If you like REAL authentic Chinese food, you have to go to Jade Villa (in Virginia Beach, close to the corner of S. Independence and Virginia Beach Blvd).
What I order
I love dumplings and I love the dim sum menu at Jade Villa. My favs are the pork shumai and the shrimp har gow.
Ginataang mais (pronounced GEE-nah-ta-ang MA-es) is a Filipino sweet corn dessert soup. I know this may not sound too appealing for people who haven’t tried it, but it’s one of my favorite desserts and it really brings back a lot of memories. It’s sweet enough for kids to enjoy, yet not too sweet that you couldn’t have multiple bowls in one day.
I’ve been craving beef and broccoli with white rice for about 5 days now – this is the 3rd time I’ve had it this week! Near my new house there is a restaurant called “Hohot Mongolian Grill Buffet” that 1) makes me laugh everytime I say “Hohot” and 2) I’ve been dying to try. Since they also serve Chinese food, I got some food to-go.
I definitely needed a hardy meal after battling through all the last minute Christmas shoppers! I’m always surprised that traditional Filipino meals are super easy to make. Somehow I always think it takes hours of marinating and cooking. This version of chicken afritada is the real deal, unlike my version using oyster sauce.