This love month, instead of trooping to your usual date place, why not take the unique route with your special someone by going on a dimsum dinner? A dumpling date, more specifically. The metro is teeming with many authentic Chinese restaurants, and since the Year of the Monkey is also drawing near, why not welcome it by indulging on dimsum? You can have your pre-Valentine date in one of these exciting places that serve top-of-the-line dimsum (we've got different types for different budgets):
1. Wai Ying Fastfood. Binondo’s best kept secret is not a secret anymore. Patrons keep on coming back because of its delicious and affordable hakaw (shrimp dumplings). Location: 810 Benavidez St, Binondo, Manila.
2. Lan Zhou La Mien. If you and your date are on a tight budget, you can enjoy their juicy and meaty wonton (dumpling with a thinner wrapper but meatier filling) for less than P200 (you get eight pieces already, perfect for sharing). This authentic Chinese dimsum house has five branches around the Binondo area.
3. Passion. Famous for its fullcourse Cantonese menu, Passion offers generous pieces of dumplings, all tasty and delicious enough you would not even crave for sauce. Location: 2/F Maxims Hotel, Resorts World Manila, Newport Blvd. Pasay City.
4. Tim Ho Wan. This Michelin-starred restaurant's menu offers different varieties of dumplings that could satisfy both meat and veggie lovers—it's love at first bite, no wonder its branches still get packed even a year after they opened. Location: Mega Fashion Hall, SM Megamall; SM North EDSA; Glorietta 3
5. Lugang Café. Known in Beijing and Shanghai as Bellagio is Lugang Café in the Philippines. Xiao Long Bao (dumpling with a more glutinous wrapper) is their best-selling specialty. If you don’t want to get trapped in traffic on the way to Binondo, Lugang Café has branches conveniently located in major malls. Locations: SM Megamall; SM North EDSA; SM Mall of Asia; Connecticut Street, North Greenhills, San Juan
6. Crystal Jade. This Chinese restaurant in Bonifacio Global City will surely entice your eyes with their dyed xiao long bao: Orange is for spicy chicken, green for a combination of spinach and shrimp. Location: 7th Avenue Bonifacio High Street, Taguig City
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