*This establishment is now CLOSED.*
Last Friday, hubby and I had to go see an ENT specialist. I’ve had sore throat since Dec. 23 (along with cough, fever, and backache) and I self-medicated because it was Christmas and there weren’t really any doctors around. Come January I had still not fully recovered (my throat was still sore and I was still coughing) and hubby seemed to have caught what I have so we went to consult with the ENT specialist. We were prescribed meds. I had antibiotics which I had to take on a full stomach and so we decided to have lunch at Boon Tong Kee in Tomas Morato where they have an eat-all-you-can promo ongoing.
Anyhow, it was my first time at Boon Tong Kee in Tomas Morato. I was surprised at how big and spacious the place is. We’ve actually been to Boon Tong Kee in SM Mall of Asia but I was unable to blog about our visit.
Since it’s a Singaporean franchise like Wee Nam Kee, Boon Tong Kee also has the standard set of sauces (dark soy sauce, chilli sauce, and ginger paste) on each table. I super love their ginger paste. The ginger is very finely ground or mashed or ground (I don’t know how they pureed it) so it’s very smooth.
So anyway, for P350 per head, you can order any item off their eat-all-you-can menu which changes monthly. The menu consists of 2 appetizers, soup, 4 main dishes, 2 vegetables, and 2 kinds of rice. You pcik what you want and place your orders. While waiting, you’re given a small dish of pickled veggies to munch on.
We tried both appetizers on the menu, the first of which was Crispy Beancurd. I always see this on Boon Tong Kee Singapore’s website. It’s silken tofu cubes that’s battered and fried then topped with a little bit of pork floss. It’s served with wasabi mayo for dipping. This order is good for one person (those cubes are pretty small) so hubby and I each had a serving to ourselves.
The second appetizer was Charsiu or barbecued pork (think asado). I’m glad we just ordered one serving. It’s too fatty for my taste. The glaze is both salty and sweet. I liked the tofu better.
We tried both vegetable dishes, the first of which was Stir Fried Spinach with Assorted Vegetables. Spinach is stir fried with carrots, baby corn, mushrooms, and ginger then topped with some crunchy dilis. Delicious! The veggies are very crisp and fresh. I really liked its natural taste.
The other vegetable dish was Fried Longbean with Beancurd Cubes and Nuts. Wow, I really loved this one (although hubby took one spoonful and shoved the plate to me hahaha, saying it tasted like grass). The beans are fresh and crisp and everything is cooked with a slightly spicy bean-based paste (similar to what they use in Mapo Tofu). The roasted peanuts give it a more interesting taste and texture too. I actually finished the entire serving since hubby would have none of it.
We ordered three out of the four main dishes available. They have a no leftover no takeout policy and they will charge diners with leftovers P700 instead so we made sure we could finish what was going to be served. This is the Fish Fillet with Soya Bean Paste. It was okay, but I liked the two veggie dishes a lot more.
We had two orders of Signature Boiled Chicken. Really soft white boiled chicken is served with what seems to be a mix of soy sauce and sesame oil plus a bit of kiamchay (pickled vegetables). I love this, it goes so well with their Chicken Rice which both hubby and I opted for.
We also tried Crispy Roasted Chicken, which for me paled in comparison to the previous chicken dish. It came across as kind of dry and salty, whereas the boiled chicken was very tender and juicy. Wee Nam Kee does roasted chicken better in my opinion.
There are two kinds of rice on the eat-all-you-can menu, Chicken Rice and Plain Rice. Of course we opted for the tastier Chicken Rice, the same kind of rice paired with Hainanese Chicken. It’s cooked in chicken broth so it’s really flavorful but not quite as sinful as fried rice. I had one serving, hubby had two.
The only dish we didn’t order from the eat-all-you-can menu was Sweet and Sour Pork simply because we were so stuffed we couldn’t eat anymore.
Anyhow, we ended up paying a little over P400 per person because there’s still VAT and 10% service charge. Still, we think it’s a very fair price for the good quality food and the selection we got to enjoy. We were told that only Boon Tong Kee Tomas Morato has this eat-all-you-can promo ongoing because the other branches have their own thing. It’s true though, when we had lunch at Boon Tong Kee in MOA last year and we got to avail of a Majestic Combo lunch set for P198 per person. At the time, we were told it’s not offered at other Boon Tong Kee branches.
If you want to indulge in good quality Singapore-style Chinese food, I highly suggest availing of Boon Tong Kee Tomas Morato’s eat-all-you-can deal. Since you order what you want when you want it, everything is freshly cooked when it’s served. Just to illustrate much more economical the eat-all-you-can deal is, just compare: an ala carte half-order of Boon Tong Kee’s Signature Boiled Chicken costs P425, but you can have unlimited amounts of it for less if you avail of their eat-all-you-can.
Boon Tong Kee
310 Tomas Morato Ave., (across Il Terrazzo)
South Triangle, Quezon City
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