The Xiao Long Bao sensation has finally hit Manila. Last month, Crystal Jade opened its doors in Virra Mall, Greenhills Center.
Their Steamed Pork Soup Dumplings (Php 158.00) - They're not the best we've had (I think after Din Tai Fung, no xiao long bao can possibly be better!) but it's good enough. It was able to satisfy Joel's Chinese craving.
Steamed Sliced Pork with Assorted Capsicum & Bean Paste served with pancakes (Php 260.00)
Noodle with Spicy Cold Chicken (Php 288.00) - Joel wanted something spicy so he sampled this was and boy was it hoooot! The cold chicken was well-flavored and married perfectly with the hand-pulled noodles. What I love about it is that it's served with a spoonful of coriander/cilantro on the side which you can mix with the chicken and noodles. It accentuates the flavor beautifully. But waaah! It sure gives your tongue a good burn! hahaha! I had to ask for a glass of milk and Wong Lo Kat to hlep get the spiciness out of my mouth!
Wong Lo Kat (Php 44.00) - This helped my tongue recover from the spicy chicken noodle dish above! This herbal drink actually tastes like Sago't Gulaman without the well...sago and gulaman! Did that make sense?
For those who have been curious about Crystal Jade, the best time to go is on a weekday at an off-peak time. We went around 8:30 already and there was no line. We were seated promptly and service was quick and efficient.
* The only downside about last night's experience was that they don't have their own restroom inside the restaurant. Joel had to go out and enter the mall only to find out that that when he got there he needed a stub from the restaurant to enter because its a "Pay Restroom". So with much irritation and frustration, he had to go back and get that stub. Argh!
Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao
Unit 117-211 Ground Floor, Virra Mall, Greenhills Shopping Center
Greenhills, San Juan
570-6912 or 570-6910