CHECK IT OUT: Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao now open in Greenhills
Famous for its Xiao Long Bao and hand-pulled noodles, Crystal Jade’s flagship outlet opens in Virra Mall, Greenhills.
Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao
Unit 117-121, Virra Mall, Greenhills Shopping Center,
Greenhills, San Juan City
Tel. Nos. 570-6910,570-6912
Operating Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
When traveling around Asia, foodies hankering for good Chinese food always include a trip to one of Crystal Jade's restaurants on the itinerary. With outlets in Singapore, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Ho Chi Minh City, Seoul, Jakarta and Tokyo, the Crystal Jade franchise finally opens its flagship outlet in Manila.
Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao, located in Virra Mall, Greenhills, is Crystal Jade’s first branch in Manila. With an award-winning reputation to uphold--its Hong Kong outlets are listed in the Michelin Guide Hong Kong/Macau 2010 Bib Gourmand--seven master chefs are in charge of the spacious Manila kitchen to ensure that they churn out authentic flavors.
Even with numerous citations, including being on the list of the Miele Guide's Top 320 Best Restaurants in Asia in 2008 for the Shanghai branch, the local menu surprisingly has most dishes priced below the 400-peso mark.
Xiao Long Bao. Click to see more photos.
Go for the Xiao Long Bao ("small basket dumpling"), a steamed pork dumpling filled with soup which originated in Eastern China. Crystal Jade’s version has tender pork meat and a tasty burst of steaming soupy broth, wrapped delicately in soft smooth wonton wrapper served with ginger sauce as a dipping sauce (P158 for 5 pieces). Note to the uninitiated: wait a few seconds before popping the whole dimsum into your mouth. The explosion of the hot broth oozing from inside the dumpling may result to a burnt tongue. Better yet, place the dumpling on your spoon, nibble a hole and slurp the soup.
The La Mian, or Chinese hand-pulled noodles are also made daily, with ingredients flown in from Hong Kong. The 132-seater restaurant dressed in traditional red with cream hues, also serves other equally enjoyable dishes: a flaky radish pastry (P98/ 3 pieces), savory Beijing pork dumplings (P115/ 8 pieces), Crispy Chicken Fillet in Lemon Sauce (P288) and Noodle with Dried Shrimp & Peanut in Spicy Sauce (P288).
We recommend calling ahead to make reservations, the buzz on Crystal Jade is sure to create long lines waiting for a table. Crystal Jade Xiao Long Bao opens at 11 a.m. on September 13, Monday.