Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Craving for Bubbles and Bibimbop!

It's so HOT! HOT! HOT! We have been cooling down with halo-halo's, guinomis and mais con hielos the past month, so we thought of having something new....how about pear milk teas? They are light, refreshing and have minimal or no caffeine---perfect!

Bubble Tea

We have tried Bubble tea before. I think I had a Taro milk tea and found it tooo sweet! This time I asked for 50% less sugar and had Match Milk =)

Take a peek at the new branch in Tomas Morato...the place is a nice refreshing white and green.


Matcha Milk Tea with Bubbles Php 115.00 (regular)
I absolutely love it! Cutting the sugar by 50% makes the sweetness just PERFECT for my taste. We loved the varying sizes of the uber soft and chewy bubbles. I think bubble tea pearls are THE BEST IN TEXTURE!!!!

Vegetable Sandwich (~Php 185.00)
He ordered this grilled veggie sandwich which took FOREVER to arrive. They were in dry run, so we were patient and understanding. The sandwich was tasty and loaded with veggies and mushrooms. I didn't get to note the actual name and exact price...but I think I am about right.

Serenitea

We have been getting lucky with newly opened tea places. This Senenitea branch is also quite new in the Aguirre Strip.

I grabbed a bag of this interesting tofu stick snacks placed at the counter. I love tofu anything =)

Tofu Sticks-Pizza Flavored Php 35.00
They were yummy! I likey! Crispy and crunchy---like breadsticks. I asked if they were really JUST TOFU STICKS and not bread...they said yes....SO HA! Very safe to indulge in. I wanna get the garlic flavor on my next visit.

Now for the Teas...

I got the Okinawa QQ Php 85.00 and he chose the Hokkaido Milk Tea Php 85.00
QQ means with pearls (black sago) and crystals (nata de coco). You may also opt to have bricks, which are coffee jelly cubes. For each order of milk tea, you can have 2 of either pearl, crystals or bricks. They charge extra for the 3rd add on should you choose to have so. I love the Okinawa blend. It has a stronger black tea flavor than the Hokkaido Milk, which had a coco-nutty taste.

In our opinion, the bubbles at Bubble Tea is better but for the price and over-all taste...well Serenitea has very good value for the buck! =)


After all the bubble tea talk, we go on back to KAYA Korean Restaurant. One of the not so authentic Korean Restos...but it can be conveniently found within malls.

I was with my sisters, taking our nephew for a spin at the Kids Station and Gymboree. I meant to take them to my favorite San Sung Korean Restaurant in Kalayaan, but my nephew fell asleep at Gymboree (awwwwwwwwwwwww---must have gotten tired from all the playing), so we decided to just eat at Kaya.
The craving was for Dolsot Bibimbap...and good thing they dished them out quite nicely here.

Dolsot Bibimbap Php 205.00
This was quite cheaper than the average g prices at Korean Houses. Their version was quite authentic tasting too!

We wiped out two servings .....
plus...

Japchae Php 160.00
I was shocked at the miniscule portion size. Now I know why it's only Php 160.00. Nevertheless, it was very tasty, so it wasn't that disappointing.

Mandou Php 135.00 (5pcs)
This was more pricey than in Korean Houses, being only 5pieces. They were tasty too...so it was ok =)

We wiped everything out so no complains hehehe.

For Korean food craving, I would definitely recommend going to authentic Korean restos. Nothing beats those FREEBIE plates of appetizers...even if the price range is steeper...the portions are bigger and YOU GET FREE KOREAN APPETIZERS (oooh, I mentioned that already ;P )

Oh one more not so nice thing about dining at Kaya...you pay for those korean appetizers =(

*me likes FREE APPETIZERS ;P hehehhe


Bubble Tea
Newly Opened branch in Tomas Morato,
beside Alfredo's Steak House

Serenitea
#268 Aguirre Ave., Phase 3
BF Homes Paranaque
Tel# (632) 794 3288

Kaya
Rockwell Center Branch
Level P-1, Poweplant Mall
Amapola cor. Estrella St., Makati City
Tel# (632) 898 0934-35

14 comments:

mr. pineapple man said...

oh god..those pics are great! craving everything!

于毓于毓 said...

cool blog,期待更新........................................

Jen Tan said...

thanks to both of you for dropping by =)

♡u8mypinkc00kies♡ said...

the tofu sticks look yummy! what other flavors do they have? :)

Jen Tan said...

hello pinkcookies! I saw pizza and garlic, not sure if they have others but I will find out this weekend! ;P hahahaha sooo yummy! Yun left over ko, I ate at home and dipped in tostistos quezo con salsa!---pwede din chizwiz or peanut butter nalang! hahaha =)

♡u8mypinkc00kies♡ said...

cool :) now i wanna try it out. looks like one pack contains a lot na.. around 10 sticks?? :P

Jen Tan said...

hello pinkcookies! yeah parang ang mura nga e php35.00 and it's more than 10 pa nga ata ...let me count again ;p heheheh try mo yummmy snack!

♡u8mypinkc00kies♡ said...

Thanks for the heads up :) will definitely buy one if I see a branch of Serenitea! :)

Jen Tan said...

you're welcome pink c! thanks for dropping by also =) i want serenitea later! hahahahah

Midge said...

Oh, my! You had to mention two of my favorite restaurants - Serenitea and Kaya!

(I'm craving for dolsot bibimbap all of a sudden. Oh, dear...)

Jen Tan said...

hello Midge!

Go get some yummy bibimbap and milk tea =) Reading this now again makes me crave more! hahahaha Yesterday I was only able to get my hands on QUICKLY!....Senenitea was out of the way...pero taro ice is YUMMY ALSO! Will put on my next post ;P

canDIshhh said...

Jen!! I do not like Bubble Tea kasi they use powder!! Solid Serenitea ako!!

Mishu na!!!

瑜吟 said...

這一生中有多少人擦肩而過?而朋友是多麼可貴啊!..................................................

Jen Tan said...

hello didi!!! really??? bubble tea doesn't use real teas??? =(

SERENITEA NA TAYO!!!!! real tea na, masarap pa mas cheap pa =)

Thanks for the heads up D! miss you na!