A Taste of Taiwan In Manila | Fat Fook

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When my dad was still here, seeing the world was his dream for us siblings---he had everything planned out. Two decades ago, dad decided to show us the countries in Asia first, the reason why Taiwan has a special place in my heart.
Although, Sky Lantern at Shifen or Milk tea house hopping was not a thing yet, we were busy exploring night markets near our hotel and of course, Taiwan's traditional specialties. It’s no wonder everyone's booking a flight and heading to Taiwan.
Well, if you ask about Taiwan's traditional specialty, stinky tofu will come to mind for many.
Have you heard about it?
While some may hate the smell as it is strong and nasty, surprisingly the taste is milder and tastes like the regular tofu. I almost had the chance to try it during the food event I attended in BGC, but nostrils couldn't stand it. They paired it with veggies and a sweet sauce to make it tolerable for most of us. They said, it made the dish more tasteful. The texture is sort of crunchy on the outside but soft and juicy on the inside. One mommy blogger actually liked it and brought  more home.
If you want to know how your taste buds will respond to stinky tofu, you might want to visit Fat Fook in BGC. You can find and order the dish there.
If you're too busy to go abroad, you can still taste the delicate yet intense flavors of Taiwanese food at Fat Fook.

A fast growing Taiwanese chain tucked in the heart of Bonifacio Global City in Taguig, Fat Fook opens 5th branch.
This is located at The Globe Tower, 32nd Street, owned and managed by the same group that operates Ramen Nagi. It was conceptualized by the group’s executive chef, Rachel Kao, who was born in Taiwan and grew up in the Philippines.

Fat Fook stems from the Chinese word for “Fa" (gaining”) and “F00” (Taiwanese term which means prosperity or auspicious). It can be literally translated to “Increasing luck.”
Taiwanese dishes tend to be a bit salty, sweet, and sometimes spicy. Even if you've never been to Taiwan, sampling the food at Fat Fook will surely pique your culinary curiosity. 

Fat Fook’s cozy and inviting dining experience is an entirely value-for-money---from its warmly lit interiors to the appetizing Taiwanese meals with a twist meticulously prepared by its resident chef.
The restaurant itself exudes a modern vibe but still maintains touches of Asian appeal with chromatic cherry architectural accents and porcelain bowls used as light fixtures.

It's always the culinary scene that highlights Taiwan. I tasted the good old days after my visit in Fat Fook.  You should definitely try out the dishes listed below when you visit the resto:

This steamed dumpling goodness filled with pork or shrimp, and delicious broth is, by far, the best dish I've tried in Fat Fook. Just mentioning the word Pork Xiao long bao makes me want to indulge in this ungodly hour. I love the Truffle Xiao long bao, as well.
I did not know that there's a lot of advice out there on how to properly eat Xiao long bao. Fat Fook was generous enough to teach us.
First, you have to use the chopsticks and put the Xiao Long bao on soup spoon.
Dip it first into a mixture of brewed soy sauce and rice vinegar. Bite a hole to let the soup fill the spoon. Add shredded ginger and just put everything into your mouth.

The Pork Cuapao is my next favorite dish. The pork and veggie mix of fillings somehow all complement one another to the softness of the bun. The kids will love this for sure.
I never thought I'd use tofu and yummy in a sentence. Tofu has never been  my first choice on a menu but this one, I can take! It was a perfect blend - The floss, tofu, and century egg.
I love the tasty combination of ingredients of the Taiwanese Noodles. The noodles are light and cooked firm but remain chewy and sweet, while the beef and pork~ tender. This comfort dish is packed with so much umami flavor, you'd be asking for more.
Another Fat Fook house favorite is the Oyster Omelette. This classic Taiwanese street food has a lot of great flavors coming from the oyster, Taiwanese petchay, and the thick egg wrap. The savory sauce drizzled on top of the omelette provides an added sweetsavory umami taste and all the more makes the dish beautiful to look at.
Sophisticated palates will appreciate how Fat Fook’s Chicken Chops aroma bursts in the mouth. The crunch of the special breading, alongside the crunchiness and juiciness of the chicken, make for an exciting mix of textures. it will definitely be love at first bite; with just the right amount of breeding and seasoning. With their Chicken Chops, you‘ll really get to savor the unmistakably Asian flavor.
Other interesting dishes on the menu are Taiwan Sausage, Beef Tendon, Black Pepper Beef, Pork Radish Soup, Oyster Misua, and String Beans with Minced Pork.

The dining experience in Fat Fook is likewise leisurely and unhurried, just as it should be when you want to have an enjoyable meal.

Fat Fook is open from Sunday-Saturday, 11AM-10PM. Follow them on social media on lnstagram @FatFookManila and on Facebook (FatFookManila)

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