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31 January 2011

Foodie 365 - Week 4

This is my 4th week for my Food Project 365. So happy to say that, everything seems to be going well.

22/365 - Maling + Eggs + Rice = Perfect Brunch

When we were working in Makati, hubby and I would go to one of the Jollyjeeps to have Maling + fried rice and sometimes + egg for breakfast. We've been missing it for the longest time, so last January 22nd, hubby requested that I make some at home. Yummy!!!

23/365 - Mango Crepes at Kangaroo Jack

After I went to the photowalk and hubby's game, we decided to eat out since we were both tired and neither of us had the strength to prepare food for dinner. We ended up in Kangaroo Jack located at the Araneta Center in Cubao. The photo above is our lovely dessert. A piece of heaven on earth.

24/365 - Spicy Garlic Shrimp and Foccacia Bread

The eve of our anniversary, I made some shrimp in garlic and olive oil. All hubby said that it was marvelous. Instead of rice, we bought some foccacia bread to eat with the shrimps and the light dinner was nothing but perfect!

25/365 - Baked Nachos

On the day of our anniversary, hubby requested for something Mexican. For lunch, I made the usual soft tacos and salsa, which we were able to finish around the afternoon, when we ate the rest for our afternoon snack. Dinner time, I made some baked nachos...

Spicy, tangy and nothing but crispy goodness.

26/365 - Marbles (Sweet Bread with Cheese Inside)

The day after our anniversary, hubby went back to work. So, I just had some "marbles" for merienda. Luckily, someone goes around the subdivision to sell bread and I didn't have to go out to the bakery to buy something to eat.

27/365 Chunky Spicy Chicken Spaghetti

Some spicy chicken spaghetti for lunch. Have I said anything about us loving spicy food?

28/365 Tuna and Hot Rice

Spicy tuna with garlic rice. That was our lunch on a Friday, something simple, yet it hits just the right gastronomic spot.


28 January 2011

North Park - Manila Ocean Park Branch

This is so long overdue. December 26th, 2010 was the day that Hubby and I went to the Manila Ocean Park. After all the misadventures that we had in two of the restaurants there, we finally landed at North Park Noodle House.

North Park Noodle House
Manila Ocean Park Branch
G/F Manila Ocean Park
Roxas Blvd. (behind Quirino Grand Stand), Ermita
Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines

Phone Number: (63 2) 567-2767

I know for a fact that North Park is a very common place for most people. But there are several things about this particular branch that I would love for people to know about.

When we got to North Park, the place was overflowing with customers, we had to get a number and wait for seats that day. The guard on duty was really great, he got our names and gave us a number.

While waiting for a seat, we looked at the menu outside and decided our meal from there.

We didn't wait for a long time, I'd say after five minutes or so, we were called and led to our table. When we were seated, the guard immediately called a free member of the crew and told our server to place the menu on our table. Efficient, wasn't he?

Since we already decided what to eat, we immediately placed our orders and sat patiently to wait for our meal. The best thing about the experience, even with so many people in the restaurant, we didn't have to follow up on any of our food. The waiter served everything on cue and on time. Really efficient!

The first thing on our table was the soup that we ordered

Wanton Noodles - Light (Good for two people)

It was quite good. Not too salty and one could really taste the dimsum that was part of the ingredients. The broth was still hot, which helped a lot in warming our hungry bellies.

Yang Chao Fried Rice - serving good for 2 to 3 people

Broccoli with 3 kinds of mushrooms in Oyster Sauce

Lapu-Lapu with Lemon Sauce
For our main meal, we got the Yang Chao rice, which when we saw, we thought we couldn't finish. But then again, with no breakfast and a VERY late lunch, we were able to finish the entire serving easily.

The broccoli was something probably made in Chinese Cuisine heaven. The vegetables were cooked to a crunchy consistency, but without the gummy feel of most vegetables. The mushrooms were not bouncy, it was easily cut by our spoons and forks. The oyster sauce was not too thick to make you grab a glass of water once it gets into your mouth.

The fish was fried to a golden brown crisp. Although, I think it could use a little more lemon for added flavor. But overall, the serving was tasty, and I can say this without bias because the lapu-lapu was the last dish that was put on our table. Meaning, I already satisfied my hunger and the food didn't taste good just because I was hungry.

To summarize our whole experience

The service was fast, efficient and the crew members were friendly.

The food is something that you can live by, not spectacular, but it will surely give you the idea that you are eating a Chinese meal.

The cost, not to hard on the pockets. We only paid less than Php1,000 for everything on our table, including two glasses of iced tea.

Overall experience, it was very satisfying. 


Nilagang Baboy - Pork in Simple Broth

I know that everyone knows how to make nilaga, but I'd like to share a few of my tweaks to this wonderful dish.


What you'll need:

1K Pork
1 Medium cabbage quartered
4 medium potatoes, skin peeled and quartered
2 medium carrots, skin peeled and cut into 1 inch cubes
3 stalks of leeks, cut into 1 inch strips
1 tablespoon of pepper corn
1/2 a teaspoon of grounded black pepper
1/2 teaspoon of powdered cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon of dried basil leaves
1 bay leaf
1 medium onion quartered
2 cups of water
salt to taste

What to do:

1. Boil the pork in two cups of water, along with the pepper corns,salt, dried basil leaves, bay leaf and onions
2. When the pork is tender, add the potatoes and carrots
3. Once the veggies are cooked, add black pepper and cayenne powder. Boil for two minutes.
4. Lower the heat and place the leeks and cabbage on top of the meat. Cover and let simmer for one minute. Let the steam from the broth cook the leafy greens. This will help ensure that the vegetables retain their crunchy feel.


5. Serve during cold days over hot rice and enjoy!


26 January 2011

Food Quote - Soup



The cold days are not yet gone, couple with that, the rains that we are experiencing every now and then made me think of making this Nilagang Baboy one day.

I try to push ordinary recipes like this to its limits and I'm proud to say that the additional leeks just gave my nilaga new life.

25 January 2011

Foodie 365 - Week 3

First on the third week of my foodie 365 project is:

Street Food 15/365

a plate filled with types of street food. Siomai and squid balls. Simplicity is heaven. =)

Sardines 16/365

Then the following day, hubby requested that we have sardines. Being a foodie, I couldn't help but say, YES! Sardines + hot rice = pleasure.

Oatmeal 17/365

The 17th was a continuation of simple meals. For breakfast, hubby and I had a bowl of oatmeal each. Healthy - I have to agree.

Spicy Siopao 18/365

January 18th, I was craving for siopao. When hubby arrived home at around 12MN, he had this spicy siopao asado inside his bag for me. Awww, hubby's so sweet!

Turon 19/365

I was looking for something naturally sweet last 19th. I went out of the house and found a vendor selling banana rolls! Isn't it great that someone sells something that you are really looking for?

Peanut Butter and Pan De Sal 20/365

Peanut butter and pan de sal, do I need to say more?

Pineapple Bread 21/365

I just got curious about how pineapple bread tastes like. I got the answer last 21st. I'd say, it wasn't for me.

21 January 2011

Vegetable and Tofu Curry

The third and last Thai Dish from our New Year's Eve dinner.


What you need

1/4K of tofu, diced
2 medium eggplants (cut in half then slice diagonally)
10 pieces of young corn
5 string beans, cut into 1 inch strips
1 onion chopped finely
3 pieces of garlic minced
1 pack of Thai yellow curry paste
2 tablespoons of oil
1 cup of coconut milk
powdered or fresh cayenn pepper and salt to taste

What to do

Follow the instructions on the pack of the curry paste.

In a separate pan, saute garlic, onion and tofu in oil until the tofu becomes light brown. When the paste is cooked, add coconut milk, let simmer for about 1 minute then add the vegetables, simmer for another minute then add the sauteed tofu. Bring to a boil for about 2 minutes using medium heat.

Serve with rice.

It just got Old

Before I get started, I'd like to welcome y'all to my newly renovated kitchen. I hope you like your stay here. Now, on to business.

The Old Spaghetti House, Ali Mall
G/F Ali Mall, Araneta Center, Cubao
Quezon City, Metro Manila
(02) 913-7410

It has been said that in order for a dining experience to be great, one need not spend an arm and a leg. The only thing that is needed is good food and time to appreciate what is on the table.

The 6th of January 2011, hubby and I decided to try dishes from the Old Spaghetti House (Ali Mall Branch).


The facade and decor lent a vintage atmosphere to the place and boy, did it look really good. Cozy, warm, welcoming, seemed like a good choice over some other fastfood places in the mall.

So, we got settled in one of the corner seats, comfortable and like I said, cozy. The waiter gave us the menu and we scanned it, until we found some fish dishes. It was a little past 11AM, so we were thinking of brunch. We first ordered the fish fillet dish, but the waiter sadly informed us that they DO NOT have any fish dishes for the rest of the day. Urgh! Time to look for another meal.

Second choice - hubby ordered the chicken meal, I got one of their lunch meal combos and a strawberry shake.

Pan Glazed Chicken

When the chicken meal was placed on the table, hubby's first reaction was, "This is it? I mean really, this is all that I'm paying more than Php150 for?"


Beef a'la Pobre - Lunch Meal

My meal was the beef a'la pobre with pasta, rice and salad. What were my first thoughts when I saw my meal? "Is this a salad? One piece of leaf cut in half, a pinch and I mean a pinch of grated crunchy thingies?"

Okay so we were hungry and we dug in, sue us. LOL

Pale Strawberry Milkshake

My meal came with a glass of iced tea which I gave to hubby, so I can order a glass of strawberry milkshake.

Here's our take on the food:

The Pan Glazed Chicken that hubby ordered is something that anyone, and I mean anyone can make in their own kitchen. Given the chicken was soft, but it was bland with a capital B. It's nothing memorable and as per hubby's words, he hated it. I got a bite or two and yes, I have to agree that there was nothing tasty about it.

My beef a'la pobre was too salty and the pasta on the plate, again bland with a capital B. The salads on our plates was nothing but a leaf with no special taste to it. Again, urgh! And the pasta, I thought they named the restaurant The Old Spaghetti House for a reason. I thought the saving grace of the meal that I ordered would be the pasta, unfortunately, it was its downfall.

Are you now wondering why the milkshake looks a little purple? Fear not, it's not because there's a conspiracy between the colors of my adobe photoshop to make it look like purple yam and the lighting conditions of the restaurant.

It looks that way because it was pale to begin with. I tried to adjust the colors, but it keeps showing up that way, so I just left it alone.

The color reflects the tastelessness of the milkshake. It's so watered down that I did not taste a hint of strawberry or milk. I wasn't able to finish it because of the not so good taste.

Would I recommend it? No, I'd say that you can go to another place that serves better tasting Italian food than this restaurant.

Value for the money? There's none. I would just make my own pasta and cook at home instead of going here.

18 January 2011

Soup in a Bread Bowl - French Baker

My newly discovered piece of heaven


Soup served in hard bread bowl, with some of the bread and butter on the side at French Baker.


16 January 2011

Thai Cuisine Inspired Crispy Pork

I was inspired to make something like this last New Year's Eve

Jatujak's Thai Crispy Pork with Cilantro Garnish

My Version (a little overdone)

What you'll need:

For the Pork

1K Pork Kasim
1/4 cup salt (or salt to taste)
1 teaspoon whole black pepper
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon dried basil
3 cups of water
cooking oil for deep frying
cilantro for garnish

For the dip

1/8 cup of water (used in boiling the pork)
1/2 cup cane vinegar
2 tablespoons fish sauce (patis)
1 teaspoon whole pepper
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 cucumber sliced diagonally
2 tomatoes
3 sprigs of fresh spring onions
1 medium red onion chopped finely
*optional cayenne pepper to taste

What to do:

1. Boil the pork with all the ingredients in a pot until tender, drain set aside.
2. When the pork is dry enough, deep fry in cooking oil until crispy (golden brown)

For the dip:

1. Combine water, vinegar, fish sauce, whole and ground black pepper and cayenne pepper, simmer until vinegar is cooked.
2. Add sliced cucumber, tomatoes and spring onions, simmer for one minute.

Serve hot over steaming rice.

15 January 2011

Foodie 365 - Week 2

I can't believe how time flies so fast. It's been two weeks now since the new year started. And it's also my second week doing the Foodie 365 project.

Without any further introductions, here are my photos from January 8th to the 14th.

Mango and Roasted Chicken Salad 08/365

One of the best salads that I have ever tasted. Who would have thought that mangoes, semi-ripe at that would taste good with grilled chicken, slices of cucumber and cabbage? Well, this one from the Banana Leaf sure tasted good. One thing I forgot to mention in the review, the dressing was made with mango rinds! Delicious!

Tinolang Manok 09/365

Hubby requested for something that had some broth. Here's a serving of Tinolang Manok, something that both he and I enjoy, especially when the weather is quite cold.

Goldilocks' Cathedral Window 10/365

One of my all time favorites. I love chilled desserts and this multi-colored, multi-flavored jello from Goldilocks hits the right spot all the time. Hubby and I can even have this for our main meal whether it be breakfast, lunch or dinner

Longsilog 11/365

We weren't able to do much grocery shopping the past week. Good thing that when I craved for some skinless longganisa, the neighborhood store had these Pampanga's Best available.


Palabok 12/365

The place where we live supports small businesses, good. The best thing about it, it also gives the residents a place to go to when they want to buy some snacks.

This palabok though lacks in ingredients, no shrimps, no tinapa, just eggs and the usual yellowish tint.

Chips and Tea 13/365

Instead of buying something for snacks, I decided to open up the bag of Cheetos Flaming Hot chips that hubby bought for me. Ain't it grand, watching TV (DVD marathon) with some chips and a liter of ice tea within your reach?

That's what I had that day!

Banana-Q 14/365

My simple joy when it comes to food. Banana-Q!

This one was soft and it kinda melts in your mouth. What really made it delicious was not the sugar the coated the bananas, but the bananas had its natural sweetness intact.

And all those three pieces of heavenly bananas for only Php12.00

Food photography, I'm falling in love with it. For almost a couple of months now, I have noticed that my focus has shifted again from street/photojourn to this delectable and palate teasing style of photography.