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.

6pm: The Ivans — Ivan Henares and Ivan Man Dy — my Ultimate Philippines brothers, were already waiting for me so we could start our planning session for our culinary tours this summer.

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.

For Pinoys, they have a picture menu where you can just point out whatever you like.

Gongbao Chicken (P180). Super spicy and oily! It’s like Kung Pao Chicken because of the peanuts. The taste is close to Szechuan-level of spiciness. 

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.

Steamed Dumpling (P120). This is my favorite — kuchay dumplings. They taste just like Dong Bei dumplings. (Now, you don’t have to go all the way to Binondo.)

Fried Dumpling (P140). You can order it fried, so you’ll have a gyoza-like dumpling. At the moment, they only offer these dumplings.

7pm: Chinese customers started appearing. They do add to the overall ambiance of an otherwise simple and minimalist restaurant.

Ivan Man Dy proudly showed us The Big Binondo Food Wok Map! It covers all the restaurants in Binondo and even comes with free hopia coupons.

Finally, a map of Binondo that can help you plan your own Binondo Food Trip! 🙂 I’ll blog about the map separately…

Beef with Chili (180). The actual dish is more appetizing than the picture in the menu (see above).

To top it all off, you can have free unlimited self-servings of rice! (Eat-all-you-can rice is the trend these days, popularized by Mang Inasal.)

8pm: The place was packed with a mix of Chinese customers and people working nearby.

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).

If Binondo seems too far away for your taste, at least you have the option of heading to the outskirts of Rockwell in Makati for authentic Chinese food.

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! 🙂