Friday, March 21, 2014

We Love Hainanese Delights!

After two visits at Hainanese Delights, the hubby and I have started to love it. On both occasions, we ordered the same two food items (Hainanese chicken and kutchay dumplings, only cooked differently each time) and a few more dishes which we all enjoyed. Quality food plus reasonable prices is always a winning formula for us!

During our first visit, it was just the hubby and me. We had Hainanese chicken and kutchay dumplings (both steamed). These were accompanied by their Hainanese rice cooked in rich chicken broth.

The chicken (Hainanese Delights, P139) was lean and flavorful with lesser fat than I imagined it to be.

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The three kinds of dip provided (chili oil, garlic-ginger sauce and sweet soy sauce) were quite good, they complimented the chicken's delicate taste very well.

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The kutchay dumplings (Kutchay Craze, P110 for 10 pieces), on the other hand, were tasty, meaty, moist and juicy. The dip that came with it made everything more delicious as it had the perfect salty-sweet flavor balance. The dip alone was worth a second visit, methinks. Haha.

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On our second visit, the hubby and I were joined by my MIL and my SIL. We settled for their Hainanese chicken again, but this time it was roasted. We also got their kutchay dumplings and went for the fried variety for comparison.

The roasted Hainanese chicken (1/2 chicken was P190), was equally good as the classic steamed one. The skin was a bit crispy, too and the meat was tender and moist and flavorful as well.

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As for the kutchay dumplings, the fried variety was crispy and well-seasoned. Dipped in the same awesome sauce, each bite was a delight to our taste buds.

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We also ordered their beef and wanton noodles (Beef Bites, P140) and Salt and Pepper Squid (P190). I liked that the noodles were served to us steaming hot with generous servings of tender beef and wanton dumplings. The squid dish was also good with just the right amount of heat from the chili flakes. It was also tender and not rubbery as some squid dishes tend to be.

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For drinks, we had their Strawberry Blossom (P75) and Coffee Jelly something (P75), sorry I forgot the complete name. Between the two, we liked the coffee jelly better (in the photo below, it's the one on the left with the darker shade at the base of the glass!) with its moderate coffee flavor and mild sweetness.

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And then of course we got the usual red iced tea which was refreshing and not too sweet.

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If you want unlimited Hainanese rice, just pay P45 for it. This we all availed to our tummies' desire!

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With its delicious food, reasonable prices, the friendly and fast service, the neat interiors and the overall casual vibe of the place, Hainanese Delights is now on top of our list when we want to enjoy Singaporean cuisine in Manila.

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with the hubby, my MIL and my SIL

Hainanese Delights
UG/F SM City Manila
Concepcion St. cor. Arroceros St.
cor. San Marcelino St.
Ermita, Manila


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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Fantastic Ramen at Ramen Yushoken, Molito

During our wedding anniversary celebration last weekend, the hubby and I dined at Ramen Yushoken - Molito branch. After lining up for about 30 minutes, we got seated on their bar area and that was where our awesome ramen dinner started and ended on a happy note.

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a peek through Ramen Yushoken's minimalist menu

A bowl of ramen at Ramen Yushoken starts at P320. Pricey, yes, but if it’s good, we won’t mind paying. If it’s special, then that’s already a bonus.

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condiments and chopsticks (they don't provide Western utensils here)

So, we ordered two kinds of ramen. Mine was the Miso Ramen (P380) while the hubby’s was the Tantan-men (P380). To complete our ramen experience, we also got a serving of their Gyoza (five pieces for P150) and Aji Tamago (P80).

After tasting the rich broth of his spicy ramen, the hubby couldn’t stop complimenting it. I had to try it to believe him. OMG, he wasn’t lying at all. His ramen had a nutty, milky, creamy, meaty, flavorful broth with mild heat from the chili oil. The ground pork on top were very tasty, too. As for the noodles, they were cooked “al dente” and came in generous serving. Suffice it to say, the hubby finished his ramen in no time.

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Tantan-men

My ramen was equally good, too. It also had a rich broth coming from the miso. And then there were some diced pork, fresh mushrooms, fresh bean sprouts and chopped spring onion mixed in to complete the ramen. Oh, I loved the diced pork with its glorious and tasty fat I had to control myself to ingest them all (hello rising cholesterol levels!).

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Miso Ramen

The hubby and I shared the AJi Tamago whose runny yolk was just perfect.

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As for their gyoza, each piece was packed with flavor. I loved that the meat and veggie filling was generous and the wrapper was crispy and chewy at the same time.

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with my husband who's a big ramen fan

Our bill amounted to P1,000+ (total food cost plus 10% service charge). It was wallet-breaking but definitely worth it. Haha.

Now we know why people continue to flock to Ramen Yushoken. Their ramen are fantastic and you really get what you pay for! Plus, the service is fast and the restaurant has a cheery vibe, just like in most ramen restos we’ve been to.

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Ramen Yushoken
Molito Lifestyle Mall
Madrigal Ave.
Alabang, Muntinlupa City

(632) 808-7424


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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Quick Lunch at Project Pie, Alabang

We were in Alabang last, last weekend to run some errands. When it was lunch time, I asked the hubby to take me to the Filinvest branch of the popular Project Pie for some custom-built pizza. He actually promised to treat me there because he ate at Project Pie-Macapagal before without me. Talk about pay back time. Haha.

I was the one who chose the toppings for our pizza (P285) and here’s what I came up with:

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thin crust pizza with red sauce, mozzarella, ricotta, parmesan, pepperoni, Italian sausage, grilled chicken, bacon, prosciutto ham, green bell pepper, pineapple, tomato and caramelized onion

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The hubby liked my combination and ate the pizza with gusto. It was as delicious as I imagined it to be. The pie crust was chewy and not soggy at all despite the many ingredients piled on top. The pineapple and the caramelized onion made a great job balancing out the saltiness from the three cheeses and the four kinds of processed meat. The fresh green bell pepper and tomato slices gave added texture and flavor, too. If I’m gonna eat at Project Pie again (which is very likely), I’ll order the exact same set!

And because I read raves about their dessert pies, I also got us a Banana Nutella (P145)...

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…which turned out to be a winner! We loved the sweet banana (they used the lakatan variety), the nutty and chocolate-y nutella and the sweet-salty flavor and chewy texture of the pie crust. We really couldn’t get enough of it.

Project Pie-Filinvest on a Sunday was packed with people. Can you believe we lined up for about 45 minutes before we reached the open kitchen and ate our food for less than 10 minutes only? Haha.

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Anyway, I liked that the drinks there are bottomless. For P65, you can enjoy unlimited soda, juices and some hot/cold tea variants.

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As for the store itself, we liked the casual vibe going and appreciated the fast and friendly service. The food was okay, too, so I think, overall, we got our money’s worth.

Project Pie
Commerce Avenue (beside Jollibee)
Alabang, Muntinlupa City


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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Late Lunch at Casa Verde, UP Town Center

Last Sunday, the hubby and I, along with my SIL Albie, found ourselves driving to UP Town Center after our visit to St. Pio Shrine in Eastwood. We eventually decided to have a late lunch at Casa Verde. This restaurant originated in Cebu (I even blogged about their famous Brian’s Ribs here) and is now in Manila to serve good food to its Manila fans.

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I wanted to order their Chicken Raffitas (their deconstructed version of the Mexican favorite Chicken Fajitas) but got sad when I saw the sign “coming soon” beside it in the menu. The hubby and Albie were already decided in ordering the Brian’s Ribs so I chose a different dish for myself which was Tenderloin Tips and Eggs.

As expected, Casa Verde’s Brian’s Ribs (P250) were huge! The hubby’s plate had three slabs of baked pork ribs marinated in a sweet and tangy piquet sauce. They also came with a cup of rice and some corn and carrots. He said the taste and flavor of the ribs hit the spot and the tender meat was moist and juicy, too. Just like how they were when we had them at Casa Verde, The Walk in Cebu in 2009.

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the all-time fave Brian's Ribs

My Tenderloin Tips and Eggs (P198), on the other hand, was a delight in its own right. It’s actually their take on the popular Pinoy fare “Tapsilog” except that this had two eggs (done your way) and the rice used wasn’t fried but steamed. The USDA beef used was perfectly seasoned with hints of sweetness, sourness and saltiness (and slight bitterness from the garlic) that worked together to give out a burst of flavor in every mouthful. I loved it!

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We availed of their bottomless iced tea (P75) for drinks. They had two flavors: Panama Orange and Raspberry which you could have alternately. Both flavors were sweet and refreshing but I liked the first one better because its citrus-y flavor was just perfect.

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Panama Orange Iced Tea

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We got full after finishing our meals that we forewent our desire to have cupcakes and ice cream for desserts. The long wait for our table (we were 7th on the list and that was already past 2:00 pm!) was worth it. Casa Verde, we are definitely coming back for more!

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some happy diners at Casa Verde

Casa Verde
2L Ayala-UP Town Center Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City


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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Merienda at Café Breton

For our post-Valentine’s Day celebration, the hubby and I had a double date with my parents in Tagaytay. After our buffet lunch at Celina’s Café and Restaurant where we feasted on mostly Pinoy food, we strolled around Sky Ranch and when it was time for merienda, we headed over to The Cliffhouse to enjoy French crepe and coffee at Café Breton.

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The first Café Breton branch I’ve been to was the one at Paseo de Sta. Rosa in Sta. Rosa City, Laguna. I remembered loving their La Pinay crepe (P180) then so that’s what I immediately ordered for us to share. Actually, it was just my mom and I who ate most of it because our two guy companions were not really fond of crepes. Haha.

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My mom said the crepe was yummy and I couldn’t agree more. The combination of the sweet crepe, the fresh mango slices, the chocolate sauce and the vanilla ice cream was really delicious and comforting.

We also got some drinks. My parents had a cup of Cappuccino (P90) each while the hubby settled for Chocolate Milk Shake (P125). I, on the other hand, went for my favorite Banoffee (P130).

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freshly-brewed Cappuccino

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Among them, it was my drink that stood out. Imagine cold espresso with blended banana and caramel syrup finished off with whipped cream. It was sweet, creamy, fruity, milky, nutty, caramel-y and chocolate-y with a slight hint of bitterness from the coffee. It was pure bliss in a glass!

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Banofee on the left, Chocolate Milk Shake on the right

All in all, it was a good merienda for all of us. I liked the fact that Cafe Breton has been able to keep their prices affordable all these years. The cozy ambience of the restaurant, the quiet atmosphere inside, the attention to detail in the design of the interiors and the personalized service of the staff added up to give us a pleasant dining experience there. What a great way to re-energize ourselves before going home!

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with my parents at The Cliffhouse stairs

Cafe Breton
G/L The Cliffhouse
Aguinaldo Highway
Tagaytay City


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