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
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