Where to Eat in Katipunan: Fat Fook Manila UP Town
One of my favorite destinations in Asia is Taiwan. And there’s a perfect reason why: the best street food in the world! Sure, some may be extra indulgent but each one is totally worth it. From mainstream faves like sausage and chicken chops to the downright exotic stinky tofu, Taiwan is indeed a foodie’s paradise. And lucky for us, we don’t have to take flight anymore to rekindle our love for these Taiwanese treats. All thanks to Fat Fook Manila – a family-style restaurant serving authentic Taiwanese cuisine. And here’s better news! They just opened their 7th store at my favorite lifestyle mall. Say hello to Fat Fook UP Town Center!
Authentic Taiwanese Eats at Fat Fook UP Town Center
Pork Xiao Long Bao (Php168.00 for 5 pcs/ Php258.00 for 8pcs)
XLB or Xiao Long Bao has always been a crowd favorite in most Chinese restaurants in the country. Probably because of the unique experience it offers – actual soup contained in our favorite dumplings. And the pork XLB also happens to be one of Fat Fook Manila’s bestsellers. Best eaten with black vinegar and ginger dip.
Taiwan Sausage (Php 328.00) – HTD Favorite!
Ever had these bad boys in Taiwan? Well they make it good at Fat Fook UP Town Center.
Skewered pan-fried Taiwan sausages garnished with fresh garlic slivers. The sweet-smokey-garlicky medley is delightfully addictive, I tell you!
String Beans with Minced Pork (Php 198.00)
Inject some veggies into your snacking diet with Fat Fook’s stir-fried beans with stewed shredded pork.
It was light yet savory at the same time.
Spicy Wanton (Php 258.00) – HTD Favorite!
If XLB isn’t really your thing, don’t sweat it. Go for the spicy wantons instead! It’s my first time tasting them at Fat Fook UP Town Center.
And I think they might just be my top favorite at Fat Fook Kitchen already! Savory pork filling in a delicate wanton wrapper, douched in a rich and mildly spiced sauce. I couldn’t resist I got 3 pieces! Super good!
Fat Fook Chicken Chops (Php 308.00)
After my first visit at Fat Fook SM North, I knew I just had had them chicken chops again. Sadly, I was disappointed with the Chicken Chops I had at Fat Fook UP Town Center.
They were dry and the meat was thicker than it should be. Not exactly the crunchy, crispy, juicy ones I’ve expected them to be. 🙁 But the flavor was still spot on and satisfying!
Taiwan Fried Rice (Php 268.00)
I’m a rice lover. Whenever I eat something flavorful and savory, I always crave to balance it off with rice. Fat Fook’s version is stir-fried mixed in with sweet-savory Taiwanese sausage and scrambled eggs. Almost a vian by itself, if you ask me.
Sweet and Sour Pork (Php 268.00)
A Chinese feast is never complete without the polarizing taste of sweet and sour. And this one’s a steal for just Php 268!
Shaved Ice Mango and Chocolate
We really wanted to taste the Mango but it wasn’t available at that time. So we opted for the Chocolate variant instead.
We loved the finely shaved ice with chocolate milk, topped with cookies, wafer sticks, and cookies.
Strawberry Milk Tea
We finished our Taiwanese feast at Fat Fook UP Town Center with their much-talked about milktea.
And I know why, a full tub of sweet strawberry milktea mixed with pears. Also available: Nata de coco, coffee jelly, pudding or grass jelly as sinkers. Then Chocolate and Taro as flavors.
Overall Dining Experience at Fat Fook UP Town Center
Overall, we enjoyed our dining experience at Fat Fook UP Town Center. Quick, affordable, and tasty Taiwanese eats. They also have a separate take-out counter for grab and go orders! Fat Fook’s 7th store is located at the 2nd floor, Phase 1A, UP Town Center, Diliman, Quezon City. Operating Hours: Mon to Sun (11am-10pm). Check out the Fat Fook Manila Facebook page for updates!
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