Xtra Ordinary Cantonese Kitchen
Co-owner Jan Vyliam Tan who grew up in a Chinese kitchen together with his brother Justin are only one of the many generations of their family cooking up the delights of Cantonese cuisine at its finest.
XO Kitchen in Makati was inspired by the ever famous Chinese sauce: XO sauce. The XO sauce was developed in the early 80’s in Hong Kong. Made from roughly chopped dried seafood such as scallops and shrimp, seasoned and cooked with heaping amounts of chili, garlic and preserved in oil. Since the generic XO sauce has been mass produced in such a way that it can be ever ready in our local supermarket, extenders are added to make it more affordable. But XO kitchen’s XO sauce is quite different. Today, Jan and Justin have modernized the take on the XO sauce: Fresh ingredients, 100% scallops, shrimp and other seafood making worth your P 450.00/bottle purchase.
XO Sauce: Php 450.00
XO Kitchen focuses on Hong Kong style cooking with fresh Cantonese ingredients that will surely fit your budget. It’s situated in Jupiter street and most of the customers who are out and about XO are office employees who are on a budget but does not sacrifice ambiance and offcourse, quality and taste of food.
We got to try their best sellers! (Heard the dimsum was also great but we visited when the kitchen was closed and dimsum still not prepared)
XO Kitchen Beef Special – Php230.00
It was quite unfair for me to take photos while the awesome aroma told me to dig my face in already. I’m such a big beef fan! Actually, I can’t seem to find a good place to have really tender, off the bone texture of beef. It seems so extravagant just thinking how the meat of this was cooked. Also, the stereotype of Chinese dishes for it to be too salty or MSG abused wasn’t the case. It was pure, simple beef. Cooked in a manner of how beef should be cooked: slow and simple.
Yangchow Fried Rice – Php120.00
If I’m not mistaken—and exaggerative: a million herbs/spices were cooked in this YangChow.
A lot of which were mixed together with seasoned pork. I’m not (or I choose not to be) a fan of carbohydrates unless they are in fact comfort food. Well, this was very comforting.
3 thumbs up!
XO Kitchen Beef Special – Php230.00
Another one of XO’s best sellers is this Beef Special. Frankly, I’m contented with anything with soup on a rainy day. Top it off with slow cooked tender beef and it is surely therapy for the cold weather or just simply the hungry. What distinguished XO’s Beef Special with other soup based noodle entre here in Manila is the broth itself. You can tell it was made from scratch (not the sachet packs of MSG of which you just add water and—calories) & to top it off: some prawn wantons (which was the best part)
Ferrero Buchi – Php 120.00
Dessert time! Buchi balls are traditionally made of rice flour, sugar, red bean paste and sesame seeds which are all dumped in piping hot oil. The modern kitchen of XO added one very special ingredient: Ferrero Rocher chocolates to each buchi. How awesome is that? Imagine hot soft exteriors with a very rewarding center of gooey nutella chocolate and the ever popular nut of Ferrero. Jan tell us it’s quite pricey for a 3 piece Buchi, which is the case. Since their desserts starts at Php38.00.It’s definetely worth it though.
When In Manila, you need to come get your Chinese food craving satisfied at the XO Kitchen in Makati. It’s definitely a place to have a fulfilling meal. Oh and be sure to try the XO Sauce which is what started this restaurant in the first place! It will really satisfy your sweet tooth in so many levels. Do be careful though, you’re pretty likely to get a food coma from XO Kitchen if you ever do pay them a visit!
Located at 134 Jupiter St., Bel-Air 2, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Deliveries: (02) 519-1238
Xtra Ordinary Cantonese Food at the XO Kitchen in Makati
Written by: Marita “McQueen” Galvez.