It used to be a big but empty house along Marcos Highway as you approach the busy Masinag Intersection in Antipolo City. As far as old timers can remember, that structure has been there since the early 80s. It was massively built but unoccupied. And rumor had it, then, that it was owned by a high ranking military officer close to the powers that be. But that remained as such -- unconfirmed. The place had not been useful or productive until renovation was done recently. It was converted into a restaurant. A Chinese restaurant with a very familiar name: Yang Chow Dim Sum and Tea House.
The Chinese name Yang Chow has been associated with the delicious fried rice served in almost all Chinese restaurants. As one enters the restaurant, a wall painting is noticeable at the south side where one learns where the name of the restaurant really was derived. It was taken from YangZhou, a city in Mainland China. Noticeable too are the beautiful Chinese lanterns which enhance the over-all ambiance of the place. The ceiling is high and the air conditioners are blowing really cold. Very cold. The Tea House is spacious.
Yang Chow serves delicious dim sum and congee. If one likes noodles, there is a broad array to choose from. Dim sum, naturally, is prepared in small-sizes for easy biting which usually includes steamed or fried dumpling and rice rolls with bits of meat or shrimp. Congee is porridge served hot. And all these food items are served with Chinese tea. For free. I am referring to the tea. For some, these can be the meal itself while others consider them as appetizers. Dim Sum means "touch the heart".
Yang Chow Tea House serves Hongkong Cantonese dishes such as Soy Chicken, Salt and Pepper Squid, Beef Brocolli, Steamed Fish Fillet & Hot & Sour Soup. The choices look endless. And the prices are reasonable. Service is generally good. Waiting time for food to be served is about 20 minutes. There is free parking but the slots are almost always occupied which is an indication that Yang Chow is attracting a lot of diners. And the way I look at it, Yang Chow is here to stay. For many years to come.
|Yang Chow is along Marcos Highway in Antipolo City.|
|Two figurines greet guests at the entrance.|
|Background of resto|
|Attractive paper lanterns|
|Yang Chow Tea House is spacious.|
|Waiting time is about 20 minutes.|
|Good for family gatherings|
|Birthday boy Andre|
|Free unlimited tea|
|Shark's fin dumpling|
|Hot and Sour Soup|
|Special Birthday Noodles|
|Steamed Fish Fillet|
|Salt and Pepper Squid|
|Food served really hot|
|Inviting and tempting|
|Function room for big groups|
|Clean as a whistle|