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I never had the chance to sink my teeth into Chowking’s Panda Pao when it was still available. Aside from looking so adorable, the chocolate-filled Panda Pao seemed very intriguing. Sweet siopao? Dessert siopao? I’ve never had or heard of one before.
So, when I saw the New Chowking Choco Pao plastered on the overhead menu, I said to myself, “This time I’m trying it.” Although it’s not as cuddly as the Panda Pao, the thought of rich, gooey, and oozing chocolate filling was convincing enough.
I took home a Choco Pao Box of 3 (P80) and shared it with my folks. Sad to say, nobody — myself included — enjoyed them. My first big bite had more bun than chocolate, and I thought the bun was denser than usual. After another bite or two, I was done.
However, I did get the rich, gooey, and oozing chocolate filling I was looking forward to and it was delicious. I ended up squeezing it out and eating it off my index finger. Have you ever tried Choki-Choki before? That soft chocolate candy that comes in slim, clear plastic tubes. I think that’s how it tastes like.
I truly enjoyed the chocolate part. I just didn’t like it mingling with the bun. Perhaps, I’ve eaten too many siopaos in my life that munching the bun with something sweet will never work. Siopao should always be savory and meaty — for me, at least. Asado. Bola-bola. Chicken or pork. Preferably with egg and laced with extra sauce.
Am I going to buy a Choco Pao again? Probably not. But I will definitely come back for Chowking’s Asado Siopao soon. My disappointment with the Choco Pao left me craving for one of the best asado siopaos I’ve ever tasted.