The Steam Fried Rice of Cebu is fried rice topped with shrimp and pork, and steamed in a rice cooker with its secret sauce. This was an original creation of Mr. Henry Uytengsu of Ding Qua Qua Dimsum House in Cebu, which pionereed the all-day dimsum dining in 1969.
After Ding Qua Qua (1 branch) which offers a signature dimsum buffet, Mr. Uytengsu's group created Harbour City Dimsum House (3 branches) which featured the traditional dimsum carts wheeled to the customers' table-sides. They then created the mall-based Dimsum Break outlet (13 banches) to originally address the dining needs of the mall's late night foodies from the bowling alleys and cinemas.
True enough, the name "Dimsum Break" was inspired by taking breaks to eat dimsum during a bowling session. It is considered the Philippines' version of Panda Express.
Check out what Dimsum Break has to offer...
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Manila is crazy about spicy food these days, and it's just the right time to introduce MODERN SICHUAN, the first modern Sichuan-themed restaurant in Manila. Sichuan is my favorite among all the Chinese cuisines because of its unique hotness and distinctive flavors.
Sichuan usually refers to the cuisines from Chengdu, Chongqing, Leshan, Neijang, and Zigong in China. Sichuan uses three peppers: red chili peppers, black peppercorns, and hua jian (Sichuan Peppers) vs. Hunan cuisine which just uses chili. Hua jian peppers provide the malasensation-anaesthetic effect experienced when the peppercorn flavor makes contact with the saliva feeling your tongue numb to the chili.
Modern Sichuan also carries the Modern China menu for those who don't like spicy food. The menu is overwhelming and offers unique dishes that you can't find in any Chinese restaurant.
Here are the dishes that we love and recommend in Modern Sichuan:
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GLORIA MARIS Restaurant, specifically the one in Greenhills, is our all-time favorite go-to place for authentic Cantonese food in Manila since 1995. My wife's Chinese family likes holding their special celebrations here, and I love the yummy consistency of their food every single time.
Last year, Gloria Maris moved to a new location with an impressive fine dining ambiance and an introduction of modern Cantonese cuisine to take the dining experience to a whole different level.
Here's our modern fine dining experience at Gloria Maris Greenhills:
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We just love Chinese food. :) One of the advantages of marrying into a Chinese family is getting to always enjoy a Chinese lauriat celebration every time there is a birthday or special event.
We celebrated Ahiya Pierre's 41st birthday in one of the best Chinese seafood restaurants along Escolta -- Uno Seafood Wharf Palace. I was happy to learn that it is owned by the same people behind our favorite comfort Chinese restaurant, Lutong Macao, along Jupiter St.
The Lauriat Set Menu starts from P4,800 to P9,900 with 9 to 11 courses (including dessert). But we preferred to order the dishes on an ala carte basis, served lauriat-style.
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Read First: P.F. Chang's in Manila? Shortlink: oap.ph/PFChangsManila
P.F. Chang's, the popular American Chinese Restaurant of Philip Fleming and Philip Chiang, finally opened its first branch in Asia. With 200 restaurants across the US, and branches in Mexico, Puerto Rico, Kuwait and UAE, it also now calls Alabang home.
When you eat Chinese food in the US, your friends would probably take you to either P.F. Chang's or Panda Express. (Check out my P.F. Chang's experience in California.)
Its appearance in Manila caused quite a stir. A lot of people question whether or not an American Chinese restaurant concept will work here.
We decided to celebrate Aidan's 7th birthday there when P.F. Chang's in Alabang opened its doors to the public recently. Here is a rundown of our P.F. Chang's experience...
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