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Monday, February 22, 2010

Birthday Dinner at You Jie Xiao Chao

I love small dinners with close friends. The laid-back kind where no one worries about their diets and there are no forbidden topics on the dinner table.

My birthday is on February 25th and my good friend Cheya's birthday is on the 27th. We always fantasize (and I hope it doesn't stay that way anymore this year) that we will try a new restaurant every month. The more obscure, the better.

We decided to make our birthdays an excuse to try a restaurant we have never been to before. Cheya did all the research and I just let her know that I was up for anything.

She picked a Chinese restaurant called You Jie Xiao Chao. Found on 6404 Camia Street, Guadalupe Viejo, Makati City, a stone's throw away from Rockwell.

The place was difficult to find because it had no sign and the outside appearance did not really indicate that a food business was taking place inside.

We were told to look for the house number and that should be the tell-tale sign. However, the 6404 number was also not the easiest to find especially in the evening.

Robert had so many jokes about that all night!

I was told that the Chinese food served is not the typical menu found in your neighborhood North Park Noodle House. They serve authentic food from Hunan province in China. A place famous for its rich culture and spicy food.

When we sat down and got the menu (which by the way is presented as a 2-volume digital photo album), I realized that they serve food that is not for the faint-hearted.

And they don't serve soda and any other beverages commonly found in any restaurant. But they do serve water in this.

And they serve this Chinese, honey-infused cold tea.

We ordered the "normal" stuff! Every dish did not disappoint.

Stir-Fried Shrimp

Fried Dumplings

Gongbao Chicken

Hot-Pot Beef

Stir-Fried Spicy Beef (the taste of this dish is Persian-inspired)

Egg with Tomato (I couldn't believe Robert ordered this but we saw it on ordered on every table so we tried!)

Beef Fried Rice

You Jie Xiao Chao Restaurant
6404 Camia Street, Guadalupe Viejo, Makati City

Camia is parallel to Estrella Street, behind the old Metro Club in Rockwell.

From EDSA southbound, RIGHT at Estrella Street, then RIGHT at Amapola Street (after Colegio de Sta. Rosa), then turn LEFT on the first street. That's Camia Street. Look closely for the tiny 6404 sign. They don't reservations so try to be there early or have a late dinner (8:30 pm onwards) instead as the place can get crowded and parking spots are scarce.



Cheya said...

wow! you remembered the names of the dishes!! I agree, everything was just soo yummy! I'm already looking forward to our March resto!

Anonymous said...

hi sam! stumbled upon this! magkano ang damage? :) so excited to try it. might go this weekend. - che

Samantha Johnson said...

I didn't take a picture of the egg fried rice! That was so good too!

What's in store for March? :-) Let us know and we will show up!

Samantha Johnson said...

Hi Che! Expect to spend 400-500 pesos per head :-)

rhea said...

it was spareriPs! hahaha
lets do this monthly please. i think cheya and i googled enough for the whole year. along with snack such as the infamous choco-covered bacon. which we still have to try.

Samantha Johnson said...

Rhea, will try to get the happy bacon for you guys!

Liz said...

i think dane will faint if he sees the menu. ha! :D the rest of the food looks really good :)) i'd love to visit and eat here

Samantha Johnson said...

You will definitely love the "normal" food Liz! Let's leave the cold pig's ear to the fearless ones. I cannot imagine how that can be appetizing!

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