City of Dreams Manila recently launched a new foodie hotspot – Jing Ting, a quick and casual dining restaurant specializing in authentic Northern Chinese cuisine. The 92-seater restaurant with an open kitchen is open daily from 10 am to 4 am and situated on the upper ground level at retail area. This new restaurant complements the diverse mix of over 20 dining options on property.
Jing Ting means a little house or resting place inspired by Northern Chinese “Hutongs.” Originally a “Hutong” is a part of Beijing’s rich history and culture wherein the community gathers to catch up and strengthen relations in a lane formed by rows of gray-tiled houses and buildings. At Jing Ting, guests can bond together and at the same time partake of authentic Northern Chinese cuisine.
Jing Ting showcases Northern Chinese cuisine which is rich, bold, and savory, comprising mostly of meat combined with wheat-based dumplings and noodles. A generous use of seasoning and spices such as vinegar, garlic, coriander, leeks, and salt makes for richer flavors and aromas, and cooking methods are done through boiling, braising, stewing, steaming, roasting, glazing, deep-frying or stir-frying.
Chef de Cuisine Yang Chen Fei, also known as Chef Allan, recently joined City of Dreams Manila to helm Jing Ting’s kitchen. Chef Allan brings with him more than 15 years of culinary experience and his expertise on Northern Chinese cuisine. The young and dynamic chef trained under the famous Chinese Master Chef Cheng Hui, the chef of China’s former president President Hu Jintao.
Chef Allan began as a pastry apprentice and rose up the ranks as head chef for various 5-star hotels and premium Chinese restaurants in China. Eager to introduce authentic Northern Chinese cuisine to Filipinos, he can swiftly prepare a bowl of hand-pulled noodles in only two minutes, as well as create 600 dumplings in an hour.
An expansive open show kitchen will enable diners to appreciate the preparation of hand-pulled noodles and freshly-crafted Northern Chinese cuisine prepared a la minute. Some of the enticing Northern Chinese dishes on the menu are “Genghis Khan” Roasted Prime Beef Short Ribs, “Xinjiang Style” Spicy Lamb Skewer with Cumin Spices, Fried Rice “Beijing Style” with Cabbage and Pork Belly, Pan-Fried Grains and Bacon Pancake Roll, Pan-Fried Pork Bun with Onion and Sesame, Hand-pulled Noodles in Beef Broth, and Sweet Soy Noodles with Pork and assorted vegetables.