Boon Tong Kee Philippines Review: Singaporean Restaurant in Manila

Saturdays usually mean Saturdates for Neil and me – and dates = tons of gastos. Which is why Neil and I have been talking recently about finally adulting: we’ve been planning to start saving up. To finally put this plan to action, I decided to check Metrodeal and see if we can finally start controlling our budget by buying discounted vouchers for our dinners out. I looked for restaurants in UP Town Center because that’s where we would always hang out on Saturdays (20-min drive from home and Php 20 parking fee!). I chanced upon this Boon Tong Kee Philippines restaurant voucher.

Boon Tong Kee is one of the very few Singaporean Restaurants in Manila that we know of. I had to choose between a Banana Leaf voucher or a Boon Tong Kee voucher (both in UP Town), but finally decided on the Boon Tong Kee one. We haven’t tried a lot of Singaporean Restaurants in Manila yet after all so maybe it’s time for a change. Besides, we’d already eaten there before but it was a long time ago so I was thinking why not try it again?

Boon Tong Kee Philippines – UP Town Center

Boon Tong Kee is usually one of the less crowded restaurants in UP Town Center. We decided to drop by last Saturday at around 7pm and yup, half of the place wasn’t occupied yet. The friendly staff welcomed us and prepared our table as we chose items from their menu. We had a hard time choosing (as always, because we both suck at decision making), but we finally ordered Imperial Pork Ribs, Char Siu, Hakaw, and some Chicken Rice.

They served us complimentary prawn crackers while we waited. I’m a sucker for free stuff, so plus points!

Boon Tong Kee’s Hakaw Chinese Shrimp Dumplings: Php 125 for 4 pcs
Gia’s Rating: 8/10
Neil’s Rating: 7.5/10
Boon Tong Kee Philippines Hakaw Shrimp Dumplings

Boon Tong Kee’s Hakaw Chinese Shrimp Dumplings: Php 125 for 4 pcs

After around 5-10 minutes, they served the Hakaw (Chinese Shrimp Dumplings).

Neil and I rarely order Hakaw when we eat dimsum so we weren’t quite sure of how the quality and flavor was supposed to be. For me, the wrapper was not too thick nor too thin. The dimsum was also well-steamed: no flour-y parts on the wrappers. Overall, I think the Hakaw was good. But then again, I haven’t eaten enough Hakaws in my life yet to have a super valid basis. Haha!

I love Calamansi which is why I really liked that they had Calamansi juice in a condiment container! Very handy and convenient! No need to get my fingers dirty and get OC trying to squeeze all the juice out of each Calamansi.

After around 5-10 minutes more, they finally served the Imperial Pork Ribs, Char Siu, and rice.

Boon Tong Kee’s Char Siu: Php 145
Gia’s Rating: 8/10
Neil’s Rating: 8.5/10
Boon Tong Kee Philippines Char Siu Pork Asado

Boon Tong Kee’s Char Siu (a.k.a. Pork Asado): Php 145

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