My husband and I travel a lot for work and so our meal time is usually sporadic and quick. During these times, it is a good thing that we could grab and enjoy a "touch of heart" or Dim sum from three (3) of Chinese restaurants - Hap Chan Tea House, David's Tea House and Yang Chow, for the so-called fast "small eats" feasting.
Dimsum is a traditional Cantonese food preparation consisting of variety of dumplings, steamed and fried dishes served in small basket steamers, and usually paired with tea. But since we don't drink tea, we usually have our dim sum with ripe mango shake, either congee or soup, and add plain or fried rice and meat viand with our orders.
|Hap Chan Tea House in Lipa City|
|Dimsum Galore: Chicken Feet, Hakaw, Spareribs |
with Tausi Sauce paired with Hot & Sour Soup, Ripe Mango shake
|David's Tea House in Calamba City|
With twenty one (21) branches in the Philippines, it is easy to spot this resto to experience the taste of Hongkong. We dined at the David's branch in Calamba City twice and have tried their version of the Hot and Sour Soup and a separate orders of their dim sum (4 pieces each) before we learned of their Dim sum Platter.
We love their Assorted Dimsum Platter for only P230 since we can each have a piece of six (6) different types of dim sum like sharks fin dumpling, shrimp siomai, hakaw, fried spring rolls, kuchai dumpling and beef balls (for Red). We also ordered the Nido with Quail Egg soup (P260) which is sooo good, Yangchow Fried rice (P205), spare ribs with tausi, and ripe Mango Shake (P95).
|Yang Chow at Shopwise Libis, Quezon City|
When I missed a meal and my stomach can only take soft and light fare, Yang Chow in Libis or Eton Centris are the destinations that come to mind. I like their various "congee" which cost between P100 to P120 depending on the flavors.
I ordered the Asado Congee (P100), Mango Shake (P80) and of course their Dimsum Platter which consist of an assortment of fried spring roll, shrimp siomai, kuchay dumpling, Japanese siomai, hakaw, and sharksfin dumpling for only P220, slightly cheaper than the platter of Davids.
With dim sum's plentiful assortment and these Chinese Tea Houses around, I can have a little of everything in a snap. No more missed meals for me despite the busy schedule.