Permit me to greet each and every one of you a Happy New Year before I proceed, despite being well into 2020 already! I’ve been busy with work and spending the holidays with the family – thus, I wasn’t able to follow up my December streak. I know this is rather sad news, but this might be my last food-related post for the time being. After this entry, I’ll focus on finishing the pending travel entries I have – around ten in all.
I’ve decongested my phone’s storage containing pictures of restaurants I’ve visited in 2019 by means of my earlier posts, and this is the last one from that set. If you might remember, I lost my phone in July of last year and bought a new one a week after that loss. Thus, I won’t have any more pending food-related entries after this. Enough introductions then; let’s proceed to what you people visit here for.
I always visit Yang Chow Dimsum and Tea House whenever I crave dimsum and other Chinese specialties, as it’s the closest thing to Banawe and Binondo-style fare without the need to physically visit those places. The restaurant’s branch at Eton Centris Walk is my favorite so far, as it is rather spacious and provides a good view of EDSA. Despite the presence of two branches near me (Simply Dimsum by Yang Chow at Eastwood Cybermall and a main Yang Chow branch at Circulo Verde), I prefer this one as the place isn’t frequented by Mainland Chinese offshore gambling employees…yet. The Fish Fillet Beancurd Rice and Bean Curd Roll are my usual orders, but their Tausi Spareribs and Tausi Chicken Feet are also commendable. For a full meal, best order the Glutinous Rice with Chicken and Shark’s Fin Dumpling.
Yang Chow Dimsum and Tea House
Eton Centris Walk
EDSA corner Quezon Avenue
Brgy. Pinyahan, Quezon City 1100
I reviewed Wee Nam Kee‘s branch in Fairview Terraces five years ago; this branch is now defunct and Kko Kko has taken its former spot. Fortunately, the Trinoma branch is still open for business! I’ve had the chance to dine here in January of last year because Dad celebrated his 56th birthday at that branch. It was months after that when I managed to stop by again for dinner. The Salted Egg Chinese-Style Fried Chicken Rice headlines this set, with its rather smooth and creamy salted egg coating. The vegetables (including oyster mushrooms) serve to temper down the savory taste of the chicken. It comes with free soup (unlimited, mind you) to cleanse the palate for the next bite. The Hainanese Chicken Rice Balls and Crispy Prawn Balls are meant to be appetizers, but are actually meals in themselves. These are best washed down with Hot Lime Juice suitable for a bad throat.
Wee Nam Kee Hainanese Chicken Rice
#1601E, 4/F Trinoma Mall
North Avenue cor. EDSA
Brgy. Bagong Pag-Asa, Quezon City 1105
After a string of openings in various malls, Hawker Chan has finally set up shop in the north! This restaurant established by Chan Hong Meng prides itself in serving the cheapest Michelin-starred meal in the world. Unsurprisingly, there are long queues — just like at its original stall at the Chinatown (Singapore) hawker centre and the other Philippine locations. However, seeing the taste and price point makes queuing worth it. I ordered the Char Siew Noodle, which came with bok choy and sambal-topped noodles. The Roasted Pork Rice was also a noteworthy choice, but I found it rather lacking for some reason. Good thing I had the Seasonal Vegetable with Garlic to go with it. Outside of the specialties, the Fried Dumplings are commendable – if they weren’t too overpriced.
LGF The Parkway, SM City Fairview
Regalado Avenue cor. Quirino Highway
Brgy. Greater Lagro, Quezon City 1100
Well, that’s it for this triptych. Before I end, however: if you want to stay updated with the restaurants I usually visit (given the upcoming absence of food posts here for some time), I highly encourage you to follow The Monching’s Guide on Instagram.
Until the next post, I wish everyone an amazing year ahead!