One rainy Friday evening, Yub and I were supposed to meet up with Mareng Gail and Jun for a Chinese dinner. However due to continuous downpour, traffic was horrendous! We decided to just reschedule our date on another week. (That was here!!) It was a good thing that we did reschedule because I got out of work like 11:00pm. If I made my friends wait that long they would've dried up like prunes... Tee hee!
Anyhoo, I was still craving for something Asian that should have rice, soup, and carbs galore. So I checked many foodie blogs... Then I came upon YEN YEN. Reviews were all the same citing the food as delicious and cheap! As for me, I'm not really aware of what IS Taiwanese cuisine. The only Taiwan stuffs I know starts with F and ends with 4! All together now!!
"Oh BABY, BABY, BABY, MY BABY, BABY, mashing no shang shi tueeeh"
(sorry I don't really know the words... I just sing it like I hear it)
By the way, I was ACHING to make that F4 intrusion. I'm a fan... F4 forever! Wohoo!
Goooing back to YEN YEN, my husband and I decided to give this place a try since we always passed by this tiny restaurant in P. Guevarra. And boy oh boy (ala Mickey Mouse) were we surprised with the food!
YEN YEN! Your favorite noodles and chops stations!
Yen yen you're assuming ah... Or were you able to see into the future that we will like your resto?
I'm really clueless as to what specifically Taiwanese cuisine comprises of. So I just checked the pictures and chose what my little heart desires...
They have this big picture on display of their specialties! Good for newbies like me!
The restaurant was small but it was cozy and comfortable. We were lucky that there were a lot of available tables that night. I read in blogs that Yen Yen is usually full. Maybe it is because of the weather-weather out there.
First on my list... the SPICY WANTON (P88/6pcs). I love everything spicy but I usually cannot order hot dishes since my husband (as usual) detests anything that will figuratively burn his tongue. But this time, even if I HAVE to finish this by my lonesome, I WILL order this. I have been a fan of spicy wantons especially after I tried it in MIEN SAN (no entry yet)
... and this dish did not disappoint! I LOVED it! After mixing the chili oil with the steamed wantons I took a huge bite and felt all that glorious kick in my mouth. Everything was just flavorful, juicy, with the right amount of spice that will be toned down by spoonfuls of rice. OH YEAH....
I AM in wanton heaven!
Since it was raining, Yub ordered their WONTON SOUP (P58). We only wanted something light ergo, no noodles, just soup.
TEAM YAP had mixed reactions to the soup. Personally, the more toppings the better. I don't really mind that you dumped a whole salad bar in my soup because I find it more "satisfying" to slurp and finish.
My husband however, did not like that it had too much add ons... Too much tenga ng daga, too much egg, too much greens... So he just spooned over clear soup into his bowl.
If you ask me, I'd order it again. If you ask my husband, he would probably order it just because he loved me.
I may be forgetful a lot of times but I distinctly remember asking the waitress how many eaters their fried rice is good for. And she chirped "POR 2 MAM!! GUD POR 2!!"
Okay then, 1 order of your TAIWAN SPECIAL FRIED RICE (P128.00)
And THIS arrives....
It's GINORMOUS!!! I mean, this would even be good for 5 people!!! The serving was that huge! We were so surprised that I wanted to put the servers face into this dish ("Ah por 2 pala ah? Eto sa yo!") Oops just kidding... H ah ah ha!
The husband was traumatized that the fake pose and smile never left him.
Anyway, the fried rice was good. The seasonings they used to fry it with was very mild but it definitely complimented our other orders. Its just unfortunate that we are TRYING to diet, so we took 3/4's of this dish home. However, I did consume 2 cups of it when I swore I would only have a half cup of rice come night time... So we will order this again...
... when there's 5 of us!!
They did say in their meynuh that they are the CHOPS STATION so we ordered their TAIWAN PORK CHOPS (P78 per piece).
We loved the crunch, the tenderness of the pork, and the juiciness of the meat. While eating we kept on commenting that this is a dish our kids will definitely like.
I guess they pounded this baby real good because it was oh so tender. You would just have to get over that nice crunch when you take a wolf bite! Yum!!!
I think we wiped this out, and sucked the bones dry.
Poor babe! He he he he!
So this is our table...
We will definitely drop by YEN YEN to enjoy their very cheap but yummy Taiwanese grub. Hopefully next time, I'll be hearing F4 music in the back ground.
"Don't stop... ask for more..."
Sorry had to put that in again..
YEN YEN TAIWANESE STREET FOODWilson St. corner P. Guevarra St.,
1500 San Juan, Philippines (945-4389)