Everytime I go to UP Town Center, my default restaurant is Red Onion. You can never go wrong with this place in my opinion. What stuck to me in this Taiwanese restaurant is their menu of unlimited hand shaved noodles. Wow. Noodle lovers are in for a treat!
The first time I tried out Red Onion in 2013, they had only a few choices in their menu but in my recent dining experience, they now have quite a number of selection which is really appetizing.
Red Onion had these crispy dumplings which were interesting in form. It looks much like gyoza. I particularly enjoy eating dumplings since I feel that I can chow on them without getting that guilty as compared to eating solid carbs. 🙂 (Ok that’s what I keep telling myself, it’s not necessarily true 😛 )
For their Double Fried Sweet and Sour Pork, I liked their marinade and how it was crispy on the outside while the meat inside was tender. I think this is a safe choice and order and the kids would love eating this. This is my personal choice as a staple when ordering here as it would satisfy different tastebud preferences (except of course the vegetarians). This dish for me is the most worth the price given the serving size.
39 Spices Beef Noodle is their specialty. It is served with 1/2 beef and 1/2 tendon. You also have the choice of hand shaved or thin noodles. I liked how the flavors and spices come together in this dish, how the tendon and beef was cooked just right and it was easy to chew on. The sauce was also yummy and quite new to my tastebuds, as my husband would say, I would put it in the acquired taste list. But it was delicious nonetheless! If you ask what’s in this dish, search no more! the answer is right on the paper placemat. 🙂
Anything with chili makes me salivate! Just by looking at this dish and the chili sauce I couldn’t wait to poke my fork into it. When I finally took a bite, I must say the taste justified the presentation. The chicken was very soft to the bite. I don’t find it that spicy, maybe because I have a quite high tolerance for spicy food. I poked my fork into it several times until I got the spicy kick.
Red Onion Cafe also serves a classic Taiwanese dish, 3 Cups Chicken. 3 Cups coming from using equal ration of measurement of the 3 key ingredients which are sesame oil, Chinese rice wine and soy sauce. If I had a choice to choose only one chicken dish from their selection, I still prefer the Sichuan Mala Chicken. But that’s just me. 🙂
Also known as Chinese Spinach, the Polonchay was tasty and flavorful. It was an enjoyable veggie dish to eat though it doesn’t quite look it. It was a healthy break from all the meat.
This is 2nd of my favorite dish here in Red Onion Cafe. I believe the counterpart of this in the Chinese cuisine is the Steamed Lapu Lapu and I’m a fan of that. I loved their Ginger Mahi-mahi and I couldn’t have enough of it. It was quite expensive though at Php 398.00 and with the serving size, so I’m going to save this order on special occasions and not on a casual dining at Red Onion Cafe.
Walnut Shrimps is my absolute favorite here. It’s not really a Taiwanese dish since the owner Mark Endaya wanted to incorporate other dishes to their menu. But in any case, i loved this! It reminded me of Cereal Prawns. It had the sweet and salty flavor to it and it was really addicting. Add in the walnuts and it was perfect. 🙂 The serving though was quite small for the price but it was really worth the try and the experience. I want to have more of this the next time!
Capping off our dining experience was the Taiwanese Snow Ice which came in 2 flavors that time. I personally liked the mango. 🙂 It was actually huge, can be shared by 2-3 people. Inspite of it being shaved thinly, it didn’t melt that quickly.
I enjoyed the experience here it actually became my “comfort food” in UP Town Center. This is top of mind every time I go to that place, unless I’m feeling adventurous and want to try the others for a change. 🙂
Red Onion Cafe
UP Town Center