Shang Palace’ Dim Sum Buffet

For the longest time, I had been wanting to try Shang Palace’ Dim Sum Buffet, ever since I read about it on facebook. It’s a good thing I have someone who’s equally also a foodie like me 😛

Little did I know that the unlimited dim sum also comes with endless servings of soup, appetizer, rice, noodles, congee, vegetarian dishes, dessert & a choice of one main course! Can you say SULIT? 😛 It’s a good thing I went with an empty stomach!

For starters, we were given this seemingly simple bowl of tofu, which turned out to be absolutely delicious! It was fried in a sweet sauce, yet the tofu remained al dente. I had to stop myself from eating too much of it lest I become full right away!

I was overwhelmed to see so much variety in the menu! I, then, realized that it’s better to go there as a group so you could try everything, without having left-overs.

Deep-Fried Taro Puff with Diced Scallop

For my first dim sum, I had the Deep-fried taro puff with diced scallop. My God this was sooo good! Believe it or not, it was my first time to try this, & Shang Palace definitely hit a homerun! Perfectly crisp outside with a soft taro filling & a generous portion of diced scallop that was big in size. I think among all the dim sums we had, THIS was THE BEST.

Deep-Fried Seafoods with Mango and Salad Sauce Wrapped in Rice Paper

One of my absolute favorite dishes in Chinese cuisine is Hot Prawn Salad. This dim sum was like a hot prawn salad in lumpia wrapper. J’adore! ❤  

Steamed Giant Shrimp Crystal Skin Dumplings & Spinach Dumpling Stuffed with Shrimps

I only got to try the Hakaw, and I must say, that was probably the best Hakaw I’ve ever tasted! The crystal skin, in itself, was very good. It was silky, and you could easily tell that it was freshly made. On the other hand, the shrimp was also fresh. It was big & plump! It was truly a treat for shrimp-lovers like me! 😛

Steamed Shanghai “Xiao Lung Pao”

I noticed that a lot of people fancy eating this. I don’t know if it’s because they truly appreciate the intricacy of this dim sum or they simply hopped on the Xiao Lung Pao (called Xiao Long Bao in other establishments) bandwagon. I’m not one of those, but for the sake of comparison, I ordered this anyway. I didn’t like this so much… I thought the soup unfortunately tasted malansa 😦

Steamed Glutinous Rice Dumpling with Dried Scallop and Chicken

I was already full by the time I had this, but curious to see and taste what was inside the lotus leaf made me force myself to eat and finish this because it was THAT GOOD! I have an affection towards glutinous rice, and this one was delicious.

Steamed Rice Roll Filled with Diced Honey Glazed Pork

I loved the steamed rice roll! It was smooth, silky and also freshly made. You could see how siksik the rice roll was with the diced honey glazed pork bulging already. The only downside to this was the sloppy presentation.

Chicken Feet

Excuse the haziness in this photo, but it was because of the steam. This was good. It had just the right of spiciness, which I liked.

My friend, Haebina, and I tried to come up with a plan on how to eat as much as we could without easily getting full. So with that, we skipped the appetizer, soup and congee.

Hot Prawn Salad

Ordering this was a no-brainer for me, since this is my favorite Chinese entree. I enjoyed this main very much because the prawns were ginormous! It was also fresh, and unlike other Chinese restaurants, there was not a lot of dressing, which made the prawns the focal point of the dish. After eating all 3 prawns, I happily affirmed that Shang Palace’ Dim Sum Buffet was so worth it!

Sweet and Sour Pork with Walnut

For Haebina’s main, she ordered Sweet and Sour Pork with Walnut. The dish was so-so.. The pork was not that tender. I think Wee Nam Kee‘s version is better. I liked the candied walnuts very much though!

Fragrant Fried Rice with Diced Honey Pork and Shrimps “Yang Chow” Style

This is what Haebina ordered, and it was just alright. For a restaurant of their caliber, it’s a shame that hole-in-the-wall, Hong Kong Roast ExpressYang Chow Fried Rice tastes a lot better!

Fried Rice with Diced Chicken and Salted Fish

Our waiter said this was better than their Yang Chow Fried Rice, but unfortunately, he was wrong. I thought this was less likable.

Stir-Fried Noodles “Fujian” Style

Sad to say, but this was dry and very bland. I immediately put it aside after having a forkful. Don’t bother ordering this, lest you want to have leftovers.

Chilled Mango Puree with Sago and Diced Mango

I had to think twice if the mango puree was artifical or not because of its vibrant canary yellow color. I like my chilled mango puree on the milky side, so if you’re like me, you might find this a little more acidic than usual. Nonetheless, I think the acidity and the milkiness was well-balanced. Did I make sense? 😛

Here’s a quick peek of me & my friend, Haebina, for my post-birthday celebration 🙂

GLUTTONY!!! 😀

If I was to die that day, Jesus would probably drag me to hell for eating so much :-/ Kidding aside, you can bet we left Shang Palace with what was previously an empty stomach, a heavy tummy. With the ridiculous tax prices and service charge fee, we ended up shelling out 1K each. Nonetheless, Shang Palace’ Dim Sum Buffet was sooo worth every penny! I can’t wait to go back and pig out again!

Overall, I give Shang Palace’ Dim Sum Plus 5 spoons 🙂

Phone:

(63 2) 840 0884

Hours:

Dim Sum Plus : 11:30am – 2:30pm, Mon – Sat
Lunch : 11.30am – 2.30pm, Mon – Sat / 10:30am – 2:30pm, Sun
Dinner : 6.30pm – 10.30pm, Mon – Sun

Location:
Level 2, Makati Shangri-La Hotel
Dress Code:
Smart casual
Smoking Policy:

Shang Palace accommodates both smokers and non-smokers


A Culinary Tour Around Asia

Though Banana Leaf has been around for quite some time now, I only got to eat there last week. All this time, I thought it was a mediocre Filipino restaurant as I kept on ignoring their branch at Powerplant everytime I would pass by! Little did I know that their menu contains a vast assortment of Malaysian, Singaporean, Thai, Indian, Vietnamese & Indonesian fare! And what’s great about it was that everything was averagely priced! 🙂

This is a great place for those who are dining out on a budget, like us 😛 So, here is what the hubby & I ordered:

 

Stuffed Chicken Wings with Sticky Rice (P128)

Although this can be found under “Appetizers”, we opted to eat this together with our main. The portions were small, but it was only because the half part of the chicken, where the sticky rice was stuffed, was already boneless. We liked the mild sweetness of this, contrasted with the sweet chili sauce on the side. I wasn’t sure if the sticky rice was relevant to the dish as a whole though. Perhaps it was just to provide a nice surprise with a hint of texture inside.

Malayan Beef Rendang (P238)

I remember my good friend, Johmie, brought me Rendang Curry Powder from her trip to Brunei. When I got her pasalubong, I felt a sense of panic, as I didn’t know how to make Beef Rendang. And from the sound of it, it seemed complicated. I did my research and felt anxious all the more after seeing the rest of the ingredients. I thought to myself, where the hell was I going to get those ingredients, except the dried ones I luckily bought at Chatuchak Market during my trip to Thailand last year?!? When I finally got almost all the ingredients that I needed, I put on my zebra-printed apron, went to work and did my best. Surprisingly, it was easy peasy! Though I wasn’t sure how it should have tasted, because at that time, I have not tried eating Beef Rendang yet. After tasting Banana Leaf‘s version, I can say that mine was better 😛 Though don’t get me wrong, this was also good. It was mild in taste.The only downside was that the beef was a bit dry and kind of tough to chew.

Stir Fried Chinese Kangkong with Sambal Sauce (P138)

Our waiter warned us that the sambal was a bit spicy, and because Dard and I have low tolerance for spicy food, we asked the sambal sauce to be placed on the side, instead of being incorporated with the Chinese kangkong. Surprisingly, the sambal sauce wasn’t that spicy! It had just the right amount of kick for me and it definitely enhanced this simple yet delicious dish.

Penang Fried Rice with Salted Fish and Chicken (P188)

One of Banana Leaf‘s best-sellers, which our waiter strongly recommended. I must say, this was one of the best fried rice I have ever had in my life! It was really good. Well done, Vietnam!

To view Banana Leaf Asian Cafe‘s menu, click here

The extensiveness of Banana Leaf‘s menu revolving around different asian cuisines makes this multi-awarded international restaurant worthy of another visit (and another, and another :P). We had a wonderful experience overall! And for that, I give them 4 out of 5 spoons 🙂

Visit them at the location nearest you:

2/F The Podium

2/F Greenbelt 3

4/L TriNoma

G/L The Terraces at Ayala Center Cebu

P1 Concourse Level Powerplant Mall

G/L Midtown at Robinson’s Place Manila

G/L Greenhills Promenade

3/F The Block at SM City North Edsa