Here’s another Singaporean restaurant that is finally here in the Philippines- Boon Tong Kee.
About Boon Tong Kee.
In 1979, Mr. Thian Boon Hua started a small stall in Chinatown serving Cantonese chicken rice. Building upon the popularity of his silky white sauce chicken rice and emphasis on quality service, he rallied his family members to establish Boon Tong Kee’s first restaurant at Balestier Road in 1983.
In its second year of operation, the restaurant started to garner rave reviews and accolades from industry luminaries and customers. Before long, outlets at MacPherson Road, Whampoa West, River Valley Road, Cheong Chin Nam Road and East Coast Road followed in rapid succession.
The company diversified its operations in 1999 to include “Zi Char” (home-style cooked food) and eateries. From the traditional Balestier Road outlet to the upscale River Valley branch, Boon Tong Kee has enthralled Singaporeans and tourists alike with its delectable food and friendly staff.
So it was a typical mall day weekend when we visited Boon Tong Kee. Mr. GJG was quite excited to try it because we’ve seen its tarpaulin signage few weeks back announcing its opening.
I used my newly acquired iPhone 4 (thank you again Achie M) to take these photos. Do expect that most photos from this blog will be taken using it from now on (or at least when I don’t have my G12 with me) heehee
A lot were eager to try, look there’s already a waiting list and it’s only 6 o’clock in the evening!
Checking out the menu. Sorry wasn’t able to take photos of the list of food and prices as I was busy feeding lil’ Mr. GJG.
Can you feel the Singapore vibe of the place?
The Signature Boiled Chicken half at 455 php. Good for 3-4 persons.
Nonetheless we ordered the famous Hainanese Chicken which is known at Boon Tong Kee as Tasty Imperial Chicken or The Signature Boiled Chicken.
To be honest I think all Hainanese/ Boiled Chicken taste the same (read: bland) until you put in some sauce you’ve mixed to your preference (garlic ginger, oyster and chili). I love chicken (people who know me can attest to that) so it’s usually what I order. Nothing special with it but I have to commend it’s really soft and tender.
Crispy Cereal Prawn regular 375 php. Good for 2-3 persons.
There’s no doubt that Boon Tong Kee’s Cereal Prawn is crunchy. We love that the cereals are like that of mahu or the infamous pork floss, so much flavor that you can enjoy it even without the prawns. Lil’ Ms. GJG liked the cereal but didn’t like the prawns as they lack flavor.
That’s just what we ordered. We were rushing to buy Christmas gifts that we settled for what we used to order. Overall, we’re quite satisfied and we’ll definitely try their other signature dishes next time. This goes on my New Year’s resolution- to be more experimental when it comes to food. heehee
BOON TONG KEE
Anyway, I am ending this post with a cutie photo of my lil’ Mr. GJG who was all smiles to the staff of Boon Tong Kee that night.
Happy hump day!
6 more days ’til Christmas!