You know, when I first stepped into Crystal Jade Jiangnan at Vivocity, I was asking myself "what the heck is Jiangnan cuisine?!" A quick google search later revealed that Jiangnan is a region south of the yangtze river, and its cuisine draws influences from the Shanghai, Sichuan, Hunan and Jiangsu provinces, so expect dishes like hand-pulled noodles (la mian), dumplings (xiao long bao and the like), stewed dongpo pork and chilled meat jellies to dominate.
I noticed that the dumplings at Crystal Jade Jiangnan are distinctively thicker-skinned, making for more hearty textures. The Pork Dumpling with Spicy Chilli Sauce ($6.80) was juicy and robust, having been slathered in a rich and oily sichuan chilli sauce.
The Minced Pork and Mushroom Dumpling Soup ($6.80) had skin so thick it would suffice as a winter coat. The stuffing was decent but the thick dumpling skin wasn't quite my thing.
The Beef with Mushrooms ($10.80) was succulent, tossed with black fungus and carrots for crunch and a luscious oyster sauce laced with dried chilli for a toasty heat. I liked the copious lashings of golden fried garlic, so fragrant and added a lovely crunch.
Crystal Jade Jiang Nan
1 Harbourfront Walk
Open weekdays from 11.30am to 10.30pm; weekends from 11am to 10.30pm
Tel: 6221 1830