We like Chowking. We enjoy their lauriat meals, siopao, and halo-halo. You can say we’re cheap for speaking about a fast-food chain like it’s some high-class fine dining restaurant and it’s okay. When you got a tongue that amplifies taste 10 times stronger than it’s supposed to be, anything tasty to a normal human being is a nightmare on a platter. If you find something bland we might appreciate it. If we find something bland, you might just as well eat paper to try something new.
Chowking however makes it hard for us to appreciate our takeouts. And no, it’s beyond telling the crew your order in one clear sentence only to repeat everything in a dialog long enough for a morning talkshow. We’re soft spoken. We have long accepted that fact. We don’t think that 98% of the population are hard of hearing. And there are also exceptional individuals like our dear officemate Larry who can hear us in our undertone. It’s just that the universe seem to disapprove of us dropping by Chowking before heading home that it makes every takeout difficult for us. Difficult means being the last person in the counter waiting for his order despite it being just a regular siopao. Difficult means having to consume your nai cha in a speeding bus using a spoon cause “Surprise! No straw even for your nai cha tonight!” Don’t get us wrong. We’re a skilled commuter. We can eat a full meal standing in a crowded bus. We also thought that we’re over that when we graduated from college. And that you can’t be compliant to the no-plastic ordinance if you stop giving out plastic straws but still use plastic bags for the takeouts. (Fine, reduced use of plastic is also okay.) Lastly, difficult means getting your nai cha seemingly neatly sealed with a tape, only to find out later that despite positioning the cup well, most of the contents spilled into the plastic bag that punching a hole on the cup couldn’t have made any difference. The extra bag for our siopao helped though. If it’s any consolation, we didn’t have to snack on milk-tea-flavored asado siopao.
We often come to Chowking after office filled with excitement and leave with regrets. As to why, we’re afraid we’ll never know. -aB