Category: China

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Yummy, chewy butchi balls

The more we tried to explain, the more confused she became. My friend finally asked for pen and paper and drew balls with sesame seeds all around then showed it to her. The waitress’ face lighted up and she said “Oh, sesame balls. Yes.” Sink your teeth into one of my all-time Chinese delectable treats—those crunchy-on-the-outside but soft-in-the-inside dough balls called buchi, or sesame balls. Sesame rice balls...

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Ahh those (siopao) buns

One of the tempting displays at any shelf in a fastfood or restaurant that always catches my attention are those white steamed, meat-filled buns which is a popular food item in the Philippine and Chinese culture. These are called siopao. Siopao literally means “steamed bun” and it the Philippine version of the Cantonese steamed bun called cha siu bao. Siopao is sold in the streets in the Philippines,...

LF Restaurant: Your 24/7 food stopover in CK
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LF Restaurant: Your 24/7 food stopover in CK

  WHEN hunger strikes at ungodly hours of the night or anytime during the day, finding a restaurant that’s open time can be quite a challenge on island. If you are in Chalan Kanoa, check out this little food outlet named LF Restaurant. Skipping breakfast and lunch on Saturday, I was already getting dizzy with hunger at about 8 p.m. when I picked up fellow reporter Junhan at...

Guangzhou Restaurant: An all-night diner in Garapan
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Guangzhou Restaurant: An all-night diner in Garapan

TUCKED in between apartments and business establishments on one of the narrow streets in Garapan is a little Chinese diner. With very few restaurants open at night,  Guangzhou Restaurant with its red and white brick-designed façade has become one of the favorite destinations of late diners. I’ve been to this place time and again in the past and hunger once again brought me there on Saturday evening. It...

Dining at Pretty Kitchen
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Dining at Pretty Kitchen

FOR a hungry individual, the bright multicolored lights at this building’s façade is not an enticing welcome — it looks more like a club/bar. But push the doors and you’ll be surprised at what the newly opened Pretty Kitchen in Garapan offers. If I had not heard that Pretty Kitchen was serving lunch and dinner, I would not had ventured there last Saturday night. A jolly food staffer...

Dragon Garden Delicacies: Saipan's new destination for Chinese food
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Dragon Garden Delicacies: Saipan's new destination for Chinese food

ShareTweet A FRIEND invited me to this newest Chinese restaurant at the back of DFS Galleria in Garapan during it opening night last Tuesday but I was only able to drop by on Saturday night. I was expecting Dragon Garden Delicacies to be like other Chinese restaurants on Saipan — rich gold and yellow or red table cloths and curtains with round tables dominating the dining area, and...

Canton Restaurant: Your authentic Chinese kitchen in the island
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Canton Restaurant: Your authentic Chinese kitchen in the island

SERVING sumptuous food to the community for the past 28 years and counting is more than enough reason to check out Canton Restaurant in Garapan to check what keeps them going, and what keeps the diners going back for more. A famous destination for authentic Chinese food, Canton Restaurant prides itself on maintaining a wide selection of Chinese favorites for its daily lunch buffet for $8 from Monday...

LinDeXuan: Bringing you a taste of authentic Chinese cuisine
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LinDeXuan: Bringing you a taste of authentic Chinese cuisine

MY quest for a place to eat on Friday noon brought me and two buddies to this newly opened restaurant at Middle Road The place was easy to find, with multi-colored ribbons hanging outside to announce its opening. We decided to stick to the familiar and opted for the Lin De Xuan executive plates, or rice plates. Browsing the typewritten menu briefly, I settled for a plate of...

Dynasty Court: A taste of authentic Cantonese cuisine
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Dynasty Court: A taste of authentic Cantonese cuisine

DYNASTY Court-Chinese Cuisine at the Tinian Dynasty Hotel & Casino offers the only first class Chinese dining experience  in the commonwealth. Dynasty Hotel & Casino general manager Tom Liu invited me and a buddy recently to one of the VIP rooms named after the different Chinese dynasties for a dinner which he said defined  real, traditional and authentic Cantonese cuisine. Among the restaurant’s most popular dishes are deep...

Mura Ichiban: Your all-night food shack
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Mura Ichiban: Your all-night food shack

FINALLY, here’s a new destination in Garapan if you get hungry during the most unearthly hours of the night, or if you want to just hang out for a few drinks. Fat rain drops dripping down the windshield of my buddy’s van put a stop to our driving around on Saturday evening to look for a place to have a late dinner. It was almost 10 p.m. and...