Sarah’s Birthday at Summer Palace, Edsa Shangri-La Hotel

Summer Palace, Edsa Shangri-La- braised lohan vegetables in money bag-001
My friend Sarah is Japanese and she married our good family friend who’s Chinese. In the 16 years or so that she’s lived in Manila she managed to master the Chinese language both Fookien and Mandarin and a smattering of Filipino. I’m so ashamed that she speaks much, much better Chinese than me.

For her birthday celebration her hubby treated us to lunch at Summer Palace in Edsa Shangri-La which is one of the better places to get good Chinese food in Manila.
Summer Palace, Edsa Shangri-La
lunch menu

Whenever our families eat out barbecued pork is always the standard order because Sarah’s 3 kids just LOVE it.
Summer Palace, Edsa Shangri-La- barbecued pork
barbecued pork

Summer Palace, Edsa Shangri-La- soy chicken
soy chicken

Summer Palace, Edsa Shangri-La- jelly fish
jelly fish

I love hot prawn salad and Summer Palace’s version is one of the best. The prawns were crisp and instead of canned fruit cocktail sweet fresh fruit was used. I also appreciated that it was lightly dressed instead of swimming in mayonnaise.
Summer Palace, Edsa Shangri-La- hot prawn salad with fresh fruits
hot prawn salad with fresh fruits

I wish it was money inside but then that wouldn’t taste good. The money bags were really made of bean curd skin and stuffed with braised veggies.
Summer Palace, Edsa Shangri-La- braised lohan vegetables in money bag
braised lohan vegetables in money bag

This was really, really good.
Summer Palace, Edsa Shangri-La- braised lohan vegetables in money bag-001

Summer Palace’s fried cod fish is my all-time favorite dish. It’s freshness and simplicity can’t be beat. They usually serve it with the sauce on top but this time the host requested it be served on the side.
Summer Palace, Edsa Shangri-La- pan fried codfish in light soya sauce
pan fried cod fish in light soya sauce

I like the light soya sauce on the side so you can get as much or as little as you want.
Summer Palace, Edsa Shangri-La- pan fried codfish in light soya sauce-001

Summer Palace, Edsa Shangri-La- spinach in superior stock
spinach in superior stock

I was surprised to see two kinds of fried rice on our lunch menu. I guess the yang chow was for the kids.
Summer Palace, Edsa Shangri-La- yang chow fried rice
yang chow fried rice

I liked the adult’s fried rice so much better. It was more flavorful and the rice was a bit sticky. It contained Chinese sausage so it was oilier too. You definitely have to try this. In Hong Kong this is available in winter time only.
Summer Palace, Edsa Shangri-La- waxed meat fried rice
waxed meat fried rice

Summer Palace, Edsa Shangri-La- mango pudding
mango pudding

Mango pudding is my favorite Chinese dessert and this version was so yummy. There was lots of sweet mango chunks and the pudding was cold and creamy.
Summer Palace, Edsa Shangri-La- mango pudding-001

Summer Palace, Edsa Shangri-La- chilled lemongrass jelly w almond jelly & lychee
chilled lemongrass jelly with almond jelly & lychee

Here’s Sarah being serenaded by the restaurant’s waiters.
Summer Palace, Edsa Shangri-La-015

Everyone loved the strawberry shortcake from Karen’s Kitchen.
Summer Palace, Edsa Shangri-La- strawberry shortcake
strawberry shortcake from Karen’s Kitchen

Not too much whipped cream, just the right amount of sweetness, lots of strawberries and ultra soft cake. One of the best strawberry shortcakes in Manila!!
Summer Palace, Edsa Shangri-La- strawberry shortcake-001

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