We had dinner in Luk Yuen (same as yesterday). For those who like Chinese food, this is an absolute must-try. We already have some favorites from the menu:
- Boneless Chicken in Lemon Sauce - Boyfriend's choice, really. I like it because the chicken's fried well - the breading gives it a crunchy crust but the chicken is moist and tender inside. It's also cut into strips, which makes it easy to eat. The sauce is just the right mix of tasting tangy and sweet and, most importantly, is of great amount when served. (Php230.00, good for 2 to 3 persons)
- Sweet and Sour Pork - Obviously, this is my influence. Just like the French Onion Soup, I must try the Sweet and Sour Pork in every Chinese restaurant that I find. Luk Yuen's S&SP falls on my top two - the sauce is thick and clings to the meat (and your plate!). The garnish makes for good presentation (I can't account much for the taste since I only ever eat the pineapples) and the meat is cooked thoroughly but remains tender to the bite. (Php220.00, good for 2 persons)
- Hakaw - what is a meal in a Chinese restaurant without Hakaw? My father was the one who introduced me to Luk Yuen. Hakaw - steamed shrimp dumplings - has always been a dimsum that we order. It's got a translucent wrap around steamed shrimp. In Luk Yuen, the shrimp is steamed whole, so once you bite or slice into the wrap, you get to see the pinkish-orangey hue of the shrimp. And in all the years that I've eaten in this restaurant (and it's various branches), I have never encountered Hakaw with filling that wasn't fresh. (Php100, 4 pieces)
- Pork Siomai - A staple, regardless if we're having lunch, merienda or dinner. Generally, dimsum are made in small portions since it is not meant to be a separate course in a meal. The really good thing about the pork siomai in Luk Yuen is that it's ginormous. Boyfriend likes it because it's chunky. (Php90.00, 4 pieces)
- Spring Rolls - I find this to be one of the safest things that you can order in a restaurant. It hardly ever happens that it disappoints you or that it doesn't taste good. I like lumpia by nature, Boyfriend doesn't, so this is obviously one of my favorites. He bites of my plate from time to time, but I doubt if this will one of the things he'll order given the chance. The only thing I don't particularly like about the Spring Rolls is that it's too oily. I love the way the wrapper crumbles into pieces when you slice into it, but the oil is just everywhere. It isn't something you'd eat without rice - it kind of needs something else to absorb some of the oil that it secretes. Taste-wise, though, there is nothing wrong about this dish. (Php90.00, 3 pieces)
We were supposed to go to Gale to get my nails done, but it was almost 8:30 pm when we finished and neither or us was sure that the nail place would still be open. It was decided that we would just go home and get our home-serviced massages (yay!). In the FX, I got stuck in the middle part, with a really tall guy and two now-so-small ladies. Miraculously, I found myself able to breathe (which prompted me to text Boyfriend that I felt so small, being cramped and still being able to breathe normally and all). The position, however, pushed me closer to the two seemingly-gay guys sitting in the front seat. Somewhere near Ultra, I heard one of them say, "Paano mo sinasabi yan (referring to the subdivision near Ultra)? Valle Verde (pronounced "valye verde") or Villa Verde (pronounced "vilya verde"). I realized that it must have been awesome if someone had been filming my facial expressions then. And there was that little voice inside my head demanding... "Oh my gad... saan nya napulot ang letter I?".
See? That's something to ponder about. I guess you really do learn something new every day.