Looking for a place to get your next Chinese meal without having to spend too much? Looking to help small businesses in this pandemic? Looking for something different besides your usual Yang Chow fried rice and sweet and sour pork?
Wah Liao Kwe might then be your new go-to! Located in Quezon City, the business delivers Chinese food right to your home. And because they’re served in platters, it can answer the meal plan for you and your family.
I was fortunate enough to try some of their dishes, and in my opinion, they have good potential. I tried two of their dishes: their Wanton Mee Platter and their Hainanese Chicken Platter.
For me, their wanton mee platter was the more interesting dish: it’s not everyday one eats noodles topped with the greatest hits of wanton, asado, and vegetables. In most traditional restaurants, you have to choose — either noodles, wanton, or veggies, but not noodles topped with wanton, asado, AND veggies. At P1850 for a platter good for nine to ten people and P950 for a platter for four to five, the dish, for me, had an innovative spin.
The mee — Minnan for noodles — stood out in this dish. I loved how the noodles weren’t too oily, an aspect health-conscious Chinoys appreciate for sure!
When doing food reviews, I try to dissect the dish. Here, the noodles in and of itself stand out. The flavor is mild, but has a little sweetness with a little hint of chili. It’s not like plain rice that needs ulam.
When eaten with the wanton, asado, and veggies, however, the noodles become more layered. The sum of all the elements — the softness of the wanton, the salty sweet of the asado, and that healthy crunch from the veggies — will call people to want(on) for more. (Pun intended.)
However, I’ll have to be slightly more critical about the Hainanese chicken, particularly the chicken itself.
As seen in the image above, I love the colors of the dish. Both the rice and chicken have this glistening yellow shade not usually seen in all hainanese chicken dishes. The price goes for P1200 for a serving for six to eight people and P680 for a serving for three to four.
But as for the taste of the chicken, I found it quite bland. It would be difficult for it to stand on its own, which, for me, was quite unfortunate. Sauce is definitely needed. That’s perhaps the insight I’d like to give: hainanese chicken, being of course a chicken-centric dish, needs the chicken to be the star.
What I will say, however, is that the rice complements the chicken, and this should be expected. With its glistening yellow color, chicken broth-based, not too salty flavor, the rice served as a key complement of the dish. Hainanese chicken wouldn’t be hainanese chicken without the rice!
Overall, I’d say Wah Liao Kwe is definitely worth a try! We always know and eat the usual Chinese dishes in the big Chinese restaurants. Why not try something new and something fresh from the comfort of our homes?
To order, check them out on Instagram at @wahliaokwe and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/wahliaokwe
The author of this article:
Aaron covers topics that range from business and ethics to culture and philosophy. He is currently a CHiNOY TV producer, a Philippine Daily Inquirer correspondent, a Philippine Association for Chinese Studies lifetime member, and an Ateneo de Manila University Chinese Studies Program constituent. An occasional TikToker, he also loves Pokémon! Follow him on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aaron.joseph.s.medina/