Rui has brought me to tons of authentic Chinese restaurants around Metro Manila. Somewhat, my palate stays loyal to Filipino and Korean cuisine. Maybe Chinese food is too oily for me (not to mention that I like the typical Adobo and Bulalo). Apart from its distinct taste, especially on how they stir fry dish, they serve a lot of tofu, fish and vegetable.
One day, he dragged me to Guadalupe Viejo, Makati City because he misses the food cooked by his friends when he was still studying in La Salle Dasmariñas. When we parked along Camia St., I only noticed the typical parlor shop – no restaurant! He opened a small grilled oak white gate and there were small wooden tables and jampacked with Chinese people inside!
|Hong Shao Dou Fu (红烧豆腐)
|Qin Cai Rou Si (芹菜肉丝)
Pork and Celery
|Duo Jiao Yu Tou (剁椒鱼头)
Steamed Fish Head
The restaurant with no name, You Jie Xiao Chao (游姐小炒), offers authentic Hunan cuisine which means ‘top spices’ according to Rui. Knowing how he orders especially if its food from their province, he would really order twice of our serving.
I should always bring my camera because these iPhone-taken shots do not inspire me. These dishes astound surely in Nikkor 50mm f 1.8 prime lens. This was not the first time he brought me here. The last time, I think he ordered some ampalaya and some chicken intestines. Most of the dishes here are cooked with mild to strong spices, which I love so much.
You Jie Xiao Chao
Contact: Ate You or Kuya Wang
Address: Camia St. Guadalupe Viejo, Makati City.
Mobile: 09277876999 and 09154252972
How to get there:
A house away from a beauty parlor. A block away from the barangay hall and just 5 minutes away from Rockwell Power Plant.
And if I have time, you may text me so I can join you, because you have to write what would you want to eat in a half sheet length-wise cut of intermediate paper (in Han characters). Kidding, there’s pinyin and English counterparts below the menu. Budget per person is 200 pesos.