March 13, 2014
Best Xiao Long Bao in town at Modern Shanghai
If you’re after the authentic taste of the wildly popular Xia Long Bao – those juicy pockets of minced meat wrapped in delicate paper-thin flour dough – there’s no other place to have them than at Modern Shanghai which recently topped the list of spot.ph’s Top 10 Everything Food List (Xiao Long Bao).
Described by the reputable online site as “amazingly fresh, it’s soft and velvety… cushioned inside a creamy envelope of rice dough that adds a chewy bite to all the silkiness,” Modern Shanghai’s soup dumplings are hands down the best there is with its distinctive flavor, texture and consistency.”
Paul Kwok, the franchise’s President who flew in from Hongkong recently, highly recommends these soup dumplings that are served with ginger and Zhenjiang vinegar on the side. “Delicate craftsmanship goes into each piece to ensure that customers always get the pleasant surprise of a hot soup infused inside the flour dough pouch with every bite,” says Kwok.
The filling is made of three cuts of pork – pork leg meat, pork collar and pork fat – giving each dumpling its outstanding flavor. The dumplings are then wrapped in freshly made flour dough and steamed to a perfect temperature so that diners can eat them whole without scalding the tongue and savor the warm, tasty broth inside. Meanwhile, those who prefer their Xia Long Bao with a bit of crunch may order them pan-fried-style which are equally delectable especially when dipped in a special vinegar sauce with slivers of ginger.
Aside from xiao long bao, Modern Shanghai is also home to an array of delicious food choices anchored on the culinary traditions of Chinese cooking.
Signature dishes include the signature Braised Lucky Pork Knuckle, Tung-Bor” Style Braised Pork Belly, Deep-fried Garoupa with Sweet & Sour Sauce, Beef Broccoli, Braised Beef Noodles, Shanghai Fried Noodles, Sweet and Sour Chicken as well as traditional hand-pulled noodles soaked in a flavorful soup and with choices of chicken, beef or pork dumplings for toppings.
Among the more recent additions to the menu are Steamed Garoupa, Siomai, Hakaw and River Spinach with Minced Pork.
There are also Lunch Sets that are perfect for those looking for delicious, pocket-friendly choices like Beef Scallions, Deep-fried Pork Ribs and Deep-fried Fish.
The restaurant’s interiors are a visual nod to the golden era of this coastal city where many of the cuisine’s dishes were born with award-winning interior designer Steve Leung incorporating references to Shanghai’s glorious past.
Modern Shanghai branches are located at the 2nd Level, North Veranda of the SM Mall of Asia and at the 3rd floor of the new Glorietta Mall.
For inquiries, call 551-1110 for MOA or 556-4167 for Glorietta branch. Restaurant operating hours are 10:00AM – 10:00PM Monday to Sunday for Glorietta, 10:00AM – 11:00PM from Sunday to Thursday, 10:00AM – 12:00Mn from Friday to Saturday for MOA. Also check out www.facebook.com/ModernShanghaiPhilippines