Flat lay of Impossible Pork menu at Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao

Imitation meat has come a long way. When it was first introduced into the culinary scene, I remembered frowning at the taste and texture. There was no way it could pass off as the real deal, regardless of how much I gaslighted myself. Recently, I was caught off guard. If I wasn’t preempted beforehand, I would’ve most likely believed that I had eaten traditional Northern Chinese specialities, made with real pork.

Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao has launched its first Impossible™ Pork menu that features seven dishes.

“Minced pork is central to so many classic Chinese recipes, and Impossible Pork is a delicious, nutritious, versatile and far more sustainable alternative.”

Laurent Stevenart, General Manager for Singapore & UAE, Impossible Foods.

We tried four of the classic Chinese dishes.

It’s common for imitation meat dishes to be spicy, to mask any subtle flavours that would give away its true identity. However, the Pan-fried Shanghai Impossible Pork and Vegetable Bun ($6.9), a crowd favourite, fooled me without any spice. Aside from the flavourful fillings, the bun was soft, with a light crisp at the base.

The Mini Impossible Wanton ($7.9), Sautéed Minced Impossible Pork with Basil served with Romaine Lettuce ($18.9), Steamed Impossible Bak Kut Teh Xiao Long Bao ($9.9 for 6 pieces,
$14.9 for 10 pieces)
, and Sautéed Minced Impossible Pork with Basil served with Romaine Lettuce ($18.9) are the other non-spicy Impossible™ dishes on the menu.

On the spicy team, the Impossible Mapo Tofu ($15.9) was our favourite. Intensely flavourful, but lightly numbing, this was perfect for diners with a low spice tolerance.

The Wok-fried French Bean, Eggplant and Impossible Pork with Lao Gan Ma Sauce, ($14.9) also impressed with its crunchy beans.

Lastly, Signature Small Bowl Dan Dan La Mian with Impossible Pork ($6.9), while springy, had a milder flavour than expected.

According to a blind taste test of 200 consumers in Hong Kong, Impossible Pork was preferred 54% to 46% over ground pork from pigs. What do you think?

The new menu will be exclusively available at the brand’s latest outlet at i12 Katong and on Deliveroo, before rolling out at all outlets in Singapore later this year.

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