dishesandplaces

suzhou in san juan – hooray for holes in the wall!

In eating in manila on January 27, 2013 at 7:12 pm

dumpling

 

by the time we remembered to take a photo of the dumplings, they were all but gone. steamed kutchay dumplings. very good – still not up to dong bei – but worth going for in their own right. we also appreciate that suzhou is one of the few (actually right now the only one i can remember) places that serves ginger as a condiment to go with the black vinegar as a dipping sauce for the dumplings. yum.

we ate at suzhou along mabini street in san juan – one of the more popular chinese holes in the wall. what we wanted was something cheap and hearty and delicious and we certainly were not disappointed. one of the dishes they recommend is their spicy beef brisket noodle soup

beef noodle

 

most flavorful. one of those dishes where everything just tastes good. not to be missed by noodle soup lovers.

but for us the star (and revelation) of the meal was the spring onion pancake

pancake

 

in a word, terrific. it was thin and crisp and all the flavors were intact – the onion, the egg, the seasoning. yum.

in all we paid a little over P300. easily great value.

suzhou is popular for other dishes – in particular we hear their spare ribs get mentioned a lot. so this is on was just the first of hopefully many many visits. each time we plan to try something different. but that pancake… it just might become a staple.

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