Tien Ma’s: Great Taiwanese food at Makati Avenue.
Tien Ma’s serves the usual Chinese oriental cuisine we love and know with quality more than what you pay for. It’s good, and the Xiao Long Bao experience was something that made us come back.
The restaurant is located across Union Bank, beside Angel’s Pizza. Just around Next Door North Park’s vicinity.
We gambled on trying Tien Ma’s for the first time. We were usually North Park and Next Door North Park regulars but their quality and service have dropped through our visits. And Tien Ma’s: It did not disappoint. It’s a place worth going back to again.
More than dimsum and dumplings, they offer a fair variety of savoury oriental choices. So far we haven’t tried any rice meals yet.
So what’s our favourite at Tien Ma’s?
Tien Ma’s Xiao Long Bao
Order their Xiao Long Bao. This dumpling is infused with pork broth soup inside. You have to eat it while it’s hot, otherwise you’re missing out the experience of the soup exploding inside your mouth. Also, don’t let it sit long, otherwise the soup gets absorbed by the flour.
It’s hot, be careful, but the infusing bite is worth the experience.
Tien Ma’s Xiao Long Bao comes in three flavors:
Original – 8 pcs.; Php200; The most value for your buck.
Cheese – 8 pcs; Php240; We haven’t tried it personally, but our friends loved it and said it tasted great. So, we’re definitely going back for the cheese Xiao Long Bao.
Black Mushroom – 8 pcs; Php240; We didn’t taste much difference between the original and this variant. The mushroom bits were too tiny to infuse as strongly as the broth.
Mixed – 3pcs Cheese; 3pcs Black Mushroom; 2pcs Original; Php240
More than dumplings, their Taiwanese offerings also include rice bowls, rice toppings, and savoury oriental recipes.
Their Three Cup Chicken caught my attention, but we haven’t tried it yet. That’s next on my to try list.
We have to go back to try them all.
No service charge
Since their fairly new on the Makati Avenue strip, I’m not sure if their price and no service charge policy will stay for long. As we have mentioned, their current quality is really good. We hope that it retains since right now, their really fairly new.
They have other branches across Manila, but bringing it near our Makati vicinity opens a new pool of regular customers. Not to mention, Makati Avenue is a nightlife strip where foreigners frequent.
Makati Avenue Branch is open from 8AM-2AM. They seem like they’re picking up popularity as the place usually gets 70% full.
We’ll definitely be back. This one’s for sure.