Shifu Masters Kitchen is a little hole in the wall resto along Granada St. I’ve passed by its simple facade with a cartooned Bruce Lee many a times yet had never ventured in until I was invited to check out their food. Well used chair and tables with very simple interiors belie the fact that they serve wonderful comfort Chinese food.
Kutchay Dumplings (P180/10pcs.). A nice little for sharing starter, served with a soy, chives and chili dipping sauce.
Sate Fish Fillet Soup (P215). A hearty bowl of soup filled with generous amounts of seafood. I love the slight spicy kick from the sate, perfect for the rainy days.
Their Shifu Congee (P145) is a visual and topping overload. No scrimping on ingredients, don’t you have fishing through congee just to get the itsy little bits of meat.
The highlight of the meal was their house specialty Pata Bihon (P215). In many Chinese households, this is a common dish, using canned pata tim(pork trotter). Shifu gives their touch to it by using home made pata tim, adds the braised sauce and bihon (rice noodles). I think this is the best pata bihon I’ve ever had, the bihon is extra tasty and not dry because of the sauce. The serving size is also very big, it can probably serve 2 to 3 people at least, making this is one of the best deals around.
Lechon Macau (P205). Easily appreciated with its crispy skin and tender, flavorful meat. The serving size is quite generous and considering the price, another great deal.
Shrimp Fuyong (P225). Folded omelette with bits of shrimps and vegetables within, covered with a sweet sauce. Irene loved this even though she’s not a fan of eggs. They also have crab and oyster versions of this.
Chicken Chops (P145). Boneless chicken thighs, battered and deep fried and finally sprinkled with a pepper powder. A familiar snack at many milk tea stores, this one is just better. The chicken is meatier and the coating extra crispy.
Shifu Fried Chicken (P205/half, P385/whole). Super crunchy that I could not help but cheat on eating the skin. Garlicky with a bit of the red fermented bean curd taste for lots of umami flavor. This reminded me a bit of the chicken from Wu Xiang/Sincerity but even better. There’s a sweet-spicy sauce on the side that’s also good so try both and decide which one you prefer.
Pata Rice (P155). Using the same pata meat and braised sauce, this time added to rice yields a similarly delicious dish.
Wash it all down with their Shifu Milk Tea (P70/glass, P110/bottomless). It’s the basic milk tea with black grass jelly cubes.
Shifu Masters Kitchen is a really wonderful discovery, good comfort food at unbelievable prices. We’ve already been back for more of the Pata bihon and Shifu chicken. I’ve since introduced the place to a number of people and they’ve been really happy with their own experience at Shifu.
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Shifu Masters Kitchen58 Granada St., Quezon City Telephone No.: (632) 726-1135 Operating Hours: 10am to 1030pm daily