Spotting the signage going up in Greenhills last year got us excited since we’ve eaten a couple of times in Crystal Jade La Mien in Singapore.
We tried getting in upon their opening but the lines were so very very long, almost two hours to get a table. We thought to ourselves that its so not worth it. We liked the food the couple of times we ate in their Singapore branch but the food is not out of this world good to wait that long.
Fast forward to a few months after, the lines and hype, tables are easy to get and the restaurant barely half full. We went in got a table and proceeded to order although some of the dishes we had in Singapore was non existent in the menu like the fried crispy duck.
Nanjing Salted Duck (P198). This one was very good, the duck meat was very flavorful yet not too salty. We would order this again.
Crispy Eel in “Wu Xi” style (P288). There was just something with this dish that you kept us getting piece after piece. The crispy eel was coated in a sweet glaze that I really love, my penchant for sweet food coming out again.
Fresh Shrimp Wonton Soup (P150/ 6 pieces). I did not get a taste of this but my SIL said it was not good.
Noodle with Dried Shrimp and Peanut in Spicy Sauce (P288). We requested their tone down the spiciness since Irene and I would be sharing this. There was ample peanut sauce as well as spattering of dried shrimp through out unlike the one from Shi Lin. The noodles were cooked al dente and had a nice chewy quality in them.
Fried Man Tou with Condensed milk. It was Lauren’s first time to eat fried man tou with condensed milk. At first she was hesitant to try but with her first dip of the bread into the milk, she was hooked. I think she finished the whole plate and even wanted to order some more.
Sauteed sliced pork with capsicum and bean paste (P260). This dish was served with pancakes and can be eaten similar to Peking duck. I loved the taste of this dish but my major complaint was the oiliness of the dish. It would have been a good dish with the crunchiness of the capsicum and cabbage contrasting with the pork and enveloped by earthy flavor of the bean paste.
Fried Pancake with Scallion (P98). This one was a major let down. We ordered it thinking it was similar to the one we had in Taipei, boy were we wrong. Irene and I each each had a piece and just left the rest.
Notice the lack of xiao long bao in our order, its not a favorite of ours. We remedied that we when we were back in Crystal Jade, this time with Grace. We all felt the skin and the soup was superior to Shi Lin‘s but the meat inside was a step back. Irene and I agreed we would be back for the noodles and the crispy eel.
So have you been to Crystal Jade, now the perfect time to give it a try.
Crystal Jade La Mien Xiao Long Bao
Unit 117-121, Virra Mall, Greenhills Shopping Center,
Greenhills, San Juan City, Philippines
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