If you’ve been feeling gastronomically adventurous as of late, now is the time to channel your inner Fat Fook and check out this progressive Taiwanese restaurant that has been popping up everywhere in Manila with their latest branch this 2017 in Fat Fook Robinsons Galleria!
I’m sure you’ve passed by the Fat Fook sign at SM North EDSA and snickered at the name. (What are you? 7? Lol.) “Fat Fook” translates to “Fat” (big or “mataba”) and “Fook” (a Chinese word for luck or prosperity. As a whole, it can be translated to “Fat Luck” or “Big Luck”.
The brainchild of a Taiwanese chef who wanted take Taiwanese cuisine to new heights, Fat Fook Kitchen Manila is as authentic as you’re going to get when it comes to Taiwanese comfort food! They’ll push the boundaries that have held back your taste buds and explore foreign textures, fragrance, and taste. If you’re willing to step out of your comfort zone and extend your palate, Fat Fook will be more than happy to help you explore Taiwan’s delectable cuisine. We are lucky enough that she chose Filipinos as her experimental subjects as she finds us receptive to radical and familiar Chinese cuisine.
In order to retain authenticity, Fat Fook remains faithful to Taiwanese recipes and aren’t afraid veer away from accommodating the Filipino palate.
The Fried Stinky Tofu‘s (PHP 198) “strong smell” is an understatement, and it’s exactly how it’s served in Taiwan!
The Fried Intenstines (PHP 198) is by far my favorite of all the Taiwanese street cuisine we ordered. It’s crisp, crunchy, light and addictive!
The Salt and Pepper Chicken Cubes (PHP 248) is another tasty snack that you can munch on anywhere. Just be careful when you eat them in one bite as they contain chicken bone fragments!
The Giant Xiao Long Bao (PHP 188) is as unique as it is fun to eat! They serve it with a straw so you can suck up all the umami goodness inside before chowing down on the juicy pork interior.
Fat Fook is one of the few–if not the only–places with Salted Egg Xiao Long Bao (PHP 198/5 pcs). The delicate dimsum is filled with a light salted egg broth that explodes in your mouth!
The Taiwan Beef Noodles (PHP 258) is nothing short of spectacular! Made with soft, juicy, melt-in-your-mouth par-boiled beef, intense five spice powder, chili bean sauce, and tasty chicken stock.
The Fat Fook also has a Take Out section where you can order some turo-turo style street food. Taiwan has a wide selection of colorful hotpot balls!
You can also have other fried snacks in a bag to go! The Garlic Broccoli is the perfect after meal snack in my opinion. Broccoli’s natural bristles will help you digest all those savory Taiwanese dishes you just scarfed down!
You can also grab a drink from the Take Out kiosk. The Milk Tea (PHP 80) comes in many customizable blends and sinkers. It’s the perfect thirst-quenching way to wash down the grub.
Check out their newly opened branch in UP Town Centre QC!
Location: Level 2, Robinsons Galleria, Ortigas, Quezon City
Sunday to Thursday: 10 AM to 9 PM
Friday to Saturday: 10 AM to 10 PM