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When Simple Can Mean Great

i still find it so amazing how sometimes, simple things turn out to be wonderfully great!

hubby has been suggesting we eat at Luk Yuen Noodle House for the longest time and because i have never really heard of this place from my friends, ive never taken a second look.  the simple interiors and no fuss ambiance didnt really interest me (although in retrospect, i do remember that the restaurant always seemed to be full)

tonight i was craving for dimsum and because Luk Yuen was just outside the chapel where we heard mass today, hubby finally had a good reason to buy me dinner there.

Luk Yuen

the place was almost full when we got in and after entering the door, i waited for someone to usher us to our seats but hubby just went in, picked a table and it was ours. he frequented this restaurant a long time ago and knew his way around. hehehe!

our table was quickly set with dimsum saucers and chopsticks as the waiter handed us the menu.

it didnt take us too long to decide what we wanted to eat and within 5 minutes of taking our orders, our food were served!  the service was fast and satisfactory for such a packed place!

we ordered hot and sour soup

Luk Yuen-2

this had just the right sourness to it. an order is actually big enough for two. you just have to ask for an extra bowl to share.

my always on the table siopao came next

Luk Yuen-3the jumbo Hong Kong siopao is huge!

Luk Yuen-7

as we opened the bread, warm steam escaped the dimsum and revealed meat and egg filling

Luk Yuen-8

i love this siopao! the bread is sweet and soft and stuffed with loads of egg and meat! its sooo good! blogging about it makes me want another one!  i definitely found a good place to get my favorite dimsum when im craving!

the pork siomai was served

Luk Yuen-4

this was so delicious!

the braised noodles with seafood came next

Luk Yuen-5

hubby was a little disappointed at how this dish looked because it seemed like a regular plate of noodles. but when we tasted it, our minds were blown away! the sauce was so good, and the shrimp plump and juicy, the veggies were crunchy and the mushrooms cooked just right for that soft, chewy goodness! im serious, this is a must order!

main course (yes, that was just for starters hahaha!) was supposed to be roasted duck but they were unfortunately out of stock so we settled for peppercorn spare ribs

Luk Yuen-6

this dish looked deliciously crunchy but it sort of ended there. although the flavors were great, the meat was a bit tough. it was too bad because this dish has a lot of potential. we had this with their yang chow fried rice, both of which were half spared for take away.

dessert was surprisingly picked by hubby (not the sweet tooth between the two of us)

Luk Yuen-9

the bowl of almond jelly with lychees was a great ending to our scrumptious meal because it was neither too sweet nor bland. it was a good thing too that we ordered just one because the bowl was packed with almond jelly from bottom to brim!

Luk Yuen-10

as we were winding down waiting for our bill, i was looking at the next table where a family of four was seated.  i was pointing out to hubby that they ordered less than we did!  i had to snicker when i realized that they even had enough for a whole bag of take away!  ooohh, i feel like such a hog!

when the waiter handed us our bill in less than 5 minutes after we asked for it, i was surprised that it was under P900!  seriously!  ok, i admit it, i love this place!!  not only were most of the dishes we ordered a hit and so affordable, service is fast and efficient!

my mom would love this place. ill have to take her here on her next visit to manila! i cant help but think back when she used to give me lessons in life which i now apply (or at least try to) in my daily affairs.

you were right mom, simple could actually be great! HAPPY MOTHERS DAY!

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May 11, 2009 - Posted by | Gastronomic experience | , , , , ,

11 Comments »

  1. Your post about Luk Yuen reminds me that it has been a while since we last dined at one of their branches. Just like Le Ching, you’re so right in saying that Luk Yuen offers value for money, good tasting chinese eat and efficient service. Sarap dito pati congee. =)

    Comment by docgelo | May 11, 2009 | Reply

  2. my husband and i LOVE luk yuen! ifyou get to go back there, try their other dimsum! japanese seafood roll, taro puff, panfried pork something… and the list goes on and on! best of all, its soooo cheap! 🙂

    Comment by ula | May 11, 2009 | Reply

  3. It looks sooo good! I’m jealous – we pay almost $50 for dimsum for 2 (about 6-7 dishes) here in Minnesota! 8-(

    Comment by Tangled Noodle | May 11, 2009 | Reply

  4. hi doc, ive had dishes from le ching but it was ages ago, i dont remember much except for their really good siomai!

    ula, i would have never known this place was such a treat to go to. and im sure hubby and i will be back to try the dishes you suggested pretty soon!

    hi tangled noodle! this should be on your list of places to go during your next vacation back home =)

    Comment by mrs lavendula | May 12, 2009 | Reply

  5. This post is making me crave for siopao… from Kowloon. Hahaha! 😀

    Comment by toni | May 12, 2009 | Reply

    • i love kowloon siopao, the one with everything in it! but recently it doesnt seem to be as good as i remember it to be so now, ive found a new favorite! the filling is not as complicated but its goooood!

      Comment by mrs lavendula | May 12, 2009 | Reply

  6. as always i’m starved after reading some of your posts. this one tops it all. i love chinese! yum yum yum.

    Comment by whia | May 13, 2009 | Reply

  7. wow, those look amazing 😉 i remember my lola telling me that the best chinese in town could always be found in unassuming places 😉

    Comment by cpsanti | May 14, 2009 | Reply

    • she was definitely right! i learned my lesson now! =)

      Comment by mrs lavendula | May 15, 2009 | Reply

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  9. the braised noodles w/ seafood looks delish!! 😀

    Comment by u8mypinkcookies | June 13, 2009 | Reply


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