Stuffed silly at Café Asia-A A +A
Saturday, August 24, 2013
CAFÉ Asia is a dimsum restaurant at the Metro Lifestyle Building, along the Jacinto Extension side, where Bigby’s used to be. It has a space for parking, so it’s very convenient for those with cars; and being along Jacinto Extension, can easily be accessed even with just a taxi or a jeepney.
It’s a nice cozy space with predominantly orange interiors; making you all raring to eat, lots.
It’s a dimsum, so it’s very affordable. It’s a dimsum, so you expect short orders. Do.Not.Be.Misled.
Okay, they do have the normal dimsum stuff in tiny saucers and bamboo containers. They also have kangkong that will put up a big battle to be consumed. *Joke!*
Anyway. There were three of us, this time, and all omnivores. Meaning, we can order everything. Lulled into complacency that we were in a dimsum place and the prices were very reasonable, we ordered six entrée plus rice.
The seaweed with mushroom and quail eggs soup sounded enticing, and so we got that. Although I frowned because they also serve shark’s fin soup and one other shark’s fin entree.
We also got the kangkong in chili bean sauce for our vegetable dish, an order of garlic and pepper pork ribs, one chicken feet, one hakaw, and one fried spring rolls.
The soup arrived first. It was in a serving bowl for one small family, and it had a lot in it, you can feast on it for one meal with your family with just rice. The kangkong was a big mound. We were dreading what would come next. True to our dread, the garlic and pepper pork ribs is one regular serving and not your dimsum saucer. While the bulad rice was also one bandehado.
Then the dimsum sized dishes trickled in, eliciting a sigh of relief from the three of us.
We were so happy to see the six tiny pieces of fried spring roll. It was a big relief as we were imaging another plateful of those rolled yummies.
The chicken feet too was in its normal bamboo container, just one serving made up of around four feet. The hakaw had four pieces in the bamboo container.
The garlic and pepper pork ribs is the more familiar spicy ribs; the pepper being the chili pepper and not the white or black pepper. It was good and can give one very popular restaurant a run for its money.
The soup was really good, too, promise. The kangkong… was cooked just right, but watch out. There are slices of hot green chili fingers waiting in ambush amid the green leaves and stalks. If you’re not the chili eater kind, better make sure you know what you are putting in your mouth. It could be the chili fingers. Hot. But no matter how we tried to devour it (I was already eating it like rice), one serving is just too much for two ladies (Deng is a carnivore-spaghetti eater who’s not so fond of greens). The bulad rice is good too.
I was looking forward to my chicken feet.
A Chinoy friend once told me that his gauge for checking out if a dimsum place is good, is by how they do their chicken feet.
This one was cooked into jelly-like consistency and as yummy as I want my chicken feet to be. Passed!
The hakaw tastes like hakaw and the spring rolls as well. Flying colors.
But, if you’re expecting some healthy non-MSG stuff in here… errrrmmm… go find your healthy stuff somewhere else. This is a Chinese dimsum restaurant so expect Chinese food, MSG included.
We went home, very stuffed, and still with some ‘take-home’. We failed to demolish the kangkong, the pork, and the bulad rice. Too much. How much did we pay? Just over P220 each. We could have paid less had we known how big the servings were and chose the ones that fitted our collective tummies just right.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on August 25, 2013.