Served in bamboo baskets, Xiao Long Bao are tiny soup dumplings that are often craved and revered for their comforting goodness of soupy broth and meaty filling with each delicate nibble of their translucent skin. This Chinese delicacy of miniature soup pockets is said to be invented in the town of Nan Xiang in Shanghai, China.
There are many places in the metro where you can get your Xiao Long Bao fix, each restaurant catering to different types of budget and craving -- here, we've rounded up seven favorites for your dumpling domination requirements. Which one's your top pick?
First, a caveat: Makati Shang's popular Chinese restaurant serves their xiao long bao as part of a dim sum buffet, which is a regular delicious occurence for the weekday lunch crowd. So, save space for other dim sum, soups, appetizers, rice, noodles, and desserts!
Order: Steamed Shanghai 'Xiao Long Pao,' included in Dim Sum Plus lunch menu (P888+ per person, Mondays to Saturdays, from 11:30am to 2:30pm)
For authentic and cheap Chinese eats, your best bet is to head to Chinatown, where streets are busy and foodtrips are inevitable. For a no-frills dimsum fest set in an open kitchen like no other, Dong Bei is the way -- plus points for selling XLB in frozen packs to bring home!
Order: Steamed Xiao Long Pao (P120/6pcs); available in frozen packs (P200/15pcs)
A favorite of the Greenhills community, Mien San is a not too hidden gem serving comfort food hits from both Chinese and Taiwanese cuisine, with special emphasis on fresh noodles. Their affordable selection has been a crowd-pleaser for years, just like their baskets of Siaolong Pao.
Order: Siaolong Pao (P168/4pcs), Shrimp Sialong Pao (P178)