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It seems that La Mian has peaked in Singapore. Anyway an endangered species in China where it originates from, it looks like that it is going downhill with the art of hand-made noodle pulling in the Lion City.

The still beloved Noodle Star opened several outlets during the past year but soon stopped having a life La Mian chef in its Jalan Sultan restaurant and never had one in the Bugis one.

Imperial Treasure La Mian Xiao Long Bao in Marina Square seems to have closed for good and so does Crystal Jade in Suntec City. Now we all know that the Pearl Center is marked to be torn down this August. This will see another two La Mian stalls go.

La Mian World needs YOU to support your local noodle chef! Go out and visit a La Mian Restaurant today wherever you live.

Maybe try the ever popular Ju Hao in Lavender Food Square or hop over to Jakarta to try Imperial Treasure’s La Mian Xiao Long Bao restaurant there. It is located in one of Jakarta’s most glitzy shopping malls, the Plaza Indonesia. It looks and feels almost like in a Singapore shopping center with only a bit more traffic to get there.

Imperial Treasure La Mian Xiao Long Bao, Plaza Indonesia, 1st Fl Unit J 113, Jl. M.H. Thamrin Kav. 28 – 30, Jakarta

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The best La Mian in 2012!

The time around New Year’s is the time of new year’s resolutions, bucket lists, reviews, best-off’s etc. Here at La Mian World we also sat down to look back on the past year of 2012 and collected some statistical facts. This is it:

I ate La Mian in four different countries: Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan and Thailand.

I consumed approximately 50 bowls of La Mian, of these 47 were consumed in Singapore.

I betrayed the cause of La Mian World by eating Japanese Ramen, Vietnamese Phở and Italian Pasta an uncounted number of times.

Running through the list of places I patronized I decided to nominate the top five best La Mian stalls, restaurants, shops and hawkers in Singapore. Just to remember, the La Mian World criteria for excellency in La Mian are

1. Freshness: The noodles have to be hand pulled freshly for every dish served,

2. Craftsmanship: When you look at the noodles you must utter: ‘wow, that is amazing how evenly sized they are, although he just pulled them in front of my eyes’ (bonus points for front-of-the-eye-open-kitchen-la-mian-expert-chef-pulling),

3. Experience: In your mouth the La Mian are blowing you away with their balanced composition of texture, al-dente-ness and flavour of the dough,

4. Composition: Neither the sauce, soup, meat or whatever it is the dish consists of, can dominate over the noodle. The La Mian speak for themself but are complemented with superior sides.

This is the La Mian top five billboard chart hit list:

Which is your favorite La Mian outlet in Singapore or any place around the world?

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I am officially something like a Crystal Jade addict (unfortunately I am still not eating there for free). The Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao Restaurant at Great World City so far is my favorite. They offer a wide variety of La Mian dishes and what is most amazing: you can choose the style of your noodles. Whether I feel like having thin round ones, square thicker ones, flat long ones or flat short ones – all are available and freshly prepared for me.

Since I had never tried the Crystal Jade outlet in Bugis Junction I headed there recently hoping for the same treat. They do have kind of a different menu,  so I also chose something different this time.

Beef La Mian prepared in the northern Chinese style would probably be considered too boring by most Singaporeans. To spice up my Sunday and live the local way I decided to go for something with an alarming red sauce: La Mian Sichuan style.

The flavor of my meal was great. The soup a bit spicy, but not overwhelming and with a lot of grated peanuts thrown in, made it a very solid base. As always the noodles were outstandingly good. The dish also sported some Wanton dumplings which did not convince me. However, in essence a great and filling meal!

Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao, 200 Victoria Street, #B1-04A Bugis Junction, Singapore

Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao, 1 Kim Seng Promenade, #02-43 Great World City, Singapore

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Recently I could not stop myself from committing a mid-sized crime:

I ignored the beauty of Thai cuisine and went straight into Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao in Bangkok. Located in the mall annexed to the Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel, I really enjoyed my bowl of freshly pulled La Mian.

While watching the chef stretching and working the dough you can try to read “La Mian” in Chinese and Japanese as well as the Thai alphabet.

Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao, Lower Ground Floor, Erawan Bangkok

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