(AUTHOR’S NOTE: As of May 16, the unlimited dimsum promo has ended after clarification with the restaurant’s management. Timestamp: 17 May 2018, 08:43 am.)
Let’s face it—no job is perfect. There are days when the work is too stressful that you would want to simply enjoy eating. Don’t get me wrong, but things get the best of you sometimes that doing something different is in order.
It was no surprise that Super Bowl of China’s Unlimited Dimsum Promo got my attention after a stressful week. With more than four hours to spare on a Friday night, I paid the Chinese restaurant’s Eastwood City Walk branch a visit. The last branch I visited was in Gateway Mall some years ago, so this visit was a good chance to find out if their dishes improved.
For P295 excluding service charge, one can avail of five unlimited dimsum picks from Super Bowl of China’s menu—Chicken Feet, Pork Siomai, Deep Fried Wonton, Pork Asado Siopao, and Vegetarian Spring Rolls. The system here is that you tell the waiter how many of each dish you want; say, two pieces of chicken feet, two pieces of pork siomai, one pork asado siopao, and two vegetarian spring rolls. The promo started last April 2, and is available only on weekdays from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm. Takeaways and leftovers are prohibited, with a dish’s full amount charged for the latter. Discounts for senior citizens apply; just ask the staff.
I waited for my first order of dimsum to arrive after getting a seat. The waiter served me a bowl of shrimp crackers almost immediately to whet my appetite, a standard practice in some restaurants. I also asked for a pot of tea – in this case, jasmine. Tea is an important part of dimsum culture in Hong Kong. It would have been better if they had hotter oolong tea in stock; I read somewhere that oolong tea helps digest heavy meats.
The first order arrives: Chicken Feet and Pork Siomai. Eating chicken feet requires getting the bones from inside the digits and spitting them out so the soft tendons, flesh, and skin remain in the mouth. I didn’t appreciate eating it (or the dish itself) when I was younger, but I developed a newfound appreciation for phoenix claws (the term for chicken feet in China) thanks to Dad’s secret recipe. Thankfully, the chicken feet did not disappoint with the right amount of tenderness and spicy sauce that gave character to each piece.
The Pork Siomai, on the other hand, is plump and well-packed with filling. A chunk of shrimp tops off each dumpling for a rich umami taste. No fat whatsoever and you can enjoy every bite. This is beyond the usual siomai that is either small in size, lacking in filling, or packed with extenders. Every piece of pork siomai is best dipped in soy sauce mixed with a bit of chili oil to cut through the savory explosion.
The Vegetarian Spring Rolls came in next – with accompanying sweet and sour sauce. I’m a fan of vegetables alongside heavy meats, but this was rather disappointing. It was too oily and even the flavor of the vegetables were overpowered by the frying method. The sauce that came with it did little to improve the taste. Maybe if this was fresh, I wold have appreciated it more. Out of the five dimsum specialties I tried as part of the promotion, I liked this one the least.
The next plates landed on my table, containing Deep Fried Wonton and Pork Asado Siopao. The deep fried wonton was a drastic improvement from the dismal spring rolls earlier. Imagine a thicker version of the spring roll wrapper with filling from Super Bowl of China’s pork siomai. The wontons were crisp outside yet juicy inside, still having the pork siomai‘s umami taste. This works with either sweet and sour sauce or soy sauce with chili oil. Now I’m craving rice to go along with it!
However, if I eat rice – I would be too full to enjoy more plates of dimsum. The Pork Asado Siopao stands in for the rice, and I ordered one piece. The size was dismal, more akin to a mini siopao. If I only knew that it would be that small, I would have ordered two. Regular orders of this should be two pieces to a person as only one would not be enough. The filling was equally dismal too; it has more fat than actual asado meat. Maybe Super Bowl of China has a larger version with a better asado filling inside? Or will I get a better asado siopao deal elsewhere?
All in all, I downed five orders before tapping out – with three I would recommend. The Chicken Feet, Pork Siomai, and Deep Fried Wonton are worth trying out. Meanwhile, the Vegetarian Spring Rolls and Pork Asado Siopao have a lot of room for improvement. I would have had more servings if I wasn’t full from a prior late lunch, but all-you-can-eat buffers no longer appeal to me that much. Super Bowl of China’s Unlimited Dimsum Promo, however, is one I’d definitely try again.
To end this entry, here is my ranking of the dimsum dishes I tried for this promo – from most favored to least favored:
- Chicken Feet
- Pork Siomai
- Deep Fried Wonton
- Pork Asado Siopao
- Vegetarian Spring Rolls