A Taste of Hong Kong in Davao City

So, we're down to the third day of the Davao Food Appreciation Tour. The first stop for our final day was Chef Lu's newest branch in C.M. Recto. If you are a Chinese who is currently living in Davao, then I'm sure that you know where the location of Chef Lu's first store in the city. This place is known in the community because of their famous egg tart and mooncake. If you are craving for authentic Chinese dishes, then make sure to visit Chef Lu. They also serve special Hong Kong delicacies. What makes this restaurant special is that they serve the best to their customers at affordable prices.

What did we have for breakfast?

Salted Dumplings
It’s neutrally a fusion of sweet and salty taste that makes it delicious and unique. Dough is mainly made from glutinous rice flour that makes it soft and chewable in every bite. Its filling contains shredded pork, dried mushroom, dried shrimps, preserved radish and spring onions.

Vegetarian Spring Roll
If you’re looking for healthy foods for healthier diet, vegetarian spring roll is their Chef’s offer. It is made up with pure assorted kinds of vegetables which include carrots, black fungus, mushroom, bean yam (singkamas), pressed bean curd (tokwa), bamboo shoots and bean sprout (togue). Eating bean sprout is a safe way of getting the nutritional advantage of both fruits and vegetables.

Cantonese Mom's Hopia
A healthier version of Baboy Hopia making use of Candied Wintermelon (minatamis na Kondol) instead of Pork Fats.

Bean Curd Roll
Also known as “Oyster Sauce Fresh Bamboo Roll” made up w/ mushroom, bamboo shoots and pork Asado w/ green peas. It is wrapped in bean curd skin; poured in with oyster sauce. Bamboo shoots are also known to act as cooling agents of the body, and has been used traditionally as ingredients in herbal medicines to reduce spasm caused in the gallbladder.

Egg Noodles with Spicy Meat Sauce
Known as the Chinese version of Spaghetti .Sauce contains shallots, dried shrimps, preserved black bean, salted yellow beans, fried pigs skin, ground pork and sizzled with spices to taste. The noodle used is called “Egg noodles” .These noodles are made of wheat flour, egg and water. Egg noodles are high in carbohydrates, which provide energy for the brain and body's cells. It also provides protein that forms the structure of the body cells and amino acids which are important for manufacturing enzymes, hormones and antibodies for proper immune system function.

Special House Blend Iced Tea by Chef Lu
Chef Lu's House blend Ice Tea is guaranteed NO after taste effect. It is made w/ mixed fruit concentrate of cherry, strawberry, pineapple, orange and mango that makes it even healthier because fruit contain high concentration of fiber, folate, potassium and vitamin C, making them particularly good dietary choices.

Davao Food Appreciation Tour 2013 Participants

For those who have heard of Chef Lu for the first time, allow me to share a brief story about the man behind this Chinese restaurant. Chef Lu is a master chef who had his training in Hong Kong. He has some secret recipes that keep his customers coming back for more. The Davao branch is currently managed by his daughter.

Are you a fan of Hopia? These are available at all Chef Lu stores:
  • Special Baboy Hopia = P60.00/pack of 4 thick pieces (Best Seller)
  • Special Ube Hopia = P48.00/pack of 4 
  • Special Red Munggo Hopia = P48.00/pack of 4 
  • Special Green Munggo Hopia = P48.00/pack of 4 
  • Cantonese Mom's Hopia (see photo above) = P15.00/piece of 65grams approximate. 

Contact details:

Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/Chef.Lu1
Address: No. 20 Lapu-Lapu Street, Agdao, Davao City
Telephone Numbers: 082-222-1457 and 221-4042
Manila Telephone Number: 02 775 7944


  1. Looks delicious and I think it is affordable too or within just the budget that it doesn't give you a headache.

  2. all looks tasty. Wow! there are a lot of restaurants in Davao.

  3. Food is a big part of the adventure to another country or province. Thanks for taking me on this food tour in Davao.

  4. If there's no pork in the hopia, shouldn't it be called "kondol hopia" instead? :-D Anyway, i like your post, it's very informative. Hopefully I get to go to Davao real soon and visit this place. :-)

  5. Wow i love chinese food!!! This is a must visit in Davao huh... aside from Durian ill look for this resto to try that spagethie and hopia ;)

  6. These foods look yummy! I like eating bamboo shoots. We cook it with chicken at home. :) Thanks for the mini tour at this nice resto!

  7. Hong Kong and Davao looks like a good mix. The food in Hong Kong is great and the ambiance of Davao is perfect.

  8. Sayang Bitin yung Davao City stay ko :( Orig plan ko talaga mag resto hopping- maybe next time :) My mouth literally waters, Sarap ng mga foods!

  9. I've got to watch my diet pala when I'm at Chef Lu. Breakfast pa lang, yummy na. I'm a big fan of hopia and I love to try that Kundol-filled hopia. (Cantonese Mom's Hopia). Pakainin mo ako rito sis algene ha.

  10. The Egg Noodles with Spicy Meat Sauce is worth a try, based on your short description. But I might have to take out the shrimp pieces as I'm allergic to those. Anyway, their Iced Tea version made me remember the Ice Tea from Bayani Brew --- both tasty yet no aftertaste. :)

  11. I'm a sucker of houseblend iced tea and my friend and i have visited places here in Manila just to check if their iced tea is actually what others would say about it. However, Chef Lu should be setting up appointment to beverage companies and take this iced tea to the next level. And get a better packaging perhaps? :D Nonetheless, the food looks delissssh! :)


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