Fat Fook Manila: Reasonably-priced and delicious Taiwanese food

My family loves Xiao Long Bao. We try to have it in every restaurant that offers it. That was what brought us to Fat Fook Manila.

We ordered the Steamed Pork Xiao Long Bao, Chicken Chops and String Beans with Minced Pork. The XLB wrapper in Fat Fook Manila was not as delicate as the ones used in Din Tai Fung or Lugang Cafe. But that doesn’t mean that it wasn’t delicious. It was good, the soup and meat inside were very flavorful. The chicken chops were very good too. Serving size was huge and the coating was very crunchy. I am not a big fan of vegetables, but I loved the string beans with minced pork. The vegetables were not over-cooked and the seasoning, just right.

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I like the over-all feel of the restaurant. They used inverted blue-and-white porcelain bowls for lighting fixtures. The place doesn’t feel cramped despite the many tables around. Service was good too. The manager came to our table to ask about how we found our meal.

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We will definitely be back for more of Fat Fook Manila.

 

Excellent Chinese Dinner at Lugang Cafe

Our birthday girl requested dinner at Lugang Cafe for her birthday. We got there early for dinner and found that there were very few people eating inside. We thought this was unusual as we had always seen big crowds in other branches of Lugang. We were escorted to our table and handed menus. The decor of the place is subdued, unlike most Chinese restaurants.

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The four of us love Xiao Long Bao. We can’t seem to have enough of it. We had heard so much about the Xiao Long Bao of Lugang so we were very excited to try it. One order came with 8 pieces so we decided to order two servings of Steamed Pork Xiao Long Bao. We also ordered the Crispy Chicken (1/2 deep fried Hong Kong chicken), Taiwanese Salt and Pepper Shrimp and Golden Fried Rice with Shredded Pork.

The Xiao Long Bao was exquisite! The wrapper was thin, the soup was flavorful and it was priced reasonably. I think this is the best Xiao Long Bao we’ve had in Manila. Already, the kids are requesting a return to Lugang if only for this.

Steamed Pork Xiao Long Bao

Steamed Pork Xiao Long Bao

The shrimp was another great discovery! The meat of the shrimp was soft and cooked just right while the skin had a nice crispiness to it. I also liked that it was not too spicy. We’ve ordered variations of this dish in other restaurants and often, we find it a little too spicy. But this one was perfect.

Taiwanese Salt and Pepper Shrimp

Taiwanese Salt and Pepper Shrimp

We were united in saying that the Crispy Chicken was the best crispy chicken we’ve had. The skin was light and thin and ultra-crispy.

Crispy Chicken

Crispy Chicken

The Golden Fried Rice with Shredded Pork was good too. Not excellent like the other dishes, but still good. Serving size was quite small though.

Golden Fried Rice with Shredded Pork

Golden Fried Rice with Shredded Pork

We were all very happy with our meal. We will surely eat here again when an occasion comes up.