Eat Fresh – Chinese NY Edition

I brought my mom, my nephew Van Dyke, and my niece Vyone to Eat Fresh- Marikina for dinner. I have been wanting to bring them there because I know they love Chinese food. We went on a Sunday, the timing was great because the store prepared something special to welcome the Year of the Dog. It was a great experience as it was Van and Vyone’s first time to watch a lion dance performance.

Dinner was excellent! I made them try my favorite squid and crab fingers. They loved it! We also had Vyone’s favorite, sweet and sour fish fillet. Other dishes we ordered were Beef brisket, Salt and pepper spareribs, Curry beef tendon, and Salt and pepper pork intestine. It was my first time to try the Curry beef tendon and Salt and pepper pork intestine. I do not regret trying out new dishes at this restaurant. My family and I enjoyed everything we ordered. We will definitely be back to try other dishes on the menu. Thanks, Eat Fresh!

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Eat Fresh Date with Mudra

Whether we are going out for a free movie on a Monday or trying out restaurants, bonding time is always fun with mama. It was her first time at Eat Fresh – Marikina; I brought her there for lunch. She enjoyed her Beef Brisket claypot rice and chopseuy. Oh, she liked the crab fingers too! I had my usual Chinese sausage with mushroom rice… my favorite!

I hope you get to spend time with your parents too, not for the senior discount (hahahah), but to make memories you will cherish for a lifetime.

Can’t get enough of Claypot Rice

Claypot rice is so perfect for this cold December weather; it brings warmth at every bite. I have here two and I will add more restaurants for my Claypot rice series.

What it is to love about claypot rice? It is a one-dish meal wherein the flavorful rice is cooked in the claypot together with the meat and veggies. The traditional way of cooking it is by cooking using charcoal. It gives a burnt flavor…smokey… and creates a crusty bottom of burnt rice. It is best to season it with the broth or sauce to enhance the flavor.

 

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.

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.