To celebrate our parents’ 27th wedding anniversary, my family drove all the way from Laguna to Pasig to pick me up for dinner after my office hours. While roads are usually packed with vehicles and pedestrians at rush hour on a Friday, the bout of heavy rain made the flow of traffic even worse that night, leaving the four hungry passengers in our car impatient and irritable.
On any other occasion, we would have braved the bustling crowd and tried our luck at one of the many shopping malls in the area but since closing time was dangerously near, we discussed the possibility of trying one of the establishments along the roads. When we chanced upon Jade Palace Restaurant
along Shaw Boulevard at Kapitolyo, Pasig, we looked at each other with matching expressions of relief on our faces and looked for a parking space.
For our family, any meal at a Chinese restaurant seems incomplete without Bird’s Nest or Nido soup
(150 for Small Order). Since the cold weather left us close to shivering, we needed this staple that yielded 6 bowls, which was enough for all four of us with some left to spare. Although it was certainly warm and comforting, it was not particularly flavorful. As a matter of fact, it would be safe to say that I have had better Bird’s Nest Soup made from the powdered mix packed in foil packets and sold at supermarkets.
We decided to try their half of their Peking Duck
served in two ways (P700) and were excited to watch the servers carve the prized fowl. One server expertly separated the skin from the meat while the other deftly wrapped the skin in hoisin sauce and lumpia wrapper. The result is a crispy and chewy concoction that we were eager to feast on.
The next dish made out of the same Peking Duck is the shredded meat sautéed in various spices and served with half a head of cabbage and more of the hoisin sauce. We enjoyed the skin in the previous entree better than this particular version but it was still very satisfactory, especially when paired with the Yang Chow Fried Rice
The unanimous favorite for that particular night was the Stuffed Shrimp Rolled in Bacon with Hot Mayonnaise
(P360 for Medium Order). Although it was by no means pure shrimp (it was probably ground and mixed with flour), the proportion of shrimp to extender is excellent because you get the taste of shrimp with every bite. It was only made even better with the addition of the strips of bacon that provided ample contrast with the shrimp filling. This dish was so good that we didn’t feel the need for the rich and tangy hot mayonnaise and actually fought one another for every single Bacon Wrapped Shrimp Ball.
We were pleased to pair these viands with the Yang Chow Fried Rice (P150 for Medium Order) but happened to be disappointed over the dry texture of the grains and the bits and pieces of meat and vegetable tossed in. On the bright side, it was enough to feed four people with truly hearty appetites.
Even if this restaurant is better known as a place for social functions and gatherings like birthdays, baptismals weddings and the like, I would still recommend a visit to try (and fall in love with) the Stuffed Shrimp Rolled in Bacon with Hot Mayonnaise. Be forewarned however that parking is hard to come by as the lot itself is located behind the actual establishment. I have observed that this can be a concern for bigger groups of people that come to patronize the place.
Bird's Nest Soup
Stuffed Shrimp Rolled in Bacon
The crew as they carve the fowl
Yang Chao Fried Rice