Sunday Lunch at Choi Garden Restaurant

Choi Garden Shark’s Fin and Seafood restaurant is our favorite Chinese resaturant. We eat there at least once a month and usually on Sunday. After 2 years in business it’s still always full.

On weekends or when they have big parties they open up all the partition on the second floor to make it one big open space.
Interesting thingies to diffuse light.
Choi’s has one of the best roast pork in town. Hopefully these pictures will help you decide on what to order at Choi’s and maybe try something new.

roast duck, roast pork & jelly fish

They also have excellent dimsum available all day.

har kau or shrimp dumplings

Japanese siomai

fried raddish cake

I’m not much of a veggie eater but I loved these veggies. The spinach was very tender and the combination of century egg, salted eggs and regular eggs added an extra dimension to the otherwise plain greens.

spinach with 3 kinds of eggs

You must try this totally unique vegetarian dish. Assorted braised vegetables are wrapped with bean curd skin then fried and served with a delicious sauce.

sea moss balls

This is the best lobster dish I’ve ever eaten in a Chinese way of cooking. Fresh lobster pieces slathered with a light cheese sauce on noodles. Yum, yum, yum!

lobster w/ cheese sauce on noodles

This isn’t the best pata tim but it’s not bad. Other pata tim use pork leg. This dish used pork belly that was braised for a long time. It was very, very tender and the sauce was lip-smacking good.

pata tim

The pata tim was served with fried man tao. Man tao is plain siopao dough that can be steamed or fried. We call it Chinese Krispy Kreme because it tastes way better than a glazed doughnut without all the sugar. When it arrives on the table hot pop it in your mouth and it literally melts in your mouth. We don’t bother eating it with the pata tim. It’s that good. You can order this without the pata tim.

fried man tao
Here’s another favorite of ours. Crab meat, eggs and sotanghon scrambled into one delicious dish.

crab meat with scrambled eggs

You put the crab meat mixture in lettuce cups and eat. Different huh?

Choi’s makes the best masachi/mochi. Masachi is the Chinese version of a Japanese dessert called Mochi. It’s made with sweet glutinous flour and filled with a black sesame mixture. You have to try this.



This is their newest dessert. It’s a bit sweet for my taste but everybody loved it.

almond shake w/ fruit cocktail

Choi Garden Seafood and Shark’s Fin Restaurant
12 Annapolis St.
cor. Purdue St.
San Juan, Metro Manila
telephone: 727-6042

2 thoughts on “Sunday Lunch at Choi Garden Restaurant

  1. Les – I HAVE TO EAT HERE, ok?… Is this the restaurant I missed due to the flood?  I want to eat the crab with egg in lettuce wrap.  also the sea moss ball.


  2. Wow, what a feast! Too bad I’m not anywhere near Manila but San Francisco’s got some pretty decent Chinese restaurants too. Although I don’t think I’ve ever seen Japanese Soimai or Pata Tim on the menus before. Har Kau is my favorite Dim Sum dish!


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