For my mom’s birthday yesterday we brought her to Summer Palace for a change. I saw Lori’s blog about Summer Palace’s La Mien festival and it looked really interesting.
Summer Palace brought in guest chef Sun Yi Li of Golden Flower Hotel, Xian, China for this event which runs from Nov. 14-25, 2010 and is available during lunch at Summer Palace and at the dinner buffet of Heat.
My mom selected the noodles with seafood broth cooked dry. It was very, very tasty. The noodles itself were incredibly al dente. The manager, Nancy told me this was actually the Indian style of cooking noodles. I never knew that!
noodles w/ fresh seafood broth P550
Nancy insisted we try this black pepper steak. She guaranteed it was good. She was right! A thin slice of ultra tender and well seasoned beef that was perfectly cooked to seal in all the flavors and juices. An order yielded 4 thin slices of steak. A little more black pepper would have made it even better.
black pepper steak P1,020
When we were at Wee Nam Kee last week enjoying their cereal prawns May insisted that the cornflakes prawns of Summer Palace was even better. It wasn’t exactly the same but I really liked this dish. The prawns were shelled then coated with a sweet mayonnaise mixture and dunked in lots and lots of crunchy, sweet cornflakes.
cornflakes prawns P945/8 pcs.
Another dish May recommended was the softshelled crab with pork floss or mahu. Initially I thought it was a strange combination until I tried it. The hot, crisp, light as air, fried softshelled crab was just wonderful with the salty, sweet chewy strands of pork floss. Whoever thought of putting the two unlikely ingredients is a genius.
softshell crab w/ pork floss
Summer Palace is the only place in Manila that I order sweet and sour pork. Nancy always guarantees it will be super duper crunchy or she will replace the order herself.
Just look at the picture. The pork was cut into small pieces giving it more crunchy surface. The sauce barely glazed the pork unlike in other places where you have to fish out the pork swimming in sauce.
sweet & sour pork P510
Thanks to May for hitting a home run with all her recommendations. We all enjoyed lunch and I’m glad to have rediscovered the excellent food at Summer Palace.
Edsa Shangri-La Manila Hotel
1 Garden Way, Ortigas Centre
Mandaluyong City 1650, Philippines
telephone: +632 633-8888
11.30am – 2.30pm
9am – 11am on Sundays
6.30pm – 10pm