We were a little hesitant about trying out Yen Yen because we had a bad food experience with the Yen Yen Stall along Shaw. Anyway, we decided to give it another shot after watching the Bellyfest at the PETA theater. I’m happy to say we were pleased with our decision to cap off the night at Yen Yen instead of the usual fast food (e.g. KFC, McDo, Chowking, etc.).
Yen Yen food has improved drastically compared to the now-closed Shaw stall. The Taiwanese partner moved on already and the current owners seem to have tweaked the recipe a bit to suit the Filipino palate. We liked the quality of the Cha Chang noodles together with the bean sprouts and the tasty tofu (for a healthier twist).
There’s no need to claim that it’s authentic (because it’s not); nevertheless, the food has a unique flavor that sets it apart from our usual North Park orders. Highly recommended for those looking for a cheap, unique, and yummy hole-in-the-wall around Greenhills.
Most of the menu items are less than P100, except for the noodles and rice toppings, which are less than P200.
The restaurant space is small — it can comfortably fit about 20 people only. Just imagine the scenario when Joshua started crying because he was sleepy. I think the entire place got a bit scandalized by his little tantrum.
This looked good, but we were not able to try it because it was delivered to our table by mistake. The dumplings looked freshly boiled and not defrosted. I can usually guess how food tastes from the way it looks. As for this dish, it seems bland but I think it would go very well with the sauce.
The pork chop was crispy thin, but we liked the sweet chili sauce that went with it. Yum!
This noodle soup is good for 2-3 people. The beef soup was very interesting because it was a bit spicy-sour and braised with ginger and star anise. The noodles were of good quality and were cooked really well. The beef wasn’t consistent though, some pieces were tender and some were a bit tough.
My wife did not like the rice topping version of the beef because the meat was tougher than usual. They should improve the quality of the beef they use (unless this is the kind of beef the Taiwanese like…).
The Green Tea iced tea was a pleasant surprise. You can tell that it came from brewed tea versus the powder-and-sugar variants. It was a bit sweet but still refreshing. 🙂
Authentic (?) Taiwan Street Food using Imported Ingredients
No Service Charge
Telephone: +632 345-3219
Open Daily 11am – 11pm
96 Granada St. (Gilmore Ave.) Quezon City, Philippines
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P.S. I heard from my Taiwanese foodie friends that there really is no authentic Taiwanese food in Manila. I’ve never been to Taiwan (maybe in July, for the first time). If you know of any authentic Taiwanese food in Manila, please do let me know…