Wednesday, October 1, 2008

A Halal Chowking?... (Chowking Mall Ciputra branch)

Chowking at Mall Ciputra

For Filipinos, Chowking is a market leader in the Chinese fast food industry. I love their sweet-and-sour pork and asado siopao (char siu pork buns). During my recent trip to Indonesia I found out that Chowking already invaded the capital with several branches in Jakarta's malls. But of course as Indonesia is the world's most populous Muslim country it is expected for Chowking to sell the Halal version of its offerings. Obviously, you can't find pork siomai and my favorite sweet-and-sour pork there. I haven't tried the chicken siomai and the Chicken Supreme. I forgot the name of what I tried because of its Indonesian translation. I would really like to try the "es salju campur" a.k.a. halo-halo here in the Philippines but I am so full when I finished all what I ordered (take note, I ate what is pictured below barely 3 hours after eating a buffet breakfast at the hotel).

What is my verdict about the food I ate at a Chowking in Jakarta? Even the soup does not taste the same as the one here in the Philippines. The kangkong doesn't have a bagoong (shrimp paste) with it instead they will give you toasted garlic to top it off. The beef was marinated and cooked like tapa, a little sweet with a hint of sourness, topped with toasted sesame seeds. In other words, I love it!

21 comments:

Asian Traveler said...

I've never been a big fan of Chowking except for their halo-halo. The way you describe the food, I wish we could have it here in the Philippines.

Anonymous said...

saptulura2dy>

hinde na ba lasang medyas yung free soup?

Share my point of view... said...

Delicious & mouth-watering dish! Wish I could taste that!

Carlota said...

kegler, i posted the information you need on grandprix on my fuente pension blog. weeee

kegler747 said...

@ asian traveler: I must admit that what I ate in Chowking Jakarta tastes better ;)

kegler747 said...

@ saptulura2dy: Hindi naman lasang medyas. Malinamnam naman sya :)

kegler747 said...

@ share my point of view: Who knows, Chowking might open a branch in Malaysia.

Carlota said...

Kegler,
here's the information you need:
Grandprix tel # (032) 2549169 / 0923 4543901
website: www.granprixhotels.com
Email: granprixeconotels@yahoo.com

Rates in pesos:
Standard = 899.00
Superior = 999.00
De luxe = 1399.00
Family = 1599.00
Suite Room = 1999.00

Share my point of view... said...

I do hope they have one in Singapore. Traveling tomorrow.

kegler747 said...

@ carlota: Thanks so much for the info.

kegler747 said...

@ share my point of view: I don't think so that Chowking will be opening a branch in the island state.

the donG said...

meron ngang ganyan.

Jowell said...

Wow! Chowking in Indonesia. Tony is really invading the world this his fastfood empire!Haha.

Uy, want an ex-link?

Ces said...

Hmmm, I love the chowking bagoong here in Philippines. Too bad they don't have that in Jakarta.

kegler747 said...

@ the dong: hehehe :)

kegler747 said...

@ jowell: i love and proud to see a Filipino owned restaurant overseas.

kegler747 said...

@ ces: di ko matandaan ang lasa ng bagoong sa Chowking ;) matikman nga mamaya.

Rintjez said...

Haha, welcome to Indonesia!! Everything should be halal!

I know the taste is so different!!

kegler747 said...

@ rintjez: Even the taste is different I love it! :)

dodong flores said...

Hi, Carlo. Pareho pala tayong mahilig sa sweet-and-sour pork and asado siopao ng Chowking :)

witchkitty said...

haha! I always did eat at the Mal Ambassador Branch, Jakarta and they also know how to speak in Filipino! Good to hear they've expanded in Ciputra.