ChowKing is another Filipino affordable eatery offering mainly Filipino cuisine and some Chinese fare. I sampled Chowking near Ramada (another one in Al Sadd) one fine day on 20 May 2011. I like the interior: clean, simple, and bright although the exterior is not so inviting. Parking might be a problem although you may want to park near The Centre and walk up from there. ChowKing Ramada is right behind new Ramada Hotel on the same 4-storey building with Mashreq Bank so if you drive from Ramada Junction towards Jaidah Flyover, it is on your first right small turn after Ramada.
The food is reasonably good if it can be tastier. I tried Spicy Beef Wanton Noodle Soup. Although it is served hot and fresh I found that it needed little more spices; probably just a spoon tip. My kids ordered Spring Roll Lauriat which is a combination of beef noodle, rice, spring rolls, and Indonesian onde-onde (fried glutinuous rice ball with sesame seeds). The beef noodle was as if prepared a long time ago; but the onde-onde was good.
We also ordered Chicken Supreme. Different with the regular fried chicken, it seems like the chicken is boiled and seasoned and deep fried. Chicken supreme is served with a sweet dunking sauce. I don’t like the sweet sauce though and prefer the chili sauce.
Not to be missed perhaps Chowking’s Naicha (milk tea): its sour and sweet tastes were racing each other on my tounge. I didn’t try “halo-halo” but heard that it is very popular. Halo-halo (like Indonesian Es Campur) is a popular Filipino dessert that is a mixture of shaved ice and evaporated milk to which are added various boiled sweet beans and fruits, and served in a tall glass or bowl.
Total Damage in QR (for 2 Adults 2 Children)
1 Chx Sup Half 18
1 Chopsuey W/R 16
1 Spicy Beef Wanton Noodle Soup 22
1 Spring Roll Lauriat 25
2 Naicha @10 20
1 leche Flan 5
2 Iced Lemon Tea @8 16
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