Cantonese Dim Sum at King Chef

Steamed Rice and Chicken and Sausage Topping

Dim sum is said to be originally Cantonese. Cooks from the province of Guangdong are run-after for their traditional Cantonese cooking. At King Chef, 3-5PM is the best time to enjoy cha (tea) and a filling of your most favorite dim sum fare. Why? Dim sum is half off! On normal hours, every little bamboo basket would be anything but cheap.

King Chef 2

The King Chef at Lucky Chinatown is huge, the feel very Chinese, the contemporary interior design reminiscent of big tea houses abroad.

The menu is extensive. Beyond the dim sum we had, I was most happy with the steamed rice and topping. The juices of Chinese sausage combined with chicken and notes of herbs and subtle spices enveloped the fragrant, very warm long grain rice. So ambrosial (especially when it’s the first meal of the day)! In fact, I wanted to sample all the other steamed  rice variations  (however, not included in the dim sum promo). Imagine rice cooked in salmon juices!

Their fatter pot stickers like kuchay (chives) and hakaw  (shrimp) were essentially ticklish, the seasonings were light yet so finely balanced.

King Chef 4King ChefKing Chef menuSeafood CrystalDumplingsHakaw and Kuchay DumplingsKing Chef 3Radish Cake

However, I didn’t quite like their version of the radish cake. Perhaps ‘coz I’m so used to the unscorched type with lots of hebi (hibi/hibe/dried shrimps).

I think King Chef has other branches like the one on Banawe St. in Quezon City.


It’s past 3PM… am missing Manila!

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National, Hap Chan, etc.

The Sartolialist

I’m a follower of The Sartolialist for current and chic street fashion photography. Scott’s photo book is available at National Bookstore, now open at the Ilocano Heroes Hall turned mall. Waiting for Scott’s latest,  Closer.

Kate Lanphear

On one of the pages of the book… I admire US Elle style director Kate Lanphear’s fearless style.

Walked to nearby Red Dot…

T-Strap Sandals

Got my aqua vegan Jelly Nellies at the store. Been eying these classic Onitsuka Tigers and the fierce flats below, teehee, ballet bayonets!

Onitsuka TigerOnutsuka Tiger campaign ad, a page from an old mag

a page from my old mag.

Fierce Ballet FlatsGingersnaps

Marianne got cute outfits for my goddaughter Marylaine. Chose the Hello Kitty Vans for the cute little girl.

Hello Kitty Vans

Oh, our first stop was actually Hap Chan. Joy bought us a dim sum lunch consisting of hakaw (shrimp dumplings, ham siok (fried meat-stuffed dumplings), seafood noodles, asado pork and sweet carrot and squash, kinda like sticky rice cakes. A jolting earthquake was felt while we were dining. It frightened us especially that the tea house is located in a crowded vintage building. Frozen for a minute.

Hap ChanSeafood NoodlesShrimp Dumplings (Hakaw)Asado (Chinese Barbecued Pork)Ham ShiokSweet CarrotSweet SquashMarianneHappy Faces

Joan came in late, so we accompanied her to the nearby fastfood. After our heritage tour in Bacarra, we filled ourselves again, to the brim, with toasted isaw, fishballs and kikiam at Tayamen’s. Thank you, Tsang!

Tsang of Tayamen's

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