I love Yakult and I love green tea. I've tried Yakult Ice Cream but not Yakult Green Tea. PaoPao Xiao Chi specializing in Taiwanese tea-based drinks and street-food snacks actually serves the Yakult Green Tea well-loved by the students of Xavier School in San Juan. I've just attended the blogger event at PaoPao Xiao Chi last April 30, 2011 and was surprised to experience wonderful snacks that'll really fill you up.
PaoPao Xiao Chi opened in the second half of 2009 in San Juan to satisfy the tea lovers and those craving for Taiwanese food and drinks. The company is owned and operated by Cafe 88 Food Concept Corporation. Pao Pao, actually means "very full" and Xiao Chi means "small snacks". True to their word, it was surprising to discover that aside from milk teas, they offer a variety of drinks and snacks that'll really fill you up to your brim. I personally loved their Strawberry Fruit Tea. All their fruit teas are actually made from real fruits. At their new 700cc plastic cups, the price at P45, for real fruit teas is not just cheap. You'll get more than your money's worth because it's actually made of real fruits you'd savor the pulp and the fruit bits. Varieties include Green Apple, Lychee, Kiwi, Champagne Grapes, Orange Lemon, Honeydew Lemon, Mixed Fruit, Mulberry, Honey Peach and my favorite Strawberry.
I thought it would be light on the tummy trying all their Taiwanese snacks, deep-fried pork, squid and chicken chunks with 9 flavors of spices to choose from: Red Chili, Seaweed, Lemon, Orange, Black Sesame, Yellow Curry, Wasabi, Kimchi and Green Tea. The same snacks can be made into a meal with rice with the 9 spices choices for the hungry diner.
I personally agree with the patron's choice of loving the Yellow Curry spice and the Seaweeds because the flavors will really make you savor the taste of the snacks. Best of all, the customer can use all the spices and mix them to the choice of snacks to suit taste. Students will really love this type of set-up and I wished that they had one store where I live.
Try the Lu Rou Rice (P60), a staple dish in Taiwan made of stewed ground pork with vegetables on the side on top of rice. It reminded me of Chili rice without the beans.
They also have this Beef Brisket Rice (P105), tender melt-in-your-mouth chunks of Beef served with steamed vegetables on top of rice and Spareribs Taosi Rice (P100), pork spareribs with vegetables on top of rice. It was hard to forget the Spareribs Taosi Rice because the look of the dish was deceiving compared to its taste. It looked pale but the taste was surprisingly delectable and really flavorful.
PaoPao Xiao Chi also served us a variety of noodles, served dry or with their authentic Taiwansese based soup, Beef and pork dumplings with prices ranging from P95 to P125.
A bite of the hand-pulled Beef noodles with their tasty sweet and salty authentic Taiwanese soup reminded me of my mom always bringing me to eat these in Binondo. I really loved the flavor of the soup with the fresh onion leeks and green pepper garnish.
They also served us their variety of dumplings, Fried Pork Dumpling (P45/half, P80/full), Steamed Pork Dumpling (P45/half, P80/full), Fried Shrimp Wanton (P60/half, P120/full) and Steamed Shrimp Wanton (P60/half, P120/full).
They also have Frappe drinks cheaper than those sold by the popular coffee shops like their Mocha Frappe at P125, size of the Venti but the price of a Grande in Starbucks. The taste was rich and really delicious.
For the picky customer, PaoPao Xiao Chi also offer Add-Ons to their drinks like Pearls, Nata, Lemon Jelly, Almond Jelly, Coffee Jelly and Puddings; Mango, Egg, Chocolate and Strawberry. They consider that some teens and other customers may want to personalize their drinks like their snacks so they provide the choices for the benefit of all concerned.
They also offer their new product, Glazed Potatoes (P50), baked baby potato halves mixed with a sweet sauce garnished with roasted sesame seeds. The kids will really love this and it's actually healthy since it's less on salt and oil.
Inspired by Taiwanese cooking, PaoPao Xiao Chi made their own chili sauce well-loved by the Korean customers. Some of the students dare to challenge on who gets to eat as much chili sauce as a game since it is really too spicy. Because of the clamor of customers who frequent PaoPao Xiao Chi in San Juan, they will formally use the chili sauce soon to help boost the community of patrons in the area soon.
It was surprising to realize that snacks will make you full because PaoPao Xiao Chi serve snacks that's also healthy on the body and the budget. The prices of their food will suit the budget of the students and parents need not worry since the food they serve is actually less on salt, oil and preservatives. All dishes are made fresh and delicious. I wish they'd open in malls so I can regularly get my Yakult Green Tea, Strawberry and Green Apple Fruit Tea, Spicy Chicken Snack with Yellow Curry Spice and that unforgettable Spareribs Taosi Rice anytime. They have yet to decide where to place more branches but they are actually open for franchising to those interested.
PaoPao Xiao Chi now has three stores within Metro Manila. The main store is located in Little Baguio, San Juan City, the second is at 999 Mall in Divisoria, Manila and the third along Ycaza Street, San Miguel Manila beside St. Jude Catholic School. The company will open 3 more stores this year and hopefully more in the coming years according to the owner, Mr. Jerome Tan.
Snacks need not be chips from plastic packs we buy in malls. It should be made fresh and healthy for the welfare of our students.
Did you know?
Green Tea actually treats everything from headaches to depression. From the book, Green Tea: The Natural Secret for a Healthier Life, author Nadine Taylor states that green tea has been used as medicine in China for at least 4,000 years. It is reputed to be helpful in curing cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, high cholesterol levels, cardiovascular disease and infection. The secret of green tea is that it is rich in catechin polyphenols, particularly epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). EGCG is a powerful anti-oxidant inhibiting growth of cancer cells and killing cancer cells without harming healthy tissue. It has also been effective in lowering LDL cholesterol levels and inhibiting formation of blood clots.
PaoPao Xiao Chi serves healthy snacks at affordable prices you shouldn't miss. Don't miss the Lai-Chi and the Yakult Green Tea.
For more information, please visit PaoPao Xiao Chi website at www.paopao.com.ph or call 497-7244 for inquiries and franchising.