Red Jade is the new Chinese restaurant at the Manila Hotel, it takes over the former space of Mabuhay Palace. We recently sampled a few of their signature dishes for lunch.
We started off lunch with a dimsum sampler plate comprised of Steamed Shrimp Dumpling, Crispy Fried Shrimp stuffed with Cheese, and Pan Fried Radish cake. The har gao is one of the better ones in Manila, whole crisp shrimp with a thin but strong wrapper. The shrimp has a crispy net like shell, which went surprisingly well with the cheese and the wasabi cream sauce. I’m not a big fan of radish cakes but I’d readily order this again, lots of radish flavor with some spiciness too.
Lobster Glazed with Sliced Almonds. Fresh lobster, lightly battered and fried then coated in mayonnaise then coated with almonds. I really enjoyed the light crisp of the batter and almonds mixed with the creamy mayo that leads to the sweet meat of the lobster.
Seafood Spinach Soup. A disc of tofu float in the middle of each serving topped with fish roe for a beautiful color contrast. Soup was light and refreshing with different layers of flavor complementing each other.
Pan Fried Lamb Chops with Red Wine and Honey Pepper Sauce. Lamb is not usually used in Chinese cooking except for the North. The technique and flavors are reminiscent of those used for beef but with lamb substituting. A number of Chinese don’t eat beef so this is a good alternative dish. The lamb was very tender and the bone added lots of flavor, the sauce is a good balance of sweet and peppery, perfect over white rice.
Fried Stuffed Scallop with Crab Roe Sauce. A large scallop enveloped by a mashed seafood ball then decadent crab roe sauce is poured over it.
Braised Lo Han Chai in Taro Ring. For me the highlight of this dish is the taro ring, equal parts creamy and crisp.
Dan Dan Noodles Szechuan Style. A hearty bowl of noodles with just the right amount of spiciness that encourages you to finish it and savor the flavors. The noodles are nice and chewy with a good bite and ample amount of minced pork.
Red JadeThe Manila Hotel
One Rizal Park, Manila Philippines
Contact No.: (632) 527-0011
Facebook Page: The Manila Hotel
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