Peking Duck... need I say more?
Sunday was the last day of our B Hotel Staycation. I started the day by having breakfast with Yedy and Eugene, while my husband and kids were still sleeping in our very cool and comfortable rooms. After breakfast, my husband headed to Bellevue Hotel to watch the Pacquiao - Bradley fight at the Vue Bar, while I went with my kids to Caviar for brunch, along with some of our food blogger friends. And as if our bellies weren't past bursting at this point, we had a late lunch at Phoenix Court to check out the Chef's Specials. To say that this whole staycation was filled with food escapades was an understatement. We were literally eating constantly, right in between sleeping, thus reinforcing our group's name: Kain Tulog Gang.
Our late lunch started with one of my favorite Chinese cuisine staples -- Peking Duck. We were treated to a fine demonstration of how the duck was skinned methodically, drools practically ensuing as we looked longingly at the platter slowly being filled with glistening crisp duck skin.
It was served 2 ways: the first one is my preferred duck experience -- skin wrapped in soft tortilla then dipped into that sweet hoisin sauce; the other is minced duck meat that you scoop into a cup of lettuce, pour in some of that sauce, then roll until somewhat wrapped, most of the time quite haphazardly.
Then came the other dishes, starting with some soup. I tend to always reach for the Sweet and Sour Pork, using it as a gauge to compare different Chinese restaurants, and this one gladly did not disappoint. Right amount of sweetness and acerbity, not too much flour, quite good really.
Another favorite is the Fried Beef with Black Pepper, which has a right amount of that appetizing savory taste that compels you to turn that heavy lazy Susan and position the dish right back in front of you.
Being our third meal within only six hours, I initially passed up on trying the Spinach Bean Curd with Crispy Mushroom. I had to leave even a tiny space in my stomach for dessert. Spanky, however, was adamant that we try those crispy mushrooms piled into a tangled heap on top of the bean curds. And good thing we did; it was addicting, and I don't think it took away the space intended for the dessert.
The dessert---Chilled Coconut Pudding---was a revelation. I haven't had this before, and when I first took a spoonful, I melted in delight at how light and refreshing this was. You have to try it when you're here!
Another must-try is their Strawberry Iced Tea with these tiny bits and seeds swimming in a refreshing crimson sea. I think I can finish about three to four glasses of it, especially in this heat.
Spot: Second Floor Tower Wing, The Bellevue Manila Hotel, North Bridgeway, Filinvest City, Alabang
Contact No.: 771.8181