In less than five years after setting up shop in the Philippines, the Crystal Jade brand had already gained a steady cult following despite the numerous competitors in the metro.
Its first branch, Crystal Jade Shanghai Delight in San Juan, is considered mecca for Xiao Long Bao-- fragile little pork dumplings filled with piping hot soup. The most avid devotees go out of their way for Multi-flavoured Xiao Long Bao available in five different varieties: Cheese, Spicy Beef, Shrimp, Vegetable and Dried Bean Curd, and Spicy Chicken.
Multi-flavoured Xiao Long Bao at Crystal Jade Shanghai Delight
Its second branch, Crystal Jade Dining IN, in Bonifacio Global City is sought after for its Steamed Cream Custard Buns with Salted Egg Yolk (P160). These sweet and buttery buns hide molten lava of salty and creamy egg yolk. Veterans, whose visits almost always involve an order of these, have even developed a technique in devouring them bright orange balls: pinch a hole, slurp the yolk, and then bite the fluff. We, who are among the veterans quoted here, haven't found a bun in the metro that can rival Crystal Jade's cream custards. They are that good.
Steamed Cream Custard Buns with Salted Egg Yolk
And since we've put our cards on the table, we'll no longer be coy to admit that we rejoiced when we learned that Crystal Jade Dining IN now offers Weekend Dim Sum Buffet. Unlimited servings of some of Manila’s best made-to-order dim sum? Count us in!
For P688++, diners can stuff themselves silly with Cream Custard Buns as well as 21 other dim sum options every Saturday and Sunday from 3:00 PM TO 5:30 PM. Unsure as to how to maximize your dim sum buffet experience? Refer to our dim sum attack plan below:
For starters get the Steamed Shrimp Dumpling (Ha Kau) and Steamed Pork and Shrimp Dumpling with Crab Roe (Siew Mai). We know, we know. These two are the most ubiquitous dim sum you can get; what a boring way to start the meal! But hear us out first. If a restaurant can't get the basic variants right, how can you expect it to please with the rest of the fare, right? So go ahead and slide a piece or two of these silky morsels down your throat for a good first impression.
Steamed Shrimp Dumpling (Ha Kau)
Steamed Pork and Shrimp Dumpling with Crab Roe (Siew Mai)
Follow it up with any of the three variants of the rice rolls: Steamed Rice Roll with Shrimp, Steamed Rice Roll with BBQ Pork and Coriander, or Steamed Rice Roll with Scallop and Asparagus. Whichever you choose, you're sure to be pleased with these silky sheets of steamed rice noodles best enjoyed with generous pouring of sweet soy sauce.
Steamed Vegetarian Dumpling with Coriander
Steamed Shrimp and Spinach Dumpling
Steamed BBQ Pork Bun
Baked BBQ Pork Pastry with Sesame
And because the key to enjoying dim sum is variety, get one or two from the deep-fried options in the menu: Deep-fried Beancurd Skin Rolled with Shrimp, Deep-fried Shrimp and Chicken Spring Roll, Deep Fried Shrimp and Mango Roll, or Deep Fried Yam Dumpling with Scallop, Minced Pork, and Mushroom.
Deep Fried Yam Dumpling with Scallop, Minced Pork, and Mushroom
If you aren't stuffed to the brim yet, or the savories next: Steamed Chicken Feet with Special Sauce, Steamed Beancurd Skin Rolled with Shrimp and Minced Pork in Oyster Sauce, or the Steamed Pork Rib in Black Bean Sauce.
Steamed Pork Rib in Black Bean Sauce
Steamed Beancurd Skin Rolled with Shrimp and Minced Pork in Oyster Sauce
Save the best for last by ordering Baked Mini Egg Tart and their Steamed Cream Custard Bun with Salted Egg Yolk as "dessert".
Crystal Jade Dining IN's weekend buffet upholds the Chinese' Yum Cha tradition of serving dim sum along with tea during afternoons. The buffet is by-order so as to ensure the freshness of the dim sum. Nope, there's no Xiao Long Bao in the menu, but who knows? If we patronize their BGC promo enough, they might reward us with a Xiao Long Bao buffet in their San Juan branch.