Mai Wei Fang's Fried Xiao Long Bao in Robinsons Manila

Mai Wei Fang's Fried Xiao Long Bao in Robinsons

Fried "Xiao Long Bao"? Curious? Well, you can satisfy that curiosity in Mai Wei Fang, a restaurant from Shanghai, China.

I actually got to try this months ago, but I wasn't able to get decent photos for me to post, so when I had the chance to dine here again, I made sure to bring my camera.

Mai Wei Fang in Robinsons Place Manila

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Interior of Mai Wei Fang in Robinsons Place Manila

A simple outlet in the mall
This outlet in Robinsons Place Manila is "humble". It has limited seats yet cozy enough to enjoy the baos and chicken chops.

Freshly made pan fried soup dumplings in Mai Wei Fang

For this night, we ordered the two popular dishes here - Sheng Jian Bao (or what I call "fried" Xiao Long Bao) and Chinese Fried ChickenCan you believe that we only paid P330 for P660 worth of order? Yeah, it's the touch of Gold.

Sheng Jian Bao (or fried xiao long bao) of Mai Wei Fang
Sheng Jian Bao (or fried xiao long bao) of Mai Wei Fang

The Fried Xiao Long Bao (P165 for 6 pieces) was freshly served, and I even felt the heat coming from the bite-sized treats. I took careful bites because it was really hot, so what I did was to poke a hole first, and gently sip from there. The broth inside was intense! It was well-seasoned, with sharp saltiness (which surprisingly complimentary to the entire experience).

Renz Cheng eating Sheng Jian Bao in Mai Wei Fang

Despite the enjoyable experience, I would still prefer the steamed baos. Perhaps, I want its healthier feel.

The Chicken Chop (P165 - good for 2 but no rice) was a downer. The saltiness was too distracting, and it was 90% of the taste. I felt like I just had a bad serving, but if this is what's served regularly, they may want to ask for the "salt" preference of the customers.

The salty fried chicken chop of Mai Wei Fang

Thankfully, the CFC Rice Bowl (P165) had drizzles of savory-sweet sauce. It cushioned the saltiness, and made it pleasurable to munch. Maybe, you can request more of the sauce?

CFC Rice Bowl of Mai Wei Fang

Mai Wei Fang - Overall Ratings and Summary

Note: Unshaded stars are equivalents of half-stars. The ratings reflect my personal experiences on the times I dine here.
Place ★★
Taste  ★★
Service  ★★
Value for Money ★★
Budget: at least P165 each for a personal meal or to enjoy the Sheng Jian Bao (fried "xiao long bao)
No. of visits for this particular restaurant/branch - 2 || Date of latest visit - January 2019

Mai Wei Fang stirs curiosity, but it may not sustain it afterwards. The bao certainly was refreshing for my palate, but I don't think my palate will be craving for it any time soon. Also, the chicken chop may still have further improvements to fit the Filipino buds. Overall, it was an "okay" experience.

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Mai Wei Fang
Location: G/F, Pedro Gil Wing, Robinsons Place Manila, Malate, Manila
Service Charge: NONE
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