On our way to visit a friend last Saturday, we stopped by Chowking to grab a quick bite to eat. Since it was shaping up to be a scorcher of a day, I was also craving something cold to cool my gullet. I got a Buko Pandan shake ($2.95). This chilly green concoction was made with ice blended into a slush with coconut milk and pandan extract, some green pandan jelly and a sprinkling of pinipig.
What a fun word to say.
Pinipig is simply pieces of crisped rice, with a toasted, nutty flavor. It brought this slushy drink an added dimension of texture. However, it was the pandan, which has a creamy vanilla-like flavor and aroma, that was the star of the drink.
We also got the Gulaman drink ($1.75). A simple mix of cooling black grass jelly, brown sugar syrup, ice, and white sago (tapioca pearls). Refreshing!
To munch on, we ordered some siopao ($1.65 each). The chicken siopao, was a steamed bun filled with a firm chicken mousse. The mousse contained a piece of sweet Chinese sausage and a quail egg. Biting into these hidden morsels was like finding the prize in a Cracker Jack box. The pork siopao had shredded pork in sweet dark sauce. A dollop of asado sauce per bite made the experience complete.
We also ordered some egg rolls (3 pieces for $1.95). They were good. Slender and long in shape, they were served crisp and hot, fresh from the fryer. Perfect with a dip in the Filipino sweet and sour sauce.
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