Do you miss Hong Kong like I do? If so, read on…
A few weeks ago, Kizia (one of my best gal pals) and I met up in SM Mall of Asia for a quiet “Satur-date”. Part of the day’s agenda was to eat at a new place we’ve never tried before and so, we were forced to think about the food options that MOA had to offer.
I then remembered this new place that I’ve always wanted to try- Xin Wang Hong Kong Cafe.
Xin Wang Hong Kong Cafe is located on the ground floor of MOA’s northern building, beside the entrance to IMAX Cinema. They had bright neon lights for their signage and Chinese characters set against a smooth, black background.
The interiors however tell a different story. Xin Wang HK Cafe had a very brightly-lit interior, with clean lines, wooden furniture, and a very colorful depiction of Hong Kong in the walls.
Their walls feature Hong Kong’s infamous MTR and skyline. They also have booths at one side of the resto…
Xin Wang Hong Kong Cafe offers spacious interiors and can cater to a lot of customers. Their set-up reminds me of Hong Kong- clean, simple, nice to look at, effective.
We LOVE their menu. First, was because it had so many options! Xin Wang Hong Kong Cafe offers everything from hamburgers to dimsum, rice toppings to chicken wings, noodles to sandwiches. Second, was because of its great layout. They obviously had an extensive range of products, but they were able to present them in a colorful and very enticing way. We seriously wanted to try everything on the menu. (And maybe we will, someday… one dish at a time)
Kizia ordered a plate of Sambal Seafood with Egg and Rice (PHP 185). I tried it and it was good. Spicy, yes, but good. (I’m not a big fan of spicy food. :P ) Kizia liked it though!
We also ordered what was arguably, the best Siew Mai/Siomai (PHP95) that we’ve ever tasted. And I’m speaking for the both of us here. There was something magical about that dimsum. It was so meaty, juicy and delicious. We still dream about it to this very day.
For me, I ordered Hong Kong-Style Steamed Mushroom and Chicken in Bamboo (PHP195). I wondered why they had to add the “Hong Kong” in the name of the dish but one whiff of it and I got the point. The dish smelled like Hong Kong! Hahaha. But seriously, during my trip there last year, my mom and I kept saying that most restaurants smelled the same because they probably used a certain spice (or ingredient) with the distinct aroma. We never found out what ingredient that was though.
So anyway, the steamed mushroom and chicken was presented in a bowl made out of bamboo stem/node…
The veggies were fresh. The mushroom, moist. The chicken tasted really juicy and flavorful. The rice was good and filling too.
And to top it all off, we sealed the deal with this curious, yet totally delicious concoction: Condensed Milk and Peanut Butter Thick Toast (PHP95). It got our attention in the menu and we knew that something sweet would end our meal just right.
Again, there was magic at play here. If truth be told, it’s just a pile of toasted bread, but this tasty treat seemed to transform almost into a cake, thanks to the combination of the peanut butter and sweet milk on top (and in the middle parts). The bread was toasted just right and the edges had a nice crunch to it. One serving of this might be too much of a sugary overload for one person, so the experience is best shared with a friend.
Call us crazy, but Kizia and I enjoyed our meal so much that we ended up being late for our movie (The Hunger Games). And to think that we were huge fans of the book!
Thanks to the gastronomic food and good service, we really became fans of Xin Wang Hong Kong Cafe that day, and we’ll definitely come back to try the other items on their exciting menu.
PS: Hong Kong, we’ll see each other again soon… – Kizia and Ariane