In search for the perfect ramen

I am a ramen addict… and perpetually on the lookout for the perfect ramen.

Last weekend, I decided to check out Uma uma! on the second level of S’ Maison Mall beside the Conrad in Pasay. The place is known for their Hakata style ramen.

Ordered their uma uma ramen during this visit. The dish was a healthy mix of chasiu pork, spring onions, black fungus, egg, and spicy miso in thick broth.

The appearance of the dish was amazing. The taste was a bit weird at first — something raw.. like liver(?) Is it the fungus, perhaps? But gradually you start to like this authentic dish. Paired it with their takoyaki balls which were likewise great.

Best Hot and Sour Soup

When looking for the best hot and sour soup, nothing beats the version of Coral Garden. The main branch is a small restaurant along the southern stretch of Banawe Avenue just in front of Del Mundo Medical Center.

I usually go here to get my fill of their Coral Soup which is a thick sour and spicy mixture of egg, mushroom, ground pork, tofu, tengang daga and other surprises. Many Chinese restaurants have theirs as either too spicy, too sour, too salty but Coral Garden’s is just pure perfection.

For a filling snack, the best pairing for this is with their cuapao which is a thick block of marinated pork mixed with herbs (don’t know if there’s cilantro in there) and sweet peanut sauce sandwiched in soft mantou bread.

I also go for their almond shake which, I don’t think, any other restaurant can match.

Getting hungry again..

Looking for a Mexican food in Quezon City

Recently took a field day around T. Morato Avenue in Quezon City to look for Mexican food. Couldn’t wait to eat anything with tomato salsa and jalapenos.

I found a little joint called Hermanos which was near the place that used to be Figaro. The signage was familiar and I am sure that I have seen it somewhere. I asked the staff only to find out that they once had a branch along Gilmore area.

As it was a little after lunch on a holiday, the place was still empty. The colorful artwork on the wall catches the eye.

I sampled their taco salad which is good for sharing. This is ground beef, lettuce, tomatoes smothered with cheese and sour cream placed under a fried tortilla and served with salsa. Just the Mexican fix I needed!

Can’t wait to try their tacos and burritos next time. Yum yum!!

Visiting Bacolod the First Time

First time visits are always memorable. It took me awhile before I was able to visit Bacolod City, popularly known as the City of Smiles. It was only this August, when the Philippine Society of Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology had their annual convention in Sanctuario de San La Salle was I able to visit this wonderful city.

First on my must-see list was the San Sebastian Cathedral. The tall church is along Rizal Street in downtown Bacolod about 10 kilometers from the airport. Amidst the busy avenue stands the cathedral, originally built in 1876 mostly out of coral stones. The architecture is similar to churches built by the Augustinian Recollect friars in the country. You can observe that the center of the church’s facade is an image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus at the center.

On one side of the church stand two massive bells which form part of four original bells mounted at the original belfry in 1979. The bells are of historical value because they were instrumental in warning the people in 1898 of the “Cinco de Noviembre” or the start of the revolution in Bacolod.

The aisle leading to the altar was said to be simplified during the reconstruction in the 1930s and is now adorned with spanish chandeliers in the center. Small pillars built on spanish arches are built at the side. On the altar is an image of the Risen Christ.

Singaporean comfort food in the Philippines

The film Crazy Rich Asians stirred everyone’s fond memories for those who have visited Singapore. Besides the dazzling lights, cultural scenes and other tourist destinations, Singaporean cuisine is also one to the behold as it is a real fusion of different tastes.

Here in the Metro Manila, a few restaurants have been gaining popularity for offering Singaporean comfort food similar to that found in Hawker places. One joint I frequent is Bugis Singaporean Street Food located along N. Roxas Street near Banawe Avenue in Quezon City.

So much to try in this restaurant but I always get their popular Numnums which are actually assorted balls in sticks. Dipped in either sweet sauce, chili sauce, vinegar or curry sauce, these are absolutely delicious! If you prefer a spicy challenge, get their dynamite to get that fiery blast in your mouth.

I also like their steamboat, which is a clear broth based dish filled with vegetables, squid balls, fish cake, meat, vermicelli noodles and egg. You can with either order beef or seafood as your preferred meat.

You might want to call first before going because the store is always packed with people and parking is a bit of a challenge. Bon appetite!

#roamarounds #SingaporeanFood

Fat Facts, Fads and Fallacies

I just attended the recently concluded 24th Annual Convention of the Philippine Association for the Study of Obesity and Overweight held at the EDSA Shangri-La last August 31, 2018. This year’s theme was Fat Facts, Fads and Fallacies.

It was a jampacked event this year as many health professionals and weight loss enthusiasts attended the event. Friends from the weight loss industry were also there to help celebrate the gathering. I got to meet some of my colleagues and friends during the Convention.

The current president, Dr. Edgardo Tolentino, talked about the use of mindfulness on eating and reviewed some behavioral techniques in the approach to weight control.

Current products on weight control were also being given to be sampled.

A very productive event indeed!

Making a beautiful change

Despite the heavy rains early this morning, the annual Marie France medical mission pushed through this year in Mandaluyong City.

We were able to serve through giving medical and dental needs to more than 700 individuals within 7 hours of the event.

Doctors, nurses, dentists, nutritionists, pharmacists of the company joined forces for the event.

Happy to have contributed a bit to the success of this activity.

#mariefrance #medicalmission2018 #makingabeautifulchange

Craving for Vietnamese Food

One of my favorite TV dramas is the TVN show called Taste Beyond Senses. The 2016 show is about a Korean blind girl who travels to Vietnam and gets initiated into the world of Vietnamese cuisine.

Everytime I get reminded of this show, I feel like splurging on Vietnamese cuisine. Fortunately, there’s a good restaurant along N.S. Amoranto Street in Quezon City for my cravings.

Tra Vihn serves authentic, good and healthy food enough to delight the senses.

Today I ordered my favorite Vietnamese pancake which is like a thin omelette stuffed with pork and bean sprout.

The interesting thing about this food is you wrap it in a bed of lettuce, mustard leaves, fresh basil and mint. Then you dip it in a specially prepared vinegar and patis sauce.

Indeed it is quite a taste beyond the senses!

A new coffee shop is in town

There’s a new store brewing along Quezon City and it’s along D. Tuazon Street.

Bo’s Coffee has set up shop at newly established Vivehub near N. S. Amoranto.

The new store is roomy and a lot cozier than most coffee shops I’ve been too (probably because it’s still relatively undiscovered).

Since coffee is not a good option for me during evenings, I got one of their loose leaf tea (roasted rice) and paired it with their signature carrot cake.

This store will surely be a good alternative to the usual coffee hangouts to people frequenting the Banawe area.