Mai Wei Fang is a small restaurant that specializes in pan fried soup dumplings and other wheat flour dishes from China. Their first store is located beside the supermarket in Robinson’s Place Manila so it’s very accessible with plentiful parking. Seating is limited to two tables plus bar seating by the wall.
Shen Jiang Bao (P165/6 pcs). The dumpling are cooked upon order, visible through the show kitchen window. Similar to the xiao long bao but this one is much bigger and instead of being steaming, it is pan fried instead for a more aromatic dish. This is our pick for must order at Mai Wei Fang.
Each piece is topped with sesame seeds and spring onion and has fluffy top and a crusted and brown pinched bottom.
Be very careful when eating this as it is super hot because of the plentiful soup inside. The amount of soup on the spoon above is about half of what is inside each dumpling which makes it juicy. The dough is thin yet strong enough to hold the soup and flavor packed meat and has a “qq” chewy texture. The soft top and the crusty bottom give a nice textural contrast in your mouth.
Shao Bing Sandwich (P155, +P35 for chicken fillet). A flaky flat bread sandwich filled with scrambled eggs, green onion, you tiao (cruller) and pork floss, finished off with a drizzling of sweet and savory sauce. For a heftier meal, be sure to add the crunchy and juicy fried chicken fillet.
You Tiao Dessert (P100). Finish off with something crispy and sweet, a fried cruller drizzled with condensed milk and sprinkled with crushed peanuts. You can have it served as a big piece or cut up into bite sized pieces.
You can have all three above as part of the Mai Wei Fang Combo for P445 (P480 with fried chicken fillet), which comes with a drink of your choice also.
We loved Mai Wei Fang and can’t wait for them to open a branch nearer us, hopefully very soon. Irene and I both prefer the sheng jian bao over the more popular xiao long bao and are happy to finally try a legit one in the Philippines.
Mai Wei Fang
Level 1, Adriatico Wing
Robinson’s Place Manila
Ermita St, Manila City, Philippines