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Shi Lin

Note: Shi Lin at the Podium is now located on the fifth floor.

I have no idea what's the difference between Taiwanese and Chinese cuisine, however, I was so curious that I tried this Taiwanese restaurant called Shi Lin.

The restaurant was a bit full that we opted to sit outside, which also has a good view of the kitchen.

One thing I know that we shouldn't miss ordering is the Xiao Long Bao (Php 138 for 6 pcs, Php 230 for 10 pcs).

Xiao Long Bao

Xiao Long Bao is also called "soup dumpling", as it has minced pork and soup inside. What's more interesting is that there's a suggestion on how to eat Xiao Long Bao.

We also ordered Spicy Spareribs (Php 289) and Crispy Salt and Pepper Squid (Php 289).

Spicy Spareribs

Crispy Salt and Pepper Squid

As expected the Spicy Spareribs was a big hit that my friend asked me, "May I have the last piece?". I love the Crispy Salt and Pepper Squid, it was quite simple that I ate it without the rice.

We also got Fried Rice:

We were told that a serving is good for two so we ordered Fried Rice with Shredded Pork & Egg (Php 98) and Fried Rice with Shrimp & Egg (Php 118).

Fried Rice with Shredded Pork & Egg

Fried Rice with Shrimp & Egg

Oh gosh, the fried rice was so moist, and I liked it that they used Japanese rice that the fried rice alone was so heavy, we didn't finish everything!

Overall, I love the Shi Lin experience, most especially the Xiao Long Bao. The dishes are good for sharing, and quite affordable too! I want to go back and try more dumplings here.


Shi Lin Restaurant
3rd Floor
The Podium
ADB Avenue
Mandaluyong City


  1. Haven't eaten at Shi Lin yet, but I've heard quite a lot of nice feedback from friends I know who've tried dining here.. :) Btw, I replied to your question about the difference of Taiwanese and Chinese cuisine on my Lugang Cafe post. Will post it here na rin.. XD

    Many Taiwanese and Chinese dishes are the same. Most of the Taiwanese food though are lighter in taste and not seasoned as much. Taiwanese cuisine also offers more seafood and they have shaved ice and bubble/pearl milk teas for dessert.. Yum! <3 To add lang, majority of the Chinese restos in the Phils. serve Cantonese (like dimsum) and Szechuan (spicy hot pots) variants of Chinese cuisine.. :)

  2. The spareribs and squid look GREAT. I totally want to eat them right at this moment. And I agree with you, I find it so difficult to tell Taiwanese cuisine from Chinese cuisine as well (but thanks to Sumi for explaining) XD

  3. Hi Sumi! Thanks for the explanation! :) Makes me want to try more Taiwanese restos. :)

    Hi Mary! Spicy Spareribs is one of their specialties, you should try this with Xiao Long Bao! ;)

  4. Xiao Long Bao I want!
    Shi Lin has opened a new branch in the Fort too! its near my office! I will surely drop by next time! :)

    followed you sis!
    please do visit mine too

  5. Thanks for the info calin! :) You have to try the Xiao Long Bao! :) Thanks for following me, followed you too! ;)

  6. heard that shi lin's xiao long bao is really good. Can't wait to try it soon! :)

  7. Hi Berylle! An officemate actually told us that it's one of the best Xiao Long Bao in Manila. ;)

  8. Asian cuisine rocks talaga no? Nakakagutom yung post mo haha

  9. Yep, yep, Asian cuisine rocks! :) Thank you. :D

  10. mmmmm....tagal ko nang naririnig yung xiao long bao na yan at masarap raw...

    sakto 2 mos from now lilipat na ako ng site at malapit pa sa podium :D

    1. Yepyep. Masarap talaga! :) Wow! Ortigas boy ka na after a few months? :) We should have lunch or coffee.

    2. Make it dinner dear at sinumpa na yata ako na magtrabaho ng GY forever :-D


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