The Quest For Siu Loong Pau – Dragon-I @ 1-Utama

After my falling in love with Siu Loong Pau in Penang, I’ve been looking for good ones in KL eversince.

This is part one, my first try. Siu Loong Pau in Dragon-I @ 1-Utama.


It’s quite a posh looking restaurant, and there’s a little glass cubicle in the front corner where you can see the chefs actually making the buns.

Quite interesting, even if you don’t eat there.

This was what I wanted of course, Shanghai Siu Loong Pau.

Dragon-I Shanghai Siu Loong Pau

The place has pretty classical decor, quite nice, and is usually pretty busy with a lot of Chinese families having lunch/dinner there.


I also ordered a Fried Sauce Noodle, it was ok, I have to say the one at Esquire Kitchen is much better.

Fried Sauce Noodle

Then came the Siu Loong Pau, the quality is ok, they should really serve them on a bed of lettuce though, to stop them sticking to the paper and breaking when you lift them up, ruins the whole concept.

Siu Loong Pau

I also found the pastry a little dry on the outside, like it had been oversteamed. I would give it a 5/10.

I also ordered the Spicy Wan Tan, I have to say these are really good, nice and tasty and cooked to perfection, this was the only dish that was actually good and is worth going back for. The rest were firmly wedged in mediocrity.

Spicy Wan Tan Dumplings

Alltogether I’d say, I’m not a great fan of Dragon-I, and won’t be going back for the Siu Loong Pau unless I’m really desperate.




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28 Responses to The Quest For Siu Loong Pau – Dragon-I @ 1-Utama

  1. Cheneille May 8, 2006 at 12:58 pm #

    oh that Chef Loong place at ss2 has quite ons Siu Loong Bau! it’s opposite that long ass row of mamak stalls with purple carer INDOMEE neon boards.

  2. FireAngel May 8, 2006 at 1:24 pm #

    dont have good siu long pau restaurant in klang valley. the first and last time i ever had siu long pau was in singapore. yummmmmmm.

  3. Dana May 8, 2006 at 1:59 pm #

    agree with Cheneille, Siao Long Pau in Chef Loong (same row with PJ SS2 Police Station) is very good. And doesn’t have a looooong que to it. The other items there is very good as well, e.g. Avacado ice blend (on bowl with Ice cream), Crispy Chee Cheong Fun, etc etc etc etc!!! That is my favourite night snack joint. Price much reasonable than Dragon-i.

    Chef Loong himself, I last heard was that he used to work for Hotel Nikko before he came out and open this fancy dining place.

    But too bad only open between 6pm to 12pm.

    btw, my bf was telling me that the broth within the siao long pau is very very nutricious. Apparently it requires some bone marrow to marinate the mince, so you get the thick broth while steaming later on.

    Is that disgusting or what? 😛

    But who cares, I am still going to eat that.

    Anyway, before I forget. Friend just came bac from Shanghai, told me there’s a new twist to this SLP thingy. It is served with just the pastry in a ceramic bowl right from the steamer. It is rather empty inside, with just the thick soup broth. To eat it, you just need to poke a small straw into the pastry, drink like your regular coconut??


  4. Dana May 8, 2006 at 2:07 pm #

    Got summore…


    If you’re loaded with $$, and feel like giving yourself a treat, then can go to the Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Pao, in Lot 10, Bukit Bintang.

    That is the most authentic one, and made by cook invited to work there all the way China (I think). However if you ask me, I think there’s no different between Crystal Jade and Chef Loong’s, besides Chef Loong’s price is much more reasonable.

  5. spiller May 8, 2006 at 2:09 pm #

    yeah, Singapore Ding Tai Fong has the best pau!

  6. Cheneille May 8, 2006 at 2:35 pm #

    Dana, what no long queue??? That place is forever packed! Shows the food’s good lah hehe.

    Oo i’ll go try the crispy chee cheong fun and avocado ice blend next time i go. thanks!

  7. JW May 8, 2006 at 3:36 pm #

    hmm … the feature of SiuLongPao that you mentioned is very likely to be an overnight one. Personally, I like chinese pao a lot, therefore, it’s always by luck that I’ll get the fresh one. The texture of skin is soffy and the contains tasted fresh.

    For overnight pao, the skin is a very dry and the contains tasted different. You’ll be able to identify it if you tasted fresh one before.

  8. gbyeow May 8, 2006 at 4:42 pm #

    Dragon-I? o.O Yuk…

    FireAngel, the one you had in Singapore was Jade Restaurant is it? They have an outlet in Lot10.

    Might like to try that one.

  9. william wilstroth May 8, 2006 at 5:01 pm #

    Hi mate,

    How much you spend having your meal there?

    William Wilstroth

  10. Boss Stewie May 8, 2006 at 5:16 pm #

    hmmm that siu loong pao looks flatter than its supposed to be

  11. Guan May 8, 2006 at 6:15 pm #

    Best siu loong pau I’ve had in Hong Kong is at the Celestial Court Chinese restaurant at the Sheraton. They also serve a heavenly far tiu (rice wine) chicken!

  12. KY May 8, 2006 at 6:24 pm #

    Dragon-I wasn’t that great I think. The siu long pau offered at the Loong sifu opposite misai was pretty good though.

  13. suanie May 8, 2006 at 6:47 pm #

    you all make me want to go to ss2 now

  14. JC May 8, 2006 at 8:06 pm #

    Those spicy wan tans look like chee cheong fun, those stuffed with prawn or pork.

  15. Shopper May 8, 2006 at 9:46 pm #

    I have been there to have my dinner last time, I would say their design is great (you can see the chef making siu long pau at the corner of the main entrance), but their food’s quality is bad, especially noodles, not worth to eat.
    sui long pau, that only get my 3/10.

  16. moons May 8, 2006 at 10:04 pm #

    Might wanna try the one at Crystal Jade restaurant, its opposite sungei wang, at lot ten, near to the Secret Recipe restaurant. Their first branch in Malaysia, with others in HK and SG.

  17. Hijackqueen May 9, 2006 at 9:00 am #

    The spicy wanton looks good!

  18. Kelvin May 9, 2006 at 11:49 am #

    Siu loong bao… the MV branch of Dragon I is a bit better… and so is Chef Loong’s in SS2. You can also try Grandma’s Place in DU Uptown area.

    But my definite new favourite is at Crystal Jade in Lot 10.

  19. anonymous May 9, 2006 at 12:17 pm #

    JW Marriot’s Shanghai Restaurant has the best SLP in town.

  20. vlad May 9, 2006 at 2:34 pm #

    I think Michelle Reis has the best SLP ever.

    Small, smooth and plenty of nutritions.

  21. PasanKia May 9, 2006 at 5:27 pm #

    I gone to Dragon-i at MidValley, I must agree with your comment on my blog, Dragon-i Siu Loong Bau is crappy.. Chef Loong used to be a chef in Palace of Golden Horses.. his siu loong bau was good was first open the shop… the quality has dropped now… so I guess the better xiao long bao in town still Crystal Jade at Lot 10 and Shanghai at JW Marriot..

  22. cyber-red May 9, 2006 at 9:23 pm #

    dragon whatever silly place is overrated.

    should done a flash mob with placecards saying it sucks muahahah

  23. TasDevil May 9, 2006 at 11:03 pm #

    Talking about this makes me long for it… too bad in descendants of convict land, you can’t find any as easily.

    However, as mentioned Crystal Jade at Lot 10 has by far the best ones….. in Bull-eh Land that is 🙂

  24. Ront May 10, 2006 at 3:52 pm #

    only one dude recommended Grandma’s kitchen in DU….i had tried that…its quite good….in fcat i think its better than the Loong Sifu in SS2. did anyone know xiao long bao in SHA is not called shanghai xiao long bao? there are many versions and the most popular is Nan Xiang Xiao Long, available in YuYuan…that one is to die for….

  25. harry May 12, 2006 at 4:40 pm #

    Dragon-i serves crappy and over-priced foods. You pay for the ambience only!

  26. flaminglambo January 12, 2007 at 9:52 am #

    Try the Shanghai restaurant in Marriot K.L(next to Starhill). I can honestly say that they have the best siu loong pau in K.L. Dragon-1 sucks balls.

  27. russel January 14, 2007 at 3:09 am #

    definitely marriott kl’s shanghai restaurant has the best slp. btw, i’ve tried most of it out there, dragon-i, crystal jade, nanxiang mantou (the curve), etc etc, but no where near marriott’s. the texture of the slp skin is sooooo thin but yet just thick enough to hold on the soup inside. a must to try!

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