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.
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..
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!