Food Diary : Fat Fook Taiwanese KitchenMonday, February 20, 2017
I have a huge problem with chronology. This post was supposed to be right on time for Chinese New Year, but the giddy little kid in me forgot all about prioritization when I was overwhelmed with too much food, videos and photos to work with. Either way, Chinese New Year or not, I think you'll find my next food adventure as interesting.
As self-proclaimed foodies, the boyfriend and I are always on the lookout for new joints that could tickle our fancy. Admittedly, we're addicted to Japanese food--as evident by the past restaurants I've been going to. But to be honest, we're pretty much obsessed with everything Asian! When we first arrived at Fat Fook, we thought it served Chinese Cuisine. Apparently, it's Taiwanese.
Taiwanese cuisine itself is often associated with influences from mid to southern provinces of China, most notably from the province of Fujian (Hokkien), but influences from all of mainland China can easily be found. A notable Japanese influence also exists due to the period when Taiwan was under Japanese rule. Traditional Chinese food can be found in Taiwan, alongside Fujian and Hakka-style as well as native Taiwanese dishes, including dishes from Guangdong, Jiangxi, Chaoshan, Shanghai, Hunan, Sichuan and Beijing. (via)
The place was very straightforward and the ambiance was cozy. The way they served their food was very authentic--in metal plated containers and they even had a whole bunch of chopsticks in one container. We played around a little and picked chopstick of varying colors, lol. The service was okay, not fast but not too slow either to keep you starving. According to the owner, Fat Fook translates to Big Luck.
Everything we had was amazing! We had Chicken Chops (P228), Kiampong (P358) or Hokkien Chinese Rice Casserole, Steamed Pork Xiao Long Bao (P138), 3 Cups Mushroom (P308), Fresh Honey Lemon Juice (P158) and Wintermelon Tea (P98). Even if everything was definitely delicious, we found some of the food a little bit too oily--case in point, the Chicken Chops. Other than that, everything else was great. Our recommendations? First would be the Xiao Long Bao--it was like a wam, ball of love with every bite. Next would be the 3 Cups Mushroom--it was cooked in such a unique way, and I love the flavor combination that spells salty, sweet with a ton of herbs and spices. Last thing on the list, their Wintermelon Tea! It was light and refreshing. It wasn't too sweet as well, unlike most tea's that are customized to fit the Filipino palate.
Would we come back? Definitely! Aside from falling in love at first sight with their Xiao Long Bao, there's so much more interesting things in their menu that I've yet to try! The Beef Tendon Soup looked particularly enticing. I was too full after everything we had I couldn't have anything anymore. But, that's why they say there's always room for next time! If you're around SM North, make sure you drop by Fat Fook for your Taiwanese Cusine Fix!