Dimsum madness at Shang Palace

shang-palace-14I thought that food coma was just some hashtag people use. I use it a lot but never really got to that point where I was actually in that state. Well, on a rainy lunch hour, I felt just that. Yes, I was in a state of almost being unconscious. And it was all because of the glorious food served at this palace.

Special thanks to Zomato for this foodie meet-up! My fellow Zomans (as they like to label us) and I got to try their Dim Sum Plus offer at Shang Palace. For only P888/person, it’s an eat-all-you-can dimsum, appetizers, soup, noodles and rice. You can even have a choice of one main dish. I’d say that’s really a steal price for such great Chinese food! So if you’re in the area around 11:30am to 2:30pm (Monday to Saturday only), this should be on your list if you’re craving for some great dimsum. Just look at what we had below. Ugghhh…glorious endless food!

shang-palace-3shang-palace-2shang-palace-4Okay…so enough with the teasing of the food. Let’s get down to the interiors first. For a palace, this was indeed grand. The entrance didn’t hints that it was a restaurant. If it wasn’t for that receptionist, I probably wouldn’t have entered it. After you pass that hallway, you would then see the main dining area where all the action happens. There are a couple of rooms too for those holding lunch meetings or private gatherings. The chandeliers and red details added this sense of splendour and mystery.

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Appetizer platter (not sure what was there 'coz I prepped up for the dimsum and main courses)
Appetizer platter (not sure what was there ‘coz I prepped up for the dimsum and main courses)
Jasmine Tea
Jasmine Tea

Let’s start with the main madness: DIMSUM. To be honest, I wasn’t able to taste everything. Same case with the photos I think. I was probably overwhelmed with the dish after dish being placed on our table. With a clear head, let me try to recall all the dishes we had for that hour.

Steamed crystal shrimp dumplings
Steamed crystal shrimp dumplings

The skin was thin enough though not in a crystal clear sense. Still, this one was one filled shrimp dumpling!

Steamed pork dumplings with fish roe
Steamed pork dumplings with fish roe

Oh man was this big for me! I bit into it and just got to bite the first layer (which consisted of just the fish roe and shrimp on top). This was one tasty dumpling.

Spinach dumplings stuffed with shrimps
Spinach dumplings stuffed with shrimps

I didn’t know that this had shrimps so that came as a surprise for me. I enjoyed this more than the steamed crystal shrimp dumpling.

Steamed chicken feet with spicy black bean sauce
Steamed chicken feet with spicy black bean sauce

Never ate chicken feet. And nope, this wasn’t the moment that I ate one. There was just too much food that I purposefully ignored this one. It was good according to one of my companions. I’ll probably dare myself to try this when I drop by here again.

Prawn with cheese ball
Prawn with cheese ball

When this was served, I was honestly full to the brim. As much as I wanted to take a bite, I had to rethink my eating habits then.

Barbecued pork pie
Barbecued pork pie

shang-palace-barbecued-pork-pie-1This was in one of my special mentions during our food assessment. I raved about this to the point of saying I would go back just for this. I would have those pieces all for me. Yes, it was G-O-O-D. It’s best to have this warm while the pastry crust was still crispy. Once you bite into it, revel in the barbecue pork inside which was slightly sweet. I’ve had pork pies/buns before but this definitely topples them all.

Deep-fried taro puffs with diced scallops
Deep-fried taro puffs with diced scallops

shang-palace-deep-fried-taro-puffs-with-diced-scallops-1And we were just intimidated by this. I mean, how could one eat it? I have intermediate chopsticks skills but this one had me befuddled. So when I grabbed one, I just decided to stick one of my chopsticks inside. There’s just no way of getting around it. So glad I did ‘coz it made my eating this easier. And boy was this good too! You could actually see the scallops inside. I didn’t have this with any sauce as it was slightly sweet because of the taro. Though it might be odd to have it with scallops, it was a good combination. One of the guys in our group even had three pieces of this. Testament to how good despite of its daunting appearance.

Pan-fried turnip cake with XO sauce
Pan-fried turnip cake with XO sauce

shang-palace-pan-fried-turnip-cake-with-xo-sauce-1I had my doubts on this. I wasn’t sure if it would be tasty given that it’s a turnip. But I gave it a shot as soon as one of my companions gave a good review on it. No regrets on this one! It was good with that slight kick from the XO sauce.

Their Shanghai “Xiao Long Bao” deserves a special mention because hands down, it’s one of the best I’ve tasted! And boo me for not taking a photo! I know, I know…but trust my word on this. It was GOOD. They didn’t scrimp on the soup. It was really soupy inside that it just burst out when I got one. The base was really good. Place some sauce in and perfection will be achieved. Their Deep-fried spring rolls is another dimsum with no photo but definitely worth mentioning too. It was good! The layers wasn’t thick that overpowers the filling inside. It was generously filled with shrimp so yeah, I was one happy kid then. 😀

Hot prawn salad
Hot prawn salad

As one of our main courses, we got the bestseller and crowd-favorite: Hot Prawn Salad. Better with plain rice, it was still good all on its own. What astounds me about this is the batter. It wasn’t that thick that the prawns get lost in it. As for the prawns, talk about being generous! The prawns were big! I took a small bite just for taste and had trouble because of the size. Sweet with the right amount of sauce, you could never go wrong with this dish at this place.

Sauteed beef with celery in Sichuan sauce
Sauteed beef with celery in Sichuan sauce

shang-palace-sauteed-beef-with-celery-in-sichuan-sauce-1And the beef was just tender. It packed this slight heat because of the sauce but this was good. It might look plain but it sure packs up some flavor!

Stir-fried asparagus with oyster sauce
Stir-fried asparagus with oyster sauce

The asparagus pieces were cooked well. Very tasty and balances out the other dishes we had that day

Chilled mango puree with sago and diced mango
Chilled mango puree with sago and diced mango

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To end the day, this chilled dessert was a good palate cleanser. I liked the natural sweetness this one had.

shang-palace-5shang-palace-6On top of all this madness, we got to take home some banana bread too. Thank you Makati Shangri La!

shang-palace-15To be honest, I probably would have never dined here if it wasn’t for that foodie meet-up. Though I’ve dined in a couple of hotels before, I just find it somehow pricey. Yes, this was expensive but with the amount of food you’ll get, it’s really all worth it. So kudos to Shang Palace for offering this one! This indeed is a plus to the grandeur of this restaurant. 🙂

Shang Palace
2/L Makati Shangri-La, Manila,
Ayala cor. Makati Avenue,
San Lorenzo, Makati City
Official website: http://www.shangri-la.com/manila/makatishangrila/dining/restaurants/shang-palace/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MakatiShangrila

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MakatiShangriLa

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