For the longest time, Suzhou Dimsum is our favorite for its Xiao Long Bao. Depending on where we are close to, we either hit the Malate or Mandaluyong branch when we want our Xiao Long Bao fix. We like to eat at the original Malate hole-in-the-wall branch where the dimsums are actually made. However, after eating at Crystal Jade, could it be that there’s a new favorite Xiao Long Bao in town? So we went back to Suzhou and see how this old favorite really compare.

Suzhou Dumpling, A. Mabini, Malate
Menu A-1 Dimsum | Menu A-2 Noodle & Rice | Menu B-1 | Menu B-2
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Most of the foodies prefer the hole-in-the-wall charm of the original branch. Most of the time you’ll see Chinese people enjoying lunch or having meetings here. 

Suzhou Dumpling, A.Mabini in Mandaluyong: Menu Front | Menu Back
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The Mandaluyong branch also is cozy and has a distinct homey appeal. 

Xiao Long Bao (P90 in Malate, P100 in Mabini). Pork Dimsum with Pork soup inside.  

The Xiao Long Bao in this resto is much cheaper than Crystal Jade. I would say that the dimsum itself is much bigger. The issue here, and this is really a personal preference, you can’t eat their dimsum in one bite because the skin is thicker. The soup taste  doesn’t have depth too. 

Spicy Shrimp Pork Wanton (P120).

We still love the dimsum wanton soup combinations of Suzhou specially the spicy ones 🙂

Soy Sauce Steamed Beef (P260). Thin slices of beef with chili on top. 

This is Rache’s favorite in the Malate branch. Just order rice with this and you are solved. 

Frozen Xiao Long Bao (P130). Other Frozen Dimsum Items Available

Every time we eat in Malate, we would order these frozen dimsum for pasalubong to friends/ family. 

Suzhou Dimsum, Mandaluyong City
837 A. Mabini St. cor. Araullo St.Mandaluyong City, 
Telephone: +632 721-6105

Although Crystal Jade’s Xiao Long Bao edges Suzhou in the taste category, we will still go  back to Suzhou’s hole-in-the-wall comfort food experience once in a while.

Suzhou Dimsum, Malate
A. Mabini St. Malate Manila,
Telephone: +632 302-4347

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Disclosure: Nothing to disclose. We paid for our meals and we are connected with the owners in any way.