Posted by on Feb 6, 2013 in Community | No Comments

Did you know that according to ancient Chinese wisdom, a snake in someone’s house is seen as a sign that the family will not go hungry? Since 2013 is the year of the snake… can we also expect 365 days of satisfied stomachs and appeased appetites?

Well then…


What better way to welcome this foodie-friendly year than with this lucky list of the 8 most popular* Chinese restaurants on looloo!

8. Mien San Noodle House (New Manila, Quezon City)


If noodles symbolize long life, then Mien San Noodle House is probably gonna be around for a looooooong time. According to one looloo reviewer, this place has already burned down twice! Yet they survived both fires, and are still standing today!

Must try: Spicy Beef Tendon Noodles, Kuchay dumplings, Spicy Wanton

7. Jade Palace (Kapitolyo, Pasig)


Out late celebrating the Chinese New Year but still getting the late night munchies? We won’t judge you. Just hit up Jade Palace! Open 24 hours on Friday and Saturday, and open up until 4 in the morning on weekdays, it’s no wonder this place has become an after-party staple for students and yuppies.

Must try: Hakaw, Pork Siomai, Special Mixed Noodles

6. King Chef Fine Dining (Banawe, Quezon City)


A good number of looloo reviewers have labeled King Chef Fine Dining as “one of the best dimsum places”, “one of the best Chinese restaurants” and a place that serves some of “the finest Chinese food.”

If that’s not enough to pique your interest, they’re also known for their daily dimsum sale! It starts at 2 PM in the afternoon up until 5 PM and then starts again at 9 PM and ends at 12 midnight!

Must try: Beancurd Roll, Fried Shrimp Dumpling, Japanese Siomai

5. Eat Fresh Famous Hong Kong Street Food (Greenhills, San Juan)


Why go to Hong Kong when you can just go to Eat Fresh, known to many as a place to satisfy one’s “Hong Kong nostalgia”? Some swear that this place even SMELLS like Hong Kong! (How does Hong Kong smell?) And it’s easy on the wallet too!

A little warning for diners who don’t like crowds, we hear this place gets packed and extra masikip during weekends!

Must Try: Pancake Balls, Taosi Spare Ribs Claypot Rice, Big Isaw

4. Tao Yuan (Robinsons Magnolia, Quezon City)


Considering this place opened just late last year, its food must be pretty good to have already made it to number 4 on our list. Famous for their Singaporean food fare, it’s drawn in a significant following of diners looking for dishes beyond the usual dimsum.

Must Try: Hainanese Chicken, Cereal Prawns, Peking Duck

3. Wai Ying Tea House (Binondo, Manila)


For those who want a real deal Chinese meal, Wai Ying Tea House is one of the places to be in Binondo. With generous servings AND really affordable prices, you won’t mind the hole-in-the-wall vibe.

Must Try: Dumpling Noodles, Radish Cake, Fried Wanton

2. Lugang Cafe (Greenhills, San Juan)


Lugang Cafe is so popular in Manila that all three of their branches made it to our list! It seems this place has it all: well-designed interiors, good food, and a parking valet service to boot! Personally, I’ve always wanted to try their ginormous shaved ice dessert.

Must Try: Xiao Long Bao, Three-Cup Chicken

1. Shi Lin (Power Plant Mall, Makati)


Taking the top spot for Most Popular Chinese Restaurant on looloo is Shi Lin! According to some reviewers, you absolutely cannot leave without trying their Xiao Long Bao — it’s bound to make you go Xiao Long… Wow.

Someone even wrote an investigative report-style review for it! That’s how good it was!

Must-Try: Xiao Long Bao, Taro Dumplings

Which among these 8 Chinese restaurants have you tried? Tweet us @looloo! We’ll give away looloo pins and stickers to the first five people who will tweet us their answers!

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Special thanks to our friend Yves Gonzalez for suggesting this topic! :)

*Popular restaurants sorted by number of reviews and looloo rating