a bite so we decided to give it a try.
I felt that the overall standard of Xiao Long Bao in Singapore is getting better, with it gaining popularity and more places making them over the years. This one has the juicy soup filling inside but was let down by its a tad too thick skin.
Just to share a bit of personal experience, I feel that one of the criterias for a perfect XLB is to have a tip that is not harden. This will requires alot of effort for the master to produce something really thin after all the folds and yet not easily broken. Sad to say, I have yet to see any XLB of such quality in Singapore.
The chilli wanton was only average with again disappointing skin. Luckily, the pork filling was flavourful enough and made up some lost points.
Now this was a surprising find. Minced pork rice is more of a taiwanese dish, so how does this fit into a eatery with mainly native China food? My only guess is that they wanted to add in a simple rice dish but couldn't quite decide on what it would be, so voila!
The minced pork toppings was rather commendable, bearing some resemblence in taste to the really nice ones I had in Taiwan. However, the rice was overcooked and too harden to my liking, if only they had used soft japanese pearl rice instead. Also, portion of minced pork could afford to be slightly more generous.
Overall, it was 10odd dollars for the both of us. Not exactly expensive and given its novelty of innovative fillings, it could spark off some interest. Sadly, it was a master in none of its items and did not leave a lasting impression on me.