(SPOT.ph) Xiao long bao is a perpetual favorite among diners across the world. This scrumptious soup dumpling, which literally means “little basket bun,” is steamed in a traditional bamboo basket called
Here, we’ve narrowed down the 10 best pork xiao long bao in Manila and ranked them according to quality, value for money, and overall taste.
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10 Best Xiao Long Bao in Metro Manila
10. Crystal Jade Dining IN's Xiao Long Bao (P187.50/five pieces)
With its delightfully sweet and sour xiao long bao, Crystal Jade remains a favorite of many. While its wrapper can turn a bit soggy, it manages to hold its distinctly yellow-orange broth and filling well. The pork has a chewy texture to it, lacking that melt-in-your-mouth feeling, but it's tasty enough to fulfill your soup dumpling cravings.
Crystal Jade Dining IN is at 7th Avenue, Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City.
9. Choi Garden's Xiao Long Bao (P130/four pieces)
Get ready for some mouthwatering goodness with Choi Garden's version of the famous soup dumpling. Its rich broth is denser than the others on this list, which may or may not
Choi Garden has branches at 12 Annapolis corner Purdue Street, Greenhills Center, San Juan City; and 924 Antonio Arnaiz Avenue, Makati City.
8. Fat Fook's Xiao Long Bao (P138/five pieces, P198/eight pieces)
These sticky soup dumplings are fresh and soothing. The wrapper is thin but it does an effective job of holding everything in. The soup bursts out when you bite into the dumpling, and the fibrous pork inside flaunts bold flavors. If you're looking for something lighter, though, maybe this isn't the one for you.
Fat Fook is at UG/F Main Building, SM City North EDSA, Quezon City.
7. Gloria Maris' Siao Long Pao (P130/four pieces)
This is not the xiao long bao you’re used to. Larger than the usual, with more meat than soup, Gloria Maris' soup dumplings are a break from the traditional. It might not have a lot of broth, but what little soup it has is delectably sweet, the pork succulent—and, boy, is there a lot of pork in there. Because of its portion of protein, the wrapper doesn't hold in the best way, breaking easily and coming off like a piece of
See a list of Gloria Maris branches.
6. Paradise Dynasty's Xiao Long Bao (P188/six pieces, P298/10 pieces)
Paradise Dynasty is more popularly known for their colored xiao long bao, which is really a feast of soup dumplings in various flavors including truffle,
Paradise Dynasty is at 2/F S Maison, Conrad Manila, Seaside Boulevard Corner Coral Way, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City.
5. Dong Bei's Xiao Long Bao (P150/six pieces)
This popular hole-in-the-wall in Chinatown might have you queuing because of the minimal seating, but we guarantee it's worth the wait. These handmade little gems are not the most intricate or graceful-looking but their flavors are stunning. Slurp the sweet soup, and then enjoy the fresh soft filling, brightened by hints of
Dong Bei is at 642 Yuchengco Street, Binondo, Manila.
4. Shi Lin's Xiao Long Bao (P170/six pieces, P188/10 pieces)
Don't let the size fool you, Shi Lin's xiao long bao packs quite the punch. The soup has diverse flavors that are rich but not overpowering.
See a list of Shi Lin branches.
3. Suzhou Dimsum's Xiao Long Pao (P120/four pieces)
These plump and generously sized xiao long
Suzhou Dimsum has branches at A. Mabini Street, Malate, Manila; and A. Mabini Street, Mandaluyong City.
2. Lugang Café's Xiao Long Bao (P248/eight pieces)
Perfectly sized with a filling that just melts so beautifully in your mouth, Lugang's famed xiao long bao may be on the pricier side but they're well worth shelling out the cash for. The soup strikes just the right balance between indulgently rich and amazingly addictive. It's bold and thick in the most appealing way, while the pork not only melts, it’s also seasoned with a perfect mix of onion and ginger. Even with eight pieces, you won't struggle to finish an entire serving.
See a list of Lugang Café branches.
1. Din Tai Fung's Xiao Long Bao (P160/five pieces, P315/10 pieces)
You can't really beat a classic. Din Tai Fung's famous xiao long bao comes to your table looking elegant, lovely, and pure as crystal. Looking at it is like looking at an art piece, with its delicate folds and pristine white casing. It's hard to not describe Din Tai Fung's xiao long bao as “clean,” because that's what it looks and tastes like. It's got the best parts of what makes a soup dumpling great: A delicate and mild broth that doesn't feel heavy, a delectable but sturdy wrap that does its job and even tastes great, a well-proportioned soup-to-meat ratio, and an appetizing filling that practically melts on the tongue while lavishing it with the right balance of salty and sweet. Din Tai Fung serves a perfect xiao long bao that's always going to be worth coming back for.
Din Tai Fung has branches at G/F Mega Fashion Hall, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City; and C1 Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City.
Bai Nian Tang Bao's Xiao Long Bao
Bai Nian Tang Bao is known for their variety of xiao long bao. Their Special Crab Roe xiao long bao is a luxurious option filled with crab roe and pork. They also have giant tang bao, which is a larger version of the xiao long bao. Unlike the traditional dumpling soup, it's meant to be enjoyed with a straw. These dumplings are enjoyable because of their rich flavors and the experience of sipping the hot broth from inside the delicate wrapper itself. Bai Nian Tang Bao also offers a range of other dishes as well, including various appetizers, soups, noodles, and rice dishes.
Bai Nian Tang Bao is at 120-121, AIRMALL corner Malugay and Yakal St., San Antonio, Makati City 1203.
King Chef Dimsum Kitchen's Xiao Long Bao
King Chef Dimsum Kitchen is recognized for its Cantonese cuisine and offers a selection of dim sum, including xiao long bao. They provide a variety of dim sum options, such as hakaw, taosi spareribs, and xiao long bao, along with unique items like crispy shrimp noodles and taro garlic siomai.
See a list of King Chef Dimsum Kitchen branches.
Lao Beijing's Xiao Long Bao
Lao Beijing is recognized as a Chinese restaurant that offers delicious and affordable dim sum. You should make sure to try their bestselling xiao long bao and petchay pork dumpling.
See a list of Lao Beijing branches.
Tien Ma’s Xiao Long Bao
Tien Ma's is a Taiwanese restaurant that has expanded its food choices to include a variety of dishes, among which their xiao long bao is particularly noteworthy. One of their best selections is the truffled xiao long bao, specifically the Black Mushroom with Truffle Oil xiao long bao, priced at P240 for eight pieces. They can be described as having a hint of truffle with each bite, soft and smooth skin, and a good amount of soup inside.
See a list of Tien Ma's branches.
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