I was actually hesitant when I got invited by Krissy to an event for a new Chinese restaurant in Virra Mall Green Hills that entails food/restaurant review. Being a vegetarian, it was already hard to explain to people why I don't eat meat or even seafoods because it makes me look maarte; so why even attend a Media Lunch where I am not sure what's going to be served! =D
I went for it anyway, and learned that Crystal Jade is a must-visit fine dining restaurant in Singapore, especially for its Xiao Long Bao (Steamed Soupy Pork Dumpling). I actually read comments online how they're happy that they don't have to go to SG anymore just to eat this tasty specialty! Maybe it's apt to say that Crystal Jade is for the foodies as Forever 21's opening here in Manila is for the fashionistas! Here are the dishes they served to us during my most probably longest meal ever! :)
Xiao Long Bao (Steamed Soupy Pork Dumpling)
They described it as parang siomai but with tasty hot broth inside. Sounds yummy!
Pork Dumpling with Hot Chilli Sauce
Second dish still not for the vegetarians, but they said it tastes like the first batch minus the soup.
Steamed Vegetable Bun and Radish Pastry
Yey! Finally, something for me! :)) Served in a nice plate, I enjoyed both pastries with generous fillings!
Cold Cucumber with Minced Garlic in Sesame Oil
Another dish for me: good as appetizer or even as sahog with the other viands.
Cold Slice Pork Roll with Cucumber and Garlic
Crispy Eel Wuxi Style
We were given a list of the menu, and I was actually waiting on how this one will look like. Haha!
Spicy and Sour Soup in Sichuan Style
Roll the whole thing with the thin lumpia wrapper. I got to taste it's yummy sauce by eating the cashew nuts. =)
Mich said this is her favorite. I think it'll make a good ulam.
I really love spicy noodles. I have to say this is my favorite. :))
I'll always be a kanin-person. :)
Yummy fluffy sweet dessert.
Light gelatin with mangoes.
I remembered something said by one of the hosts for the event: That Crystal Jade is the McDo in fine dining. By this, they mean that the taste and texture and maybe even the serving size of their dishes are consistent. Other than the sumptuous menu, which I've proven is also vegetarian-friendly! :)), I commend the nice ambiance of the place--along with the accommodating servers.
Ending this entry with more photos!! =))
A live-demo on how they make their fresh ramen noodles!
Twirled...And after several repeats...
Krissy and her chopsticks story! ;))
Visit Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao for a whole new dining experience.
Ground Floor, Virra Mall, Greenhills Shopping Center.
Business Hours: 11 am - 10pm
Type of Cuisine: "Wide selections of Shanghai specialties, Dim Sum and Lanzhou hand-made noodles at its finest"