Sunday, December 2, 2012

Birthday Blues at Super Bowl of China

I usually get that dreaded birthday blues every year, but that feeling starts to fade the moment I see my friends...drinking, laughing and having fun! I also spend my birthdays with my family...treating them out to a special dinner so I make sure that I choose a good restaurant for us. I was not able to make any plans this year because of an unexpected incident that occurred just a few days before my birthday. I still tried my best to celebrate my "supposedly special day" by watching a movie with my friend...then dinner with my mom and son. My friend told me that the food at  Super Bowl of China is good and affordable too so I decided to give it a try. It is located at the 2nd floor of Trinoma near the entrance and fountain area. We were lucky that day because there was a "light and sounds" show that night at the fountain area. The waiter was friendly and the place looked nice, but the smoke coming from the cooking area bothered me a lot because the fan beside me ventilates it inside the restaurant.

We were given a bowl of prawn crackers or more commonly known as "kropek" while we wait for our order. We finished it up fast because we were hungry and still have to wait for around 15 minutes to get our food ready. My kid enjoyed eating kropek because it was crunchy. (camera shy..lol)


The first thing I checked out were their condiments...they got chili...check!..soy sauce...check!..and Chinese vinegar...must try!
First up was the Vegetarian Spring Roll...I was expecting to see more of a Vietnamese-style spring roll, but it was more of a  Pinoy-style spring roll...or locally known as "lumpiang prito". There are 3 pieces of spring roll cut in half served on a plate and that is already worth P95. I could have bought that for only P5 or P10 each at small eateries and they even have tofu or beef inside the spring roll...sheesh! 
I ordered Roast Chicken Toppings, which I shared with my kid thinking that they have a huge serving...but I was wrong. It was only good for one person. The chicken was dry and bland...you can't even see any chicken drippings/sauce smeared on the rice. Speaking of the rice...it was tough like it was scraped out from the bottom part of the rice cooker. The half part of the chicken was also more of bones than meat so basically my kid and I only ate 2/3 of the chicken in that little bowl.
My mom ordered Steamed Chicken and Mushroom Toppings. She was also disappointed with the taste of the chicken. She said it was quite rubbery and it has no taste at all. She gave my kid a few portion of her food while she forced herself to eat some of her dish. I tasted the chicken, and she was right so I used the condiments to add flavor to what I was eating. There were also quite a few chicken skin parts that were awful to eat. 
We were supposed to order dessert after our meal, but decided to skip that because of our bad dining experience at Super Bowl of China. I don't know if we were unlucky to choose the wrong meals...or the food there were just really not good! I was glad that my mom and kid were with me during my birthday because the food surely did not cheer me up. 

After paying our bill, I looked for something to eat that would make me smile again. We were walking towards Toys R Us and saw Red Mango.

Oh yes! The perfect solution is Red Mango...my favorite frozen yogurt with blueberry and cheesecake never fails to make me feel good. My mom and kid also love this dessert so we were all happy.  
Next year, I would definitely look and even try a restaurant first before I spend my birthday there. Lesson learned! 



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