Turo-turo Carenderia and Bakery sa Banawe

Bihira na lang makakita ng turo-turo ngayon na masarap ang lasa.  Kaya nang ma-discover ko itong tindahang ito sa may kanto ng Banawe at Dapitan Street sa may Quezon City, sobrang tuwa ko na may bagong makakainan na naman na lutong bahay.

Sa unang kita, mapapansin mo na ang Movenpick ay isang ordinaryong bakery na maraming tindang tinapay.   Iba’t ibang tinapay ang meron sila – hopia, monggo bread, asado bread.  Pinakagusto ko yung raisin bread nila… parang yung nabibili sa Baguio Country Club.  Matutuwa ka dito dahil maraming klaseng bread silang tinda.  At.. nagse-sale sila!

Pero ang hinahanap-hanap ko kapag nasa Movenpick ako e kung ano ang lutong ulam. Mostly lutong bahay ang sine-serve nila dito.  Ang mga ulam ay nasa heated pan parang at covered nang salamin para walang dumadapo dapong mga di kanais nais na insekto sa paligid.  Medyo may kamahalan ang isang order.. around P200 pero malalaki ang serving.  Sa gabi nagbibigay sila ng discount sa mga ulam kaya mga ganitong oras (7:00pm onwards) ako pumupunta.

Last weekend, tin-ry ko itong afritadang manok at pata adobo.  Parang may kakaibang spin sa mga putaheng ito na hindi sya talaga kalasa ng usual na luto.

Basta isang lang masasabi ko… sobrang solb!

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!!

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

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!