Taiwanese cuisine’s claim to fame isn’t just it’s wildly popular milk tea.
It is also marked by the creative use of spices and the inclusion of fresh local produce.
The country’s food is heavily influenced by Chinese cuisine because of Taiwan’s proximity to the mainland’s south provinces and especially due to the Koumintang retreat, as well as by Japanese cuisine due to the time of its occupation.
Being in a crowded island, the Taiwanese had to look for sources of protein other than their farmlands which led to the prominence of seafood in their dishes.
These culinary influences came into play when my family and I had dinner at Shi Lin in Robinsons Galleria.
Our Taiwanese meal included:
Original Xiao Long Bao (Php170 for 6pcs).
Mushroom and Vegetable Dumpling (Php175).
Fried Rice with Shrimp, Pork and Egg (Php175).
Stirfry Brocolli (Php100).
Braised Beef Noodle Soup (Php310).
Spicy Spare Ribs (Php395).
Half Shi Lin Chicken (Php380).
Chinese Pepper Shrimp (Php475).
It was a filling and flavorful dinner which provided a welcome respite from our usual home-cooked meals.
We also got some dishes free when Hubby and I unlocked our Zomato Gold privilege!
Zomato Gold provides members with 1+1 (Buy 1 Get 1) deals on food or 2+2 (Buy 2 Get 2) deals on drinks. All you have to do is sign up for a Zomato Gold membership here. Use the code JELLYB to get 10% off the membership fee.
This Shi Lin branch is located at Level 3, Robinsons Galleria, Ortigas Center, Quezon City, open Mondays to Thursdays from 9am to 9pm and Fridays to Sundays from 9am to 10pm. For inquiries and reservations, call +63 2 86377503 or +63 916 3040185.
Other branches are located at:
- Pasig: Estancia Mall
- Mandaluyong: The Podium Mall
- Taguig: Serendra BGC
- Makati: Powerplant Mall, Ayala Malls Circuit, Greenbelt 3
- Quezon City: Trinoma Mall
- Manila: Lucky Chinatown Mall
- Paranaque: Ayala Malls Manila Bay
- Muntinlupa: Alabang Town Center
Check out my reviews on other Taiwanese restaurants in the metro: