Starting 2018 with A Bang at Zhong Guo Si Chuan Restaurant
Well, it’s really more of a kick, a strong one, to jumpstart our gobs for the new year. I hope 2018 is starting out well for you, dear reader. \m/
Baguio’s newest food joint, an authentic Szechuan restaurant it seems (based on its food list; it’s mostly plates of red and most likely spicy munchies), was a pretty hard resto for us to pin down. X+1 came here before the end of the year, you see and though their doors were open, we were told they were on break at that moment. We returned on the first day of 2018 and the same thing happened. =S I was about to give up eating at this place entirely but then third time worked like a charm.
It was Sir Dan, our eager beaver foodie friend, who sent word about his latest discovery, a Facebook post of the menu. (Thank you, thank you!) [One selection shy to make 100, the 97th to 99th is Zhong Guo’s little bowl of plain rice at P20, Chinese handmade dumplings (shallot pork) at P185 and finally, Chinese handmade dumplings (vegetables) also at P185.] How I thanked my lucky stars then because I just finished watching “The Search for General Tso” docu and oh, did I have a craving for that … Honestly, any Chinese reddish chicken plate would do. *nomnomnom
So on our third attempt, Race went in first. I just couldn’t bear to be turned away for another time so I waited outside. *tee hee When I finally passed the resto threshold, our attendant was relating to my better half how their chefs really do take their lunch break together around 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. (Please take note, guys.)
Having picked out what to eat for early dinner, we were given a pot of tea as is customary in Chinese dining places, as well as a glass of our own of soy milk. It’s not as thick as I expected it to be but a welcome sip to start our meal. =)
For the veggie part of our dinner, we got seaweed salad and what looks like pancit but is actually a perfectly julienne-d/shredded potatoes amongst carrots and onion leeks stir fry. The seaweed is tossed with thin slices of bell pepper and is drizzled with a dressing that has a hint of sesame oil. It’s not as sweet and texture wise, the veg was firmer (in comparison to the seaweed strips used in Yasuragi sea weed salad). ^^, I kept thinking of nata de coco but in smaller, more solid slivers.
The potato ‘pancit’ lent a fresh crunch to our dindin … as long as I avoided the chili bits thrown into the mix. I say, this is worthy of being another way I like to enjoy the humble but well loved tuber. =D Our soup was a simple soup of boiled tomatoes; its surface floating with sheets of bean curd skin (an ingredient I first came across at Xianghe) and cilantro.
Yang chow rice, always a winner … most especially when the Sichuan chicken packed in a major punch, a kick, and even a Batista bomb. =)) Betcha by golly wow, wow, wow, what were those spices?! It wasn’t just chilies on hyperdrive but also pepper corns and other herb-y spices that turned the oil in the dish into one aromatic appetizing substance. (Careful with biting into the chicken pieces though. They’re not necessarily boneless so there’s that added, somewhat irritating, crunch. =b) Race … and my brother, when he got a taste of the half we took home, fell head over heels in love with this viand.
X marks Zhong Guo Sichuan Restaurant for good food in Baguio. (“,) Talk about starting the eatsploring year with a bang. BANG, POW, ZIP, WHOOPOPOW!
UPDATE, end of day, 01/08/2018: Composing this feature sure got me salivating for more authentic Sichuan food, so X+1+1 brother returned here for dinner. Got winners in everything we got: Beef tomato soup, soy sauce fried rice, gold sliced cold chicken (though still chockful of little chix bones), tiger dish, and crispy steamed buns. Let’s add this place to my favorite restaurants category.
Zhong Guo Si Chuan Restaurant
Legarda Road (beside 18 BC Bar, across from Prince Plaza Hotel)
Baguio City, Philippines
0926 032 7397
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