King Chef Dimsum Kitchen recently transferred to the brand spanking new Banawe 238 Center. King Chef transferred from their humble digs at the back of Starbucks in what many had said was a lousy location. Their new location occupies half of the building’s 2nd floor with seating good for a couple of hundred people. The place is clean, well lighted and is so much more spacious that the previous location. There are also quite a number of parking spaces at the back and sides of the building.
We were there to sample a smidgen of their over 100 kinds of dimsum offerings separated into Steamed, Fried, rice rolls, congee, noodles, rice toppings and dessert. They offer daily dimsum promo hours during morning tea time (8 to 10am), afternoon tea (2 to 5pm) and late night tea time (9 to 12mn).
We started with some drinks while waiting for the rest of the group to arrive. Irene had her Hot Soya Milk (P80/P55 – promo) while I had the Black and White Gulaman (P75/P55 – promo). I was not able to try the Cold Fruit Punch (P120) but it looked pretty good.
Once our group was complete, the barrage of dimsum dishes started.
Irene and I love beancurd skin so much that if anything uses it is on the menu, we order it like the Beancurd Roll (P105/P62 – promo). This was really good and was quickly wiped out by me and Irene.
Fried Five Spice Spareribs (P140). This is the petite version of the yum Garlic Burst Spareribs I had in King Chef Lucky Chinatown. Crispy and juicy with meat that had deeply absorbed the garlic and other spices. Perfect with or without some rice.
This trio of fried dimsum are some of our picks, Fried Prawn Dumpling (P110/P68 – promo), Crispy Duck Wontons (P120/P68 – promo) and Ham Soy Kok (P95/P62 – promo). The most surprising of the lot was the fried duck wontons, which looked somewhat like the bombs Green Goblin used to throw. Crunchy exterior with a savory and sweet shredded duck filling, I guarantee you one order is not enough. The ham suy kok is one the more underrated dimsums, glutious rice wrapped around minced pork, many don’t actually know the exact name let alone have ordered it.
Soyed Beef Keichi with Cucumber (P120/P68 – promo). This is a nice meaty and spicy appetizer with cubed pieced of beef, cucumber and century egg.
Misua Ko (P110). A classic dish I’ve actually never tried because I’m not fond of misua. I gave this a little try and enjoyed it. I describe it as something like a thick misua soup with lots of mushrooms and meat and fried garlic on top.
Some of the other dimsum dishes we had was the Bird’s Eye Dumpling (P110/P68 – promo), Beef Balls (P95/P68 – promo), Taro Puff (P120)and XO Siomai (P105/P62 – promo).
King’s Style Seafood Congee (P220). Irene makes a mean congee so we are usually disappointed with dimsum restaurant’s renditions. This one was had a nice special ingredient of minced chai-po (preserved turnip) that gave it a different but good flavor. This bowl is served piping hot and has shrimps, squid, fish, crabstick, fish ball and lobster ball inside.
I wasn’t too happy with the rice rolls though, I felt the roll was too thick thus making it heavier and the you could not easily taste the filling.
Whether you like rice of noodles, King Chef Dimsum Kitchen has something for you. The Peking Chicken Rice Topping (P190) is large enough for two people or the Wonton Noodles (P150) with pretty springy noodles by local standards.
Alternatively, you can get their lunch (11am-2pm) or breakfast (8am-11am) sets if you are alone but want some variety. This one above is the Breakfast Set 2 (P150) which is composed of a bowl of Satay Sotanghon soup plus Sharksfin Dumpling and Taosi Spareribs. This is such a good deal already, no need to wait for the promo periods to eat at King Chef.
King Chef Dimsum Kitchen not only has the traditional dimsum dishes, they also have some quirky creations like this Pumpkin Ball (P90/P62- promo) and Carrot Roll (P90/P62- promo). Both dishes have the same chewy dough with lotus paste filling and is intended for dessert.
The other dessert we tried was the Mango Balls (P85/P62- promo). Dessicated coconut covered glutious mango flavored balls with mango bits inside. This would have been better had the mangoes been sweeter but that’s fruits for you, sometimes the season does not cooperate.
I can’t say the dimsum at King Chef Dimsum Kitchen are the best in Manila but they are reasonably priced and it is even cheaper with the set or during promo hours. The wide range of dimsum they serve also means you’ll definitely find something you’ll enjoy.
King Chef Dimsum Kitchen2/F Banawe 238 Center Banawe St. cor. Panalturan St. Quezon City, Philippines Contact No.: (632) 361-0571/ (632) 361-1332
Facebook Page: King Chef Dimsum Kitchen
Website: King Chef Dimsum Kitchen
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Neri Ann says
My favorite dimsum is Har Gow!
Neri Ann says
Joined the giveaway! Yummy post! Hoping to win! :)
Jaja Que says
Siomai is my all time favorite :)
my fave dimsum is bean curd roll
Jenny So says
Marlon So says
Fried Five Spice Spareribs
Manuel So says
Lilia So says
Michael So says
chicken feet :)
Jackal Frazor says
Siomai is my favorite.
Hannah To says
I like hakaw the best! :)
Susana Co says
Hakao is my timeless favorite.
Astra C. Alegre says
Charm Sy says
I super love har gaw. However, when I’m in King Chef, I make it a point to order their Fried Shrimp Puff! Super yummy :)
Theresa Cruz-Escaros says
Siomai and Hakaw!
Norylett Delfin says
Siu mai dumplings is my favorite :)
My fave dimsum is Siomai, Ham suy kok & Hakaw! :) yumm! can’t wait! :D
Lawrence Guevara says
May Ann dela Cruz says
My favorites are siomai and hakaw!
My fave dimsum is hakaw☺
Jamee Uy says
radish cake :P
siomai and dumplings
Jan Karen Ku says
Maricel Fajardo says
helen gatbonton says
Kleah Marie Fortunado says
Dumplings are my all time fave! :)
fried prawn dumplings at king chef.
Minced shrimp puff is ❤️
Jenille Ng says
My favorite dish is hakao! :)
Janina Sese says
Siomai alwaaays. Thanks for the giveaway! :)
Abby Matic says
Siomai the number one :)
Hakaw! and Siomai
cara smith says
Favorite is Siomai
Agent Desa (@heyheyheydesa) says
Siomai and anything with noodles!
steve del castillo says
Bird’s Eye Dumpling
alvin chua says
Hakao!!!!! all time fave!
Ren Dewy-Cook says
Chicken feet and dumplings yum yum (y)
My favorite dimsum is xiao long bao.
they are the only few restaurant who serves ham suy kok. I always order this whenever i see this in the menu.
Shakirizza L. Cabrera says
I love Siomai! =)
Mary Louise Sanchez says
Actually I have lots of favorites among the Dimsum dishes! To name a few, Shumai Dumping or popularly known as “Siomai” is on top of my list, followed by Congee, Spare Ribs and of course Spring Rolls. :-) Because they are the ones that I usually eat in a Chinese Restaurant. :-)
Tiffany see says
my favorite dish is taro puff
Robert Jonathan Chan says
Chicken feet is my favorite spicy and sweet
clint odeza (@wudstock08) says
wanton noodles and siomai
Marites Quitoriano says
My favorite dimsum is hakao :)
Cora Letada (@coraletada) says
Hakaw and siomai! :)