This Chinese BBQ Restaurant in Jupiter St. Serves Delicious Pastries TooMay 10, 2019
On Pepper, we’ve previously talked about how authenticity isn’t necessarily crucial to making good food. With how interconnected the world is today, we don’t mind if flavors mix and blend together, or if lines are blurred, just as long reverence and respect is paid to origins (and you’re definitely not selling your version of food as better than its inspiration). Still, it’s a treat when you find something that at least seems to be so close to the original—that you might as well be transported somewhere else.
The influx of Chinese workers in Manila has brought dozens of mainland restaurants to our shores, that are, by all intents and purposes, “authentic”. And while we’re wrestling with the moral complexity of what it means to our workers, without being intolerant and xenophobic to the people we meet, let’s try to enjoy the exciting flavors that they have contributed to our culinary scene.
One of the many new establishments we’ve seen is Shi Quan Shi Mei, a BBQ restaurant that’s made its home along Jupiter. We have been obsessed with all things Chinese BBQ lately, especially the Szechuan type, this slightly new addition has become a team favorite. Surprisingly though, it’s their other menu offerings that have us coming back; their pastries are perfect for merienda. Imagine thin, flaky pancakes torn to reveal a nuanced saucy, beef interior. Tofu which we’ve never seen the likes of before—even our lifelong Binondo resident hasn’t seen one in his childhood groceries—come dressed with spice and are extremely snackable. Pair it with their homemade soy milk, and you’ll have a new place to hang out in the afternoon.
Shi Quan Shi Mei
A barbecue restaurant with a large menu of Chinese dishes.