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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Wee Nam Kee: Yellow Chicken Festival for Limited-Time Offer

Who doesn't love chicken? Definitely not me, especially if it's prepared Hainanese-style by Wee Nam Kee. However, earlier this month, I got to taste something even better. Sure, it's still chicken and it's still from the same Hainanese chicken rice shop from Singapore. But trust me, you wouldn't want to miss the Yellow Chicken Festival!
Wee Nam Kee Hainanese and Roasted Chicken

If you've already dined at Wee Nam Kee, then you already know how good their Hainanese chicken is, as well as their other food offerings. But lucky us, Wee Nam Kee didn't just stop there and wanted Filipino diners to sample more exquisite chicken goodness. That's why from May 1 to June 30, 2013, Wee Name Kee is holding the Yellow Chicken Festival at their Serendra, Bonifacio Global City and Glorietta 2 branches where they'll be offering Yellow Chicken imported all the way from Malaysia.

Inside Wee Nam Kee Glorietta Tables at Wee Nam Kee Glorietta
Wee Nam Kee at Glorietta 2
Wee Nam Kee Glorietta Function Room
Wee Nam Kee Glorietta 2 has a function room for meetings, parties, etc.
I had the privilege to get a taste of the Yellow Chicken Hainanese-style, both the roasted and the steamed version, even before the start of this limited-time offer. And I can't stress how much better this tasted than regular chicken! I was told that Yellow Chicken is the equivalent of Wagyu (beef) and Kurobuta (pork) in the chicken world. It's juicier, more tender, more succulent and more flavorful which speaks of its premium quality.

Wee Nam Kee Hainanese Steamed and Roasted Chicken
Personal Set (P168); Small (P388); Medium (P768); Large (P1,488)
I was also shown a side-by-side comparison between the regular chicken and the Yellow Chicken. The brown ones are roasted, while the lighter-colored ones are steamed. Notice that the Yellow Chicken is bigger than the regular chicken? The skin is yellower too, and said to be thicker with additional fat content that makes it more succulent, which it owes to its secret high protein diet primarily composed of corn.

Size comparison of normal chicken and yellow chicken
Comparison of regular chicken and the Yellow Chicken (roasted and steamed)
Although I still love my regular chicken dishes, I don't think I'll ever miss ordering the Yellow Chicken when I find myself again at Wee Nam Kee. Well, not until the Yellow Chicken Festival is over. Both the roasted and the steamed ones tasted so good. They were so meaty, so succulent and just amazing, especially after being boiled in Wee Nam Kee's flavorful stock. I can seriously eat the meat even without condiments. But of course, I still enjoyed savoring the Yellow Chicken with pounded ginger, chili sauce, dark soya sauce and a spoonful of the chicken rice.

Honey Crispy Squid P350

And since we're already at Wee Nam Kee, why skip ordering the other good stuff? So to complete our late lunch, we also had the Honey Crispy Squid (P350). Even though I'm not much of a fan of items infused with honey sauce, I can say that this, I like! The squid pieces were slightly crispy and chewy, coated with a sweet and savory sauce. I enjoyed eating it with rice, but I found it even better to munch it on its own.

Cereal Prawns 4 pcs P395

We also tried the Cereal Prawns (P395 per 4pcs.) which are seriously so good! While the prawns weren't exactly fried as thorough as I would've wanted (I didn't find the shells edible this time), the aroma and the flavors were just spectacular. The cereals were a little sweet and milky, and went perfectly with the prawns. Every bite felt like cereal prawn heaven, and I wish I won't have to wake up! But of course, it had to come to an end. Good thing though, the cereals were good even on their own. I ate them as is (Papakin daw ba?), and even combined them with rice for that crispy, milky goodness.

Seafood Crispy Noodles P315

We also had a serving of the Seafood Crispy Noodles (P315). For a single order, I was actually surprised of the portion size. It wasn't mostly noodles and sauce too unlike most restaurants offering this dish. It's infused with generous amounts of fish fillet, squid, crab sticks, mushrooms and vegetables sitting atop a bed of crispy noodles. And while the crispy noodles inevitably become more chewy when mixed with the sauce and toppings, I still enjoyed this noodle dish for its subtle savory flavor and hearty seafood goodness.

Mango Sago Pudding P185

Wee Nam Kee only has three dessert items on their menu, and as far as I know, they don't offer these sweet treats in the Singaporean mother store. (Only in da Philippines!) And while I wanted to try all of them at once, I didn't want to fill my caloric limit to the brim, so I only had the Mango Sago Pudding (P185). It may seem that this dessert is the lesser evil among the choices, but I certainly loved this treat to bits! It has a mango jello layer with diced mangoes and sago, over a base of a creamy pudding which makes every bite a combination of light and fruity, and sweet and milky. The best I've ever had!

Wee Nam Kee Yellow Chicken Festival Cucumber Lime Fizz P120

As for my drink, I had the Cucumber Lime Fizz (P120) which is a refreshing cucumber-infused concoction perfect for summer. For this trip, I though the blend was a little too sweet. Nonetheless though, it watered down a bit to the perfect sweetness level for me.

Anyway, if you're planning to visit and dine at Wee Nam Kee soon, I highly encourage you to join and experience their Yellow Chicken Festival. Sure, ordering the Yellow Chicken might be more expensive than the regular Hainanese chicken options. However, it's definitely worth the splurge. I know I'm coming back for it really soon.

THE VERDICT

I like having Hainanese chicken rice, but this tasting at Wee Nam Kee definitely changed my opinion. Now, I don't just like it. I love it! And of course, I have the Yellow Chicken (and Wee Nam Kee) to thank for that, as it really amped up my Hainanese chicken rice experience. I have to admit though, that even without the Yellow Chicken, I'd still be regularly dining at Wee Nam Kee as everything else I've had was of great quality. Even their Mango Sago Pudding is worth visiting back again and again. As for the service, it wasn't exemplary, but the waiting staff were friendly, prompt and very courteous. So to say the least, this trip to Wee Nam Kee Glorietta 2 will definitely not be the last.

Taste - 4.5/5
Ambiance - 4/5
Service - 4/5
Price - 3.5/5
Overall Value - 4/5


Wee Nam Kee, The New Glorietta 2
G/F Glorietta 2 (street level; near main entrance)
Hotel Dr., Ayala Center, Makati
Metro Manila, Philippines
(02) 478-8477; (0917) 828-5016
Official Website (Singapore)
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41 comments :

  1. Wow! These photos really makes me feel hungry :)) I loved the comparison of a regular chicken and a yellow one, and now I want to eat some chicken :)) I also loved the mango pudding. It has to be delicious :)

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  2. I am also a certified chicken girl! They have this broasted thing here in the Middle east which is absolutely divine. They cook it oil and all in a pressure cooker. it comes out so flavorful and crisp.

    Yes I saw a yellow chicken when we visited the local zoo last month. definitely bigger and fluffier feathers haha. Mango sago is also among my favorite dessert. I had first taste of it in Bangkok

    Thank you for sharing. drool worthy photos as always

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    1. Lucky you, you saw a yellow chicken alive :D Well, they taste good on the plate though XD And thank you for the compliment! ^^

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  3. That yellow chicken and squid, I want to try. You've got skills in taking good photos. Nagutom ako!

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  4. I haven't heard of Wee Nam Kee, but their dishes look so good and tempting! Their yellow chicken kinda reminds me of Banana Leaf's yellow chicken curry. LOL. That cucumber lime drink is expensive. O-o

    I also love food! It is one of the things I really spend at every month and I'm guilty. Hehe.

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  5. haven't tried wee nam kee yet but the yellow chicken is something different. Is it like our native chicken? i think i have to be there to try :D

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    1. Nope sis, it's actually even better! It's the equivalent of Wagyu and Kurobuta in the chicken world so it's really premium :)

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  6. yum! grabe i should have tried this one, soon! especially it will have its limited edition. that cereal prawn is enticing. im always excited to the food i havent tasted yet.

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  7. The yellow chicken looks good and since I wasn't able to eat Singapore Chicken Rice in my visit to Singapore this week, this post makes me want to go straight to wee nam kee.

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  8. I have seen this restaurant but I have never tasted anything there before. I think you have presented enough proof that we should try it this month of May.

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  9. I agree. I Love Wee Nam Kee Chicken too, steamed and roasted. =)I hope all branches will have Yellow Chicken Festival.

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    1. Yun nga eh, but maybe there's hope that the yellow chicken will be offered in other branches too if demand is high. :)

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  10. Oh, we wanna try the yellow chicken festival, I prefer roasted since I don't like pale skinned chicken. :) Thanks for sharing!

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  11. Oh gahdddddd. Have not tried Wee Nam Kee. Will try to visit soon. Very Mouth watering photos :P~

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  12. I want to try the Yellow Chicken. I like to try the Cereal Prawns too! The dessert looks soo delicious!

    xoxo
    MrsMartinez

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  13. I want to try that Yellow Chicken looks like roasted duck I wonder how it taste! Yummy desserts! Will try to visit when I can yumz!

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  14. now sure if my first comment went through but just in case here's second one. I want to try that Yellow chicken looks like Roast Duck. The dessert looks yummers! Will try to visit soon! Thanks for sharing your yummy food pics haha gutom na kohaha

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    1. Haha.. Don't worry sis, your comment went through. But I'm keeping both :D

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  15. Have been to Wee Nam Kee in Serendra. I was with my boss that time and being a foodie that she is, she recommended and ordered the Hainanese Chicken din from there. Totally satisfying :)

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  16. Haven't had Hainanese Chicken in ages!!! This post made me miss the flavors of SG! :)

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  17. I love Hainanese Chicken rice but Yellow Chicken? This is a must try chicken for me. For me, Hainanese chicken is good so yellow chicken must be very, very good as you said it is the wagyu of chicken, hmmmm. The mango sago pudding looks very tempting too.

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  18. Too bad it won't be offered in the ATC branch. I love their Honey Crispy Squid as well, I'm thinking of going back for those. And maybe I'll finally try the Cereal Prawns, plus that Mango Sago Pudding looks good! :)

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  19. I love Wee Nam Kee and I'm sure the chicken is yummy but those whole fowl look kinda scary, lol!

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  20. Ohhh yummy post! Can't wait to try it.

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  21. I heard alot about Wee nam kee. Hopefull i'll have time to dine there soon. <3

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  22. Everything looks delicious... Natakot lang ako sa isang manok complete with head and feet pa. hahaha

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  23. I love this place. You should try the buchi stuffed with chocolate, the best!

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  24. I do like Wee Nam Kee. They serve some really good food! :D Never heard about yellow chicken but I'm glad I'm better informed now. I'm really curious about how it tastes compared to regular chicken ;) Maybe I should drop by Wee Nam Kee during the festival. I really am so curious! :D BTW, it's crazy how they cooked the chicken with the feet and head still on! hahahaha :))

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  25. I like their Haianese Chicken yung iba kasi fail.. Dito, masarap!

    I wonder anung diff ng yellow chicken... I wanna try it out soon... Buti may glorietta 2 branch!

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  26. Great food shots, Sumi! I haven't dined in Wee Nam Kee yet and you just got me convinced here to swing by the next time we swing by Glorietta. :)

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  27. Awww. Why you have to take such delish-looking photos? Times like this, I wish I live in the Metro so I could sample some of the food you blog about. ;)

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  28. I haven't tried the Hainanese Chicken from Wee Nam Kee but I love eating the dish when I was in Singapore. Looks like Yellow Chicken is a must try!

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  29. OMG SUMIIII!!! This looks mega ultra super yummt!!! :D The Yellow Chicken amazes me. I wanna try that. hihihihi :D

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  30. The place looks clean. I would love to try that yellow chicken. Ugh, if I can only drag hubby to this restaurant. Boring naman kasi pag ako lang!! :/

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  31. Neat! Nice place. Cool the atmosphere kahit sa photo palang. :D M sure it tasted great!

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  32. Hi Sumi! It's been a while. Hehe. Love the pics as usual. Hayz. So yummy I want to eat that platter of chicken!

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  33. Your photos are soooo nice, they make me want to reach into my laptop screen and grab the food!!! I'll tell my family about this. We'll be staying somewhere in Makati for my birthday next week. I hope we can drop by :)

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  34. citibank cc has an ongoing promo with wee nam kee (50% discount). now this post is tempting me to avail that promo lol

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  35. lalo ako ginugutom s anakikita ko:O)cant wait to try their yellow chicken:) and also d squid

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  36. Feel really hungry just by looking at the pictures! Want to try some of their food. The Yellow chicken looks so juicy. And the noodles so appetizing

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  37. me and my kids loves chicken,i been here once and the food is really yummy!

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