Dubbed as one of the world’s best-loved cuisines, the delicate yet intense flavors of Taiwanese food can now b’e found in the heart of Bonifacio Global City.
Fat Fook at BGC
Fast growing Taiwanese chain, Fat Fook announced the opening of its newest branch tucked in the heart of Bonifacio Global City in Taguig, marking the company’s 5th location in the country. Located at The Globe Tower, 32nd Street, the restaurant had a media launch lastNovember 23, taking pride in serving its genuineTaiwanese dishes.
This Taiwanese restaurant is owned and managed by the same group that operates Ramen Nagi. It was conceptualized by the group’s executive chef, Rachel Kao, who was born in Taiwan and grew up in the Philippines.
The expansion in the CBD of Bonifacio Global City is part of the brand’s development plans for this year. They also look forward to opening two or three more shops by the first quarter of next year. It comes on the heels of significant growth for Fat Fook which first opened their doors to the public in 2016. As of the time being, they don’t have any franchise shop yet, but they said they might consider it soon.
Fat Fook modern authentic Taiwanese dishes
Stemmed from the Chinese word for “Fa” (gaining”) and “Foo” (Taiwanese term which means prosperity or auspicious), Fat Fook brings out the message of“increasing luck” with their authentically good Taiwanese cooking.
Taiwanese food is a bit close to Filipino cuisine in terms of how the dishes look. But concerning flavor profile, Taiwanese dishes tend to be a bit salty, sweet, and sometimes spicy. Even if you’ve never been to Taiwan, sampling the food at Fat Fook will surely pique your culinary curiosity.
To remain modern authentic and suit the Filipino millennial palate, Fat Fook adjusts some of its dishes. However, there are certain dishes like the stinky tofu, for example, that retains its strong smell – exactly how it’s served in Taiwan. Most of the recipes are from Chef Rachel’s home, inherited from her parents and have been refined for Fat Fook. They also guarantee that the food is as close to the Taiwanese versions because the owners go to Taiwan regularly to taste and source ingredients.
Fat Fook’s cozy and inviting dining experience is an entirely value-for-money—from its warmly lit interiors to the appetizing Taiwanese meals with a twist meticulously prepared by its resident chef. The restaurant itself exudes a modern vibe but still maintains touches of Asian appeal with chromatic cherry architectural accents and porcelain bowls used as light fixtures.
Fat Fook is also quite an innovator when it comes to their food. They make sure to add something new, making it more appealing to the local palate and to the style and taste of the millennial, yet you can still find the essence of home cooking.
Fat Fook house specialties
Fat Fook is known for their house specialties like their best-selling Chicken Chops, Pork Xiao Long Bao, and Taiwan Beef Noodles. Sophisticated palates will appreciate how Fat Fook’s Chicken Chops aroma wafts up and bursts in the mouth. The crunch of the special breading, alongside the crunchiness and juiciness of the chicken, make for an exciting mix of textures. It will definitely be love at first bite; with just the right amount of breading and seasoning. With their Chicken Chops, you’llreally get to savor the unmistakably Asian flavor.
Another Fat Fook house favorite is the Oyster Omelette.This mouth-watering Taiwanese street food is a classic and has a lot of great flavors coming from the oyster, Taiwanese petchay, and the thick egg wrap. The savory sauce drizzled on top of the omelette provides an added sweet-savory umami taste and all the more makes the dish beautiful to look at.
The traditional Pork Xiao Long Bao is definitely impeccable. It surely does not disappoint. In the steaming xiao long lie broth-filled steamed pork dumplings oozing with rich and warm flavor.
Another must-try classic Taiwanese dish would be the Taiwan beef noodles. Though looks like a simple dish, the ingredients are made sure they are in their best state. The noodles are light and cooked firm but remain chewy and sweet, while the beef fork-tender almost melt-in-your-mouth with its intense flavoring.
Other interesting dishes on the menu are Taiwan Sausage, Tofu Century Egg, Beef Tendon, Black Pepper Beef, Pork Radish Soup, Oyster Misua, Truffle Xiao Long Bao, and String Beans with Minced Pork.
Fat Fook dining experience
The dining experience in Fat Fook is likewise leisurely and unhurried, just as it should be when you want to have an enjoyable meal. It’s also not unusual to spot high-powered politicians and popular celebrities dining there. But you’ll probably be enjoying your food too much to even care. Taiwan may be visa-free until July 2019, but Fat Fook assures to give you the experience of good Taiwanese cooking right at the very heart of Taguig’s business-centric city, saving you the hassle of traveling to Taiwan. Who knew Taiwanese food was this easily accessible? Thank God for Fat Fook, your tummies will surely thank you when you come and visit.
You may visit Fat Fook at The Globe Tower, 32nd Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. Opens from Sunday-Saturday, 11AM-10PM, available for dine-ins and take-outs. You may also follow them on social media on Instagram @FatFookManila and on Facebook (FatFookManila).
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