Chowking Da King!

Last May, I knew about the Chowking’s Chinese-Style Fried Chicken Video Contest on Facebook. I immediately thought of a concept and made the shoot on May 17. Though it was a bit hard to take a video all by myself, I enjoyed doing it. I have combined various familiar expressions that would make the whole description of the product entertaining. Even though the contest had the “like” voting feature which I always avoid, I still joined because I was after the “judges’ decision” part in the criteria. I believed that my effort and creativity would be given fair credit with that aspect.

On May 31, I received an e-mail notification from Facebook that I was tagged by a friend in his post. I immediately logged in to my Facebook account and found out that the message he posted was a reply to Chowking PH’s announcement of winners for their video contest. It was only then that I realized that he tagged me to congratulate for winning the Grand Prize! I almost shouted but was able to restrain myself from doing so because I was in a public place.

I had been praying for this and even got more than what I had asked for. I was only wishing to be included as one of the runners-up and yet I got the top spot! Indeed, ask and you shall receive. As what Anna Manalastas (100 Days to Heaven) always blurts out, “Kuha mo?” I must say, “Yes, I got it! Thank you, Chowking! To God be the Glory!”

My Official Entry: "Ikaw na! Kuha mo?"
Chowking’s New Chinese-Style Fried Chicken is worth a try. It is definitely much better than their previous fried chicken recipe. It is juicier, crispier and even tastier without gravy! Although it is Chinese-style, it still has the flavor that the Filipinos always love. Try it now!

The Contest Mechanics:

Announcement of Winners:

The Runners-Up:
Maria Laarni Kabigting Berdan

Winners by Like Votes:

Choi Palace... Not Fit for Kings and Queens!

My sister wanted to treat us for lunch and we decided to go to Eastwood Mall (Libis, Quezon City) to find a new restaurant. She preferred to eat Chinese dishes so we went to Choi Palace. It was our first time to eat there and we had high expectations seeing the luxurious ambiance of the establishment.

While we were having a great time chatting, we almost forgot that it’s been 1 hour since we ordered. We also noticed that there were foreigners who came in later than us but got their orders much earlier than ours. There was a sense of discrimination. I thought maybe I should have brought my Chinese boyfriend along with us for them to extend the “special treatment” that they give to foreigners. My 5-year-old niece was already starving so we made the follow-up. It was only then that my brother-in-law was informed that one of our orders was out of stock (something like “lechon”). He didn’t complain any further and just changed that particular order. Then, it took them another 30 minutes to completely serve all our food. So, that was 1 hour and a half of hunger endurance!

Wait, there’s more! While our food was being served one by one, the waiter accidentally spilled the sauce of the shrimp with rice rolls over my brother-in-law! Whew! It’s a good thing that the sauce was not that hot. Otherwise, he would have really lost his cool. The waiter apologized but what was so disappointing (again), was the staff only gave him packets of wet tissue to wipe the mess off. Just imagine how hard it was to clean up just by using those wet tissues.

The only saving grace that time was their food. They are all delicious! I have nothing bad to say about the food quality BUT for the same taste, I can get that in other Chinese restaurants with much more EFFICIENT service and with more AFFORDABLE price.

Your food may be good but if your service sucks, it leaves a bad taste in the mouth!

Choi Palace... Your service is definitely not fit for Kings and Queens!

*Sorry, I wasn't able to take note of the dishes' names due to much hunger and annoyance.