The first Crystal Jade Restaurant in Manila, Philippines is set to open on September 13, 2010. This is bound to make history as Crystal Jade, which originated from Singapore, has been recently labeled to as the Superbrand. Aside from this, it has been awarded, too, as the Reader’s Digest Trusted Brand, garnered Gold in the Family Restaurant category, the Top CitiBusiness Regional Brands and Top Established Brands at the Singapore Prestige Brand Awards in 2009. Likewise, won the People’s Choice Award as the Best Chinese Restaurant and Best Service Eatery in Singapore Press holdings Limited’s Asiaone.com. These and more has been associated with Crystal Jade since it was established in Singapore in 1991.
I was one of the lucky bloggers who was invited to taste fourteen (14) of the best dishes that Crystal Jade Restaurant is known for during a food blogging event. I can say that all of them are delicious and served to satisfy the customers’ gastronomical needs. Food service is superb that you’ll feel that they live and exist to make the guests special and pamper them with good food.
Anyway, when the food is already served, I grabbed a Xiao Long Bao, a steamed soupy pork dumpling that Crystal Jade is well-known for. “Xiao long bao” is a Chinese word which means “small basket dumpling” as the dumpling is steamed in a bamboo basket. Each mouthwatering dumpling appetizingly comes with smooth soft skin, filled with the freshest tender meat and tasty soupy broth that result to a unique taste that every diner of Crystal Jade should never miss.
Before I munch all the dumplings served in a sweet sauce, I tried the crispy eel wuxy style, which has a sweet taste and it perfectly suited my taste buds. I also had the Lanzhou, a handmade noodle and one of the Crystal Jade’s prides. The noodles has this texture that I can’t explain but tasted good on my palate, maybe because it’s genuinely handmade.
Other food that I’ve tasted are string beans, Beancurd w chilli, Nanjing Duck, soufflé balls, Stew Pork, SiChuan Soup, radish pastry, pan fried Shang Hai pork dumpling, mango pudding, cold cucumber and Beijing dumpling, among others. I really like all of them, but among them, my most favorite are dumplings and crispy eel wuxy style! Can’t wait to try them again.
Watch out for the seven master chefs from Hong Kong that will serve nothing but only the best authentic Chinese cuisines. Being hailed as the ultimate seat of Chinese Food Fare, Crystal Jade will certainly capture the heart of every food lover.
One of the seven master chefs from Hong Kong demonstrating how to make noodles from dough.
Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao will proudly open its doors to their patrons and welcome new customers in Virra Mall, Greenhills Shopping Center in San Juan tomorrow, September 13, 2010. This very first outlet in the Philippines will serve authentic Chinese dishes like Cantonese, Teochew and Shanghai cuisine, Lanzhou La Mian, Shanghai favorites, Cantonese barbecue meat, noodle and congee, authentic Korean fare, Hong Kong style buns and Dim Sum, Western boutique café and restaurants and international collection of pastries and bread that every Filipino from all ages will surely love.
Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao’s flagship outlet is located at Unit 117-121 Virra Mall, Greenhills Shopping Center
Contact #: (02)570-6910, 570-6912
Opening date: September 13, 2010
Business hours: Monday to Friday 11 am to 10 pm; Saturday, Sunday, and PH: 11 am to 10 pm