Thursday, August 25, 2011

Buffet Style: Ding Qua Qua, JY Square Cebu

Thursdate ♥ MR and I are pushing through with our plans for a weekly date just the two of us. SM and Dad stay at home babysitting each other, while my husband and I try out restaurants we want to explore. In June, I bought 2 online coupons for dinner buffet at Ding Qua Qua and until now we never had the time to use it. I had forgotten about it until I went through my emails and realized that this coupon was ending in September. This was now or never. So we went.

A first look of the buffet table. Now, let's dig in before more people start to pour in! ☺

Beef Brisket & Sweet and Sour Pork

 Patatim. It doesn't look much like it now, I knew I should have taken a picture of this before people started disassembling it!

Fish in Fragrant Sauce & Peppered Beef

Spring Roll & Beef Spring Roll. I could not tell the difference between the two. 

I'm very conscious when taking buffet pictures. So, here's the rest in a nutshell: Spicy Chicken Feet, Manduggo, Steamed Bun (to go with the Patatim), Sotanghon, Stir-Fried Mixed Vegetables, Southern Fried Chicken, Malacca Fried Rice, and Steamed Fried Rice. 

Three kinds of Siomai: Regular, Quail Egg, and Mushroom.  

Here's my first plate. I get a bit of almost everything. Malacca Fried Rice, Beef Brisket, Peppered Beef, Sweet and Sour Pork, Southern Fried Chicken, Manduggo, Chicken Feet, Sotanghon, and a Steamed Bun but no Patatim. Nothing impressionable. I liked the Malacca Fried Rice best.

MR's first plate. Unlike me, he's shy (and embarrassed to walk around with a filled plate). LOL. He's the type that will get small amounts but will go back 3-4 rounds. I got a taste of the Steamed Fried Rice and was majorly disappointed! It did not resemble the usual Steamed Fried Rice I love. This had fish tidbits too. Obviously leftovers from the fish dish I guess. MR did not go back for more too. 

We got Siomai that was already there and got another batch when it was freshly-steamed. There is a big difference!

Bird's Nest Soup. Obviously not the authentic one. This soup is a Chinese delicacy and made from a specific bird's saliva. The authentic Bird's Nest Soup is very expensive! But this was more like an Egg Drop Soup. Very watery. I left half behind. 

Of course, we went back for a second round. I tried the Stir-Fried Vegetables this time and OMG, I spit out the broccoli! It was mushy and had a horrible taste! And left a horrible after-taste too! Pweh, never again!

Buchi & Masi-like

Cucumber Salad & Dalandan Chillers

I will eat Buchi, but only its fried dough, never the inside paste. The Buchi is the darker ball, the white ball (don't know its name) tastes very similiar to Masi because of its peanut filling. It's alright. I prefer the Buchi dough. 

Nothing out of the ordinary. Could not taste the dalandan.

We attempt to go the IT Park Bazaar after dinner, but the ground is still soft from the previous days' rain. My heels could not take the pressure and almost seemed to mock me, "Better luck shopping next time. Haha."  

 So instead we grab a cup of coffee and a chocolate chip cookie at Figaro to end the date. ♥


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