Wednesday, August 18, 2010

XO Kitchen: Tasting Modern Chinese

If you are tired of having the same old, oily and greasy Chinese food, well, I’ve found a new place that serves that oily and greasy Chinese food in a new and unique way.

Guys, welcome to XO Kitchen!

XO Kitchen’s name comes from the XO Sauce, a dried scallop sauce that was very popular to Chinese even on the early days. According to one of XO Kitchen’s owner, Jan Vanliam Tan, the said sauce has become a part of family meal for a very long time that they decided to make for family consumption. And from then on, people started hearing about the sauce and the delicious dishes that his parents are making that’s why just a few months ago they opened their very first chain of restaurant, the XO Kitchen.

XO Kitchen offers a wide array of unique Chinese dishes that will surely intrigued you. And by the time you orders were placed on your table, you’ll surely drool over the wonderful and smell and appetizing look of their dishes.

So, to start off, the first dish that I got to try when I visited XO Kitchen was the Fish with Mango.

Fish with Mango – Php230.00

Fish with Mango is a good appetizer. Crispy fish fillet topped with chilli, cucumber and green and ripe mangoes, drizzled with sweet and sour sauce. The wonderful combination of the kinda salty fish fillet was balanced by the sweet taste of the mangoes, giving the sweet and sour sauce some space to add an amazing blending of flavours and colors.

Another appetizer that we had was the Prawns with Special Sauce.

Prawns with Special Sauce – Php180.00

One thing that I love about this dish was the crunchy feel when you took a bit of prawn. The mix veggies beneath the prawns gave an exciting combination to this dish making it “the other” good appetizer to start a great dining experience here in XO Kitchen.

Now, I know that we all love Chinese rice dishes and I’m glad to share that we got to try two of their rice dishes, the Yangchow Fried Rice and the Seafood Fried Rice with Shrimp Paste.

Yangchow Fried Rice – Php120.00

Seafood Fried Rice with Shrimp Paste – Php120.00

Well, who doesn’t like Yangchow, right? The only thing that I’m not expecting about their Yangchow Fried Rice was its smoky flavour. I got to use in having that same old oily Yangchow but adding that smoky flavour made this a perfect pair to any “ulam”. Well, actually, you can already enjoy this one even without viands.

While the Seafood Fried Rice with Shrimp Paste was simply unique. I do not know if I had tasted a rice dish like this one before, but one fact that I can assure you all, this one was really delicious. I actually prefer this one than the Yangchow. It was just so tasty.

For more dishes to try, we had some of their specialties, the 3 Cup Chicken and the XO Kitchen Beef Special.

3 Cup Chicken – Php220.00

XO Kitchen Beef Special – Php230.00

The 3 Cup Chicken, for me, tasted like the Patatim only with Chicken. It was good, yummy, but in was nothing compared to my favourite dish that night, the XO Kitchen Special.

From the name itself, “Special”, I think you really gotta try this for yourself to know that authentic and very stimulating flavour that I can’t explain. Really, everything was well-blended on this one.

And if you are not that “rice” person, Chinese noodles and dimsums are your friendly meals. And it was so nice to see that XO Kitchen offers some unique noodle dishes that you will love.

For dimsum, try their Siopao, siomai and fried dumplings. The siomai was really “sulit”.

Siopao (asado and bola-bola) – Php40.00

Pork Shrimp Siomai – Php80.00

Fried Shrimp Wanton – Php85.00

And for the noodle, the must-try is their Noodle with Clams in XO Sauce.

Noodle with Clams in XO Sauce – Php140.00

You’re kids will surely love this one. Though, it may seem a little oily, but the taste was fantastic. And also if you wanna to try something more unique, why not have their Steamed 3 Kinds Egg.

Steamed 3 Kinds Egg – Php100.00

Looks intriguing but tasted nice. There were really three kinds of eggs in this dish, a chicken egg which was scrambled and the most obvious one, the century egg which is inside and the duck egg which you have to discover for yourself. Hehe.

Of course, any meal wouldn’t be complete without any desserts. So, as to take our final adventure to this simple place here in Jupiter Street in Makati, we had their Buchi and their Fried Mantou with Condensed Milk.

Buchi – Php60.00

Fried Mantou – Php60.00

Their Buchi was okay, but the Fried Mantou was really yummy! And with a price like that, this was a really great dessert. And there’s no any other way to end a tummy-filling meal that by having a very affordable yet so delicious dessert!

Happy eating!

XO Kitchen
134 Jupiter St, Makati City
(02) 519-1238

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