It’s been a really long time since I had dined at Jade Garden. They used to be located near our The Plaza Building in Greenbelt. I remember that we would dine there often and some times even walk just going there. My memories of the old Jade Garden was that no matter where our table was, when I saw them bring out that cart with dough, I knew it was time to make some noodles. I was watch in admiration as the chef transformed a lump of dough into thin long strands of hand-pulled noodles. It was my most favorite thing to watch. I even remember trying to replicate the process with blue Play-doh. I would roll out a strip of clay, hold the ends and make it bounce up and down. Of course it didn’t come out the same, and I was very disappointed.
I recently dined in Jade Garden twice with the company of KTG or the Kain Tulog Gang, as well as with my family for my uncle’s birthday. Although Jade Garden specializes in Cantonese cuisine, what we had during those two events were definitely different dishes than what I was expecting.
First thing that arrived was the roasted suckling pig. It came with blinking eyes and definitely stole the show. It had thick crispy skin and meat was served 2 ways.
This was eaten with a dumpling, spring onions and dumpling sauce. Below are other dishes we had that evening.
Live shirmps with soup and shredded radish. I, of course, absolutely enjoyed the shrimps.
Those fried noodles are a must order in any Chinese restaurant. Every time we would celebrate an occasion in a Chinese restaurant, this would be sent to the kids table. Whether it was with seafood of beef and broccoli, we always had them.
Imported vegetables, Hongkong kailan with garlic and bok choy and topped with dried scallops.
I was able to take a good look at the menu so I knew exactly which dishes to save my appetite for. When all the crab dishes came, that was ma cue to roll up my sleeves, keep my camera, have my plate changed and wait for the lazy susan bring it to me. We had three crab dishes that night.
I must say that my favorite was the last one, the crab with satay and vermicelli in hotpot. I ate mostly the crab dishes that night, even more than the suckling pig. Who would’ve thought I’d enjoy crabs this much. I never used to eat them when I was a kid. Started eating them about 7 years ago only. I feel like I missed out on so much since my grandparents and mom loved eating crabs.
For dessert we had hot almond soup with glutinous dumpling stuffed with ground black bean paste. Mom and my favorite version of this is the one with lotus paste but is rarely found here.
After this dinner with KTG, I ended up coming back a week after for my uncles birthday. Here are some memorable dishes from his birthday dinner.
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