dishesandplaces

le ching. when you’re not sure where you want to eat, eat here

In eating in manila on September 21, 2010 at 10:48 pm

i love dimsum. and so when i got the text “i’m hungry. le ching tayo.” i hopped into the car and went.

thank goodness this gem exists at the UP Technohub. good, reliable dimsum and noodle soup – two food groups that always have to be in close proximity.

so first, the noodle soup. i asked the waiter for a recommendation and he suggested the beef and wanton noodle soup (P115)

this was good – pretty much what you’d expect from a non-expensive but non-fastfood place. the serving is big enough for one hearty meal, but if taken with other dishes can serve two easily.

then the dimsum. first the ones in steam baskets starting with the must-have in any chinese place, hakaw. steamed shrimp dumplings

hakaw definitely makes my list of top 10 favorite food. it’s a delicate balance of cooking the shrimp right but showing off its freshness and at the same time making sure the wrap is firm but delicate. each time i go to a new chinese place, hakaw is the first thing i try and the one in le ching at the hub is really good.

we also had shark’s fin and pork siomai

the pork siomai was surprisingly tender and tasty. it almost never is, in my experience. will have this again

then it was on to the fried stuff. first up in that set, my favorite – radish cake

again, well done. crisp on the outside, tender on the inside with just the right amount of chewiness. it’s been a while since i’ve had this and i’m glad to be able to eat this with someone again.

and last on the table, taro puffs

a light crispy exterior housing pleasantly soft and glutinous mashed taro (gabi).

this was, in a way, a lot of food for 2 people – but we did it justice. hard not to. it all tasted good. and i didn’t detect any msg (usually my head feels like it’s swelling up). total bill? a shade under P500. i was floored. considering we both consumed copious amounts of food, we were paying only around P250 each. another good surprise.

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