Quirky xiao long baos to try in Hong Kong right now

They’re all so bao-tiful...
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By Olivia Lai and Ann Chiu |
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Xiao long bao is a classic Shanghainese dish and one of the most popular dim sum in Hong Kong. While the traditional version is perfect as it is, many chefs and restaurants have come up with creative ways to update the bao and add their own unique spin to the classic XLB. Whether you’ve got a sweet tooth or love numbing spice, change it up from the norm with our picks of these quirky xiao long bao in Hong Kong.

RECOMMENDED: Craving more dim sum like char siu bao and siu mai? What about local street food?

Quirky xiao long bao to try right now

Restaurants, Chinese

10 Shanghai: Pan-fried xiao long bao

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With interiors inspired by the opulent Shanghai nightlife of the 1920s and 30s, expect the food here to match the glamorous décor. At 10 Shanghai, you’ll find a range of Huaiyang cuisine including this pan-fried xiao long bao ($68), a dish that marries the traditional xiao long bao with a sheng jian bao. It arrives at the table on a sizzling hot pan, each bun containing tender meat and hot soup. The crispy bottom of the bao provides a fantastic texture.

Restaurants

Cuisine Cuisine: Chocolate xiao long bao

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This modern-chic Chinese restaurant is known for its contemporary cooking practices and for serving up stunning and innovative Chinese cuisine. Its latest creation is the chocolate lava xiao long bao ($88), the brainchild of Cuisine Cuisine’s dim sum master and The Mira’s pastry chef Jean-Marc Gaucher. There are three flavours available: dark chocolate, white chocolate and matcha. We recommend going for the dark chocolate xiao long bao, made with quality 72 percent French chocolate, and savour it as the gooey smooth chocolate oozes out with a bite.

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Restaurants, Chinese

Old Bailey: Mala Iberico pork xiao long bao

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Housed inside new cultural landmark Tai Kwun, Old Bailey specialises in traditional Jiangnan cuisine with a modern twist. One of the most notable and creative dishes on the menu is the mala iberico pork xiao long bao ($98). Wrapped in a red-tinted pastry skin – a natural colouring provided by beetroot – the stuffing is made up of Japanese iberico pork mixed with chilli, peppers, ginger and yellow rice wine, bathed in a chicken and bone broth. The result is a numbing yet fragrant dumpling with a rich broth to match. Add a dash of the signature vinegar for an extra kick.

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Paradise Dynasty: Eight flavoured xiao long bao

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This famous Singaporean restaurant made its way to Hong Kong in 2014 and has since captured foodies’ attention and hearts, with its eight separate flavoured speciality dynasty xiao long bao ($108). Each of the eight bao comes in a different colour denoting its respective flavour: white for original; black for truffle; green for ginseng; brown for foie gras; yellow for cheese; orange for crab roe; grey for garlic; and red for numbing spice. Everything from the pastry skin down to the soup broth is made to the highest standards.

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