The Philippines’ population consists of almost 4 million Tsinoys (Filipino-Chinese) which makes Chinese New Year as one of the most celebrated occasions.
I described Chinese New Year celebration here in the Philippines as colorful, festive and fun. Red is the primary color that you will see on the streets as it connotes good luck and prosperity. The highlight of the celebration would be the dragon and lion dance which believed to cast away bad luck. My favorite part of the celebration is no other than — food (giggles). Chinese people served luscious meal on their table which they believed to bring good fortune. Some basic staples were sticky rice, whole fish and roasted chicken.
Today I will be reviewing a restaurant that is perfect to dine with your family this coming Chinese New Year.
Last January 22, 2016, I was invited by Oriental Palace as they reveal their lucky dishes for 2016. Oriental Palace is not a noob in the restaurant industry. They started in the restaurant business in 1978. Owned by Chua family, the restaurant traces its roots to Wah Yuen (Chinese Garden) a small noodle and dim sum shop across the Love Bus in Escolta.
It may look small outside but the place can accommodate up to 800 persons. They have different function halls and rooms as well as hot pot area which is soon to open 24/7.
The owner is very hands-on in the restaurant operation. Mr. Henry Chua, the father of the Operations Manager Mr. Chester Chua, usually wakes up early to buy the freshest ingredients in the market. He wants to make sure that everything is new and fresh to maintain the good standards and authenticity of the recipes.
The dishes that they served was part of their Chinese New Year menu. These dishes were believed to bring abundance, prosperity and good fortune. This was based on the study of Feng Shui Expert Mr. Johnson Chua. This was sponsored by Hennessy V.S.O.P.
I can’t wait to share with you guys the delicious dishes so let’s start. 🙂
Steamed Live Rock Lobster with Garlic. I love dishes with garlic flavour. I just love how garlic makes the dishes taste more flavourful. You can tell that the lobster used is indeed fresh. The meat is sweet and tender and when mixed with garlic it creates a savory taste. Thumbs up!
Whole Suckling Pig. One of their best seller is the whole suckling pig. No wonder why because it really tasted good. Because it is roasted to perfection the skin is super crispy and the meat is juicy.
Whole Sea Cucumber with Australian Abalone. It was my first time to taste sea cucumber and I actually liked it. It was cooked perfectly because it did not taste nor smell fishy. I actually thought it was kare-kare because it kinda tasted like one.
Steamed Crab with Sticky Rice. This is my favorite among the dishes. Fresh crab seasoned with fine spices steamed on top of sticky rice. The sticky rice absorbed the flavour of the crab. I can actually eat the rice on its own.
Over all I will recommend you to try Oriental Palace because they serve great tasting dishes. Price is kinda steep but it is all worth it because all the ingredients used were fresh.
Thank you Oriental Palace for inviting me! 🙂
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