Showing posts with label Chinese food. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Chinese food. Show all posts

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Wee Nam Kee, Fairview Terraces

We were 'researching' for places to eat at Fairview Terraces and I mentioned to the wife that I saw this Singaporean-themed restaurant in that mall. So we searched for the restaurant online to see its menu. The mention of cereal prawns got us interested and, having been residents of Singapore for 1.5 years, we also missed the food we ate there whenever we ate out.

Wee Nam Kee is located at the ground level (that's the garden level) of Fairview Terraces. We regularly passed on the restaurant as we dined at other restaurants in the area. That turned out to be somewhat a bad idea as Wee Nam Kee served good food and is family friendly. Following are photos I took of the food we ate a couple of Sundays ago.

Wee Nam Kee fried rice
Salted egg Chinese style fried chicken
Sauteed beef with broccoli and mushrooms
A cool glass of barley juice
Cereal prawns
Salt and pepper squid

The service was good as the staff were attentive. The food was good and we thought it reminded us of the good times we had in Singapore. We will definitely be back at this restaurant and perhaps try out their other branches if we come upon them elsewhere.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Mogu Tree Noodle House

There's a noodle shop that has become a bit popular along Ortigas Avenue Extension and just before the Beverly Hills Subdivision gate. Mogu Tree Noodle House offers a different take on food that is quite appropriate for rainy days like what we have this wet season. Here are a few photos I took one time we decided to stopover and try out this small restaurant in Antipolo City.

Mogu Tree menu
Illustrative noodle combinations
They also have dumplings if you prefer to have somethings on the side to enjoy with your noodles
And if you can't do without rice, they also have some rice bowls .
Customers have the choice of noodles and what you want to go with them including the type of soup. Mogu Tree has a lot of ingredients to choose from and the suggested combinations in the menu shouldn't stop you from coming up with your own noodle concoction.
The noodles are served piping hot so I would recommend spending some time in conversation (if you have company) or doing something else while letting your meal cook a little bit more and cool off enough for you to enjoy eating.
You are free to experiment on combinations for your bowl of noodles. Of course, this will come at a cost if you opt to have more ingredients than the ones suggested in their menu. In our case, both the wife and I were able to come up with good meals based on our 'experience' with ramen. Mushrooms and dumplings work well with their plain noodle soup and ramen noodles. We will definitely be back but probably time our next meal during the off-peak as Mogu Tree seem to have acquired a good following during this season of rains. As the saying goes "Masarap humigop ng mainit na sabaw kapag maulan at maginaw" ("It's good to have hot soup when it's rainy and cold.") 
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Saturday, July 4, 2015

Capital Seafood Restaurant, Monterey Park

After church on the Sunday, the day before our flight back home as we concluded our vacation last May, our cousins took us to Capital Seafood Restaurant. Our cousins, like us, like good Chinese food and Capital is a very popular restaurant in Monterey Park where we could have a great lunch. The queues are quite long (a proof of the restaurant's popularity) so we had to wait for our number to be called and eventually led to our table by their staff.

Vegetables, rice, noodles and other delights you can order or wait for their staff to go around for you to choose from their carts
Lunch entrees
They had a wide selection of dimsum and breads
The shrimp hakaw was really good with us joking that they used prawns instead of shrimp.
Steamed pork dumplings, crispy coconut buns (pan de coco if you're in the Philippines), and noodles from our lobster dish
Almond souffle
Pineapple custard bun - this was a very pleasant surprise for us
I wasn't able to take a photo of the other items we ordered including the steamed vegetables and other dim sum we had ordered. Nevertheless, the photos cannot substitute for the splendid lunch we had there. We are also already looking forward to the next time we visit our relatives in LA and explore other places for lunch and dinner.
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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Shi Lin and Xiao Long Bao

We always seem to miss our lunches and dinners out when we were still residing in Singapore. Among those we miss is our frequent visits to branches of Din Tai Fung, a popular Taiwanese chain well known for its specialty - Xiao Long Bao. Xiao Long Bao is a steamed dimsum with ground meat and a signature soup that makes it such a delight to eat. I haven't had good Xiao Long Bao in Manila even as I tried the version of one restaurant in Binondo recently. To be fair, there might be one or more restaurants in Binondo that I should try one time that probably serves really good Xiao Long Bao.

The Clairvoyant mentioned to me one time that they ate at this restaurant at Bonifacio Global City that's near their office. She said that it served good Xiao Long Bao as well as other items. It also reminded her of Din Tai Fung. Unfortunately, I haven't had much opportunities to go to BGC and eat out with the Clairvoyant there. But then last week after attending a seminar in Alabang, we decided to have lunch at the Alabang Town Center where we spotted a Shi Lin branch, and so I finally was able to try their Xiao Long Bao.

Interior of Shi Lin's Alabang Town Center branch
Xiao Long Bao just as we like it - steaming but not scalding, flavourful soup. It's the real deal!
Crispy lean chicken chop over fried rice was surprisingly flavorful
You can see the staff preparing the dims and noodles from the window
Din Tai Fung is reportedly going to open its first branch in Manila this year. That will surely be a game changer for the Chinese restaurants here as they bring their specialties and perhaps challenge other similarly themed restaurants to raise their games. Until then, I am quite satisfied with Shi Lin and will surely be back to eat at this restaurant soon.

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Cafe Mezzanine

We were in the Binondo District where Manila's Chinatown, the oldest in the world, is situated. I had not been to Chinatown for quite a long time. The last time I had been there was when a grandchild of mine (I have "old" blood among our relatives.) was baptized at Binondo Church many, many years ago. But at the time, we went straight to a restaurant for the reception and I didn't get to walk around a bit. This time, I was able to go around and have a short walk. This short walk took us to a restaurant we passed by during our drive to take a look at the roads for a study we were doing.

We spotted Cafe Mezzanine just as we were driving along Ongpin Street and were trying to look for familiar establishments like the Eng Bee Tin shop famous for its hopia and other savory treats. It was not hard to miss and there was even a sign identifying it as a landmark and a place to go to for a good meal.

Cafe Mezzanine is well known as the hangout of the famed volunteer firemen of Binondo's Filipino-Chinese community. Their donation of all revenue to a worthy cause adds to the charm of this restaurant.
Menu cover
Lechon kawali
Pork and shrimp siomai
Wanton noodles - was just right and we didn't feel dizzy after slurping the soup; an indication that it wasn't loaded with MSG
Beef steak - the beef was soft and easy to chew, and the sauce was enhanced with the onions on the cafe's take on the popular bistek
Xiao long bao - I haven't tasted this favourite dumpling since we were living in Singapore and had easy access to really good xiao long bao with Din Tai Fung restaurants all around the city state.
Poster showing some special dimsum available at the cafe
We had very good meals at Cafe Mezzanine and would likely eat again there the next time we were in Binondo and Chinatown if it weren't for the many other places where you can eat good food in the area. Still, the cafe is a must for visitors especially those who are in Chinatown for the first time. I would strongly recommend also the walking tour of Chinatown, which I haven't tried but which the Clairvoyant has gone with our friends before.
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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Kanzhu at Marcos Highway

There's a new Chinese restaurant in our neighborhood along Marcos Highway. We actually tried it out twice during its "soft opening" and were quite pleased with what we ate and what we saw. I say "saw" because you can actually the cooking/food preparation from the windows in front and inside the restaurant. Kanzhu specializes in hand-pulled noodles and the preparation of the noodles can be quite a spectacle for people as evidenced from the interest they usually get from passers-by from a nearby school.

Kanzhu's specialty - sliced beef XO noodles
Salt and pepper squid
Chinese sausage fried rice
Quick look menu on the table
Judging from their menu and the quality of the food, we will be back for more to try out other items on their menu. We'd also recommend the restaurant to family and friends who like eating Chinese food.
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Saturday, August 25, 2012

Singapore Redux: Dimsum Delight

Din Tai Fung is another restaurant that we will surely miss. It has been one of our staples while living in Singapore the last year and a half with its signature Xiao Long Bao quickly becoming a comfort food for us. While there are many of Chinese restaurants in SG, it is Din Tai Fung that has provided us with a consistently high quality meal every time we ate there. The following photos were taken the Saturday evening prior to our return to our home country.

Cool lemongrass drink - we are still quite curious about how they make the ice that seem not to melt through the entire time we were having our dinner.
Relaxed early dinner at our favorite Chinese restaurant at the NEX mall
Satisfied with my drink
Xiao long bao in the making...
The Clairvoyant and I are always asking when Din Tai Fung will finally have a branch in Manila. Perhaps one food & beverage group will get the franchise for the Philippines? Well, until then we will always look forward to eating there again on our next trip to Singapore.
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Monday, August 20, 2012

Singapore Redux: Dinner at Chinatown

After exploring Chinatown, we had dinner at Rasapura, a small but popular restaurant in the area but away from the busier, more crowded streets of the district. The first floor was already full despite us being there quite early (around 6:30PM) so we were ushered to the 2nd floor where it didn't take much time for the area to be filled with diners. We enjoyed their mixed vegetables and fried rice (unfortunately not shown in the photos), and feasted on the pork ribs, which was highly recommended as indicated in their menu.

Pork ribs
Kangkong
Sauteed mushrooms and petsay in oyster sauce
Of course, there are many other restaurants to explore in Chinatown and elsewhere in Singapore including those offering authentic Peranakan cuisine. Those will have to be tried later when we go back to Singapore.
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Saturday, January 14, 2012

Jumbo Seafood

We had lunch with friends today at Jumbo Seafood Restaurant. It was our first time to eat at this restaurant that is highly recommended by a lot of people who've been to or are residing in Singapore. The branch we ate at was located at Clarke Quay and is in an area where there are lots of other restaurants and bars. I hear the area is one of the places to go not just during lunchtimes or weekends but during nighttime as well. In fact, many establishments open in time for lunch and this Saturday, it was not crowded so one can dine comfortably even with a group. You can see eat inside or al fresco and with a view of the river. Anticipating a good lunch time crowd, however, we decided to make reservations for our group the day before.

The restaurant at Clarke Quay
That's "Spinach Skin Bean Curd with Mushrooms" at left and "Fried Prawns in Cereal" on the right

We also had "Steamed Red Tilapia in Nonya Sauce" and "Seafood Fried Rice." Unfortunately, I was not able to take photos of these delightful items as we were busy exchanging stories with good friends who are also based in Singapore. I must say though that the food was great and definitely up to the hype some people were saying about this restaurant. The service, too, was very good as the staff were attentive and quite efficient. The restaurant also offered great value for money considering the serving sizes (and the corresponding prices). It is one of those places that you will keep coming back for future meals and especially with friends.
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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Another taste of xiao long bao

The Clairvoyant and I missed taking a few photos while eating at Din Tai Fung, one of our favorites for either lunch or dinner while in Singapore. I, in particular, wanted to have a photo of the very delightful, tasty xiao long bao that the restaurant is famous for. It is the restaurant's most popular item on the menu, and we always order them for their flavor and as a perfect prelude to the main dish.

 Xiao long bao at Din Tai Fung

Noodles with fried pork chop

In the first photo, the Clairvoyant already picked up one piece of the dumplings. We enjoy very much the flavor of the broth inside the dumpling that until now has us imagining how in the first place was such tasteful soup included in the dumplings (It is actually the result of very skillful handling of the ingredients). Meanwhile, in the second photo, I already consumed half of the pork chop that i didn't expect to be an entire chop considering that other restaurants would probably include only a few strips. Value for money? Definitely, and more!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Taiwanese fare at Asian Kitchen

The Clairvoyant and I decided to have dinner out yesterday at the NEX mall prior to doing our groceries.  Finding that our usual dining spots were quite full and with long queues to boot, we looked for another place for sustenance. The Clairvoyant recommended the Asian Kitchen where she had Oyster Meesua while I had Char Siew Rice Noodles. As side dish we had greens with clam sauce.

 The greens with clam sauce actually had some chilli and the waitress asked us how spicy we'd like it to be. We requested it to be mild but it still had a spicy aftertaste with a hint of clam. The dish reminded us of kangkong.

The rice noodles with char siew looked real good but I found it to be a little sweet. I had expected some soup to go with the noodles but I wasn't familiar with this Taiwanese fare so I wasn't that surprised to find the noodles to be more like a pasta dish or pleasantly like palabok.