Comfortable seating is possible with spanking red and yellow chairs, community tables and flexible banquettes plus exclusive function rooms with free videoke usage. All these create a warmer feel for the guests. King Bee Restaurant also had set menu for big groups. And with their “lazy Susan” (read: revolving round table), getting your share from a typical family Chinese Lauriat will never be a problem. You can also opt to reserve tables in advance just to be sure you won’t have to wait for one when you arrive, especially since the place gets pretty packed on weekends.
The name King Bee stemmed from the owner’s grandmother’s name Ama King Bee. They opened their first branch more than a decade ago in Governor’s Drive, General Trias, Cavite. Soon they began expanding and they now have seven different branches: two branches in Cavite and Quezon City, Antipolo City, Laguna, and Las Pinas. “We’ve quite established a name for our loyal patrons especially those who are looking for authentic Chinese dishes, and I can say most of them can be considered as best-sellers,” says King Bee Marketing Operations Manager, Ms. Andrea Ng.
|Operations Manager, Ms. Andrea Ng|
King Bee offers a wide array of authentic Chinese dishes. It has been popular for wedding reception, baptism, birthdays, business conference/meeting or just any simple family gatherings. They cater and accept reservations for all occasions.
A fellow foodie invited me to sample and get a taste of King Bee’s authentic Chinese food. So off I went, as usual with my big appetite, ready to try something new. As soon as I was ushered to my seat, I was given a refreshing iced tea. Service was quite fast than I had expected. I quickly scanned a printout of the menu with a stapled photocopy bond paper with set menus on them. The printed letters looked really small that I didn’t had the interest to finish skimming them. “Oh, I’ll just wait for the food to arrive,” I told myself.
The dinner started out with a Wintermelon (read: Filipinos known them better as “Kundol”—in the traditional song “Bahay Kubo” it comes before “Patola” (Loofa)) Soup. Although I had eaten winter melon in the past, it had always been the dried and sweetened kind. This time, the soup had winter melon broth with shrimps, abalone and button mushrooms and green peas. It was the very first time I had actually seen the vegetable winter melon! I was so fascinated by its looks especially since it had been served with rings of shrimps around it. However, I had been a bit disappointed with its taste. Perhaps I had been expecting something else. I don’t know but I could not taste the winter melon broth properly because the Abalone mushrooms and the shrimps might be the culprit. They had been overpowering the taste of the winter melon and its broth. In fairness though, it’s a pretty good soup to prepare you for a sumptuous meal.
|The Wintermelon Soup|
|See the shrimp and mushrooms on my soup?|
I loved King Bee’s take on Chicken Feet—very tender and juicy. It brings out its sweet and spicy flavor as well as other spices with your every bite. The Birds Eye Siomai was good. But I had really enjoyed Shrimp with Cashew Nuts on Taro Basket. The shrimps complement the crunch in the slices turnips and carrots with bell peppers. And edible the Taro basket tastes like the popular Filipino snack called “Shing-a-ling”. This dish had the natural crunchiness and sweetness of the vegetables.
|King Bee's delicious Chicken Feet|