Monday, August 29, 2011

XO kitchen -what's special?

Chinese food is always a safe choice for lunch if you don't feel like trying extremes of taste. Last friday, we tried XO kitchen in Jupiter, Makati.
XO Kitchen, 134 Jupiter St., Bel-Air 2 Makati City, Metro Manila

Just to share, XO is actually a spicy seafood sauce from Southern China. It can be used as a condiment or a seasoning for rice & viands. A lot of people love to put this sauce in their dishes to add the plus factor in the taste.

Since we are really hungry, we ordered right away.
XO menu. simple and neat

The never-ending bestseller of all Chinese restaurants, Yang Chow Fried Rice, 130 pesos
Yang Chow Fried Rice, 130 pesos, cute presentation right?

I like the right flavor that this Yang chow version has. Enough veggies, oil, and meat-plus the fact that it has a cute presentation in a mini-pan, and lastly, the price is right.

My favorite dish of the day, (since I'm a fan of seafood dishes)

The Salt and Pepper Squid, (250 pesos) is a great partner of Yang chow since if you are going to eat it alone, it might seem salty. The squid is tender, and tasteful. The breading has the crispy goodness, and is not oily (drained very well).

The Spicy Szechuan Beef, 240 pesos

Spicy Szechuan Beef, 240 pesos (if you want to make it extreme hot, then pinch that chili!=))
 The beef is tender, and even before biting it, you can already sense the aroma of flavors. Quite strong spices are into this dish which makes it a great partner for rice. I'm not a beef-lover, so I just tried this one for experience.

Our last order is the Steamed Fish with Garlic,(240 pesos)
Steamed Fish with Garlic, 240 pesos

Cream Dory topped with loads of garlic(healthy yum!) in oyster sauce. If you like something on the lighter side (low calories), then order this one. Not much spices (right saltiness, not spicy, not sweet), but the taste satisfies a health-buff's criteria. 

This ends our XO kitchen lunch! Will I go back? 

Answer is YES. They still have loads of dishes that I'm feeling curious about like Noodles with Clams in XO Sauce (160 pesos), Fried Mantau ( a personal favorite <3 ), and the Ferrero Rocher Buchi (weird, unique, but sounds good!)

Cheers (for a cup of tea )! Have a great lunch!
Ti Kwan Yin Tea, (45 pesos)- light tea taste, has the impression of the
traditional Misa de Gallo tea

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