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Love Dumplings – Flavourful bak chang and red bean kee chang

Love Dumplings – Flavourful bak chang and red bean kee chang

Love Dumplings – Flavourful bak chang and red bean kee chang

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We got a delivery of Love Dumplings just in time for lunch this afternoon. A home eatery specialising in glutinous rice dumplings, we simply had to try Love Dumplings’ signature kiam bak chang or salty meat dumplings. Love Dumplings allows customers to choose between lean and fatty meat, and whether they want chilli in their bak zhang. We also got a pair of alkaline dumplings filled with red bean paste.

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The bak chang (10 for $40) are average in size, tumbling out from their banana leaf wrappers to manifest itself. The pyramids are dense and dark brown – always a welcome colour since it always suggests flavour. Love Dumplings’ bak changs include chestnuts, salted egg yolk and shiitake mushroom halves, and braised meat – fatty pork in our case. 

The biggest strength of this bak chang as expected is how well the flavour penetrated the dumpling. The mushrooms stood out, together with a hint of white pepper.

However, for $4 a piece, I expected more generous portions of ingredients. The portioning were also a little inconsistent, with less pork and more salted yolk in one dumpling, and vice versa in others. he salted yolk and chestnuts are quite typical, so I have no bones to pick there. 

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We also tried their kee chang with red bean paste (10 for $25) which I enjoyed. The dumplings were boiled long enough that the rice grains have melded together, creating a mouthfeel reminiscent of mochi, but still retaining a satisfyingly chewy texture. Most kee changs are hard to eat without a sauce like gula melaka or kaya, but Love Dumplings has really gotten the kee chang recipe down to a T. The glutinous rice was just slightly savoury and the lye taste, though prominent, is not overpowering or bitter. This made the kee chang easier to eat even in the corners where there is less red bean filling. The not-too-sweet red bean paste really complimented the dumpling, and I even hoped there was more filling!

Overall, I think Love Dumplings has a good mastery of their products in the taste department, but their dumplings would be much more satisfying if the fillings, were more generous. With that being said, I do think that those who have strict preferences for their bak chang will love ordering from home-based brands, since you can have special requests made to order.

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