We ordered too much. We just had dumplings at Dong Bei not more than two hours earlier and there we were at President Grand Palace Restaurant ordering left and right. My excuse was that the Chinese dinner was in support of my daughter’s education as she was supposed to write a paper about the Chinatown trip as a component of her final exam in a History subject. Lame excuse, perhaps. Maybe, I really just missed good Chinese food.
A couple of years ago, there was rumor that President had closed. If it ever did, it’s open once more and I am very glad.
It’s the same place I remembered. Spacious dining room and Chinese colors.
I wasted no time in ordering half a duck.
The skin was carved.
And served with Chinese pancakes.
My daughter, Sam, wanted birds’ nest soup with quail eggs. So, instead of having the duck served three-way, we had it just two-way as I didn’t anymore ask that the bones be cooked as a soup dish.
The duck meat was chopped, mixed with crispy rice noodles and served with lettuce.
How to eat it? Place a couple of tablespoonfuls of the duck mixture at the center of a lettuce leaf and top with sauce. Roll the lettuce and bite. Delicious.
Of course, we had Yang Chow fried rice.
And a favorite of the girls since they were very young — fish fillets with corn sauce.
Speedy ordered pork intestines, he wasn’t content with the texture when it was served, had it sent back to be refried for extra crispiness and we were all in Chinese food heaven.
The bill was only P1,200.00. Imagine that.
Like I said, we ordered too much. We brought home the leftovers and I didn’t have to cook at all the next day.