Two weeks ago, it was a rare occasion for us to visit the northern part of Metro Manila. Considering where we live, any place that has Quezon City in its address seems like miles away because of the terrible Metro Manila traffic that we normally encounter. Anyways, we went to SM North EDSA to try out Fat Fook Taiwanese Kitchen. Fat Fook, as it is more commonly known, is a restaurant that features Taiwanese street food and traditional dishes. The place is known for their Chicken Chop, Fried Intestines, Spicy Pork Ears and many more. Sounds exciting so far? Get ready to EATSperience Taiwan through Fat Fook’s delectable Taiwanese dishes, enjoy!
The place looked intimidating at first but as we made our way to our table, we started to feel more relaxed because of the friendly servers and warm lighting the place had. Things got even more relaxing as we took our first look at their menu because nothing was priced more than Php 398. For a place that looked so intimidating from the outside, we expected a higher price tag but—we were wrong.
We started our Fat Fook EATSperience with…
[Mr. Eats] I loved the smoked, sweet and savory Taiwanese Sausage! I could have eaten it along with lots of fried rice. The Fried Stinky Tofu was simply not my cup of tea. I guess I am not yet ready for something as pungent as that. On the other hand, the Spicy Pork Ears was such a delight to have. Great variety of textures and flavors.
[Mrs. Eats] My favorite among the 3 was the Taiwanese Sausage. It was snappy and very tasty, and I enjoyed the garlic slices. The Spicy Pork Ears were flavorful and I liked the spicy sauce that went with it. As for the Fried Stinky Tofu, having been able to have a small bite of it is okay for me already. I won’t go for another try. But yeah, atleast I tried.
Kept going with some dim sum and soup…
[Mr. Eats] These three dishes were pretty good. I enjoyed the Oyster Misua because it reminded me of how misua tasted like growing up in Chinatown. Light and comforting. The Pan Fried Pork Buns was love at first bite! The fluffiness of the bun alone was superb. Plus, the pork filling was tasty in its own right too. The Xiao Long Bao was good especially when eaten while its piping hot. I really couldn’t distinguish the difference from other famous XLB serving restaurants.
[Mrs. Eats] Soup, buns and dimsum—what a trEAT! The Oyster Misua was indeed comforting. It had a number of oysters and I liked that it was not salty for my own taste. The Pan Fried Pork Buns were delicious! Soft, warm buns with generous amount of the filling. And the Xiao Long Bao is a staple favorite. I devoured right away to EATSperience the freshly steamed dimsum.
Things got heavier as we tried the following dishes…
[Mr. Eats] The big guns of this EATSperience! I really came here for the Chicken Chop and it did not disappoint. It really had a thick cut of chicken on the inside and crispy crust on the outside, with lots of flavor. If I did not eat the other dishes, I wouldn’t mind because this, paired with the simple yet delicious Taiwan Style Fried Rice is more than enough for me. I enjoyed the Fried Intestines. I loved how crispy and meaty it was. It didn’t feel like I was eating intestines. The Beef Tendon Hotpot was the cherry on top of this great EATSperience. Believe me, you don’t need the meat. The jelly-like tendon (in a sauce I couldn’t even figure out) alone will surely leave you wanting more.
[Mrs. Eats] The Chicken Chops were huge, juicy and tender. And the breading was light which I really enjoyed because it did not overpower the chicken. The Beef Tendon Hotpot was amazing! Slices of beef tendon drenched in the sweet style sauce. These two dishes were perfectly paired with the flavorful Taiwan Fried Rice. And it definitely satisfied my hunger. The Fried Intestines is for those who finds pungent smelling food appetizing. But apparently, I am not.
Finished things off with dessert…
[Mr. Eats] This dessert was like buchi on steroids! Instead of it covered with sesame seeds, the Masachi is covered with crushed nuts and sugar which made it really sweet. I loved the light flavor of the filling because it provided the much needed balance out of this uber sweet dessert.
[Mrs. Eats] One of the best buchi that I have tried. I love sesame balls and this gave me a different ball game. It had a really soft and chewy texture which I really enjoyed. And the crushed nuts with sugar made it exceptional. I would love to have this dessert again and again.
Fat Fook was more than what we expected. The place was lovely. Food was great! And good value for money EATSperience. If you are on a tight budget but you still want to have a full tummy, try Fat Fook. You will surely be filled up with good stuff. Make sure you try the Chicken Chop and Taiwan Style Fried Rice. Believe us, you will not regret it. That’s it for this edition of EATSplorations! Till next time!
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Fat Fook Taiwanese Kitchen
Ground Floor, Main Building, SM City North EDSA, Quezon City
+632 283 8936
10am to 10pm (Mon-Sun)
Budget: 500-1000 php for two