We have been faithfully returning to Qun Zhong Eating House over the past few years for their most delicious xiao long bao and guo tie (potstickers). While the shop’s frontage is easy to miss, it is certainly hard to overlook the never-ending queues of famished fans (both locals and foreigners) waiting patiently to be seated inside the modest-sized and extremely busy eatery. On the numerous occasions we have come, service has always been rather brusque, especially from a particular ‘front-of-house’ personnel. However, on our recent visit, he appeared to be in the best of moods and was all smiles (especially for the camera!)…we knew it was a sign, we had to post.
There are only 13 items on the menu (including desserts), making ordering a breeze. Apart from the two afore-mentioned house specialties, the minced pork with soy bean paste noodles (zha jiang mian) is also a favourite but has to be incorporated well in order to coat each noodle sufficiently with the salty bean paste. For dessert, do try their deep-fried red-bean pancakes, filled with a generous velvety portion of sweet red-bean paste and deep-fried to a golden crisp perfection – all calories are bygones the moment it touches your lips!
If you are looking for a place to eat with variety in the menu or attentive service, Qun Zhong Eating House may not be what you’re after – however, do give it a try if you are seeking affordable and delicious comfort food which always scores well on consistency and flavour – we just wish they would julienne their ginger slivers a little thinner!
Budget around $20-$25 per head.
Qun Zhong Eating House
21 Neil Road | +65 6221 3060 (reservations not available, go early to avoid long queues! Closed Wednesdays)
Jack’s note: Qun Zhong has re-opened for business on 9th February 2012 after months of renovation. Check out our recent visit!