Talk about late, hahaha! Crystal Jade opened in Manila a few years ago but it’s only now that we finally took time out to eat there. We did try Crystal Jade in Hong Kong back in 2010 though. We were put off by the long lines back then because really, I personally don’t believe in wasting precious time lining up to eat because I can always take my business elsewhere.
So last weekend after we had dropped off our son for a school activity, hubby, daughter, and I proceeded to have breakfast at Crystal Jade in Greenhills. No more lines, mind you. That’s just the way we like it. My father-in-law hates this place with a passion because back when it was in vogue he lined up with my mother-in-law and sister-in-law and felt cheated by what according to him were the high prices and small servings. He would repeatedly remind us not to eat there for months on end afterwards.
We got a table by the window. Aside from us, there was only one other group in the restaurant.
Hubby ordered Crystal Jade’s P299 La Mian Noodles Set. For P299 you can mix and match your choice of La Mian Noodles and Dimsum. He opted for La Mian Noodles with Pork Chop (pictured above). You get a small bowl of noodles in clear soup and three small slices of pork chop.
Here’s a closer look at the pork chop. There are actually 8 kinds of La Mian Noodles you can choose from. I tried a piece of this and it was tasty (I actually liked the taste), albeit kinda tough. Daughter couldn’t bite a piece off and gave up, complaining that it was “matigas”.
For his dimsum, hubby picked Steamed Pork Bun. You get 2 pieces. If you combine the noodles and the dimsum I guess it can make for a satisfactory breakfast. Hubby said the Steamed Pork Buns were very good — the bread is really soft and chewy plus the pork filling is made up of flavorful barbecued lean meat. Like the La Mian, there are eight kinds of dimsum to choose from. Next time I think I’ll order the La Mian Noodles Set myself.
Daughter ordered Steamed Soupy Xiao Long Bao (P188, pictured above), her favorite dimsum. She loves xiao long bao and her go-to xiao long bao place is Lugang Cafe, hahaha. She did find Crystal Jade’s xiao long bao good though. Like Lugang, the wrapper is really nice and chewy plus there’s a lot of delicious piping hot soup inside. The pork filling is yummy too. She finished four pieces before giving up, hahaha.
Since I wanted to try something new, I decided to go with the Multi-Flavored Xiao Long Bao (P229, pictured above), which I had been reading about in blogs. I was a bit disappointed by how flat they looked compared to my daughter’s plump xiao long bao’s. Parang kawawa, hahaha! There are five flavors: Vegetable and Dried Bean Curd, Cheese, Shrimp, Spicy Chicken, and Spicy Beef. Interesting and tasty, yes they were good but the Steamed Soupy Xiao Long Bao was better.
I noticed that the Multi-Flavored Xiao Long Bao’s contained significantly less soup compared to the Steamed Soupy Xiao Long Bao. So if you ask me, I think you are better off ordering their original Steamed Soupy Xiao Long Bao because you definitely get more bang for your buck.
For dessert, we decided to order Glutinous Rice Dumpling with Taro (P120, pictured above). We saw it on the menu and our curiosity was piqued.
Wow, it was divine! Sticky, chewy and generously filled with red beans and creamy taro. It’s not overly sweet too! Definitely better than buchi or any of the usual Chinese desserts restaurants serve.
Our bill came out to around P800, I think. It was okay I guess, but then again we ordered mostly from the breakfast menu which is only available from 7am to 10am (that’s where you find the P299 La Mian Noodles Set). I guess if we have lunch or dinner here we will end up paying a lot more. Still, food seems quite good in general although so far I’ve only tried mostly the xiao long bao’s.
Don’t tell my father-in-law, hahahaha!
*All photos in this post were taken using the Samsung Galaxy Note 2.
Crystal Jade Shanghai Delight
G/F Virra Mall,
Missouri St., Greenhills, San Juan City
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