Is this the best Chinese restaurant in Manila?

Well, the All China Federation thinks so. Recently Marco Polo Manila’s Lung Hin Cantonese restaurant received the prestigious Golden Horse Award at the 16th China Hotel Industry Golden Horse Awards Gala. The award is given to the best Chinese restaurants outside China. That says a lot.

tofu and seaweed salad
Deep-fried tofu and seaweed salad

Knowing Filipinos, we know good Chinese food. This oriental cuisine is in fact, comfort food to Filipinos. I grew up dining at Chinese restaurants, from Cubao to Binondo, which is the oldest Chinatown in the world. It is the go-to place for authentic and good Chinese fare. Two of my favorite eateries are Toho Food Center and Wai Ying Fastfood, both hole-in-the-wall restaurants.

Basically, back then, you only have two choices when dining out—Filipino or Chinese. There were few choices then unlike now; it’s hard to pick where to eat because of the bajillion restaurants out there. And not just restaurants, award-winning restaurants.

fried beancurd skin and leek rolls
Fried beancurd skin and leek rolls

If you love Chinese food, specifically Cantonese cuisine, you should try Lung Hin.

Aside from traditional dishes, the resto serves up modern and exquisitely done Cantonese cuisine. Located on the 44th floor of Marco Polo Ortigas, it is Chinese dining at its finest. Recently, the restaurant introduced its newest executive chef, Leung “Ken” Chi Kwan. Che Ken is from Hong Kong and specializes in Cantonese cuisine.

Some of the must-try dishes of the restaurant are: the light but very flavorful deep fried tofu with seaweed salad. The salad is made up of cubes of fried tofu, thin slices of seaweed, shredded cabbage, taro, carrot, and then dressed with a nutty sesame dressing. The fried beancurd skin and leek rolls, on the other hand, is a crunchy appetizer with minced pork and garlic chives.

fookian misua
Fookian misua

For the mains, the traditional pork spareribs is served with a special black vinegar sauce. The crystal prawns with broccoli is a light dish for health-conscious diners. One of my favorites is the Fookian misua, soft and thin misua noodles with veggies , egg, and meat. It’s not your typical pancit because it doesn’t look like it. It doesn’t have the typical dark soy color, but has this almost white sauce. Despite its dull color, it is very flavorful.

Read my Manila Bulletin Lifestyle article here.

Marco Polo Ortigas Manila, Meralco Ave. and Sapphire Street, Ortigas Center, Pasig City / www.marcopolohotels.com / Facebook.com/MarcoPoloOrtigasManila / Twitter and Instagram @MarcoPoloManila

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