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A Zong Media Noche

We’re more than halfway through the first month of the new year and this post is very late but I really wanted to write about the nomz at Zong, so please humor me and let’s all pretend it’s two weeks ago. 
(..and Christmas music starts playing)
For New Year’s Eve, no one in my small family of three was in the mood to prepare food (and wash dishes) for media noche; so for dinner, we drove over to Westgate in Alabang to see what was open for business.
Zong was one of the three restaurants open that night
Only a couple of restaurants were open when we arrived and because we were already familiar with the menu at Zong, it was the unanimous choice. It was my first time to dine in the WestGate branch, it was always at the one at The Strip in Bonifacio Global City that I frequented. The area wasn’t all that different, it’s a bit smaller than the one in The Fort, but both branches had the same look and feel, with modern but simplistic decor.

All three of us were in the mood for good Chinese food and luckily, Zong has an abundance of that. We started the meal with the generic Jelly Fish Salad with Century Duck Eggs. It wasn’t bad, but it’s not the best (I like Lutong Macau‘s version better).

Jelly Fish Salad with Century Duck Eggs (p128)
The less than satisfactory appetizer had me looking forward to my main dish. It was such a cool night that night that I wanted something warm so I ordered the Roast Duck Noodle Soup. This was the dish that helped make my new year look so promising. The large bowl of steaming noodle soup topped with tasty roast duck met all my expectations and more.
2011 is promising because of this- Roast Duck Noodle Soup (p168)

The appetizing scent of fantastically roasted duck tickled my appetite so that I started eating without waiting for the other dishes to arrive (it was the first main dish served). It was as good as it smelled.

The soup was tasty without being salty or too oily, the noodles were aplenty and not too soggy, and the duck was juicy and very flavorful. It reminded me of noodle soups from those hole-in-the-wall eateries in Hong Kong (where you get the best nomz). Zong’s Roast Duck Noodle Soup has become my favorite dish at Zong and one of my favorite dishes ever.

Spareribs and Tausi  Rice Topping (p168)

My folks ordered less than stellar dishes (compared to the Roast Duck Noodle Soup). My dad had the  Spareribs and Tausi Rice Topping while my mom ordered the X.O. Fish Rice Topping. Both were in thick brown sauce and topped on rice. To be honest, the only difference was the meat used- one was pork and the other was fish. Both tasted almost the same to me.

X.O. Fish Rice Topping (p168)

Zong has always been a reliable restaurant since they started years ago. They have good Chinese nomz at prices a bit higher than mainstream Chinese restaurants in the city but you get better ambiance and service. And they serve pretty good duck.

Zong
Location: Central Precint, Commerce Ave., Westgate Alabang, Muntinlupa
Contact Info: (02) 771-1428
Website: http://zong.com.ph/

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