Tipple & Slaw’s Francis Lim Takes on Asian-Western Food at Sup? ChowFebruary 4, 2019
The Filipino stomach has a soft spot for Asian (in particular, Chinese) cuisine, as is evident in the large-scale roles the said cuisine has played in shaping Filipino food today. Nav and Tipple & Slaw’s Francis Lim knows this by heart, himself being of part-Chinese descent and having grown up eating Chinese dishes at home. At Sup? Chow, Lim gives us a taste of the flavors of his youth, but given more modern and casual twists that are just as apt for a family feast as it is on a Friday night out with the gang.
Lim describes Sup? Chow’s food as a “Western take on Asian cuisine”—but a glance at the menu reveals familiar parts and dish formats that immediately signal comfort. Think rice bowls, noodles, bite-sized appetizers, dumplings, and more, mostly of an East Asian backbone but with the occasional appearance of trend-setter ingredients such as truffle. What stands out for us are their Scallion Pancakes: house-made pancakes that bring to mind crepes with their thinness, but come topped with your topping of choice (we love the Fried Chicken, brushed with homemade miso and topped with greens) and eaten with a taco. Full of flavor and a variety of textures, each bite is a party in the mouth, best paired with one of their refreshments like the Mango Sago or the Frozen Thai Milk Tea.
Western takes on Asian cuisine by Francis Lim.