Top Food Haunts for Chinese New Year Revelry In Taguig

We’re ringing in the Chinese New Year this Saturday, January 28, and we couldn’t be more excited to have a taste of authentic Chinese fare here in Taguig.

January 25, 2017 by Katt Pascual

The Chinese New Year is already so close and millions around the world are getting the firecrackers out and gearing up for family celebrations. January 28 denotes the beginning of the Year of the Rooster, as defined by the Chinese zodiac cycle, and festivities for the longest holiday in the Chinese calendar will kick off on the 27th, the New Year’s Eve, and likely last for about two weeks.

Aside from legendary dragon dances, red lanterns and decorations, and other welcome sights and sounds, food serves as an integral part of this annual celebration. Here are some culinary destinations in Taguig to try in your CNY food crawl in 2017.

CANTON ROAD

Let a rich assortment of regional specialties excite your senses at Canton Road, Shangri-La at The Fort in Bonifacio Global City. Serving authentic Cantonese cuisine, this restaurant features a unique dim sum selection, roasted barbequed meat, and even Huaiyang dishes from China’s Jiangsu province.

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If you are looking for some privacy, the place offers nine private dining rooms, with bigger rooms providing plush sofas and can accommodate up to 28 guests at a time. The couch areas also boast of great views of the BGC skyline.

From starters and soups to signature dishes and mingcha fine tea in its Chef Wei Qing Wang-led kitchen, Canton Road is a luxurious take on this important time of the year. Partake of dim sum during lunch, or choose from custom set menus available starting from P888 net. Canton Road. Level 3, Shangri-La at the Fort, 30th St. cor. 5th Ave., BGC, Taguig. +632 820 0888.

TUAN TUAN

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The first Chinese brasserie in the country, TuanTuan offers Hong Kong comfort food with French flair. Let the family feast on the Xue Shan Bao or snow buns, congee, and a wealth of Macanese rice dishes. Cap it off with a cup of silky smooth Hong Kong-style coffee or tea. TuanTuan Brasserie. Level 5, Sky Park Dining, SM Aura Premier, Taguig. +63 906 433 2595.

DIN TAI FUNG

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Din Tai Fung – home to what it dubbed as the world’s most famous xiao long bao or soup-filled steamed dumplings – packages its glutinous rice cake (tikoy) as a precious gold bar. Get the New Year staple as a preservative-free, less sugar treat for P298 each. Din Tai Fung. C1 Bonifacio High Street Central,BGC, Taguig. +632 809 1865.

CRYSTAL JADE DINING IN

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Crystal Jade, a Singapore-based chain of authentic Chinese cuisine, fires up the year ahead with comprehensive CNY set menus that also come with a complimentary gift certificate. No New Year spread, for instance, is ever complete without the Treasure Pot, which is filled to the brim with premium ingredients such as abalone, scallops, roasted duck, garoupa, and prawns.

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The acclaimed restaurant also ushers in greater luck with its Round Glutinous Rice Cake (P580) and Flourishing Fortune Glutinous Rice Cake (P780), every order of which comes with an elegant Crystal Jade box and bag.

Kids, too, get a fitting treat via a cute plush Stuffed Rooster with their choice of fruit shake (P320). Ranking tenth among the Chinese zodiac animals, the rooster represents fidelity and punctuality, waking people up on time. Those born in the year of the rooster are deemed beautiful, kind-hearted, hardworking, courageous, independent, humorous, and honest. Crystal Jade Restaurant. 7th Avenue, BGC, Taguig. +632 8085233.

DA TANG JARDIN

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If you’re craving more oriental tastes and textures, head over to Da Tang Jardin, an Asian tapas bar. This concept establishment pays homage to the illustrious Tang Dynasty period with an array of small dishes taking off from the Eight Great Traditional Chinese Cuisines, including Shandong, the oldest and most traditional, and Szechuan and Hunan, a source of lip-numbing spicy persuasions.

“Jardin” is a not-so-subtle hint of its inspiration from a garden’s diverse aroma and freshness.

Credit: DaTang Jardin Facebook Page

Have small cold plates, revisit the Chinese lauriat of your childhood with familiar choices like Sweet and Sour Pork, and Quick Fried Squid in Honey Sauce. Finally, punctuate the meal with desserts like Almond & Tofu with Mixed Fruit. Wash it all down with a beer bucket or cocktails. Da Tang Jardin. Unit B, Bellagio 2, 29th St., Burgos Circle, Taguig. +632 8886868.

Welcome auspicious tidings in the year ahead with the gastronomic delights of your choice, whether traditional or modern, here in our food-savvy city.

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