Super Bowl of China- Unli-Birthday Noodles

 

From September 17 to November 30, 2012 you and your family/friends can enjoy UNLIMITED Birthday Noodles for only Php79 per person. You read it right! Even if it’s not your birthday, you may enjoy this special treat from Super Bowl of China.

 

Check out the “Go Unli Birthday Noodles” promo participating branches

-4th level SM Megamall Atrium

-2nd level Glorietta 4 Ayala Center

-3rd level Chef’s Avenue Festival Mall, Alabang

-3rd level Gateway Mall, Araneta Center Cubao

-Ground floor, South Wing Main Mall SM MOA

-Level 1, Trinoma North Edsa Quezon City

-Midtown Wing of Robinsons Place Manila

Visit Facebook: Super Bowl of China for updates.

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Gloria Maris – Araneta Center, Cubao

It was past 7pm and my mom didn’t have enough time to prepare dinner… and so we had an impromptu dinner. It took us more than 30 minutes to arrive in Araneta Center due to heavy traffic. It was James Ingram’s concert that night, hence the heavy traffic and the full parking lot. We spent another 10 minutes looking for a parking space in Gateway Mall. Oh… I was thinking, dinner should be good…

We headed to Gloria Maris for some tummy-filing Chinese meal.

 

On the table:

 

We couldn’t decide what dimsum to order; I thought the Dimsum Combination platter (Php 247) is a great choice. It has assorted dumplings like hakaw, japanese siomai, siomai, beancurd roll, and some sort of seaweed with sesame seeds. It was a solid starter while waiting for our main course to arrive.

 

The Asado Noodle Soup (Php 178) arrived steaming hot. Each sip was packed with the tasty Asado flavor. The meat was tender and easy to cut and chew, same with the noodles that remained firm yet tender.

The Lechon Macau (Php 268) was cooked nice and crisp. I love the sauce that came with it, it went well with the tender meat and crispy skin of the lechon.

Mom wanted a fish dish and chose Sweet and Sour Fish Fillet (Php 268). The seemingly ordinary dish turned out to be a flavorful meal. Not to mention, healty too! The fish fillet was loaded with sweet and sour sauce with lot of carrots and bell peppers, and onion strips. The flavor brings fireworks to the mouth… yum!!!

Among all the food on the table, the Fried Squid with Salt and Pepper (Php 278) was my favorite. Dunk it on the vinegar with chili and chow it down… ooohlalala… It’s undeniably the best dish for the night. I love the easy to chew squid… not gummy, and the crunchy breading. It explodes in the mouth like a bomb!!!

We thought we should get a noodle dish other than the Asado noodle soup so we ordered Crispy Noodle with Mixed Vegetables (Php 228). It is like the usual noodle/pancit dish just with a crispy noodle. I didn’t get to eat much of this pancit.

I ate and ate until such time I realized I ate too much there’s no more room for the Seafood Mango Salad (Php 168) or for dessert. Still, I ate about 2 spoonfuls of this salad. I find it interesting to combine seafood and fruits, though I’m not a big fan of it. As for the Seafood Mango Salad, it has crabsticks and shrimps and mango chunks topped with cream and cherry. Surprisingly, it was good. The sweet and tangy mango chunks paired well with the crabstick and shrimps.

Overall, I give Gloria Maris a clap, clap, clap for the good food that we had. Though I hope you could improve more by maintaining clean and presentable tables/seats. Some of the  seat covers are already torn and badly need a replacement.

For families and friends who are looking for some good tasting Chinese food, visit Gloria Maris and you will definitely leave the place with a smile… and a heavy tummy.   🙂

 

Note: I didn’t bring my camera that night and so I would like to thank my sister-in-law, Cy, for taking photos of the food using her Iphone.

 

Gloria Maris

 

Address: G/F Coliseum Circle, Araneta Center Cubao, Quezon City

Contact Number: 63 (2) 421-7362

New City Food House- Kalayaan Ave.

After a quick photo shoot in Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife, we had dinner in New City Food House located along the bustling street  scene of Kalayaan Avenue.

At a distance, the restaurant looked like a “pub house” with its dimmed interior and bricked walls. The place wasn’t packed when we arrived yet it took some time before a wait staff came to our table.

We quickly browsed the menu and had our orders taken. New City offers Filipino-Chinese dishes. There’s a lot of food choices but we decided to try their best sellers.

On the table:

Pancit Sotanghon is a complete meal. It has a generous serving of meat and vegetable toppings that goes well with the sotanghon noodles. We squeezed in some calamansi and enjoyed this savory dish with our heart’s content.

Kikiam is known by many as a street food but this kikiam is different as it is more flavorful because of the kind of ingredients used. It is served with a sweet and tangy sauce that’s good tasting as well.

Shanghai Rice is fried rice with peas, carrots, mushroom, scrambled egg, and ham. You may opt for small (single) or regular (good for 2-3) serving.

Chopsuey is a sauteed mixed vegetable dish with other added ingredients like meat or seafood. The chopsuey that was served to us has shrimps, beef and liver. The veggies were crunchy and delicious. One can never go wrong with this dish as it is fresh, light, and filling. The serving is good for sharing.

The highlight of the night is the Buttered Chicken which is one of New City’s best sellers. We were almost done with our meal when it was served. I wonder why it took them so long to prepare this dish…. hmmm…

I was expecting brown colored sauce like with the other buttered chicken I have tasted but this version came out red. At one bite, I could taste the butter and garlic and some sort of ketchup/Worcestershire sauce  in my mouth. It’s like fried chicken with a crispy coating and a tender juicy meat. It was worth the wait.

Note: When you eat this dish you need extra cups of rice to go with it… so yeah… I ordered an extra cup. (Read: Carbs).

It’s so good we finished the whole dish in a snap. Yum!

If you are in a mood for affordable and delicious Filipino-Chinese and you’re around the area of Kalayaan Ave., go ahead and try New City Food House. Food is really affordable, our bill was less than Php 550 (pancit, kikiam, chopsuey, buttered chicken, shanghai rice, 2 cups plain rice, 2 glasses calamansi juice, and 1 glass of iced tea.

Make sure you come in an hour early for lunch and dinner time because the place gets really crowded and there’s not enough parking space during peak hours .

New City Food House (Main)

Address: 16 Kalayaan Ave., Diliman

Quezon City, Metro Manila

Contact Number: (02) 433-7852

Little Store on the Hill – Little Baguio, San Juan City

Good things come in small packages. That’s exactly what Little Store on the Hill proves itself to be- a hole in the wall restaurant that offers filling and satisfying budget friendly meals.

I’d like to thank my friend Malou for giving me a birthday treat and for bringing me to Little Store. Every moment was wonderful – it’s like finding a hidden gem in the busy streets of San Juan.

 

Never underestimate this tiny store for it sells almost everything. One part of the store looks like a mini grocery where fresh fruits and vegetables, canned goods, candies, seasonings, and spices are displayed. The food display and counter is located at the center; a wide variety of viands can be seen here as well as lots of take-home products to choose from. The rightmost part is the dining area where more or less 8 tables are situated. I like the green painted walls and dimmed lights that give a warm and cozy ambiance. Condiments and free drinking water are readily available at one side of the dining area. Feel free to mix your own concoction to your liking.

 

 

 

On the table:

50/50 Rice (Php 100) is composed of soy chicken, kikiam, and adobo egg on top of a cup of plain rice. The chicken meat is tender, fall off the bones, and well-seasoned. The kikiam is also delectable; I like how chunky and well-spiced the meat is.

 

Lomah Rice (Php 100) is made up of rice topped with adobo pork, kiamchay, and adobo egg. The adobo pork is tender and well-spiced. The vegetable dish matches perfectly with the meat.

 

Maki (Php85) is another store best-seller. Maki consists of coated pork slices in thick brown soup and topped with spring onion. The pork is seasoned with spices, tenderized, and coated with starch then deep fried. I enjoyed the warm soup as it is… though some say it tastes better with black vinegar. I should try that next time.

 

And now, here’s what my friend kept telling me to try… the famous Lumpia (Php 75). I was surprised how big and tightly packed their lumpia is.  We had it split into two for sharing. The mixture of chopped meat and veggies gave a nice texture to the lumpia. The lumpia sauce has the right consistency and flavor. Add crushed garlic for some  extra kick!

 

I must be lucky that day as I was able to meet and talk with Ms. Mona Chua. She recalled how both her parents Bartolome and Rosalinda Chua shared their passion for cooking that later on bloomed and led to the birth of the Little Store. The mix of Taiwanese street and home-cooked Hokkien dishes were designed to appeal everyone.

When asked about the ingredients of the lumpia, Ms. Mona explained that they only use authentic ingredients of a Hokkien lumpia. It’s the store’s best-seller…they sell about 600 pieces of fresh lumpia per day. Definitely a must-try!!!

With the great service, friendly staff, generous owner, and great food, I give Little Store a clap, clap, clap!!!

 

 

 

Little Store on the Hill

Address:  2 Jose Abad Santos St., Little Baguio, San Juan

Contact Numbers:  7219174/ 7236881/ 4113324/ 7212359.

Best Food Forward 2011 – NBC Tent, Bonifacio Global City

What a great weekend it was for foodies, families and friends who enjoyed fun-filled activities and food tasting in Global City, Taguig. This event showcased gastronomic creations of culinary experts and newcomers in the industry. For only Php50 entrance fee many were able to help build funds for the farming and feeding programs of Gawad Kalinga and Unang Hakbang Foundation.

Everything’s just fantastic! I was overwhelmed with so many delectable treats…Imagine a child in a toy store, that’s how I felt.  I wish I could buy everything…all the chocolates, cakes, and ice cream. Too bad I’m not fortunate to have that much of moolah nowadays.   :/

There’s just so many things to do, like face painting and craft for the kids; watching cooking demos and having your photos taken at the photo booth. As for us, we sampled those that caught our senses, especially those with decorative booth displays. From sweet chocolate cupcakes to pig breads, nachos and chili beans, mini puto to fried siopao, and bubble tea to liquer bonbons…the list goes on.

We then decided to have lunch. Baloogs had Spiced Xocolat Chicken with rice and potato gratin for Php100. I wasn’t able to take a photo of that. My bad. I was too busy looking for a seat. Anyway, the chicken is almost black in color as it was covered with chocolate and some seasoning. It tasted a bit salty for me.

I ordered 6pcs chicken wings from Manang’s chicken. No fancy brand name or tag line just lip smacking deep fried chicken covered in special sauce and sesame seeds. It was so good I couldn’t shut myself from the ooohs and mmmss coz of it’s goodness. Definitely better than other soy-fried-chicken.

We were having lunch while private chef Sau del Rosario prepared a summer concoction, a pan-fried tuna with salsa, and pasta marinara (i just named it). We were sitting on the second row and had a chance to taste the pasta dish. The shrimp, squid, and fish were in just the right amount of firmness as well as the squid inked pasta. Al Dente! The taste is enhanced with Beringer wine.  Perfecto!   🙂

Chef Luis Chikiamco prepared a pan fried Angus beef with 3 mushroom side dish. The oil from the pan grilled beef with thyme and garlic was used to make the sauce which made it tastier. We sampled the steak cooked medium rare. It was sooooooo good! I like how warm and soft the meat was. The top and the bottom were beautifully charred and the sides browned. Yum!!!

The organizers gave away raffle prizes and awarded merchant for different categories. No one went home empty handed/hungry.

Here are some of my personal favorites:

Move over Royce…Risa’s here for the same chocolate delight. These premium chocolates are so velvety smooooth. I especially love the creamy texture of the tiramissyou ( their version of tiramisu) and their melt-in-your-mouth classic truffles. It’s rich chocolate sweetness will make you want more. Cuadro bars are priced P170-180 and Php 130-360 for truffles.

heavenly goodness

Risa

Visit them at Mercato Centrale every Saturday and Sunday.

Check on their site : http://risachocolates.wordpress.com/about/

Get that sweet chewy chill of ice cream filled mochi by Mochiko. Mochi is a japanese mixture made of rice flour “mochiko” with a sweet filling. An innovation in ice cream varieties, this mochiko is filled with ice cream flavors you don’t usually find in grocery stores such as their top 3 best sellers: green tea, azuki or red bean, and black sesame. Other flavors are mango, vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, and caramel.

I tried green tea and found it interesting. I only had green tea with my starbuck’s frappuccino and thought it would taste the same.  Prized at Php70 each, it’s a great steal!  🙂

simply irresistible...mochi ice cream

Mochiko

Unit 3 Cliffhouse Tagaytay, Maharlika East, Aguinaldo Hway, Tagaytay City

Other Branches: ATC, Boracay, BF Paranaque, Angeles City, and Subic

Contact #s:  0917-8310624/ 0922-8118771

Last but definitely not the least, Manang’s Chicken. Try to believe. It’s goooooooooood! Seriously.

This doesn’t have the sauce yet…i ate the chicken wings right away i didn’t get a chance to take snaps of it.

Manang’s Chicken

Visit them in the following location:

Fridays
Midnight Mercato – 10:00pm to 3:00am

Saturdays
Mercato Centrale – 7:30am to 2:00pm
Alabang Saturday Market – 7:30am to 12:00pm
Midnight Mercato – 10:00pm to 3:00am

Sundays
Mercato Centrale – 7:30am to 2:00pm
Legaspi Sunday Market – 7:30am to 2:00pm

Contact #: 0920-9210935

sinfully yummy...

UPDATE: Manang’s Chicken opened their first store. Hooray!!! Please visit:

Manang’s Chicken
AIC Gold Tower, Garnet Road corner F. Ortigas St.
Ortigas Center, Pasig City (Near Jollibee Center)

Operating Hours: M-Sat  10am-12pm

 

See you all next year for another gastronomic feast!!!

Han Pao Teahouse- Shaw Blvd.

Eating out at a Chinese restaurant is a feast! There’s just so many dishes to choose from; Ironically, I order pork spareribs every time.

The place was busy when we arrived mid-afternoon. Good thing we found a comfortable seat at the end corner of the resto. Baloogs and I haven’t eaten lunch yet; imagine the hysteria of seeing the photos on the menu. I couldn’t decide what to eat so I immediately ordered for… you know what… yeah, pork spareribs.   🙂

While waiting, a pot of tea was served, followed by a small bowl of soup. I was thinking I was having too much liquid, I couldn’t wait for the main meal.

Still waiting… we ordered kuchai dumplings. The chili-garlic,soy sauce, and calamansi mixture worked perfectly as a dip. Glad to say, this dish didn’t disappoint me. The filling was firm and tasty. The translucent cover was soft; it’s not soggy… steamed at perfection. yummeeeh!

After a few minutes, my spareribs was served.  The serving seemed like a “kiddie meal” when we saw it. A tiny cup of spareribs isn’t enough for my monstrous appetite. I finished the dish in a sec. Kidding aside, the spareribs was just ok. Nothing delightful about it. I prefer the one in Le Ching Tea House better.

I wasn’t happy about the spareribs I ordered. I thought my Han Pao experience would be my last…but…no! Hold on…Brace yourself for this dish I didn’t know existed. The main meal for the day: Noodle Feast.

It was definitely a feast to my eyes seeing the different colors on that dish. What’s so festive about this dish? Well, it has wide noodles at the bottom that serves as the bed for assorted meat toppings. It has two kinds of dumplings, sweet braised beef, white chicken meat, spicy pork, Chinese broccoli smothered with that sweet/salty thick brown sauce.

This dish absolutely gets a clap! clap! clap! No wonder it has become one of the the most ordered dishes in Han Pao. I couldn’t see any flaws about it. I just love how the flavor blends. The sweetness of the beef, spiciness of the pork, and saltiness of the sauce plus the texture of the vegetables and dumplings…luxuriously amazing. I wouldn’t stop bragging about this dish. yeah… I like it so much I had it  for dinner two days ago. Thanks Baloogs.

To experience imperial dining, drop by Han Pao Tea house, you won’t regret it.

Han Pao Tea House


Shaw Blvd. Branch
Ground Level, Sunshine Square
312 Shaw Blvd.
Mandaluyong, Metro Manila, Philippines

Phone Number: (63 2) 534-2467, (63 2) 534-3730, (63 2) 717-0465

R. Ma Mon Luk Restaurant- Quiapo, Manila

While waiting for my siopao, mami, and siomai to be served, I read a few articles posted on the walls of the restaurant. That’s the only time I get to know who Ma Mon Luk is. I find his life story interesting; coming from China and moving to the Philippines, poor Mr. Ma Mon Luk had to peddle chicken noodle soup for a living. Also, he used to be a teacher before entering the world of business…a parallelism with my life (just a thought).

As he became popular among Manileños, he decided to open his first restaurant in Binondo, Manila and still continued to peddle his wares on the streets. Two of the five restaurants he owned remain open, Quiapo and Quezon Avenue branches.

Even with the tight competition in the market, Ma Mon Luk maintained the same ambiance of the resto like it was so antique.  What’s the reason behind it? They wanted the same atmosphere like it was the 1950’s.

Too many facts on the wall…let’s get to business.

On the table:

I was enjoying my hot chicken noodle soup a.k.a. Special Mami with a dash of pepper until my friend told me that squirting siopao sauce will make it taste better. It’s not too late though, with my bowl still half full, I added some siopao sauce until it gets brownish in color. It was more flavorful, indeed! Priced at Php 95, this big bowl of mami is to share.

The siopao is bigger than a fist… i’m not kidding. I was surprised to see a siopao that’s so huge. It has generous fillings; so savory that you barely need to put sauce on it. The special siopao is priced at Php55.

Note: Peel the paper and outer covering of the siopao (just for sanitary concerns).

I’m a fan of dumplings but sad to say Ma Mon Luk’s siomai failed to please my palate. Though they claim they use their own secret sauce, I’m still not impressed with their own version of siomai. It was chewy, the texture of the filling was crumb-like and was a bit dry . Ordering this was a disappointment. I find it pricey at 2 dumplings for Php40.

Overall, I enjoyed my experience eating at Ma Mon Luk. It reminded me of my Lolo since their siopao is one of his favorites. I was able to taste the “Original Chicken Mami” with siopao sauce. And… I felt good reading Ma Mon Luk’s success story.    🙂

Ma Mon Luk


Manila Address: 545 Quiapo Blvd, Quiapo Manila

Contact #: 7337596

Quezon City Address: 408 Quezon Avenue, Quezon City

Contact #: 7123560/ 7328756