Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Shi Lin and Xiao Long Bao

We always seem to miss our lunches and dinners out when we were still residing in Singapore. Among those we miss is our frequent visits to branches of Din Tai Fung, a popular Taiwanese chain well known for its specialty - Xiao Long Bao. Xiao Long Bao is a steamed dimsum with ground meat and a signature soup that makes it such a delight to eat. I haven't had good Xiao Long Bao in Manila even as I tried the version of one restaurant in Binondo recently. To be fair, there might be one or more restaurants in Binondo that I should try one time that probably serves really good Xiao Long Bao.

The Clairvoyant mentioned to me one time that they ate at this restaurant at Bonifacio Global City that's near their office. She said that it served good Xiao Long Bao as well as other items. It also reminded her of Din Tai Fung. Unfortunately, I haven't had much opportunities to go to BGC and eat out with the Clairvoyant there. But then last week after attending a seminar in Alabang, we decided to have lunch at the Alabang Town Center where we spotted a Shi Lin branch, and so I finally was able to try their Xiao Long Bao.

Interior of Shi Lin's Alabang Town Center branch
Xiao Long Bao just as we like it - steaming but not scalding, flavourful soup. It's the real deal!
Crispy lean chicken chop over fried rice was surprisingly flavorful
You can see the staff preparing the dims and noodles from the window
Din Tai Fung is reportedly going to open its first branch in Manila this year. That will surely be a game changer for the Chinese restaurants here as they bring their specialties and perhaps challenge other similarly themed restaurants to raise their games. Until then, I am quite satisfied with Shi Lin and will surely be back to eat at this restaurant soon.


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