Lung Hin at the Marco Polo Ortigas welcomed their new executive chef, Chef Lai Cheuk Kou aka Chef Terry. He has worked extensively in Hong Kong and China over the last 38 years. He specializes in hot and healthy dishes like herbal soups and exotic dishes.
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We started with a quartet of appetizers. The diced pumpkins are simply but the cooking technique brings out the natural sweetness to whet your taste buds. The cucumbers are crisp with nice balance flavors of light bitterness, spice from the wasabi but not overpowering the fresh cucumber taste. The salt baked chicken uses an imported yellow chicken for greater flavor and the baking technique enables flavor to seep in slowly to keep the meat juicy.
Double Boiled Duck Soup with Goji Berry. Chinese cuisine excels in soups especially the time consuming preparations of double boiled soups. Flavors are richer and more concentrated. I’m not a big fan of medicinal soups but this one just toes the line of being too medicinal for me. Meaty duck pieces are removed of gaminess by the herbs but still have it’s distinct flavor.
Cheese Baked Tiger Prawns. I’ve had many cheese dishes in Chinese restaurants but most are cloying. Chef Terry’s on the other hand, is a bit understated. The prawns are cooked perfected, possessing a nice crunch as you bite into it and served with tasty egg and noodle triangles on the side. The cheese sauce is too light for me with only very mild cheese flavor, a stronger cheese flavor would transform this dish to one of the best ones around.
Pan Fried Dice Beef Cubes. Beautiful brownish beef cubes sit in the middle of fried spring rolls, tender, and well seasoned. Your first instinct might be to go for the beef pieces but forget those spring rolls on the side and you will regret it. They are shrimp and avocado spring rolls that deserve a dish on their own, that’s how good they are.
Steamed Garoupa with Cordyceps. The usual steamed fish but this time cooked with cordyceps, a tonic herb that possess a variety of benefits.
Wok fried Vegetables. Asparagus, broccoli both with good crunch and thick mushrooms topped with a tasty goji berry sauce.
Macau Style Seafood Fried Rice.
If you still have room in your tummy, you might want to order some of their signature Baked Pork Buns, one of the best in Manila.
Dessert was a visually stunning Dragon Fruit with Bird Nest.
I’ve eaten a number of times in Lung Hin but I have to say Chef Terry is the best executive chef they have so far. He adds a lot of interesting dishes and accomplishes it with fine technique all the while keeping the flavors true.
Lung Hin Restaurant44/F Marco Polo Ortigas Manila Sapphire Street cor. Meralco Avenue, Ortigas, Pasig City, Philippines Contact No.: (632) 720-7777
Facebook Page: Marco Polo Ortigas Manila
Website: Marco Polo Manila Dining
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