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10 Must-Visit and Underrated Chinese Restaurants for Chinese New Year

Tired of the same old restaurants and want to broaden your palette’s horizon? Check out these 10 underrated Chinese restaurants for Chinese New Year.

Widely popular for its rich and exquisite flavors, Chinese cuisine offers more than just taste. Century-old traditions were incorporated to make each recipe distinct and distinguishable.

 

 

1. Lam Tin Tea House

Lam Tin Tea House
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  • Address: 30-U Banawe St. cor. Cuenco St., Santo Domingo, Quezon City
  • Operating Hours: Monday to Sunday: 7:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Lam Tin Tea House is a quaint restaurant that serves good grub, as evident by the number of customers that flock to it daily.

Make sure to come earlier than the usual dining hours to secure a seat, as the establishment serves its patrons on a first come, first served basis.

Hakao (P95), a soft Chinese dumpling served in dim sum, is among the bestsellers. A deliciously filling rice porridge topped with a century egg, Shredded Pork Congee (P115) is a must-try, too.

You might also want to dig in a serving of Minced Beancurd (P200), which is a fusion of meat and vegetables drizzled with oyster sauce.
 

2. King Chef Dimsum Kitchen

King Chef Dimsum Kitchen
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  • Address: Ground Floor, SM City North EDSA, The Block, Quezon City
  • Operating Hours: Monday to Sunday: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Are you a dim sum lover? If you are, then King Chef would probably be your kind of food heaven. Believe it or not, the restaurant serves more than 100 kinds of dim sum!

Although the dim sum dishes are the main stars of their menu, they also serve equally tempting spareribs, noodles, and congee.

Crispy Duck Wonton (P125) is crunchy on the outside, and sweet and satisfying on the inside. After eating a serving of this savory shredded duck meat, it’s not impossible that you’d order one more.

You might also want to try their Fried Five Spice Pork Rice (P200), which has a tender and juicy meat seasoned with garlic and other spices.
 

3. Mey Lin Pot & Noodle House

Sio Long Pao Mey Lin Pot & Noodle House
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  • Address: Fourth Floor, Mega Atrium, SM Megamall, Ortigas, Mandaluyong
  • Operating Hours: Monday to Sunday: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Mey Lin is a like a Chinese fast food joint without the lengthy queues—which means you won’t have to wait long before you get served.

The restaurant usually prepares hand-pulled noodles for its dishes to make them as legit as possible.

Taiwan Beef Noodle Soup (P250) is a must-order especially for those who like to devour spicy noodles. You have to advise the service counter personnel if you’d like your noodles to be flat, thin, or thick.

Before consuming your noodle dish, try Tokwa with Parsley (P98). Another interesting menu item is the Jelly Fish (P180).
 

4. The Great Buddha Cafe

The Great Buddha Cafe
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  • Address: 2nd Floor, 628 Ongpin St., Binondo, Manila
  • Operating Hours: Monday to Sunday: 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM

There is quite a number of Chinese restaurants in Binondo, but The Great Buddha Cafe is definitely one of the must-visits. Aside from dim sum, clay pot rice, and roasted meats, the cafeteria serves yummy desserts and coffee.

Pork Steamed Bun (P65) is a hearty dim sum with mouthwatering meat perfect as a snack. Another must-order is Chicken Feet (P128) which has undergone hours of boiling, frying, soaking, and simmering to achieve its succulent taste. Both dishes are great with a glass of Cream Cheese Nai Cha (P130).
 

5. Choi Hung Roasts

Choi Hung Roasts
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  • Address: 243 J. Abad Santos St., Little Baguio, San Juan
  • Operating Hours: Monday to Saturday: 9:00 AM – 12:00 AM

Meat dishes in Chinese cuisine are among the tastiest across the world. It is evident in the offerings of Choi Hung Roasts.

This hole-in-the-wall eatery specializes in Cantonese-style pork asado and roast duck dishes, satisfying the cravings of meat lovers in the metro.

Cooked to perfection, Roasted Duck Rice (P190) is a luscious dish placed atop a generous serving of rice. What makes it more delightful is the savory juice coming from the duck.

Another customer favorite is Tuen Mun Rice (P200) which features barbecued pork, lechon Macau, and soy chicken with salted egg.
 

6. The Silver Dragon

Silver Dragon Xiao Long Bao
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  • Address: Courtyard 453, 453 P. Guevarra St., Addition Hills, San Juan
  • Operating Hours: Monday to Saturday: 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM

The Silver Dragon is ideal for busy individuals who have little time to spare. The crew members are trained to serve food quickly right to the customer’s table. It can be found in Courtyard 453, a food hall that houses restaurants featuring various cuisines.

If you’re into semi-salty delights, you should try the restaurant’s Seaweeds with Century Egg (P200). The serving is generous, so make sure leave enough space on your tummy for the main course.

The Silver Dragon has their own version of Xiao Long Bao, which comes in a set of five (P150) or 10 pieces (P290).
 

7. Tai Koo HK Roast

Tai Koo HK Roast
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  • Address: L.P. Leviste St., Makati, Metro Manila
  • Operating Hours: Monday to Saturday: 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM

To keep their flavors consistent delectable and fresh, Tai Koo only uses ingredients flown in from Hong Kong daily.

The restaurant has outdoor seating to accommodate customers who want to get a taste of their dishes starring high-grade meats al fresco. Delicious milk tea options are offered, too!

Among the rice topping favorites are Char Siu Pork Rice (P168) and White Chicken Rice (P188). Both options come with Chinese pechay and a lavish serving of white rice.

If you can’t decide what dish to order, request the Assorted Roast Platter (P698) instead. It is a combination of their beef, pork, and chicken treats.
 

8. A bite of Hunan

Hunan
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  • Address: Upper Ground Floor, Circuit Lane Makati, Riverfront Drive, AP Reyes St., Carmona, Makati
  • Operating Hours: Monday to Saturday: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Hunan, a mountainous province in China, is the main inspiration behind A bite of Hunan; hence, the name. Here, guests get to enjoy authentic Chinese dishes with a spicy kick.

A feast for both the eyes and palette, the restaurant has exquisite Chinese decorations that add to the overall appeal of the place.

Get your crab cravings satisfied with Spicy Crab, weighing 100 grams per order (P158). Another seafood favorite is the Salty Spicy Shrimp (P1,280) which is great to partner with a steamy bowl of rice.

If you can’t take the heat, order their Original Soybean Milk (P120) to cool things down.
 

9. Yin Yang Express

Yin Yang Express
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  • Address: Ground Floor, San Lorenzo Place Tower 4, EDSA cor. Chino Roces Ave., San Lorenzo, Makati
  • Operating Hours: Monday to Saturday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Yin Yang Express is an open-space dining place committed to serving their customers in the quickest time possible.

Interestingly, its owners initially wanted to build a Filipino restaurant. Later, they realized that there were not much Chinese restaurants in the area hence the change of cuisine.

Ni Hao Siomao (P94 for six pieces) is homemade siomai filled with either pork and shrimp. You can have them fried or steamed. With its hot broth, leafy veggies, and delicious wonton dumplings, Joyful Wonton Noodles (P169) can certainly make you and your tummy happy.
 

10. Shantung

Shantung Restaurant Sweet&Sour Pork
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  • Address: 96 West Ave., Philam Homes, West Triangle, Quezon City
  • Operating Hours: Monday to Saturday: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM; 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Shantung has been serving authentic Mandarin dishes for almost six decades already. You can easily tell that they’ve mastered the act of preparing and cooking superbly appetizing Chinese meals.

While in Shantung, don’t miss trying their Fried Crispy Chicken (P250). They cut the chicken into small pieces to make it crispier. With one bite, you can hear the crackling sound and taste pleasure in your mouth. 

Fried Stuffed Eggplant in Garlic Sauce (P225) is another winner dish recommended for vegetable lovers.

 

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