5.024 TERRP (08)1.08 Mr. Choi Kitchen: Egg Fuyong with Scallops

 -Cycle 5, Item 24-
29 (Wed) January 2014

Egg Fuyong with Scallops


at Mr. Choi Kitchen (Robinsons Place)

-Ermita, Manila-

with Lee Y and various Korean WPRO interns

I'm flying back to Korea tonight, just for the Lunar New Year holiday weekend, the first time going home since I've been here in Manila for the past 20 days--the longest that I've ever been away from my family.

Try Every Restaurant in Robinsons Place (TERRP). In Manila through mid-April, living above Robinsons Place, I'm going to attempt eating my way through the mall.  As far as I know, nobody has ever done anything like this, so this could be my unique contribution to the food/blog scene of Manila. Given time constraints, I'll aim for the 36 establishments (currently--down from the initial 40) on the first floor, working my way up.  

This is the 8th restaurant in the series.  Padre Faure Wing.

Previously covered restaurants:

- 01(1.01) Jan 13 / C2 Classic Cuisine (Filipino) (see generally 5.008 Chicken Pork Adobo...) / 2.5 / $$
- 02(1.02) Jan 15 / Banana Leaf (Asian) (see 5.010 Stir-Fried Noble Leaves with Garlic) (Malaysian) / 3.5 / $$
- 03(1.03) Jan 16 / Holy Cow! (American) (see 5.011 Lonestar Grilled Pork Chop) / 2.0 / $$$
- 04(1.04) Jan 21 / Super Bowl of China (Chinese) (see 5.016 Pork Strips with Kangkong...) / 3.5 / $$
- 05(1.05) Jan 23 / TGI Friday's (American) (see 5.018 Filipino Platter) (Filipino) / 2.5 / $$$
- 06(1.06) Jan 24 / Tempura (Japanese) (see 5.019 Ramen Burger) / 0.0 / $$
- 07(1.07) Jan 28 / Hainanese Delights (Singaporean) (see 5.023 Hainanese Delights) / 2.5 / $

Mr. Choi* Kitchen is a Chinese restaurant.  Located in Padre Faure Wing.  Cantonese.

*Lest there be any confusion, the "Choi" here is the romanization of the surname 蔡 as it's pronounced in Cantonese--alternatively "Cai" in Mandarin and "Chae" in Korean--not to be confused with the Korean surname Choi, which is something else entirely.

Dimsum, of course (though I haven't tried it yet).

The food at Mr. Choi Kitchen, which I've had on several occasions through the years, lunch/dinner/late-nite snack, is generally pretty good, though not great by any means.

shrimp with broccoli (2.5)

kailan with garlic (1.5)

yang chow fried rice (1.5)--too salty.

beef ho fun (3.0)

Egg foo young is a Chinese omelette.  Egg plus other components, such as veggies (e.g., bean sprouts) or meats/seafood (e.g., pork/shrimp), are mixed together and pan-fried, typically into a flat patty, often topped in some kind of brown sauce.  While the name is Cantonese--芙蓉 (fu jung) = lotus flower, 蛋 (dan) = egg--the dish is generally regarded as an overseas Chinese creation, found mainly in British/American-Chinese restaurants.

One of the best items at Mr. Choi Kitchen is the egg fuyong with scallops.  Not so much a patty as it is an orb.  And not so much egg as flour.  As such, the general impression is that of a ball cake containing tiny bay scallops and strips of carrot within.  But with the brown sauce, it's kinda good.

More importantly, this restaurant is the only place in Manila that I've seen thus far to offer roast duck.  In fact, back in 2011, when this relationship with WPRO began, Mr. Choi Kitchen was the site of my very first meal on my very first visit to Manila; I went in for the roast duck (see 2.033 Roast Duck Noodle Soup), thinking how awesome it would be to have such easy access to one of my all-time favorite dishes, which is virtually impossible to come by in Korea, and not that easy here either.  On that trip, I went back several times, in between and after meals, to get as much duck as I could before I left (see for example 2.034 Gatang Sigarillas...).

roast duck noodle soup (2.5)

Traditionally, my last-meal-before-flying practice has applied only when departing from home.  First, because the point is to eat my favorite dish, currently MNM (see for example 4.261 Pyongyang Mul Naeng Myeon), found only in Korea, or previously JJM (see for example 3.281 Spaghetti in 3-Minute Jjajang), which is rare outside of Korea, possibly in locales with large Korean expat populations, hunting down the dish on my last night in some foreign city wouldn't be practical--Big Macs would be so much easier.  Second, on my last night in some foreign city, where I may never visit again, I couldn't imagine eating anything but local anyway.

Happy New Year!

Given the historical significance of Mr. Choi Kitchen, I'd planned on saving it for the final installment of TERRP 1, but then I decided to adapt the aforementioned practice in light of my new surroundings.  After all, for all intents and purposes, I'm living here now, at least into the near future.  Moreover, roast duck noodle soup is already an all-time favorite, preceding both MNM and JJM, so it works out--I've never really considered myself to be a big noodle fan, but I am, apparently.  Now, I'll just have to find a place that does it right.

See you on the other side.

I love it when this happens (see also 3.267 "Fish").

With a departure time of 23:45, the in-flight meal was literally a midnight snack.


  1. OMG.. that thing looks like some kind of alien lifeform before it hatches... or like the brain in Starship Troopers!

  2. u know, now that u mention it, it does look kinda weird, yes, like from starship troopers.