You Jie Xiao Chao: The Secret Restaurant in Makati

There’s a small hidden treasure near Rockwell where you can get delicious Chinese food. The place has been referred to as the “Secret Restaurant” because the place looks like your ordinary house and it doesn’t have any signs outside, but its real name is You Jie Xiao Chao. It’s not a fancy place but it’s frequented by a lot of Chinese individuals.

You Jie logo

I love this place mainly because it reminds me of the time I spent in China. Everything from the seats, the table numbers plastered on the walls, the noise…they remind me so much of the things I experienced before. The food, of course, was really good and it’s not all that expensive too! ๐Ÿ™‚

Here’s a glimpse of some of the things I’ve already tried at You Jie Xiao Chao:

fried kuchay dumplings

Fried (Kuchay) Dumplings. These are yummy vegetable-filled dumplings which are served with black vinegar. I used to eat a lot of these in Xiamen and Guang Zhou. ๐Ÿ™‚

eggplant hotpot

Hotpot Eggplant. Definitely a must-try if it’s your first time eating at You Jie Xiao Chao. This is really delicious; one of my favorite dishes of all time!

braised pork

Steamed/Braised Pork. I don’t remember what this dish was called, but this is ideal if you have kids or individuals who like sweet dishes dining with you. The pork slices are tender and are served over a bed of veggies (I think it’s kiam chai). Eating this will remind you ofย cuapao, just without the mantao/bun.

pork dish

I’m sorry but for some strange reason, I can’t remember any of the pork dishes’ names. ๐Ÿ˜ Of all the dishes which I’ve tried at You Jie Xiao Chao, this is probably the one which garnered the lowest number of points for me. There wasn’t anything special and it tasted a little bland.

steamed fish head

Steamed Fish Head. This is THE dish to order when eating in this restaurant. A word of caution though: This is not for the fainthearted. This is my favorite of all the dishes because of two things: (1) it’s spicy, and God knows how much I LOVE spicy dishes, and (2) it’s huge and not just because of the bones. If you’re not into spicy dishes then you may request the staff to have it toned down a bit, but based on my experience, it can still be a little tough to handle for those who are not used to the heat. This dish is definitely best when shared. ๐Ÿ™‚

Before I forget, they have eat-all-you-can (plain) rice for all customers. You can even go get your own from the rice cooker near the kitchen! ๐Ÿ™‚

**You Jie Xiao Chao is located at 6404 Camia Street, Guadalupe Viejo, Makati City.

3 Replies to “You Jie Xiao Chao: The Secret Restaurant in Makati”

  1. The Boyfriend says: Reply

    That fish dish was HUGE! you can see the glass in the pic for comparison ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Everytime I dine here, they never fail to satisfy my tastebuds. ๐Ÿ™‚ My favorite is the Duck Hotpot, marinated fried duck. The taste is simple yet flavorful and goes very well with their unlim plain rice. And the Fried Beans with spicy salt, the only vegetable dish I can eat as a meal with rice.

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    1. Hi Katherine,

      Thanks for dropping by and sharing your favorite dishes! I’ve never tried their Duck Hotpot yet but will make sure I do so next time. ๐Ÿ™‚

      ~moxy

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