Banawe in Quezon City is home of many Taiwanese and Chinese restaurants. So it’s not a surprise when we saw a huge crowd during our lunch date at Tien Ma’s one Saturday morning. Tien Ma’s is located along Retiro next to Mc Donalds and in front of Goldilocks. They are offering traditional Taiwanese dishes and desserts. One of their best-sellers are the Xiao Long Bao (P200), which we found out to be much cheaper compared to other restaurants. Not only that, Tien Ma’s serves different flavors of Xiao Long Bao, must-try is the truffle oil.
We started with a hot bowl of Taiwan Style Beef Noodles. Served in a bowl of flavorful broth with chunks of tender and juicy beef. The noodles was cooked just fine. Next, we had the Xiao Long Bao in original and truffle oil variants. Served with ginger dip and soy sauce.
For the mains, we ordered Three Cups Chicken, Stir-fried pork with onion and sesame seeds and Pork Stew with Muy Chay. The chicken was very flavorful and tasty. The skin was a bit crunchy while the meat tender and juicy. We also like the stir-fried pork that looks like pork adobo. It was also very flavorful. But the prawns in salted egg stands out, highly recommended.
We are quite familiar with the dessert offerings of most Taiwanese restaurants. We had the usual buchi, mango sago, almond jelly lychee and coffee jelly. Since most of their dishes are affordable, you can have more than one dessert. We also tried Tien Ma’s Salted Egg Custard Bun which turned out to be Mrs. Uy’s favorite dessert for the day.