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22 February 2013

Yoshinoya, SM Megamall Branch

Saturday, the 15th of February, hubby and I were looking for a place to eat after hitting the gym. We ended up in SM Megamall, but since it was a the Saturday after both payday and Valentine's Day, most of the restaurants in the mall were full to the brim.

In our "quest" we ended up eating in Yoshinoya, a Japanese themed restaurant.

Hubby ordered this:

The Tonkatsu Bento Box. While the serving was big, there were several things that we didn't like. According to hubby the breading for the pork was way too thick and I have to agree with him on that. The vegetable side dish was a little over done and bland. As for the salad, yes, the serving comes with a small amount of fruit salad, it was unremarkable. The sauce also came straight from the fridge, too cold!

My choice for brunch was the Chicken Teriyaki. To sum it up, it was an ordinary dish, nothing to set it apart from other restaurants serving the same dish. It's main serving grace was that the serving was also huge. The chicken strips were tender and juicy, but the vegetables were soggy.

And our side order of California Maki. It wasn't bad, but also nothing to set it apart from other places that serve the same food.

My final words/thoughts about it: We paid under Php500, about Php457 for a meal for 2 with 2 large red iced tea (which tasted very much like Lipton Red Iced Tea). It was a little bit on the steep side, they charged me extra when I asked for their extra teriyaki sauce, which in for my taste was bland and tasted more like soy sauce with corn starch. I'd rather go to a different Japanese restaurant than to go back to Yoshinoya. 


Brightest Blessings!



15 February 2013

Chicken Supreme

You may have noticed that I love chicken dishes and here's another one that I tried out. I call it chicken supreme.

What You'll Need:

24 quail eggs, hard boiled and de-shelled
1 medium carrots, diced
24 pieces young corn sliced into 3 (per piece)
1 red bell pepper, diced
3 pieces regular hotdog, sliced
1K chicken breast fillet
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons lite butter
5 cloves of garlic, minced
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 small can of evaporated milk
1/4 cups of water
salt and pepper to taste

What to do:

1. Fry the carrots, bell peppers and hot dogs separately, set aside
2. In a saucepan, melt the butter and saute the chicken in garlic and onions
3. Once the chicken is half cooked, put the water and boil it
4. After the water boils, add the milk and simmer for 5 minutes
5. Then add the carrots, bell pepper, hot dogs, young corn and hard boiled quail eggs. Salt and pepper to taste and simmer for another 5 minutes
6. Serve as a topping to warm rice and enjoy

Brightest Blessings!



08 February 2013

Chicken in White Sauce


It's been a while since I shared a recipe here at my blog and to be honest, I miss it.

So this dish is really easy to make and I hope when you do try it, you'll enjoy it as much as we did.

What you need:

1K chicken nuggets or 1K chicken breast fillet with coating of your choice
3tbsp of cooking oil
1/2 cup water
125g of frozen peas
1 small carrot diced
1 can corn kernel, drained
1 small can of champignion  mushrooms, drained
1 can of mushroom soup

What to do:

  1. Fry the chicken and set it aside
  2. Fry the carrots
  3. In a saucepan heat up the water to a boil and add the mushroom soup
  4. Once the sauce boils, add the carrots, corn, mushrooms and peas
  5. Simmer for 5 minutes or until peas are tender but not overcooked
  6. On a plate put rice, nuggets and top with the sauce. Serve while warm

Brightest Blessings!



01 February 2013

Eat & Go SM Megamall Atrium

After a long absence from blogging, I am now officially back to the world of sharing ideas, thoughts, photographs and most especially things about FOOD! For the re-opening salvo of Halie's Kitchen, here's a review of Eat & Go.

The Interior of the Restaurant

The restaurant is located at the new Atrium of the SM Megamall in Mandaluyong. It's situated near the escalators on the 3rd floor of the new building. The place is cozy and even if there are a lot of people inside and outside, there seems to be a homey feeling while you dine. It was a great place to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary last Friday, 25th of January!

Let's get to the food.

We ordered the Executive Meal 1 which consisted of the following:

2 refillable glasses of a drink of your choice
2 entrees for each plate (valued at Php195 per entree)
1 side dish per plate
1 salad

for extra, we ordered a plate of Gambaretti

Here are the photos:

Those were refillable glasses of freshly squeezed lemons, lemonade if you will. What we liked about it - it wasn't sweet nor was it too sour. It was just right and definitely refreshing.

We had the Waldorf Salad that day. I would say that there was a little some to be desired about it. Overall though, it was good and a perfect way to start your meal.

Our main food: Peppered Chicken with Pasta (white sauce for him and red for me) and corn and carrots.

As you can see, the servings were quite huge! The peppered chicken was a delight. You just have to be careful not to eat all the sauce that it comes with because you might find it a little bit salty. The pasta was perfect! I liked the red sauce which was cooked the way I liked it, a little bit sour, Italian style. The white sauce pasta was also good, but add a little more pepper and it will rock! As for the side dish, the serving was a lot and it will fill you up real good.

And our extra order of Gambaretti:

As for the supposedly spicy shrimp, this dish was a little bit of a let down. The shrimp was a little on the cross between cooked and half cooked. It was gummy but it wasn't raw. It was a little on the pale side and there was something missing with it. I guess it lacked in garlic, olive oil, salt and of course the spicy-ness that I tasted the first time I tried it. 

Overall, the restaurant was good. It provided prompt service and the staff was friendly. Should you decide to visit the restaurant and order the gambaretti, please make sure to instruct the server to cook it thoroughly and don't forget the garlic because that was the thing that made it really good!

Till my next post! Thanks for stopping by my kitchen again.  

Brightest Blessings!