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Our Top 5 Places for Xiao Long Bao

Here’s our take on the top five places to chow down a basket of scrummy xiao long bao:

Crystal Jade
Shop 3328, 3/F, Gateway Arcade, Harbour City, 17 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2622 2699; P209B, 2/F, World Trade Centre, 280 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay, 2915 6988; Basement B221A,Times Square,1 Matheson St, Causeway Bay, 2506 0080; Shop 301, Tai Yau Plaza, 181 Johnston Road, Wan Chai, 2573 8844; Shop No.2018-2020, 2/F, Tower Two, IFC Mall, No.1 Harbour View Street, Central, 2295 3811; Shop No.520-523, Telford Plaza II, 33 Wai Yip Street, Kowloon Bay, 2305 9990; Shop 129, 1/F, New Town Plaza Phase 1, 18 Sha Tin Centre Street, Sha Tin, 2699 9811; Level 5 Arrival Hall, Terminal 1, Hong Kong International Airport, Chek Lap Kok, 2261 0553

Old faithful – when you just have to have a basket of steaming little bites, Crystal Jade won’t let you down! With a multitude of locations everywhere in HK, you won’t be caught short when the XLB craving hits. Their dan dan mian is spicy and delicious, and don’t forget to try the chilli green beans with minced pork.

Din Tai Fung
Shop 130, 3/F, Silvercord, 30 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2730 6928; G/F, 68 Yee Woo Street, Causeway Bay, 3160 8998

This Taiwanese export has finally made its way to Hong Kong – and we LOVE the soupy, meaty goodness inside, encased in a delicate wrapper that thankfully, doesn’t break at first contact with a chopstick. Try their sautéed pea shoots and cold appetisers – absolutely fabulous.

King’s Lodge
G/F Oriental Centre, 67-71 Chatham Road South, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, 2723 1003; 2/F Dung Fat Mansion, 10-20 Tai Ho Road North, Tsuen Wan, New Territories, 3156 2381; Shop 50, 3/F Sha Tin Plaza, 21-27 Sha Tin Centre Street, 2696 2988

One of our favourite Shanghainese joints – fragrant, delicious xiao long bao…is one basket enough?

Shanghai Lane
35-37 Gough Street, Central, 2850 7788

Tucked away on Gough Street, this family-run joint is cheap and super cheerful. Two thumbs up for the owners who make sure you’re happy and look after you like you’re one of their own – and the food is great too.

Xiao Nan Guo
G2, Tsim Sha Tsui Centre, 66 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2369 8899; 3/F., Man Yee Bldg, 60-68 Des Voeux Rd Central, Central, 2259 9393; Shop No.2, L6/F, Enterprise Square, 38 Wang Chiu Road, Kowloon Bay, 2545 0880; 12/F, Food Forum, Times Square, 1 Matheson St, Causeway Bay, 2874 8899; Shop 709, 7/F, New Town Plaza Phase 1, 18 Sha Tin Centre Street, Sha Tin, 2894 8899

Quick, efficient service and soupy dumplings mean Xiao Nan Guo is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. Come here with a big group of friends and share the dishes family style.

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