So I wanted to look at the pictures from my Shi Lin article (because dim sum is my life), only to find out that I had never published it! Which I find bizarre because I just know that I wrote it ages ago. I don’t know. Maybe the interwebs swallowed it up. *sigh*
I swear I had written and published it! Or maybe it already is published and I just couldn’t find it, which would be embarrassing…but probably not. *sigh* Ok I’ll move on. So one of the places I went to when I was in Manila this summer was Shi Lin, which is a Taiwanese cuisine restaurant. I had heard about Shi Lin from the people at the agency I was interning at. I had my chance to eat at Shi Lin after a work thing one of my supervisors and I did and we had lunch.
Since it’s been ages since I actually took these pictures, I can’t remember exactly the names of what we ordered. Top left is the pork something, which was delicious. And then you have the xiao long bao, steamed dim sum, which is like Shi Lin’s specialty or best-seller or something, and for good reason because it’s really good. XLB ALSO HAPPENS TO BE THE LOVE OF MY LIFE. This is how you eat it like a pro:
- You put the xiao long bao in your soup spoon (like in the lower left picture) and if you like, you can include the soy sauce that comes with it. I suggest you should because not only is that how it’s usually done but it’s a really good idea.
- Poke a hole in the xiao long bao with your chopstick and then suck out the soup from within the xiao long bao.
- Eat the xiao long bao!
Lastly, we have the vegetables, which for the life of me I can’t remember! I think it was spinach? I don’t know, I don’t know my vegetables. I’m sufficiently embarrassed now…But anyways, I really liked the spinach as well. I usually have only a bit of the vegetable dishes at the beginning of the meal and ignore them, but I remember finishing that spinach. (EDIT: I don’t know if I was just an idiot but that has got to be kangkong, right?)
Anyhoo, it was a great meal. Our total bill was around P500, which at the time I thought was ~cheap but right now having absolutely no money in my pocket, I realise it’s actually a bit pricey for having only ordered three dishes and a bowl of rice for each. (EDIT: I change my mind. It’s totally affordable, considering the quality of the meal.) However, you can just go for the xiao long bao because it really is that good. Plus it’s fun poking at it and stuff. PLUS IT’S THE LOVE OF MY LIFE.
Shi Lin can be found in the Commercenter Building, 4th Ave. corner 31st St., Bonifacio Global City.