Boon Tong Kee has arrived in QC! Their Tomas Morato branch just opened last July 18, 2013.
My Boon Tong Kee experience did not only make my tummy smile because of how delicious their offerings were but also because of the wonderful company I was with… Some of the best food bloggers in town as a matter of fact (and I was in good hands)! Thanks Spanky! 😉
Our 3-hour (or was it 4-hour?) dinner started out with the non-stop sound of camera shutters clicking here and there and wherever food was placed! Food pics galore! Thus I am compelled to caution you that this blog post, including the images of glorious BOON TONG KEE dishes may leave you drooling and in a state of food lust.
Prawn Toast (Php275.00)
This appetizer can stand alone. Promise! I was planning to eat everything but I just had to control myself because we were only starting and more food was about to arrive. The taste of the prawn is very evident in every bite and it was seasoned wonderfully! The wansoy on top is not only meant as a trimming. It actually goes well with the Green Tea Mayo sauce giving it a uniquely fresh flavor.
I like that this appetizer is simple and light. Perfectly fried and crunchy on the outside but you still get the “Taho” texture on the inside. Dip it on the Green Tea Mayo which absolutely compliments the flat taste of the beancurd.
The spinach was beautifully poached – you can actually hear the crrrrunch when you bite it. The eggs on the other hand gives the soup a rich full flavor. I had 2 bowls of this delicious specialty! Spinach overload… this dish probably has more Iron than a junk yard full of scrap metal.
It’s fork tender, sweet and lipsmacking good! How do you eat this, you ask? Get a slice, insert into the bun and smother some of its yummy gooey sauce on it. Goooooooood!
Sambal sauce is made from chili peppers. So, if you are not a fan of spicy food, this might overwhelm you a bit. But after having several servings with rice, you’ll definitely want some more! It’s flavorful and hot but a “good” kind of hot! Wooooh!
Signature Boiled Chicken aka Hainanese Chicken (Quarter = Php245.00 / Half = Php455.00 / Whole = Php845.00) with Chicken Rice (Php65.00)
This is Boon Tong Kee’s signature dish. I admit, I’m not much of a Hainanese Chicken fan. I usually find this popular dish bland. The gelatinous skin texture is something that doesn’t appeal a whole lot to me. But the broth they used, which was prepared overnight and used to cook the chicken for 4 hours, gives out a deeeelicious flavor that can stand on its own without any sauce. I am slowly growing to love this dish actually!
It comes with 3 sauces: Ginger, Sweet Soy and Chili.
For more health conscious individuals, you can request to remove the skin.
Trivia: The mold that they use for the pyramid shape is even imported from Singapore.
Unlike other Cereal Prawns, Boon Tong Kee’s version isn’t fully coated with crushed cereals so the dish avoids becoming overwhelming. Their Cereal Prawns are cooked in an egg & cereal mixture giving it a beautiful texture.
I am a noodle eater and I would choose noodles over rice anytime of the day. Boon Tong Kee’s birthday noodles is just divine! Delicious would be an understatement! The vegetables and noodles were properly cooked with thick sauce. Stir it before scooping to make sure the flavors are evenly distributed, transfer it to a bowl and slurp and chew your way to noodle happiness!
One of the best tasting fried rice dishes I’ve tried! It’s spicy, no doubt. But the spiciness, though quite evident, doesn’t overwhelm. You can either eat this alone or partner it with something sweet.
It was savory, sweet and very satisfying. Don’t forget to order extra Zhen Jiang Sauce and use the fried bun to scrape it off! Yum!
Roast chicken always makes me smile. Boon Tong Kee’s version is fried to perfection making the chicken skin crunchy and deliciously flaky.
Boon Tong Kee’s Coffee Pork Ribs is like eating barbecue with a half-shot of espresso. Nicely caramelized, boneless and flavorful. You can eat it with Sambal Fried Rice or sandwich it with steamed buns. Either way, it’s very delicious!
I love seafood as well as almost everything with cream and cheese. And a dish such as this which has all of ’em was just absolutely dreamy! It has a hint of pimiento with gooey cheese sauce. Don’t forget to “suck” the shrimp head – it has all the wonderful flavors of the shrimp with the complimenting taste of the dish’s sauce! In fact, most of the time I enjoy eating the head more than the shrimp’s body.
This is a first for me! At first glance, I thought they were Bamboo Shoots. It actually looked and tasted like it. It’s got a bit of a kick though, so I suggest that you scoop a little bit of all the ingredients that come with the dish whenever you take a bite so that you can experience the full flavor of this amazing Boon Tong Kee specialty.
I am a sucker for anything with vanilla… so when they served the Sago-Gula Melaka, there was hardly any doubt that I’d immediately fall in love with it! If only my tummy wasn’t already filled to the brim with all the food I had previously eaten, I probably would’ve asked for two (2) more orders of this very delicious Boon Tong Kee dessert.
The Mango Taho has a hint of coconut that goes very well with the mango slices.
The restaurant is spacious, well lit and clean. You can opt to take the couch by the wall if you’d want a more intimate dining experience. But if you’re coming in as a big group, then Boon Tong Kee’s round tables will most definitely provide ample room.
Or you can stay by the open kitchen near the main door which actually gives you a good view of how they prepare their porridge or chop the chicken. Next time I visit this branch, I’ll stay around this area for a change.
Boon Tong Kee served us an overwhelming amount of mouthwatering dishes – so much that it could probably feed an entire army. It felt like we were deathrow convicts enjoying our last meal! I arrived at the restaurant hungry and excited. Not only did Boon Tong Kee NOT disappoint… it far exceeded my expectations.
The mandatory group shot with Boon Tong Kee owners Michael and Joy Rodriguez with their team together with us bloggers and hard-core foodies. Haha!
Tomas Morato Branch:
310 T. Morato QC (Beside Burgoo)
3rd Level, Power Plant Mall,
Rockwell Center, Makati
T: 890-0160 / 890-0161
SM Mall Of Asia Branch:
2nd Floor, Entertainment Mall
SM Mall Of Asia, Pasay City
U.P. Town Center Branch (Opening 4th Quarter of 2013):
Along Katipunan Road, QC