Let these mooncakes melt in your mouth!
The yearly Moon Festival is just around the corner, and what better way to ring it in than with a tasty and delicate mooncake! Hong Kong MX Mooncakes have been a household bestseller for 21 years now, and we’re lucky to finally have them in Metro Manila!
These delectable mooncakes are internationally acclaimed being awarded the Michelin’s International Honour for Quality Food. The mouthwatering flavors can definitely attest to this! The Lotus Seed Paste with two egg yolk is an actual masterpiece waiting to be chewed down!
Of course, how can we let their Lava & Custard mooncake pass? The unique double-baked technique allows the golden salted egg yolk to ooze out of the mooncake— even without reheating! This modern rendition of the classic White Lotus Seed Paste Mooncake, is the perfect savoury snack!
You can find these flavoursome mooncakes for only a limited time, in SM Mall of Asia and SM Unimart Capitol Commons! They’ll be opening their doors on August 20 and only till September 22! So you better be on your feet and ready to get that mooncake fix!
While you’re at it, check out our Top 10 Chinese Restaurants in Metro Manila!
10. Lugang Café – multiple branches
Lugang Café is a member of the Bellagio Group of Restaurants, Shanghai & Beijing. The Manila branch is their very first branch outside China. They are an authentic Taiwanese cuisine courtesy of the Chinese chefs at the helm of the kitchen. It’s for people looking for a go-to Chinese restaurant. It’s not for those who want to avoid crowds as Lugang Café can get full but their service is always efficient. We recommend their Steamed Pork Xiao Long Bao! Our insider tip: Be sure to use your soup spoon when you grab a bite of their super delicious Pork Xiao Long Bao so you can get all that soup, don’t leave any to waste!
9. China Blue – S Maison
Headed by Chef Jereme Leung, China Blue is a modern Chinese restaurant steeped in traditional Chinese cuisine. You can expect favourites like Bird’s Nest Soup and fusion dishes like Stir-fried Singapore Chili Crab. It’s for people looking for a modern take on traditional cuisine. It’s not for those looking for a buffet style dining experience. We recommend their House Specialty Black Gold Egg Custard Buns, it’s one of the most photographed dishes on their menu. Our insider tip: If you’re looking for a restaurant with a great view, China Blue is one of them! You can expect a beautiful view of Manila Bay.
3/F S Maison, Conrad Manila, Seaside Boulevard cor Coral Way, Pasay
8. Gloria Maris – multiple branches
One of the longest running authentic Chinese restaurants in Metro Manila, you’re definitely living under a rock if you haven’t at least heard of Gloria Maris. Whether it’s for Sunday lunch or a special occasion, Gloria Maris accommodates all! It’s for anyone looking to satisfy their Chinese craving. It’s not for foodies looking for Hong Kong street style food. We recommend their Fried Squid with Salt and Pepper and their Roast Duck! Our insider tip: Gloria Maris also offers function rooms in case you have a big event in the works.
7. No. 8 China House – Grand Hyatt Manila
Get ready to taste a whole variety of Chinese cuisine. No. 8 China House seeks to break the notion that Chinese food are all lumped into one as there are many more in store. Their kitchen is also open so you’ll be able to see the traditional cooking methods in Chinese cooking. It’s for people looking for a modern atmosphere but traditional Chinese dining experience. It’s not for those looking for a quick meal to satisfy their Chinese food craving. We recommend their Peking Duck, it’s as authentic and traditional as it gets! Our insider tip: If you’re feeling extra fancy, they have private function rooms with their own bathroom.
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5/F Grand Hyatt Manila, 8th Ave cor 35th St., Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
6. Canton Road – Shangri-La Fort
If you’re looking for modern Cantonese cuisine then you’ve found the right place at Canton Road in Shangri-la Fort. They have the classic favourites such as roasted meats, dim sum, and many more. It’s for foodies who want a taste of modern Cantonese food. It’s not for those looking for a hole in the wall Chinese restaurant. We recommend their Steamed pacific grouper with superior soy sauce. Our insider tip: If you’re planning to get the Steamed pacific grouper with superior soy sauce, you have to pre-order it as early as 24 hours ahead.
5. Tim Ho Wan – multiple branches
Tim Ho Wan is the most affordable Michelin star-rated restaurant from Hong Kong. It serves a number of dim sum items but is most popular for its baked pork buns. It’s for foodies looking for Chinese comfort food. It’s not for those looking for a private dining experience. We recommend their sought-after Baked Bun with BBQ Pork. Our insider tip: You could get Buy 1 Get 1 Deep Fried Milk Custard for only ₱90 or Buy 1 Get 1 Steamed Egg Cake for ₱85!
4. Xiu Fine Cantonese Dining – Greenhills
If you’ve been to Lugang Café along Connecticut Street then you’ll know exactly where Xiu Fine Cantonese Dining is. Xiu offers Hong Kong style dining along the Northeast Greenhills area serving favourites like Prawns with Salted Egg and Pacific Lapu-Lapu, you’re definitely in for a treat. It’s for those who absolutely love Hong Kong cuisine. It’s not for those looking for strictly traditional Chinese cuisine. We recommend their Prawns with Salted Egg… because really, who can get enough of salted egg AND prawns?? Our insider tip: There’s limited parking so best to arrive early.
115 Connecticut Street, Northeast Greenhills, San Juan
(02) 650-7189; (02) 650-8428; (0947) 707-0228
3. Bai Nian Tang Bao – Fort Bonifacio
Bai Nian Tang Bao is a soup dumpling specialty restaurant. They serve an array of Chinese fried rices, noodles, and hot dishes but people come for the soup dumplings. It’s for dumpling lovers who want to try out of the box xiao long bao. It’s not for foodies looking for fusion or modern cuisine. We recommend their Crab Roe and Pan Fried Xaio Long Bao and their famous Giant Tang Bao. Our insider tip: Bring or ask for a straw to go with your Giant Tang Bao. You’re gonna need it!
Bonus tip: You can get up to ₱500 off your bill with the Booky app!
2. Peking Garden – Greenbelt 5
Peking Garden is a fining dining Chinese restaurant that’s been around Manila since the early ’90s. The restaurant serves classic Chinese dishes directly taught by seasoned chefs from Hong Kong so you get the authentic taste of Northern Chinese cuisine in every bite. It’s for big groups looking for the perfect place to celebrate any occasion. It’s not for foodies looking for a quick bite of Chinese take out. We recommend their Barbecued Peking Duck in both Two Ways and Whole Bird. Our insider tip: As with any big group occasion, it’s best to book ahead as Peking Garden gets packed quickly!
1. Summer Palace – EDSA Shangri-La
One of the best fine dining restaurants on Chinese cuisine in the metro, Summer Palace has been around for over 25 years so you can definitely be assured that they know what they’re doing. It’s for groups and dates looking for a high end Chinese dining experience with beautiful interiors. It’s not for people looking for Chinese takeout. We recommend their Pan-Fried Scallops Stuffed with Minced Shrimps. Our insider tip: They have vegan options!
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Cover image from Bai Nian Tang Bao.