Thursday, April 18, 2013

Wanchai at Lucky Chinatown Mall

We dropped by Wanchai for a light late-afternoon snack. Wanchai is a small Chinese restaurant in the Food Junction (small food court) of Lucky Chinatown Mall. I haven't been to their other branches but as far as I know, their other branches are full-sized restaurants while the one in Lucky Chinatown is more of a food stall with a limited menu.

This "express edition" foodie place serves dimsum (P60-85), congee (P110-P120), noodles (P120-P135), rice meals (P120), and rice bowls (P55).

Wanchai Chinese restaurant in Lucky Chinatown Mall

We ordered their Asado Congee, Hakaw, and Shrimp Siomai.

food ordered from Wanchai in Lucky Chinatown Mall

Wanchai asado congee porridge
Asado Congee - P120

The congee was seasoned right. It was filling and not greasy. There were generous portions of asado and these asado strips were meaty rather than fatty.

Hakaw - P85 || Shrimp Siomai - P70
The hakaw and the shrimp siomai, however, were terrible. It was a bit of a struggle to finish them. The pieces of siomai were fused together and uninteresting in taste. They gave me the impression of being generic, tightly-packed frozen siomai that the cook just put in the steamer unthawed. The hakaw pieces, meanwhile, were very soggy. The wrapper disintegrated with the lightest touch. I couldn't decide if those hakaw pieces were like that because they were overcooked or if they had already been reheated multiple times. Very disappointing.

I've read good reviews of the full-sized Wan Chai Tea House branches so I'm still open to trying them, but I'm not going back to the Lucky Chinatown Mall branch.


Food Junction
4th Floor, Lucky Chinatown Mall
Reina Regente St. Corner Dela Reina St.
Binondo, Manila
Metro Manila, Philippines
Tel. No. (02)664-3168
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