City of Dreams brings northern Chinese delights to Manila with Jing Ting

Jing Ting opens at City of Dreams Manila. PHOTOS: Ching Dee
Jing Ting opens at City of Dreams Manila. PHOTOS: Ching Dee

We Filipinos cannot deny our fondness for Chinese cuisine — whether it’s noodles, dim sum, or stir-fried goodness. But City of Dreams Manila decided to bring something new to the table with Jing Ting.

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Offering authentic dishes from China’s northern region, City of Dreams flew in Yang Chen Fei (or Chef Allan as he is fondly called) to be Jing Ting’s chef de cuisine. With him is his sous chef Yang Zhan Hui. For Chef Allan, this is his first time to be away from China. He’s spent years learning and perfecting pastry arts, which includes making hand-pulled noodles and dim sum.

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Jing Ting’s open show kitchen is another sight to behold. Here, Chef Allan gave us a demonstration of how he made hand-pulled noodles in less than two minutes.

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The 92-seater Jing Ting is “a quick and casual dining restaurant” reminiscent of the “hutongs” from China. A hutong is an area in northern China where locals gather to chat over food and drinks.

And just like your neighborhood foodie spot, the dishes at Jing Ting have bold flavors — representing the flavors of northern China: a fusion of sweet, savory, and spicy. Despite its five-star location, a filling experience at Jing Ting is also pleasantly affordable. Most servings are already good enough for two hungry foodies, so it’s a great place to bring friends and family.

Here are some of the dishes you should definitely try at City of Dreams Manila’s newest foodie spot:

“Jiao Zi” or Beijing Dumplings
Jing Ting offers authentic Jiao Zi (dumplings) with delectable fillings like beef and celery, pork, vegetables, and even a fusion version containing kimchi. Whichever variety you choose, make sure to dip it in their intoxicatingly good sauce made of black vinegar, chili and sesame oil, and soy sauce.

Freshly made, hand-pulled Noodles
Despite only being a month old, Jing Ting is already making a name for itself as a home for fresh, hand-pulled noodles made from scratch. Every noodle dish means expert hands spent time and effort to make those glorious strands. Using the lamian technique, it produces firm yet tender noodles that hold heavy and flavorful sauces really well. Make sure to try the Pork & Mushroom Noodles and Sweet Soy Noodles.

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Genghis Khan Short Ribs
Chef Allan also takes pride in their meat dishes, which usually entails hours and hours of prepping and cooking to achieve the perfect flavor and texture.

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Xianjiang-style Lamb Skewer

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Chilled Honey and Red Bean Cake
The best way to end the meal is with a simple yet sublime treat.

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Jing Ting. Upper Ground Floor, Retail Area, City of Dreams Manila, Parañaque City. 10:00 AM to 4:00 AM. (02) 800-8080. Facebook.

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