Kowloon House
Kowloon House, West Ave., Quezon City

Q.C. was where I spent my grade school years and there are numerous places that I remember from my past that I now have no idea if they still exist.

Special occasions meant special places to eat. One of them was the Kowloon House over at West Ave. I had always craved for siopao from Kowloon House ever since I was pregnant with Maia (never did get any at the time since we lived in Guadalupe Nuevo then and had no idea if the Kowloon House still existed).

One night a couple of weeks ago, Sam and I met after work near Quezon Ave and he decided to take me to Mister Kabab, a place he’d long been telling me about. When we got to Mister Kabab the place was packed, and there was a waiting line a kilometer and a half long at the entrance. I looked around for an alternative, and there it was, just a couple of stones’ throws away, it’s big red neon sign still as bright as I remembered it during my childhood.

Birds’ Nest Soup and Tea
Birds’ Nest Soup and Tea

It was just for supper, and we were both watching our food intake, but there’s no denying we had to have the birds’ nest soup with quail eggs. To me no meal at a Chinese restaurant is complete without birds’ nest soup. That and a pot of jasmine tea and the handle-less white cups that you drank it from.

Broccoli in Oyster Sauce
Broccoli in Oyster Sauce

One thing that may prove difficult to do in a Chinese restaurant is to adhere to my no-rice diet, but one look at the menu told me I had to have the Broccoli in Oyster Sauce. Is oyster sauce fattening? I didn’t know and I didn’t care at the time.

Fish and Vegetable Stir-Fry
Fish and Vegetable Stir-Fry

Sam stuck to his no red meat meals and ordered the fish and vegetable stir-fry, of which I had a couple of pieces. Yummy.

The waiters looked like they’d been there ever since the restaurant first opened, mild mannered and middle-aged they knew how to converse with the diners in addition to serving the food with remarkable courtesy.

It’s places like this that really remind me of how things were when I was young, before fast food and lining up at the counter ever became the norm.

Places in my past (Part 1)

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2 thoughts on “Places in my past (Part 1)

  1. Hi acey,

    That is very very good news to me, the broccoli, I mean. We lived in Iligan from 2004 to 2005 and broccoli was always part of the pamalengke list, since fresh vegetables in Iligan are almost as cheap as they are in Baguio. Unfortunately here in Manila I only get to eat them in restaurants — there’s no broccoli to be had in the nearby talipapa and the ones I see in the supermarkets cost far too much.

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