First of all, it's my first time to step in to the new area of Alabang Town Center and can I just say: MIND BLOWN. I can't believe that mall is just walking distance from my house and I've never seen the new building they've made. I thought this whole time that they were just renovating. That whole area that used to be the old South supermarket and the old National Bookstore is gone. Man, that's where my pediatrician and dentist used to be at. Anyway, on to my post: I just ate in Shi Lin Taiwanese restaurant in that area.
Shi Lin Menu
I'm not entirely familiar with Taiwanese cuisine. In fact the popular Xiao Long Bao is probably the only one I've tried so far. I tried it for the first time back in 2009 when I went to Singapore. My cousin who lives there treated us to a Taiwanese restaurant there. I didn't even know what it was called because I wasn't the one who ordered. At the time I just referred to it as siomai na may sabaw sa loob (siomai with soup inside). I actually loved it.
Xiao Long Bao
I got to talk to a Taiwanese schoolmate back in college and we talked about Xiao Long Bao. He says, he doesn't understand why our siomai doesn't have soup inside. He even tells me that their siopao already has sauce inside. It makes sense because you don't have to put siopao sauce anymore if the sauce is already inside.
Was the Xiao Long Bao I ate as good? Hmm, I don't know. It's possible that it isn't as good because I wasn't really as mind blown as when I ate it for the first time in Singapore.
These taro dumplings on the other hand are excellent! It's something I would seriously recommend if you're planning to eat there. It's so unique and yummy. It's also has this really fresh taste. Supposedly, all their ingredients are imported from Taiwan. I really loved this dumpling preparation. I actually wish we ordered more of it. It's only 110 Php for 6 pieces. It's really really good.
The spicy jellyfish was really yummy. It's the type you'll see in cold cuts usually served in Chinese restaurants only it's served with sesame seeds, chilis, and this sauce of some sort. It's really really good. But then maybe I'm partial to this at the same time I like spicy food and so combined I was really satisfied.
They didn't have wifi though. Wifi is a big factor for me when eating. It probably roots form the Into The Wild rhetoric that "happiness is only real when shared". I love sharing eating experiences. That's why I have a food blog, right? Haha. All restaurants should really consider having wifi. It's instant and free marketing for them because of Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, and other random social media stuff.
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