Dimsum time at Jade Garden, International District, Seattle

Touchdown Seattle!

After three years, I’m back in the Evergreen State for a much-needed and well-deserved (if I do say so myself) vacay! And even better, I’ve got the whole fam with me in this US adventure.

And being Jellybeans (see what I did there?), the family’s vacay will not be complete without some food trips here there.

So which Seattle establishment did the brood try on our first few hours in the city?

Well, my bro treated us to one of his favorite Chinese dimsum haunts: Jade Garden in the International District.

Having stepped out of the airport quite late last night, we were lucky that this restaurant was still open. It’s a small casual dining Chinese restaurant where, for a relatively large party such as ours, the food is served on the lazy susan on the lazy susan on top of the table. Hot tea was also provided while we waited for our orders.

Jade Garden, Seattle

Jade Garden, Seattle

Jade Garden, Seattle

Our meal consisted of:

Minced Beef Soup Westlake Style. Traditionally, soup is served last during a Chinese meal but we requested that it be served first. This soup is made of tofu, minced beef, thinly slice shiitake mushrooms and coriander in a steaming hot starchy broth. Quite a wonderful way to warm our tummies this chilly spring evening!

Jade Garden, Seattle

Salted Fish and Chicken Fried Rice. A flavorful rice dish that complemented the viands we ordered. Did you know that the earliest record of fried rice appeared in the Sui dynasty? Stir-frying rice in garlic and soy sauce with meat and vegetables was thought to be a way to re-use leftovers from previous meals into a new hot dish.

Jade Garden, Seattle

Mongolian Beef. Strips of tender beef sauteed in a mildly spicy (as we requested) sauce of onions and chilis.

Jade Garden, Seattle

Fish Fillet with Roast Pork Hot Pot. One of the resto’s off-menu daily specials, it has quite a lot of everything: fish, pork, tofu, mushroom and veggies.

Jade Garden, Seattle

Deep-fried Stuffed Shrimp Tofu. A variation of Hubby’s favorite crispy-on-the-outside, creamy-on-the-inside battered tofu dish, this one has a plump piece of shrimp that adds to the flavor and texture of the dish.

Jade Garden, Seattle

Steamed Pork Siumai, Steamed Shrimp and Scallop Dumplings and Steamed Pork Buns. These steamed dimsum fare are quite familiar to us since they have counterparts back home.

Jade Garden, Seattle

Jade Garden, Seattle

Jade Garden, Seattle

The food was served promptly by friendly and helpful wait staff. The servings are quite large and we had some leftovers which we heated up for an unusual yet still tasty breakfast the next day.

All in all, it was a nice welcoming meal for the fam!

Jade Garden is located at 424 7th Avenue South, International District, Seattle 98104, open Mondays to Thursdays from 9am to 2.30am, Fridays to Saturdays from 9am to 3.30am and Sundays from 9am to 1am. For inquiries and reservations, call +1 206 6228181.

For more details, visit www.jadegardenseattle.com.

Jade Garden Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato  

Affordable Chinese Food at Greyson’s Dimsum and Noodle House, Mother Ignacia

Feeling a bit adventurous and finding myself without my usual lunch buddies, I decided to try out the newly opened dimsum and noodle place near my office.

It’s really a hole-in-the-wall, a cozy (almost cramped) self-service eatery along Mother Ignacia Avenue.  I suggest you head on over here for lunch a bit early as it tends to get full of diners really fast.  In fact, I almost didn’t have anywhere to sit; it’s a good thing I was able to spot some coworkers who were already dining there and allowed me to sit with them.

Given the really affordable pricing, I actually went a bit crazy with my orders (takaw-mata, anyone?): Spareribs with rice (Php85), Pork and Shrimp Siomai (Php45) and  Quail Egg Siomai (Php35).  I didn’t get to finish my rice toppings and quail egg siomai as I got too full.  Still, it was a filling lunch at less than Php200 so I can’t complain.

If you want a quick, fuss-free and affordable meal, this place might just be your best bet.

Greyson’s Dimsum & Noodle House Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Quick Chinese Food at Le Ching, Tomas Morato

I decided to accompany a coworker who had a sudden craving for noodles and dimsum.  Since this brand of Le Ching Tea House is some short distance from our office, we took our lunch here.

My friend ordered a hearty Wanton Noodle Soup (Php165) and Siomai (Php105) while I got myself a Spare Ribs rice topping (Php168) and an order of Taro Puff (Php119).

I found the viand portion of the rice topping a bit short; it more made up of bones rather than meat.  The taro puffs were served piping hot and tasted as good as I expected.

Similar to its Greenhills branch, this Le Ching branch boasts no frills or fancy decor; just tables and chairs and a lone server.  Its interiors are sparse to the point of being a bit dingy.

However, to those who grew up on the taste of its Chinese food offerings, Le Ching is adequate for their cravings.

This branch is located Timog corner Mother Ignacia Street, Quezon City.

Le Ching Tea House Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Want to try some recipes today? There’s no need to leave home to shop for ingredients.  With Honestbee, just order your groceries online and you’ll get them delivered right at your doorstep at your preferred time. Use this referral link and get Php500 off for a minimum spend of Php2,500.  You can download the Honestbee app on iTunes or Google Play.

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Chinese restos like Hap Chan are great for family dinners

I took my folks here for a nice family dinner. I always say that Chinese restos are great for family dinners because the viands are served family style which encourage sharing and bonding. We ordered our favorite Chinese food:- Hot and Sour Soup (my mom says it helps with her colds) 

– Yang Chow Fried Rice (is a visit to a Chinese resto complete without ordering Yang Chow?)

 – Pork Ribs with Salt and Pepper (nicely seasoned)

 – Beef Steak Chinese Style (very tender with a sweet-savory flavor)

 – Pork Siomai

 – Birthday Noodles


The flavors meshed well together. As the servings were large, even when our original party of five grew to seven, we left the place with full bellies. The food were reasonably priced, too (I spent less than P2,000).


 The place is clean with bright red and white decor but not at all off-putting. The servers were polite and accommodating.

Check it out on Zomato!