Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Weekend Cooking =)

Cravings and hunger pangs set me off to a culinary expedition! To the kitchen I headed as I woke up that Sunday morn. I opened the pantry and eyed a pack of fettuccine pasta....a can of tuna in oil....a pack of tomato sauce....looking over to the counter, I saw some anchovy fillets....I remembered having a ball of quezo de bola in the fridge.....FETTUCCINE AL TONNO THEY SHALL BE!!! =)

I chopped a head of garlic, an onion and about 5 anchovy fillets. I boiled a pot of water with a dash of rock salt where I would cook my pasta. Then I melted a knob of butter and sauteed the anchovies until they were melted...I added the garlic and onions and the my shobe came to the kitchen, hungry and all...saw me cooking pasta and came back to me with a can of button mushrooms!!! CHOP---I told her...and so she did! We added the chopped shrooms to the saute and I asked her to grate the quezo de bola. I then added the drained tuna in oil...then added the tomato sauce and half of the grated cheese....seasoned it with pepper, a dash of sugar and a tiny pinch of salt (the anchovy and cheese were already salty), then some parsley flakes. I simmered the sauce for about 5-10 minutes adding some of the pasta water to thin out and thicken in ;P

Just about when my pasta was done, I drained them and placed it back in the pot, tossed in my sauce, added more cheese and covered to rest (sans the flame) to let all the flavors meld and let the sauce stick on the pasta ;P

And here it is plated....topped with cheese and parsley flakes =)
It was yummy!!!!!!!! The anchovies made all the difference. I which I had some capers and black olives..it would have been divine with those =)
For some dolci, my shobe had a brilliant idea, which she picked up from AFC (Asian Food Channel). Caramelized Apples with Mascarpone cheese was the recipe, but I told my sis we didn't have any mascarpone cheese...nor cream cheese (which would have been a fine substitute with ab it of confectioner's sugar =)) So I just suggested we just put vanilla ice cream! YUM!!!!!! =)
Here is how we made them. My sis quartered and cored 2 apples as I melted some butter in a non-stick pan. I placed about 2-3 heaping tablespoons of brown sugar and added the apples....and a dash of cinnamon...
I cooked the apples until they were soft and tender.

I placed the cooked apples in a shallow dish, topped with scoops if vanilla ice cream and drizzled the caramel sauce over =)


It was a fun day of cooking and eating! =)

Monday, January 25, 2010

Pasto, Greenhills Theatremall

Pasto is one of our favorite pizza places. We love their flavor varieties, thin crust and affordable prices ;P
Melanzana Pasta Php 215.00
Fettuccine pasta with eggplant, smoked bacon and melted mozzarella. The pasta was yummy but I just wished they gave a better piece of bread to go with this pasta rather than just plain old white buttered bread.

Greca-Vegetariano Pizza Php 215.00

They let us have two kinds of pizza in one! Yay! Our fave is the Greca---feta cheese, onions, sun-dried tomatoes, olives, artichokes and prosciutto. For the other half we just picked the Vegetariano, which has assorted roasted vegetables-eggplant,zucchini, bell peppers, onion and garlic.
To cap off you yummy meal, be drive by the nearest McDo to grab our fave dessert...

McDonald's Oreo Hot Fudge Layered Twist Php 32.00
love ko to! =)

2/F Greenhills, Theatremall

Everywhere ;P

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Because We Couldn't Decide Which =)

When we look for desserts, we usually opt for the cool and refreshing kind. Normally, we would go for ICE CREAM!!!! Yes, we love ice cream...and out fave is MCDO OREO HOT FUDGE SUNDAE (hot fudge sundae with additional oreo topping ;P)---that we could only order at McDo in Sucat, up until recently when they offered the new McDo HOT FUDGE LAYERED TWIST!---Oreo Hot Fudge, Ore-Coffee and Choco-Raspberry---YUM! YUM!! YUMMMMMM! ;P Ok, enough of my McLove....on to our dessert comfort at Cafe Via Mare=)

It's always a debate, whether to have halo-halo, guinomis or mais con hielo (I am the only one who fights for the mais! hehehe) Luckily, at Cafe Via Mare, they offer there cool shots of all of the above! Yipeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!! We likey! The question is....will each shot be enough? ;P hehehehe

Guinomis, Halo-Halo, Mais Con Hielo Trio
I am happy to say that inspite being "mini-mes" of the all time faves, the taste and flavor were all very good!!! We loved tasting one after the other...one..two..three..then back to one...but the mais I had for myself =) YAY! hahaha

Cafe Via Mare
Newly opened at President's Avenue
Sucat, Paranaque
Near Conti's BF, Across Pancake House and Starbucks BF =)

Monday, January 18, 2010

Mien San Noodle House

I am still not over craving for Chinese food. Perhaps the hunger will never go away, because....I am always hungry ;P hehehe

Yes my friends, I am still on with my pork chop hunting! We now go back to an old and reliable choice....MIEN SAN NOODLE HOUSE. If you are not familiar with this place, you will probably miss it as you drive along Granada St., going to Greenhills. It is an old place, along the lines of Happy Valley restaurant, Thai Dara and the defunct Gayuma (I didn't notice what took the place of this restaurant). A very simple place that is known for yummy dumplings and noodles, priced very affordable.

Complimentary Wonton Chips

I really like being served free pre-meal nibblies =) They are just fried wonton skins with a sprinkling of sugar. Munch...munch...munch...

Steamed Shrimp/Radish Dumpling (Php 90.00/6 pcs)
What a deal ei? Cheaper than Ersao dumplings! hehehe He liked this very much...I only managed to eat one piece ;P

Fried Pork chop Rice (Php 148.00)
I was aghast when this was served to me. I still had this crazy thought at ALL PORCKCHOP RICE that I'll order from Chinese restos will be somewhat like my beloved Delicious Pork chop rice hehehehe. Normally I would have been very pleased by this sight----for Php 148.00 I got a tonkatsu-like chop (which I really like), veggie omelet rolls, a sponge gourd (patola) side dish and an eggplant side dish plus a bowl of rice. Everything was tasty....but at that moment I was just eating because I was eating. It was good homey food though =)

Mustasa with Fish Soup Noodle (Php 119.00 +~10 for noodles)
This was recommended by our server, he just asked them to add noodles to it so it will become more filling =) It was kinda bland tasting....didn't really flipped our switch...but hey, it was healthy =)

Perhaps we were all too worked up with excitement prior to having our meals here. Our food were generally ok, but kinda plain =) Nonetheless, bill was cheap and we went out full--it was ok! hehehe

Mien San Noodle House
Granada St., Bgry. Valencia, New Manila, Q.C.
Tel Nos. 7215794/7230558

Friday, January 15, 2010

Eat Well, Delicious Kitchen..Not The Real Delicious =(

Our HongKong trip, I thought I would be "sawa" with Chinese food already. Alas! All the yummy memories of what we had there made me crave for them since the day we arrived back in Manila. Before we left for Manila, I we were already curious if the Delicious Kitchen being put up in Greenhills (beside and above Pancake House, where Dencios used to be) was related to or the same as THE Delicious Kitchen in HongKong.

Eat Well, Delicious Kitchen...

Before we settled in, I checked their menu for PORK CHOP with Spinach Rice....IT WAS THERE!!!! Perhaps it is the same???!!! I was so giddy with excitement.

We first ordered the
Xio Long Pao (4pcs.) Php 88.00
this was ok...nothing compare to Din Tai Fung of course, but this had some soup in it and was pretty ok in taste.

Deep-Fried Pork Chop with Vegetable Rice Php 188.00
Awwww.....sadness...when our pork chop rice arrived, we knew it was NOT the same as the Delicious Kitchen in HongKong.
The concept is the same though...spinach in the rice...pork chop on top...but it was not same =( The pork chop was a bit fatty and the rice quite oily...it was ok...tasty..but perhaps our expectations were too high that's why we got disappointed. Nevertheless, we can compliment the staff for being very cordial and attentive. Our food came out swiftly I might add, so kudos to the management for that =) Their prices were very reasonable and the food portion was generous, so we were quite happy about that. Despite being in soft opening, the place was in good operational status. Try for yourself =)

Eat Well, Delicious Kitchen
Greenhills, San Juan
Beside Pancake House, near Sugi

Thursday, January 14, 2010

A Very Merry Christmas in HongKOng ^_^ Part IV

Trying more Japanese novelty food...this display window ticked our fancy =)

The place is called TOI HOKKAIDO RICE PIZZA

It was kind of late and we were absolutely dead tired, so we had this as take away...

Salmon, scallops, nori,corn Hokkaido Rice Pizza
It came in a funky take-way box with a funky plastic server (I regret forgetting to take a picture of---rats! It was sort of a plastic version of a pizza wedge server---soooo cool!)...kudos to the Japanese for making brilliant packaging materials and stuff! hehehe

You may have had rice burger, but have you ever had RICE PIZZA?! This was absolutely delicious! Unlike any other pizza we have ever had, because of it's RICE CRUST (hence rice pizza!). It's like a flattened out maki...with a crisped up bottom. Warning: VERY FILLING! It's really loaded with salmon, scallops, nori, corn and perhaps some Japanese mayo and cheese. Very fun to eat and each bite is FULL OF FLAVOR! =)

Toi Hokkaido Rice Pizza, Shop 6-8 G/F Yee On Bldg., 24-26 East Point Road, Causeway bay, HongKong

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

A Very Merry Christmas in HongKOng ^_^ Part III

For the most part, we generally enjoyed chinese cuisine, but we were able to sneak in trying some Japanese food in HK. We stumble upon Beppu Ekimae.

We wanted something light, but different, so we picked these... =)

Tuna Tartare Topped with Black Truffle Gunkan Maki
Boy did we pick the right kind! This was exquisite! As we took our mouthfuls and chewed, we just let out uuuuuuuuhhhmmms and closed our eyes as we savored the textures and flavors gently filling our senses. It was a real delight. We didn't order another of this as we wanted to keep the tastes and sensation with our respective pieces, as perfect.

Ika with Uni Gunkan Maki
This had a more slithering and slippery mouthfeel...delicate and delicious, but we agreed our first Beppu Maki experience was more to our liking. This was nevertheless our second fave =)

We veered away from the delicates and just went to the more filling and fun....

Hokkaido Scallop Thousand Island Pizza

This was a treat! Very different from the kind of pizzas we have here...the crust was buttery, chewy with a light crunch...it was uber cheesy and very flavorful with the scallops in bedded in the thick goo of cheese =) I think there must have been some Japanese mayo in here somewhere, hehehe.

have a closer look...

It was a very wonderful dining experienced as we enjoyed very well the new combination of flavors and taste of Japanese cuisine. ^_^

Beppu Ekimae 22 Petterson St., Shop 3 1/F Jade and Pearl Plaza, Causewaybay

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

A Very Merry Christmas in HongKOng ^_^ Part II

To date I still dream of this.....

Delicious Kitchen Porkchop Rice ^_^
aaaaahhhh..... this flips my switch!!! Upon arriving in HongKong, this was our first stop to quiet down the clammoring of our stomachs...and perfect it was! How do I begin to describe this simple yet superb rice bowl? The porckchop, unlike anything I have had in Manila.....so tender, so flavorful! It had a sweetish-savory taste, with a texture, not crispy yet tender to the bite. The underlaying rice was the perfect accompaniment. A bed of chopped pechay/bok choy cooked with the rice....no strong flavors here, just the wondeful fragrance of the veggie with the rice. How the simplest foods can be of utmost perfection? =) hahaha

We had other food with the porkchop rice, but I only managed to snap a photo of the bowl of soup beside my rice bowl =)


The humble delight of DELICIOUS KITCHEN. I Likey! =)

Located at #9-11Cleveland St., Causewaybay, HongKong.

Monday, January 11, 2010

A Very Merry Christmas in HongKOng ^_^ Part I

Happy 2010!!!! ^_^ Wow, how time does fly? Nonetheless, I am very happy to share with you how much the last few weeks of my 2009 have been filled with so much wonderful moments accompanied by delicious eating! hahaha

I was very fortunate to have had the chance to spend my Christmas in HongKong! It is the first time in my life that I have spent it away from home. I was so elated and thrilled by the opportunity to be with the love of my life (and grateful to have been welcomed by his family) to share the wonderful Christmas season. Nevertheless my heart and thoughts were always with my family at home, the whole time I was travelling and eating...I am so glad they understand.

To be honest, I didn't get that chance to take pictures of all the delicious lunches and dinners that I have experienced during my trip, so I just share a few that I have had the time to snap digital memories of, with you =).

Before our much awaited trip, a friend of mine told me about this excellent Taiwanese restaurant that specializes in Siao Long Pao called Din Tai Fung. Upon checking on the internet, I was so excited to find out they have two branches in HongKong already, one at Kowloon side and the latest ...at Causeway bay, 68 Yee Woo Street---just a run around the hotel were we were staying----sweet!!!!


Remember the name and go there when you get to HongKong if you are craving for the BEST Sio Long Pao...well the best I have ever had...but then it may be so, because I have read that their HongKong branch was given one Michelin Star =)

Upon entering the restaurant, you will see this clear glassed room, where the delicate dumpling delicacies and carefully made.

Among the things we ordered, besides the main event---we picked the Pork chop Rice
Very tender and flavorful pork chop on a bed of yummy yang chow fried rice!!! Delicious! Delicious!

Now the Siaolong Pao...we ordered two kinds...the regular and crab roe

Just look at these masterpieces! Delicate pouches filled with delightful ground meat and hot and flavorful broth!

The dumpling skin was thin and moist...a lovely packaging for the perfect soupy-bite!

Take a closer look....

This is the Crab Roe Siao Long Pao
aaaahhh... I can still taste that golden broth....simply the best!

Kutchay Bun

Veggie Siopao =)

I love the flavors...the bun was thinner than the usual Siopaos we have here in Manila.
May I add that the service here is as excellent as their food.
Din Tai Fung, is Din Tai Fun! ^_^ I love the whole dining experience.