I got lost when I first came here. There were no signs outside because it’s just a simple house converted into a restaurant. Ivan Henares introduced us to this place through his blog post entitled, Manila: You Jie Xiao Chao Chinese restaurant near Rockwell.
Ivan said that from Edsa, one should turn left going to the ramp to Rockwell, then turn right going to the Barangay Hall (you’ll see a sign). Then, turn left to Camia Street to find the restaurant. I missed it, so he asked the waitress (wearing red) to step outside to serve as my landmark.
I parked across the street and was excited by the prospect of trying the Secret Hunan Chinese Restaurant in Rockwell.
The Chinese name of the restaurant is You Jie Xiao Chao and it specializes in Hunan (think Spicy!) Chinese Cuisine. The main menu is in Chinese because most of the clients are what Ivan Man Dy calls, “bagong salta (just arrived) from China”.
Instead of putting up a restaurant in Binondo or 168, the owners decided to set up near Rockwell because of cheaper rent. Surprisingly, there was a market for it.
Fried Shrimp (P500). This is the most expensive dish that we ordered, but we did not finish it because we got tired of using our hands to eat it. If you notice, the shrimp heads were already chopped off.
This Chinese Restaurant discovery is similar to the Top Meals discovery (see: Top Meals – Makati’s Secret Bicol Comfort Food) and Som’s Thai discovery around the Rockwell area (see: Som’s Noodle House – cheap authentic version of SukhoThai).
You Jie Xiao Chao Chinese Food
6404 Camia Street, Guadalupe Viejo, Makati City
(near the Barangay Hall of Guadalupe Viejo)
Telephone: +63 915 4252972, +63 927 7876999
Driving Directions: Take Edsa-northbound; after Buendia, take the ramp to Rockwell. Then, turn right going to the Barangay Hall (you’ll see a sign). Then, turn left to Camia Street. You should see the Coznuts salon on your right. The restaurant is about 3 houses before the salon. You can already park on one side along Camia St.
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P.S. Thanks to Ivan Henares for this awesome Chinese discovery in Rockwell! 🙂