This Hearty Noodle Dish Is Just What You Need After a Long Day
You can get that plus more Chinese eats at the Grid's newest stall.
White Flower Tea House
Stall No. 9, The Grid Food Market, 2/F Power Plant Mall, Rockwell, Makati City
Open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Monday to Sunday)
(SPOT.ph) After a long and hard day, there's nothing digging into a hearty serving of noodles! We recently tried a version that delivers big on flavor: White Flower Tea House's Sate Mi. They're the The Grid's newest stall serving Chinese comfort eats by Chef Decker Gokioco.
White Flower Tea House
White Flower Tea House's Sate Mi (P340/solo, P800/tray) sounds simple on paper, with noodles, chicken, bok choy, and a fried egg on top. But once you try it, you'll see what we mean—the noodles have the right amount of sauce without being overly saturated in liquid, the seasonings are just right without it being too salty, and there's a proper ratio of noodles to mix-ins that you get a balanced mix in every fork (er, chopstick?)-ful. The egg on top has crisp edges and a slightly runny yolk, and mixing it into the noodles makes every bite all the more rich.
Asked about the inspiration, he shares that there was a time that sate mi was always his mom's takeout pasalobong for them. "I always enjoy eating it cold, because the noodles [would] soak up all the sauce and [this] gves a deep favor to the dish," Gokioco adds. (We tried it warm, at room temperature, and cold—it was a hit all ways.)
The Sate Mi is just one example of White Flower Tea House's list of hits, which is a combination of his own favorites and that of The Grid Food Market's Charles Paw. The aim, Gokioco shares, is to share a part of his Chinoy childhood and heritage to everyone—and in particular, to pay ode to his younger days when he would visit Binondo with his family every Sunday.
White Flower Tea House is far from Gokioco's first foray into Chinese—he's known for his stints at well-known establishments like Tin Hau in Mandarin Oriental and LiLi at the Hyatt Regency Hotel and Casino, among his many other achievements in the culinary field. But he does go the more casual route here, combining both traditional and modern approaches to whip up great Chinese eats.
While the menu is relatively short compared to your average Chinese restaurant, it's ample enough that all bases are covered. You can start your meal with the Golden Mushroom with Spice Dust (P210), or lightly breaded and fried mushrooms that turn out light and crisp. Alternatively, you can go for dim sum like Hakaw(P190), Beancurd Roll (P175), or Asado Siopao (P120/two pieces), which are great paired with the slightly herbal, one-of-a-kind Bottled Pei Pa Koa Honey Tea (P120).
For proteins, there's the tender and savory-sweet Charsiu (P400/200 grams, P285/over rice, P295/with dry noodles, P880/tray), which Gokioco shares was derived from his own dad's recipe. "We marinate the pork belly for five days to get the right taste and texture," he tells us. If you like it more on the crisp-meets-tender side, you can also try the Lechon Macau (P430/200 grams, P285/over rice, P295/with dry noodles) or the Fried Porkchop with Signature Sauce (P240/plain, P285/with rice). Prefer chicken? White Flower makes a crisp Fried Chicken (P250), as well as Sweet and Sour Chicken (P270) with the right balance of tangy and sweet.
You've got a couple of choices for carbs beyond the Sate Mi, too. A hearty option is the Beef and Wanton Noodle Soup (P255); the braised-beef recipe he got from his dad. The Pork Maki Mi (P350) satisfies with its combo of pork pieces in a saucy mixture and thin noodles, while the Yang Chow Fried Rice (P150) is great on its own or paired with any of their mains.
While dine-in is currently shut down, you can easily get your fix for delivery by heading over to The Grid Food Market's website. They accept payments via credit card or bank transfer.
White Flower Tea House is at Stall No. 9, The Grid Food Market, 2/F Power Plant Mall, Rockwell, Makati City. For delivery orders, visit The Grid Food Market's website. For more information, check out White Flower Tea House's Facebook page.
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