Kap & I recently discovered a new restaurant at our favorite luxury complex, the City of Dreams Manila. Jing Ting Noodles & Dumplings is a restaurant specializing in authentic Northern Chinese cuisine and is conveniently located on the upper ground level of the COD retail area, food wing. Alam nyo naman si Kap, basta chinese food, malakas ang radar! ;P
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Jing Ting means “little house” or resting place inspired by the Northern Chinese Hutongs. A Hutong is a part of Beijing’s rich history and culture where the community gathers to catch up and strengthen relations in a lane formed by rows of gray-tiled houses and buildings.
Jing Ting showcases Northern Chinese cuisine which is rich, bold, and savory, comprising mostly of meat combined with wheat-based dumplings and noodles. A generous use of seasoning and spices such as vinegar, garlic, coriander, leeks, and salt makes for richer flavors and aromas, and cooking methods are done through boiling, braising, stewing, steaming, roasting, glazing, deep-frying or stir-frying.
Click HERE to read about China’s regional (and different) cuisines.
Chef de Cuisine Yang Chen Fei, also known as Chef Allan, recently joined City of Dreams Manila to helm Jing Ting’s kitchen. Chef Allan brings with him more than 15 years of culinary experience and his expertise on Northern Chinese cuisine.
Jing Ting Noodles & Dumplings
UGF City of Dreams Manila, Aseana Boulevard corner Macapagal Avenue Brgy. Tambo, Paranaque City, Parañaque 1701, Manila, Philippines (+632) 800 8080
The 92-seater Jing Ting is a casual dining restaurant reminiscent of the hutongs from China. I was actually contemplating on what to wear to our date & I’m glad I decided to go with a more relaxed outfit.
Jing Ting’s open kitchen beckons guests to watch the chefs in action. You can catch a glimpse of Chef Allan hard at work making hand-pulled noodles & dumplings.
Some of the Northern Chinese specialties on the menu are the Genghis Khan – Roasted Prime Beef Short Ribs, Xinjiang Style Spicy Lamb Skewer with Cumin Spices, Fried Rice Beijing Style with Cabbage and Pork Belly, Pan-Fried Grains and Bacon Pancake Roll, Pan-Fried Pork Bun with Onion and Sesame, Hand-pulled Noodles in Beef Broth, and Sweet Soy Noodles with Pork and assorted vegetables. You can see Jing Ting’s complete menu & very reasonable price list HERE.
For our date, Kap & I were able to try the following after carefully browsing through the choices & asking the staff their top recommendations:
Because I like all things spicy & kimchi, I got this Poached Pork and Kimchi “Jiao Zi” Dumpling 378. Small Bowl has 8 Pieces. If you are more than 2, opt for the Big Bowl (30 Pieces) 1,260.
Kap doesn’t like spicy dishes so he had the mild Mushrooms, Vegetables, and Pork “Jiao Zi” Dumpling 320. Small Bowl (8 Pieces); Big Bowl (30 Pieces) 1,080. I tried one but dipped it in black vinegar, sesame oil & chili paste. What can I say? I really like my flavors & spices! ;P
Toasted Pork Pastry with Sesame and Peanuts 298, another must-try. It’s not so big that it will spoil your appetite (around 2-3 bites each), so go ahead & order one, you won’t regret it I promise. :)
Crispy Five Spices Eggplant 198. This is crispy fried tofu with eggplant & I highly recommend that you order this as your appetizer. You can really taste all the wonderful flavors. So simple but amazing I tell you.
Reportedly, Chef Allan can prepare a bowl of delightful hand-pulled noodles in 2 minutes and 600 dumplings in an hour. That I have to see! ;)
Jing Ting is primarily a dumpling & noodle place so make sure you order at least 1 of each. Kap & I shared a serving of the Hand-pulled noodles in Clear Chicken Soup 368. I was feeling under the weather that day & had the sniffles so the steaming hot chicken soup cleared up my stuffy nose fast which allowed me to enjoy my meal.
Genghis Khan Roasted Prime Beef Short Ribs 1,380 is named after the Mongolian emperor who conquered Eurasia. Yum, fit for a king indeed! \m/
As you can probably tell, it was a hit for Kap my Kap! Down to the last bite. ;))
Xinjiang Style Spicy Lamb Skewer with Cumin Spices 768. We don’t usually go for the gamey lamb, but our server assured us that this was a consistent crowd favorite so we gave it a try. And whad’ya know, it turned out to be our favorite part of the meal too! Super appreciate my gentleman of a husband who took the initiative of removing the meat from its skewers so I don’t have a hard time (it’s really quite complicated). He takes such good care of me, I’m blessed. <3
Steamed molten salted egg yolk custard 198 (3 pcs). Loved the sweet & salty combination of the sweet bun & salty yolk. Perfect dessert for me in taste & also texture. <3
Chilled Sweetened Eight Treasure with Shaved Ice 178. Similar to our pinoy halo-halo, this cold dessert has 8 different ingredients swimming in creamy coconut milk over shaved ice.
Jing Ting, a casual dining outlet, is the newest addition to City of Dreams Manila’s roster of five-star Chinese restaurants. Price points is also very reasonable & competitive. I foresee many date days & nights here. ;)