LIDO COCINA TSINA OPENS IN LA FUERZA MAKATI

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LIDO COCINA TSINA OPENS IN LA FUERZA MAKATI

Chinese cuisine and its people have been close to me.  My whole career life has been associated with the Chinese community – in Quezon City, Binondo and now Makati City.

Binondo has been home to me for quite some time.  Being the world’s oldest Chinatown, the streets were already a hub of Chinese commerce even before the Spanish colonial period.  As the center of commerce and trade of Manila, all types of businesses managed by Filipino-Chinese thrived for centuries.

In 8 decades, there is Lido Cocina Tsina.  In celebration of its 80th year, they have opened a new branch at La Fuerza Makati.  From the quaint streets of Binondo, the culinary brand now invades the towering modern edifices of Makati City.


In the opening of its 15th branch, we are fortunate to have been invited for a feast.  And despite the drizzle, we came in time.  Known as the home of Chinese Pugon-Roasted Asado, it is but fitting that we try the said specialty.

Along with Pugon Roasted Asado (PhP295.00 for 1/4 kg), we sampled on other best-sellers: Manchurian wings (PhP295.00), 16-spiced Shantung Pork (PhP275.00) and the Drunken Lechon Macau (PhP290.00).

LIDO COCINA TSINA OPENS IN LA FUERZA MAKATI

Basting a succulent loin of pork, Mr. Lido, a Cantonese chef, developed his own secret recipe of asado, known as Lido’s Pugon Roasted Asado.  Roasted in an old-fashioned brick oven (pugon) using firewood, the marinated loin was well-accepted by the Filipino community that it has been passed on and loved from one generation to another and continues to be a best-seller even as we taste it.  The recipe is now 70-years old.

LIDO COCINA TSINA OPENS IN LA FUERZA MAKATI

Another pork best-seller is the 16-spice Shantung pork.  Shantung cuisine is a cooking style from the eastern province of Shandung in China and considered one of the most influential East Asian cuisines.  The pork chop is seasoned with 16 kinds of spices ranging from mild to tasty spice concoction. 

LIDO COCINA TSINA OPENS IN LA FUERZA MAKATI

Druken Lechon Macau is my favorite.  The pork is immersed in premium flower wine and other spices that provides a balance of flavors.  Surprisingly, the carefully chosen pieces of pork belly are cured for 60 hours.  For that long hours of preparation, it is definitely worth the wait.

LIDO COCINA TSINA OPENS IN LA FUERZA MAKATI

And of course, our table wouldn’t be complete without a chicken dish.  It’s everyone’s favorite after all.  The Lido’s Manchurian Chili Wings boasts a gingery oriental sauce that is both pleasantly spicy and sweet.  It offers a unique taste of chicken wings.

LIDO COCINA TSINA OPENS IN LA FUERZA MAKATI
Photo by: Lakad Pilipinas

In a typical Chinese restaurant ambiance but with less intimidation, the dining experience at Lido Cocina China was rather casual yet fun.  The relaxing vibe and the oriental decors as interior even made the feast festive in an East Asian culinary perspective. 
 
LIDO COCINA TSINA OPENS IN LA FUERZA MAKATI

LIDO COCINA TSINA- LA FUERZA MAKATI
Unit 6 & 7 La Fuerza Plaza 2 Chino Roces Avenue
corner Sabio Streets, Makati City
Business Hours: 7:00am-11:00pm
Breakfast: 7:00am-11:00am


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