My Tummy is Full had the privilege of having first dibs on food offerings from this recently opened Chinese restaurant in Trinoma, Dragon Chef: Hearty and Hip Chinese Cuisine.
Dragon Chef’s interior and ambiance is as modern, hip and Chinese as can be. Perfectly complemented by some traditional Chinese music on the background.
It did not take long before I personally experienced the “hearty” part of their tagline.
I was wowed by Dragon Chef‘s ceiling with framed photographs of Chinese personalities.
Dragon Chef’s Green Tea Iced Tea with Lychee was a refreshing change for me. It was my first time to taste an iced tea with lychee and found that it was actually good. The natural sweet taste of lychee perfectly complemented the green tea flavor. I probably finished four full glasses of this. I loved it!
A tiny bowl of special nuts were waiting for us on the table when we arrived.
Nirvana Salad, P298
Nirvana Salad is comprised of crispy tofu, fruits, walnuts bathed in sesame dressing. I swear I could have finished the bowl all by myself. The crisp sweetness of all the fruits and greens combined made it the perfect salad, in my opinion. There’s no better word for it but Nirvana.
Manchurian Calamari, P288
Salted and peppered with lime dip. It was only now that I figured it was the lime that gave that tangy taste to the dip, which made the calamari even more special. The acid from the lime was strong enough to bring out the best in this calamari appetizer. I totally forgot to photograph the dip.
Seafood Beancurd, P288
Hargao (Shrimp Dumplings), P148
Xiao Long Bao, P168
Quarry Bay (Pork Siomai with Edamame), P158
Yuen Long Pork Belly, P458
Yuen Long Pork Belly with Cuapao on the side is for sharing and can serve 4 to 5 persons. As sinful as this dish may look, judging alone from that slithering fat goodness all over it, I’d have to admit that this is one of Chef Dragon’s must try.
Emperor Wenzong, P338
The emperor that you can eat – Emperor Wenzong is Chef Dragon’s Crispy Asian Chicken with Barbeque Sauce served with Lychee Cucumber salad. I think this chicken dish has kinda sorta cloned well enough that of a good peking duck’s crispy skin. The best chicken I’ve had in a while.
Dragon Chef Fried Rice, P298
Sweet and Sour Pork, P318
Suffice it to say, this ordinary looking pork dish made it to the list of my Dragon Chef favorites. I love how they garnish most of their plates with lychees. I gather this could be what makes their dishes extra special. The chef wannabe in me just had a bright idea. Will try to add this fruit in my dishes sometime.
Fukien Style Noodles, P378
Now tell me, can a dessert platter be any fancier? Yes, that’s a peeking rabbit right there. This snowballs dessert platter is more like what we usually call buchi with a variety of fillings in every ball. The one I got contained nuts.
That’s me with fellow bloggers, Ryan, Cathie and Ruth with her hubby, Nonoy and all our full tummies. Burp! Thanks to Ruth of Mommy Writes for the shot.
4/L Trinoma Mall, Quezon City