Tai Koo HK Roast
G/F V Corporate Centre, L.P. Leviste Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City
Open daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
(SPOT.ph) There’s no question that Binondo is one of the go-to places when it comes to affordable and no-frills roast duck. But sometimes—and without warning—you’ll find yourself with an intense craving just when a trip to Chinatown (or Singapore or Hong Kong, even) isn't in the cards. Well, here's some good news: We’ve found a new roast duck spot to ease your hankerings, and the best part is they’re just located in the middle of Makati CBD.
Tai Koo HK Roast in Salcedo Village is inspired by hole-in-the-wall roasting spots in Hong Kong, minus the frenetic feel of the city’s street-side eateries. Although this new Makati restaurant boasts a modern Chinese look, with the ubiquitous lucky-color red splashed throughout their bright interiors, they have traditionally cooked roast duck reminiscent of the lip-smacking ones you’ve had in Wan Chai or Mongkok.
“We felt the need for this kind of concept to be available in business districts so it’s something office workers can enjoy for lunch, dinner, or a post-night out,” says co-owner Mark Wang. He also stresses the value of serving fresh, quality food; in fact, their duck is imported straight from Hong Kong, their dim sum is handmade, and they have their vegetables delivered fresh from Baguio every day.
Char Siu Pork Rice
Roast Pork Belly Rice
Soy Chicken Rice
Don’t miss the stars of Tai Koo’s menu—the rice toppings. Their roasts, which hang beautifully by the restaurant’s kitchen window, are a sight to behold, while their flavors are even better. Their Char Siu Pork Rice (P158), Roast Pork Belly Rice (P158), Soy Chicken Rice (P178), and HK Roast Duck Rice (P228), all lie on a bed of fluffy white Jasmine rice and perfectly cooked bok choy. Whichever protein you choose to have with your rice, whether it be pork, chicken, or duck, you’re sure to get one that flaunts tenderness with every bite and bursts with a rich sweet-savory flavor from their signature barbecue-like glaze.
White Chicken Rice
Their White Chicken Rice (P178) comes with a generous serving of their well-seasoned homemade ginger sauce to bring out the chicken’s natural flavor. One of the best things about dining here is you can always order some extra protein for you rice topping (P138/pork, P158/chicken, P198/duck). Heck, you can even mix and match!
Char Siu Pork and Wonton Noodle Soup
HK Roast Duck and Wonton Tossed Noodles
Another bestseller is the Char Siu Pork and Wonton Noodle Soup (P188), which has a light and savory broth and is topped with plump shrimp wonton dumplings, tender slices of roast pork loin, and bok choy. There’s also the HK Roast Duck and Wonton Tossed Noodles (P258). Their noodles are made fresh daily, while the duck is roasted and cooked on site.
(Left to right) Broccoli Flower with Oyster Sauce and Garlic, Bok Choy with Oyster Sauce and Garlic,
Hakaw (P88) and Pork and Shrimp Siomai (P88)
Here’s a handy tip if you’re looking for something light: The Bok Choy with Oyster Sauce and Garlic (P78) and Broccoli Flower with Oyster Sauce and Garlic (P98) are great on their own, with Tai Koo's umami oyster sauce making an appearance in both dishes. You can also order the Soyed Tofu (P78), or cubed firm tofu slices swimming in a tasty and rich soy dressing.
Whatever budget you may have and at any time of the day, Tai Koo promises you’ll get your Chinese-food quick fix—right in the middle of Makati.
Photos by Majoy Siason