Just to set things straight, I do not gamble; I eat. Hence, the progressive visits to Solaire Resort and Casino were entirely for the enjoyment of eating and free parking.
To inundate myself in the mysteries of probability and card counting, it was mandatory to get that Solaire Card and do some gambling. And boy, that P100 loss was really a tough lesson on my unpromising career as a gambler. Hence, back to regular lunch programming.
Lucky Noodles is situated in the middle of the pit, contained in the glass walls and brimming with HK style goodies.
I just couldn’t wait to get my first slurp of noodles and recoup my lost dignity from that awful loss!
But first, the things we didn’t particularly fancy.
Firstly, they did not have any jelly fish on hand, so the Marinated Spicy Chicken Salad with Crunchy Jelly Fish, Chili and Sesame Seed came sans the jelly fish and something else (sea-I-forgot). Other than than minor swap, the salad itself was more like dessert!
They should have renamed this Sweet Chicken Salad with Jelly Fish Replacement. The sweetness overpowered the chicken and despite wiping the sauce off my plate or trying to eat it with the lettuce, the syrup just stubbornly clung to the chicken. And so, sad to say, we could not finish this dish, knowing there were other savory dishes in line.
The Stuffed Crispy Dough Fritters with Seafood Paste and Mayonnaise Dip was a crisp change but the carbo loading came in too early in the meal. These were like 5 seafood-filled churros, which was you can see, I preferred to dip in my trusted toyo-calamansi concoction.
The Steamed Pork and Prawn “siew mai” bordered on the in-between and is crowned by an orange caper (in case you were wondering that that orange dot of an ornament was).
Now for the things we liked and semi loved!
Better known and easier referred to as Pad Thai, the Wok Fried Thai Flat Noodles with Tamarind Sauce, Prawns, Bean Curd Sprouts and Peanuts was really festive but favored more on the salty side of the noodle dish. Hence, a lemon squeeze (or two) helped manage the sodium chloride but we wished there was more spicy zing to it–which was addressed by the nearby chili.
What I loved about this chicken dish was that it was inexplicably umami-rich and addictive! This Wok Fried Diced Chicken and Capsicum with Supreme Black Bean Sauce was the only dish that graced our table twice. The spice and flavor blended well with the garnishing and made extra toppings to our noodle dish. Eat it with the lettuce, as a topping or on its own–yes, it was clearly supremo.
Lastly, here comes my birthday noodles, the Wok Fried Vermicelli Noodles with Fried Fish Fillet and Vegetables.
Loved it till the last noodle. The fish fillet was NOT salty and the entire noodle dish downplayed all the salt and overpowering flavors.
Despite the thin noodles, everything was just in place and I wish all noodle dishes were as meek and gracious as this one.
Of course, still not satisfied with a purely savory meal, dessert was in order.
Oasis Garden Cafe provided the sun-graced portion of Solaire but without the sunburn factor, so I still managed to brew my green tea leaves with ample shade.
Brewing my own tea was a blast, and despite my raging impatience, I managed to maintain the strength I needed to burn all my Lucky Noodles tummy earnings.
The carrot cake, which I totally forgot if it had its own name like Carroty Fruit Cake or Creamy Fruits on Carrot or whatever, was on the sweet side. Not that I was expecting a bland carrot cake, but maybe that’s why they have other sugar-free cakes on the stand (which I neglected to order).
Am glad my awesome green tea brew managed to temper the sweetness (it was also not that moist boohoo) so I finished the cake, and the nuts on the side. The beer was not mine though a sip told me, it went so damn well with the bar nuts, which luckily, were unlimited.
This ends my Solaire adventures, having exhausted my GCs. The food trips were fun and made more exciting by the casino backdrop, and this opportunity is enough to be considered a gastronomic win!