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Icy drinks and tasty snacks at Chowking in Cerritos

elmomonster | May 23, 2005 01:05 PM

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.

"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.

Chowking
11900 South St
Cerritos, CA 90703

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Link: http://elmomonster.blogspot.com

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