MANILA – Many people are expected to visit Binondo, the world’s oldest Chinatown, to welcome the Year of the Wooden Horse on Friday.
To those who are unable to go all the way there on Chinese New Year, there are several establishments that offer alternative ways to celebrate the occasion.
Some of the hotels that are offering Chinese New Year packages are Makati Shangri-La via Shang Palace, EDSA Shangri-La via Summer Palace, Mandarin Oriental Manila via Tin Hau, Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila via Li Li, Manila Hotel via Mabuhay Palace, Discovery Suites and Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila.
Chinese restaurants in Metro Manila are also aplenty, with each offering a unique take on the well-loved cuisine.
Here are some of them:
Crystal Jade Dining In
Crispy Duck Sandwich at Crystal Jade. Photo: Handout
Located at Bonifacio High Street Central in Taguig, Crystal Jade Dining In is a Cantonese restaurant with a modern twist.
Some of the noteworthy dishes here are Crispy Duck Sandwich, Baked Bo Lo BBQ Pork Bun, Double Boiled Crab Claw Soup with Superior Mushroom and Sauteed Scallop or Prawn with Chicken and Assorted Mushrooms.
Crystal Jade Dining In is only one of the many restaurant concepts of the Singapore-based Crystal Jade, which has over 100 outlets in Asia.
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Dimsum Break’s Steamed Fried Rice. Photo: Handout
Similar to its branches in Cebu, Dimsum Break’s Manila outlet at the SM North EDSA Annex in Quezon City follows a cafeteria-style/self-service setup where customers line up in front of the counter where all the food is laid out.
At less than P100 each, Dimsum Break’s fried and steamed dimsum are dirt cheap, considering the taste and quality of each dish. Bestsellers include the Sweet and Sour Pork, Spring Rolls and Crab Pincers, Steamed Shaomai and Steamed Fried Rice.
Other fried treats include Garlic Pork Spareribs, Stuffed Shrimps, Sweet and Sour Chicken, Stuffed Taro, Spiced Eggs and Shrimp Toast.
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All-you-can-eat hot pot at Huat Pot. Photo by Vladimir Bunoan for ABS-CBNnews.com
Located at P. Guevarra Street, Huat Pot was recently launched just in time for the Chinese New Year.
The all-you-can-eat hotpot restaurant lets guests select from a wide array of ingredients – beef, pork, chicken, lamb, meatballs and vegetables. For dessert, there are fresh fruits, a taho bar with different kinds of flavored syrups and colored pearls, and unlimited Magnum ice cream bars.
There is also a beverage section that includes sodas, juices, tea, coffee and beer.
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Lugang Café’s Chicken with Scallion and Ginger Oil. Photo by Karen Flores for ABS-CBNnews.com
This Taiwanese restaurant has been getting raves from Filipino diners mainly because of its xiao long bao or soupy pork dumplings. Lugang Cafe has a handful of other specialties, as evident in its extensive menu of dimsum, noodles, roasted meats, drinks and desserts.
Some of the must-try items here are Chicken with Scallion and Ginger Oil, Dong Bo Pork Belly with Steamed Buns, Black Pepper Beef Ribs, Mayonnaise Prawns, and Pumpkin Seafood Rice Souffle.
Lugang Café has branches at Greenhills, SM Mall of Asia, SM North EDSA, SM Aura Premier and Glorietta 1.
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PF Chang’s Northern Style Spareribs. Photo: Handout
This US-based restaurant does not only serve Chinese-American cuisine, but also modern twists on Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese and even Filipino food.
Some of PF Chang’s signature dishes are Chicken Lettuce Wraps, Northern-style Spareribs and Mongolian Beef.
The restaurant also offers typical Chinese fare such as Shrimp Rolls, Sweet and Sour Chicken, Egg Drop Soup and Beef with Brocolli.
PF Chang’s has branches at Alabang Town Center and Bonifacio Global City.
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Wangfu’s Cereal Prawns. Photo from the restaurant’s Facebook page
Wangfu is the first restaurant venture of actor Richard Yap, more popularly known as Sir Chief of the hit ABS-CBN daytime series “Be Careful with My Heart.”
The Singaporean-Chinese restaurant is located at the intersection of Roces Avenue and Tomas Morato in Quezon City. It is a result of Yap’s partnership with his friends, Lester Pimentel Ong and Ace Wang.
Some of Wangfu’s specialties include Sizzling Black Pepper T-Bone Beef, Sweet and Sour Pork, Kung Pao Chicken and Cereal Prawns.
Click here to watch Yap tour viewers of the ABS-CBN morning show “Kris TV” inside Wangfu’s kitchen.
Salted Egg Chicken at Zong. Photo: Handout
This Chinese restaurant strictly applies the principles of yin and yang to its menu, serving a mix of both light and pleasant and strong and spicy. Dishes with yin properties are usually raw, steamed, boiled or poached, while those with yang properties are deep-fried, roasted and stir-fried.
Some of the bestselling items here are Salted Egg Chicken, Steamed Zucchini in Pumpkin Sauce, Kikiam, Slow Braised Pork Meatballs with White Radish and Deconstructed Egg Rice.
Zong has branches at Bonifacio Global City, Westgate Alabang and Paseo de Sta. Rosa in Laguna.
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