Three layers of goodness. Green tea cake topped with cream and red beans. Oh, so good! A layer of chocolate cake followed by another layer of green tea cake. Finally, accented by cherries, white chocolate, and green tea meringue. Perfection! Bread Talk’s GREEN TEA CHOCOLATE CAKE stole my heart.
INDULGE A LITTLE. Do you still remember the first time you intimately dined in a gorgeous restaurant with your loved one? Bollinger, Risotto Nicoise and Death by Chocolate. Nice! When was the last time you had your diamond peel, or perhaps foot spa? How about that ventosa massage or ear candling (thermal-auricular therapy)? Have you ever felt the grass touch the sole of your feet on that barefoot walk on the park on a sunny weekday afternoon? (So Pretty Woman, isn’t it? LOL) Did you ever try a sip of Earl Grey from your grandmother’s heirloom Royal Doulton fine bone cup that you can for the longest time see only displayed in her china cabinet? What I am saying is LIVE A LITTLE. Try something new and a bit luxurious. Hey, you deserve it!
This is my very first post. The first of many small “doses” of reality and “bits” of inspiration that points us to that fairy tale ending… that “happily ever after” part we all dream of.
TOM YUM KUNG BY DUSIT THANI
I would not visit a Thai restaurant without ordering this Thai hot and sour soup with prawns / shrimps and lemon grass, Tom Yum Kung. Sometimes, this is the only reason why I go and eat in a Thai resto. That’s how much I love Tom Yum Kung (sometimes I see in the menus that it’s Tom Yum Goong).
Dusit Thani’s version of the soup is a whole lot different. There is no coconut milk. All Tom YUm Kung soups I tried in different Thai restaurants here in the Philippines, even in Hong Kong and Thailand, have coconut milk. The coconut milk definitely adds flavor to the soup. Thus, without it, the soup tastes kind of odd.
My taste buds also tell me that the spices that are supposed to be in Tom Yum Kung are missing like galangal (rhyzome similar to ginger) and lime leaves. Also, Dusit Thani used a native chili pepper (i.e., siling labuyo) instead of the Thai chili pepper. What’s good on the other hand about the soup is that Dusit Thani used straw mushrooms that’s faithful to the authentic recipe instead of champignon.
Overall, the soup is not bad. Mr. Foodie Goddie gives this soup “3" Foodie Goodie stars.
CHICKEN WITH CASHEW BY DUSIT THANI
This chicken dish from the Thai restaurant, Dusit Thani in Glorietta 3, Makati is so flavorful. You can distinctly taste the sweetness and mild spiciness of the different kinds of pepper put in this dish. I think there were three types of pepper in the ingredients. This must have been adjusted by the resto to the Filipino palate since it’s a bit sweet. It is not too hot nor strong compared to the authentic Thai version.
The strips of chicken are tender and properly cooked. The cashew and vegetables especially the Chicharo (i.e., green peas still in their pods) are fresh and very crunchy! They are cooked exactly the way I like.
Mr. Foodie Goodie gives this delectable dish a “4” Foodie Goodie stars.
SESAME SEED BALLS BY LING NAM
We Filipinos know this sumptuous Chinese dessert as BUTSI. Butsi is a deep-fried glutinous rice ball with red bean or mongo paste filling and covered with sesame seeds. Our dinner at Ling Nam has been very ordinary until the butsi came. The sweet and sticky sesame seed balls are delightful. I wouldn’t mind coming back to Ling Nam to try out some of their specialties but the butsi will always be part of the order.
Mr. Foodie Goodie gives this dessert “4" Foodie Goodie stars.
FISH WITH AMPALAYA (BITTER GOURD) BY LING NAM
I love Chinese food. I would always have at least one Chinese dish in a week. For this week, I tried LING NAM in Transcom Center beside Tiendesitas. I always wanted to try Ling Nam, so here’s my chance.
I was craving for fish so I ordered Fish with Ampalaya. When the dish arrived I was like, “where’s the fish?”. To me, the dish should have been aptly named “Ampalaya With Some Fish”. There were a lot of Ampalaya and little fish.
It’s what you would expect in a Chinese dish. The sauce is thick because of corn starch. Common for Chinese dishes. The slices of Ampalaya is quite unusual but not bad. There were also slices of button mushrooms. The pieces of fish fillet are apparently fried with batter before mixed into the rest of the ingredients. The menu did not say what type of fish is used but my taste buds say it’s probably Cream Dory.
The dish tasted ordinary. I experienced no fireworks. For 250 Pesos, I think I would not order this again for some time. Okay, for a long, long, long time. Mr. Foodie Goodie gives this dish “2.5" Foodie Goodie Stars.
WAFFLE COOKED USING THE DELONGHI WAFFLE MAKER
The waffle maker from the high-end Italian kitchen appliance maker known for their technologically advanced espresso makers, DeLongi packs a great punch. The design of the gadget is superb. It is sturdy-looking yet elegant. It has a shiny silver finish shaped like an alien space craft. I love it. It is very simple to operate. Just set the crispiness meter (that’s what I call it), put the batter in, place the lid, and wait for the waffle maker to tell you you’re done. It is a great kitchen appliance that delivers great tasting waffles with the kind of texture you desire. Although this particular kitchen gadget is pricey, about 3 times the price of your average waffle maker, it is worth your money. Invest in BEST QUALITY, I always say. This waffle maker I know would last for a long time.
Mr. Foodie Goodie gives this gadget a “5” Foodie Goodie star rating.
GO GREEK!’s LEMON CHICKEN PLATTER.
Okay, I have to admit. At first, I was adamant. I was quite hesitant in tasting “lemon chicken” with large bits of garlic. I have cooked lemon chicken, even orange chicken but my dishes don’t look anything like that of GO GREEK!’s lemon chicken. By large the difference is the origin of the recipes. Mine is from China. Theirs I hope is authentically from Greece. After a lot of convincing from my buddy, I succumbed to eating Greek dish for the first time. Woaah! I was in for a BIG SURPRISE!
OH! MY! GOD!… the dish tasted SO GOOOOD! Forgive me for a lack of better word to describe the fireworks that went on in my taste buds. I can’t believe how tasty this dish is. It’s lemon-tangy, indeed - perfect! The chicken is oh-so-savory! The large garlic bits that horrified me the first time I saw them, tasted like manna with a twist. Forgive my exclamation points but this Greek lemon chicken is utterly satisfying to the gustatory senses.
The salad with its lemon dressing is great. The potatoes with parmesan cheese perfectly complements the chicken. You could actually select rice instead of the potatoes. For 195 Pesos, this platter is worth every centavo. You have a complete healthy meal. You’ve got carbs, protein and veggies all in one platter.
The only thing I must say that turned me off just a little bit is the plastic-ware (?) or melaware that the food was served in. Well, it does not actually bother me that much. I can still live with it since GO GREEK! is in fact a “fast food” resto in Glorietta 4’s Food Choices located at the 3rd floor.
You must try this platter dish from GO GREEK!. In a scale of 1 to 5, this Go Greek! Lemon Chicken Platter deserves “5” Foodie Goodie stars!
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UBE MACAPUNO CAKE ROLL from GOLDILOCKS
I like the color of this cake. That’s all I can really say about it. The rest is abysmal.
PUREFOODS FIESTA HAM - THE STAR OF THE NOCHE BUENA
I enjoy eating ham in pandesal. Yummy! So, when I saw a commercial heralding their 100% whole pork leg meat and that I should also look for the “net marks” when buying ham, I went out and bought one for the first time. I was a bit thwarted because I personally do not like the feel of this ham inside my mouth. The texture is kind of a bit fatty and velvety. The taste is not bad but I like my ham a bit coarse because you would naturally know that you are eating meat. This thought made me crave for PUREFOODS FIESTA HAM. So, I decided to buy one even though I still have most of the 1-kilo ham I previously bought. I am so glad I got the Purefoods Fiesta Ham because it brought back some Noche Buena memories. Talk about your early Christmasing. LOL. With its savory taste and delectable texture indeed, it is the Star of the Noche Buena. (Hmmmmm. Upon buying the Fiesta Ham I saw MAJESTIC HAM’s stall in the corner of the supermarket. I made a mental note to buy a few grams for dinner. This ham on the other hand is not your “special-occasions” type of ham. Majestic Ham fits any day of the year! Maybe next time I’ll write about it.)
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What’s with the long stick?… MANN HANN in Market Market in Taguig serves lemon iced tea in a 1-liter carafe with a weird long stick. Yes, the stick is for mixing the drink. The lemon-flavored jasmine tea is good. There’s a hint of honey in the taste. It is not too sweet nor bland. Just right for my taste. It is priced at 110 Pesos and is reasonable enough. The glasses and the carafe however, are very ordinary looking. It is a good thing that the tea tasted good otherwise some people who are critical with the glassware used in restaurants may not enjoy this drink from Mann Hann.
For our main dish at MANN HANN in last night’s dinner, we had SPICY SPARE RIBS. This is one of the reasons why we like MANN HANN. The dish is full of flavor. The pieces of meat are choice cuts. They are fried to perfection. The mix of pepper and jalapeno aside from adding color to the dish provides a complementary taste to the spare ribs. For 250 Pesos, it is worth trying.
I was at Market Market in Taguig last night. My friends and I decided to eat at MANN HANN. We ordered this Spring Rolls as our appetizer. 5 pieces for 105 Pesos sounds reasonable. The content of the rolls is predominantly made up of thinly sliced carrots and mushrooms. I like my Spring Rolls fried just right - not too crispy. Mann Hann’s is just that and the texture is soft in the mouth. The spicy vinegar definitely adds flavor. I do however, had better Spring Rolls notably from C2 (Filipino Classic Cuisines) that has turnips and “longganiza bits” and DEC (Deng Eng Chai). This one’s not bad but I would rather try other appetizers for my next visit.