After mom and I checked out the new Target in Lansdown mall, we happened to walk by the foodcourt. Haven’t been to the mall for a long time, we did note there are quite a few new food stands.
One place caught our eyes in particular: R & H Chinese Food. We saw that there was a lady wrapping Xiao Long Bao (XLB)!!!!!! It is not often you see fresh XLB being prepared (beside Xu’s Wonton House and Long’s Noodle House) and that prompted my mom and I to give them a try!
Beside an order of XLB ($5.95), we also shared an order of the Beef Roll ($5.95).
I was quite impressed that the XLBs are presented in the proper bamboo steamer given it is in the foodcourt. So I bite into it…Boy oh boy…I was presently surprised! The skin of the XLBs is thin but they are SO JUICY!!!!! Mom and I were super excited! We found a gem!
The taste of the juice is slightly different than what I am used to. The XLBs form R&H is slightly sweeter than Long’s or Xu’s. Nevertheless, it is delicious with the perfect amount of fat from the pork. Drowning the XLB in vinegar is how I like to eat mine. I wish I was given a bowl because it does get messy eating XLB as the tasty elixir could spill everywhere if you don’t have your chopstick/eating XLB technicque down to the tee.
If you don’t know any XLB technique, I’ll share how I tackle them. Bite into it slowly, slurp up some of the juice, then assess the situation. I like to slurp up half the juice then pour in vinegar then eat the reminder whole. Of course, it means you haven’t poke thro’ the XLB in the process of picking it up.
Up next, BEEF ROLL! It was disappointing after such a great dish. The roll itself is thick and not crispy. There were not much of the filling of beef and chives. Overall, it is just very doughy as you are eating most of the roll itself.
The beef used is quite interesting. I am used to the beef being all meat with a little bit of tendon and/or fat. The beef used for this place is mostly tendon. It is braised for a while because the tendon does melt in your mouth easily. I could C really enjoy this beef given that if there were more of it.
To me this dish was a miss. There was too much hoisin sauce and not enough filling.
I will definitely need to come back to try a few more dishes. The price is decent and food seems to be good. Just a word of warning about service though, the man at the cashier seems very grumpy and not very friendly at all…Maybe we caught him at the wrong day….
Another little gem hidden in Richmond!