Tin Hok Chinese Deli

G/F V-Mall, Ortigas Ave., Greenhills Shopping Center, San Juan, Metro Manila

Tin Hok Chinese Deli
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Category:
Chinese
Business Hours
Reopens Tue: 10:00a - 8:00p

Hours

  • Sunday
    • 10:00a - 8:00p
  • Monday
    • 10:00a - 8:00p
  • Tuesday
    • 10:00a - 8:00p
  • Wednesday
    • 10:00a - 8:00p
  • Thursday
    • 10:00a - 8:00p
  • Friday
    • 10:00a - 9:00p
  • Saturday
    • 10:00a - 9:00p

Payment Options

Cash

Most Recent Reviews

Edwin I.
5.0 Stars

For their Extra Special Machang variant alone---5stars! And more than the Machang, this small Chinoy place is great venue to get a fix of tasty, filling, freshly cooked, and affordable Chinese Streetfood , steamed dumplings, and then some wide array of Chinoy fresh/frozen/packed deli treats (bottled milk teas, hopia, juices, candies, etc).

I've always seen this place in the past. I think they have been in existence ever since Virramall was renovated and became V-Mall. I'm guessing that they replaced DEC when DEC moved out and opened its bigger branch at Wilson St. I have always thought that the store was a Chinese deli-drug store (maybe it's their overly bright round red and gold logo and the goods they have in display near the entrance). But a few weeks ago, I had this terrible craving for some good Machang. I usually get my Machang fix from DEC Chinese Deli at Wilson St. But oddly, they always have been out of stock. That's when I decided to check out Tin hok. Oh boy! A happy new discovery for me for some yummy and affordable Chinoy street food treats.

Machang (or Zongzi) is a traditional Steamed sticky rice Chinese treat. Somewhat like Chinese Paella. Traditional recipes have been handed down from families through generations. It is usually shaped like a huge pyramid wrapped in leaves (usually large flat leaves --- lotus leaves, bamboo leaves, banana leaves, etc). It is usually topped with a filling mix of bbq pork, pork fat, pork slices, chestnuts, shiitake, dried scallops, peanuts, etc. While recipes vary, Machang is tedious to make. Each ingredient is cooked separately then topped onto the sticky rice before steaming again for hours. It may be an acquired taste to the unfamiliar--because of the hint of star anise and the somewhat herby aroma and flavor from the leaves used to wrap and cook the sticky goody (some even say it smells and tastes like medicine). But it is a popular Chinese delicacy that you find being sold among huge Chinese communities here and abroad. It is usually eaten at home. Machang is often sold half-cooked thus you need to steam the delicacy for some 30-or more minutes at home. But the good thing here, is it tastes freshly cooked--sticky, warm, and soo filling. It's also a good thing that this treat has been commercially available locally.

I first had my taste of Machang many years ago. A close Chinese family friend usually gifted my dad with this treat. Their version was home made by their great grandmom who have been cooking it before the grandparents migrated to the Philippines. Their version had duck meat strips, dried shrimps, lotus nuts, scallops, salted eggs, chestnuts, pork, chicken, and other awesome good stuff. They taught us that the best way to eat Machang was to add Banana Catsup (and yes--that's the "bestest" pairing)! Too bad their clan migrated abroad. Then way back in college, I casually mentioned the Machang to a Chinoy barkada. He took us on a foodie tour at Binondo and there I found my sources for the treat! Holland, Salazars and Eng Bee Tin. But it was too tedious traveling all the way to Binondo.

Tin Hok offers 4 variants. The plain Machang (just rice), the Chicken Machang , the Special Machang (Pork and Mushroom), and the Extra Special Machang (Pork, Chicken, Salted Egg, Chestnuts, Mushrooms). I loved their Extra Special variant. I have been buying this for some weeks now and have steamed these for home enjoyment. Sticky herby rice, fork tender bbq pork belly slices, a slice of chicken,, a chunk of buttery pork fat, nutty-sweet chestnuts, peanuts, chewy but tender shiitake. The delicacy had a aromatic and tasty hint of star anise. Lovely with the salted egg slice. Excellent with Banana Catsup. Such a filling yummy Chinese treat!

I also tried Tin Hok's fried Chinoy street food treats. You may dine these at the deli if you don't mind eating standing using their high-tables (ala Mini Stop/7-11). They offer fishballs, kekiam, squid balls, prawn balls, fried crab stick, and a whole lot of other fried treats.

What I liked was the cleanliness of the place. The street treats were displayed in a glassed in food counter---all already nicely skewered (so there is no tusok-tusok the fishballs in the kanto experience). They only deep fry the treat after you pay---freshly fried Chinoy treat! Loved the kekiam!

My other fave treats from the place---their Pork Cuapao (for just 32 a piece--yummy soft buns filled with sweet and tender pork bbq slices and chopped peanuts---i just hope that they add more mustard greens---tip: I prefer eating their Cuapao with the sauce of the fresh lumpia so much better---ask for it from their manang), their Pork Asado Siopao ( for 35 bucks not bad for a commercial siopao). They also sell Fresh Chinese Lumpia (30 bucks). Huge serving stuffed with a hefty mix of stripped sweet turnips, carrots, and other goodies (but I still prefer Our Little Store and DEC's fresh lumpia). Their Fried Vegetable Lumpia is also huge, filling and good (30 bucks). I usually enjoy eating these at the deli with their imported bottled Mocha flavored Milk tea.

I usually end up also buying some junk food treats to go. Hopia, Yellow Label dried beef, dried sweet squid, kiamoi powder, Pocky, pork floss---arghhh carbs, sugar, and calories---but too hard to resist!

Highly recommended to foodies looking for conveniently located places in the Greenhills area where to get Chinese Deli goodies and Chinoy street food fixes.

Just an observation-- it wouldn't be bad if their staff was a bit more engaging. Isang tanong-isang sagot. Good thing, I have a bit of good knowledge of Chinoy street food. I think though it may be a bit exasperating for newbies who would come to the place to do some food adventures. But heck---I wouldn't let that service issue affect my rating. Food is good and affordable--- so that pretty much overshadows the service.

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