Fat Fook Kitchen is a homegrown concept with a wide and excellent menu selection of authentic Taiwanese Style Cuisine and comfort food – from street food to traditional dishes, all in generous serving size. Their varieties are the result of Rachel Kao‘s, the Executive Chef, effort to bring a piece of her hometown in Taiwan here in our country, the Philippines. She carefully crafted each recipe that will surely appeal to the taste buds of Filipinos and at the same time, continuously trying to add a dash of Taiwan’s modern cooking techniques to Fat Fook Kitchen’s menu, enhancing the flavour of the traditional cuisine and giving the customers a new experience.
I was lucky enough to be one of the first people to eat at the SM Megamall branch, which is Fat Fook’s third operational branch here in Manila, since it was still in soft opening. The store has an impeccable modern environment, innovative decor and a relaxing atmosphere combined to create comfort that will add pleasure to the customers’ experience as they enjoy their food. It’s a perfect marriage of casual dining and excellent ambiance.
My tasteful adventure had a good start with Fat Fook’s Classic Milktea. This was actually my second milktea that day because I love milktea that much. It made me feel nostalgic of my Taiwan trip last year where I had, probably, 3-4 milkteas a day. No exaggeration. LOL.
This one literally stinks! My foodie friends ordered this and as stinky as it can get, I had to try it because it was part of the “tasteful adventure” I had with Fat Fook. The Fried Stinky Tofu is basically a tofu fermented for two weeks and it comes with cabbage and this special sauce that will help to make the attempt more doable. The second it was served in our table, everyone including the people from the other tables were shookt. There were a couple of brave people (LIKE ME! HAHA) who tried it and probably questioning their life decisions. LOL. 😀
I always look for the noodles when I go to Asian restaurants just because no other countries can make it better, and so I ordered Fat Fook’s Taiwan Beef Noodles. It had firm noodles and tender beef on a flavourful broth which I can’t get over with. And did you know that there is an annual festival in Taiwan called Taipei Beef Noodle Festival? That’s how much the Beef Noodles mean to Taipei. Kudos to Chef Rachel for giving justice to her own version!
The first dining experience I had with Fat Fook was at the SM North Edsa branch circa 2016, and I must say that they have come a long way with their Pork Xiao Long Bao that it’s almost impossible to distinguish the difference from the version of other restaurants. While the Salted Egg Xiao Long Bao really got my attention, it didn’t really leave the same impression I had with the regular XLB and it’s probably because the ‘Salted Egg’ flavour in it didn’t really flourish.
This Chicken Chop Noodle Set is perfect for mall-goers or employees who are in need of satisfying lunch, or probably after work treat. It comes with the pride of Fat Fook, the juicy and tender Chicken Chop. Best consumed while the crispy crust is still piping hot! This is also available in Chicken Chop Rice Set for people who prefers rice over noodles.
As much as I love noodles, nothing’s gonna beat my love for fried rice. I often eat it for breakfast and sometimes during lunch and dinner as well – any time of the day! Fat Fook’s Taiwan Style Fried Rice is like the posh cousin of our house version of fried rice. LOL. The serving is good for 2-3 persons and it tastes good enough that I can eat it without any dish on the side.
This one is heaven sent! I tried a lot of pastries with pork floss on top and it never disappoints, same with Fat Fook’s Tofu with Century Egg and Pork Floss. Since we ordered the Fried Stinky Tofu, it’s only fitting that tofu takes back its reputation and it happens to be in this form.
I have high expectations to any innovation that has shrimp in it, simply because the shrimp itself is blandly tasty and it’s interesting when restaurants try to come up with something anew. We, Filipinos, are used to peeling off the shrimp shell before it can be eaten. That’s why I find Fat Fook’s Salted Egg Shrimp not quite satisfying because once the shell is off, you’ll barely taste the salted egg in it. The flavour is only on the outside. And as per the staff, same concern has been raised multiple times and the chef recommends it to be eaten together with the shell as soon as it has been served on the table.
With that, it made me “Google” if shrimp shell can really be eaten. HAHA!! And I read this article WHY YOU SHOULD EAT THOSE SHRIMP SHELLS by Adina Steiman. Now I feel more comfortable about it! 😀
I eat almost every edible fish out there, except for Dalag and Hito. LOL. I grew up in a household where we were administered regularly (OA! HAHA) to eat different kinds of fish, and that’s probably where my love for seafood started. That being said, I am titillated when I see a selection of food and there are seafood in it. Fat Fook’s Steamed King Fish is simply scrumptious – they use very few ingredients to bring out the flavour of the fresh fish. I’m sure my parents are gonna love this!
That is the street food we’re talking about! Fat Fook’s facade got this takeout kiosk where you can grab something to munch on while strolling the mall. Feeling like a faux local but on a different soil! They’ve got wide variety and I’m pretty sure it’ll give you a hard time which to order, so might as well grab ’em all!
The last time I had Taho was in Boracay while we were having breakfast in front of the beach. This Filipino dessert never fails to take us back to some good memories and I’m happy that Fat Fook, though being a Taiwanese restaurant, is serving this Pinoy classic. I couldn’t think of a better dessert to cap off dinner with friends than this cold Taho (Php 298) that is good for sharing.
I’m happy that Fat Fook Kitchen opened a new branch near me. Now, I would be able to bring my family and try it themselves without being stuck in traffic for too long. LOL. I would say that it is absolutely worth the try given that there are only a few decent restaurants in Manila that are serving authentic Taiwanese cuisine.
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