Tien Ma's Taiwanese Cuisine: Xiao Long Bao and more!
I've never tried a Taiwanese food before which made my recent visit at Tien Ma's really exciting. Let's take note that Taiwan is one of the culinary centers of East Asia. These guys know their food which is why I've read a lot of good reviews about Taiwanese Cuisine, but to find that perfect restaurant that caters these best dishes is not that easy. Thankfully, Tien Ma's is here to give us all a classic taste of Taiwanese dishes.
Tien Ma's recently opened another branch at Bocobo Street, Ermita, Manila which is just a few steps away from Robinsons Manila. They currently have three branches. One at C5 Libis and the other at Retiro. According to Mr. Benzon Solmayor, Store Manager of Tien Ma's, the restaurant's name came from the family name of the very first heritage owners.
Once you enter Tien Ma's, you will be greeted by Class, pattern and color. The interior design is focused on the modern Asian look, offering an alternative to more traditional Chinese restaurants in the metro since most of these types of restaurant have a typical set up. They offer minimal decor and wider spaces perfect for bigger groups. Chairs are cozy and the arrangement of tables on the side create an essential space since most people will be passing by at the center.
More tables located at the second floor which you can use for functions or private
luncheons and dinners. They can accommodate up to 70 persons.
The menu was quite extensive but not intimidating. In fact, it's one of the most affordable restaurants I've dine in for quite some time and the food was superb.
Whenever you drop by at any Taiwanese Restaurants, the must-try will always be their
Xiao Long Bao. It's always the main star of the Menu. At Tien Ma's, they serve it for
(Php. 200/9pcs.) It only took me one bite to know how delicious it tasted.
The challenge was to eat it using the chopstick as a whole, because once you drop it in your mouth, the tasty soup will burst in your mouth together with the flavorful meat. It's quite tasty and I think I ate a number of pieces. The best dip for this is a mixture of vinegar, soy sauce and ginger strips. It was exceptionally tasty.
There are three flavors of Xiao Long Bao:
Xiao Long Bao
Xiao Long Bao Cheese
Black Mushroom with Truffle Oil Xiao Long Bao
Shrimp Fried Rice Php 200.00
Taiwan Style Fried Rice Php 200.00
My visit at Tien Ma's will not be complete without trying out their Shrimp Fried Rice and Taiwan Style Fried Rice. Both tasted really yummy and I can even eat the whole serving of it but this is in fact good for 2-3 persons. My favorite though was the Taiwan Style Fried Rice since the Taiwan sausage have that distinct taste.
Lastly, Tien Ma's Three Cup Chicken is totally a must-try. I love it paired with the Taiwan Style Fried Rice, I think it's the perfect combination or the Shrimp Fried Rice,
whichever you prefer.
The 3 cup chicken name was derived from the need to have 3 different cups of sauces to make this dish. In the olden times, they use earthenware pots to cook this. It is then cooked until the sauce is dry and the chicken has absorbed all the sauces.
For drinks, we ordered Watermelon Shake and Melon Shake. Both tasted really refreshing which will remind you of Summer any day or time of the day.
For dessert, we had Cold Taro Pearl. You can have it hot or cold. We preferred it cold
which is a good decision. Tien Ma's currently has a promo, get a FREE Taro Pearl for every P800 worth of food purchase! Available at all Tien Ma's branches. #Promo Duration: September 23-December 31, 2016!
FREE Main Dish with the choice of: Suahe w/ Sotanghon, Shredded Pork w/ Onions, Stir-Fried Tito w/ Leeks and Deep Fried intestine - with purchase of any (2) two main dishes! Promo available at Tien Ma's Bocobo branch only!
Promotion duration: October 7, 2016 - December 31, 2016
All in all, my food experience at Tien Ma's was really worth it. I will definitely go back with my family or friends and would recommend it to my fellow blog readers as well because you'll definitely get your money's worth here at Tien Ma's. They offer affordable Taiwanese Cuisine without sacrificing the quality of the food. It was indeed a delicious discovery and looks like my family will be frequenting this for days, months and years to come.
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Tien Ma's Virtual Tour:
With Blogger friend Jing Javier
Tien Ma's Taiwanese Cuisine
1253 J. Bocobo Street. Ermita. Manila
Opening Hours: 11AM-12AM (Sun - Thur), 11AM-2AM (Fri- Sat)
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