food review: RAZON’s of GUAGUA’s “HALO-HALO”

Razon's Halo-halo

Whenever you heard the food place named “Razon’s of Guagua”… the first thing that comes to your mind is their famous “Halo-Halo”.

Compared to the price of other Halo-Halo in town, I can say that it is not budget-friendly as the others. But, when I’ve tasted it… it convinced me that it deserves its price of P100 per tall glass. In my own opinion, what made Razon’s Halo-Halo special  despite the simple, clean, and not so colorful look is its finely shaved creamy ice that when tasted… feels smooth on the tongue. Sweet macapuno and bananas, poured with creamy milk, and topped with leche flan adds up to the said dessert to be more flavorful. Though with less usual Halo-Halo ingredients compared to others… all I can say is that, it’s all in the ice! And you’ll be wanting some more.

Photo by: Sukito San

food news: BIGGEST MOONCAKE in the PHILIPPINES

Mooncake

The biggest Mooncake in the Philippines is now ready to satisfy your cameras and cravings for real! Prepared by “Eng Bee Tin”, a Chinese Deli Store located at # 628 Ongpin Street, Binondo, Manila. The giant mooncake measures 75 inches in circumferencce, 24 inches in diameter, and 3 inches in thickness which can feed and be divided to more than fifty persons. This yummy delicacy is not only for display but 100% edible and made from natural ingredients. The presentation of the eye-catching mooncake was done by “Eng Bee Tin” in preparation for the Mid-Autumn Festival or popularly known as Mooncake Festival for the Filipino-Chinese Community held every September aside from giving-away mooncakes as part of the celebration.  It will be on display until September 22, 2013 at SM Mall of Asia… and will also be on display until September 30, 2013 at Eng Bee Tin’s Binondo branch. Foodtrippers and folks in all walks of life can have their photo taken with the largest mooncake for free and you can take home with you a free mooncake from the mentioned deli store if you had taken your picture with it at their main branch in Binondo.

Mooncakes are made out of mixed flour and sugar, then turned into dough and added with fillings and salted eggs afterwards. Its traditional flavors are ube, pandan, mixed nuts, lotus and mongo. But now, it comes with different taste like choco peanut butter, salted caramel truffle snowskin, and rum raisin truffle snowskin. Moreover, a mooncake is more than just a food but also a part of history as it was used to carry a message of revolution of the Chinese which is the salted egg as its filling during the Civil War.

Happy Mooncake Festival 🙂

Photo Credit: SM Mall of Asia Official Facebook Page

News Source: Bandila ( ABS CBN TV News Program)

food moment: UBE MACAPUNO ROLL

ube macapuno roll

I am not really into celebrating my birthday in an extravagant way. For me, It’s an enough gift that I’ll always see my family in good health and that we are all living harmoniously. I didn’t expect that my nephew named, Jai Jai, would surprise me by presenting his birthday present to me on my special day. He got near to me as I came home and showed me what’s on the table. It’s an “Ube Macapuno Roll” from Red Ribbon with a written birthday greeting on it and with six little lit candles on top of it plus six faces of smileys made of white icing which adds cuteness to the cake. Of course, he’s just the one who presented it to me. But, it’s actually his parent’s idea to give it to me.

cake blow

Another funny moment that goes along with that cake roll whenever I see one was that as my nephew presented the cake to me, he asked me that he wanted to be the one to blow it for me. By the way, my 5-year old nephew has this habit of blowing candles on any cake he sees. And yup, he did succeed of blowing the six candles on the cake! 

Photos by: Sukito San

food review: CHOWKING’s ORANGE CHICKEN

Chowking's Orange Chicken

One meal included in Chowking restaurant’s menu caught my attention if it really taste good as a food combination.  So, as a certified foodie… I have to try it out!

In one of their restaurant branches, I ordered their “Orange Chicken rice Meal with drink” for one person. They gave me a number in the counter and ask me to wait for it for some few minutes. Well, while waiting for my order… I just observe how their crews move and accommodate their customers. I can say that they were courteous yet fully occupied with some task. Finally, my order was served after 16 minutes of waiting. It’s quite a long wait but excusable because the food was served hot enough to be eaten and with a little apology plus a smile from the service crew who brought me my order. Aside from the fact, that I can see that the lines on their counter were longer and that there’s still many arriving customers.

Here’s my verdict for the food, I didn’t expect that a combination of the light sweetness and slight sourness of the orange taste well with the chicken. The chicken is rightly cooked and tender enough to be chewed. Although, the meal was served with few slices of the chicken meat. But, the sauce in the “Orange Chicken” compliments the chicken meat and the orange carpels and it really tastes good. I have to admit that my taste buds loved it. Moreover, it fits to be a viand on plain rice or even on fried rice… knowing that Filipinos cannot have a complete meal without rice. I’m happy that I’ve tried tasting it. Yup, why would “Chowking” include it on their menu if it’s not yummy. I should say that they’ve added an asset meal on their menu.

All I can say is that, if pineapple goes well with chicken in “Pininyahang Manok“, why not an orange with chicken!

Photo by: Sukito San

food spot: JOLLIBEE

Jollibee

     Ask every Filipino kid in town if where they would want to eat. “Jollibee” will always be the first response that you’ll hear.

     Popularly known as Jollibee (Jollibee Foods Corporation). This largest fast food chain in the Philippines today was founded by its current CEO, Tony Tan Caktiong. It started out as an ice cream parlor in Cubao, wayback 1975. Now, it operates over 750 stores nationwide and still growing. The humble beginning of this burger restaurant became a source of pride among the Filipinos and a well-loved brand that values customer satisfaction. The operation in stores were then developed with drive-throughs for a more convenient and accessible food service.

chickenjoy jollibee mascot

     Jollibee serves burgers like yum with cheese and champ, chicken or what they call as “chickenjoy”, rice meals with burger and pork steak or with grilled pork tenders , noodles like spaghetti and palabok fiesta, sandwiches like their famous “jolly hotdog” and with sides such as french fries or crisscut fries and peach mango pie, beverages like softdrinks and desserts such as coffee float or chocolate float. Breakfast are also available like garlic bangus and chicken sausage with garlic rice and sunny side-up. Longganisa or hotdog with pancake are also being offered to morning persons. For kids and toy collectors, they came up with meals that comes with a toy.

     Jollibee as a fast food chain might be American in style but the restaurant itself made it a point that their specialty dishes were influenced with Filipino taste. Maybe that is why pinoy youngsters would never have a complete childhood without any memory of his or her family having a quality moment while eating together in an affordable burger chain. Personally, I can regard myself as a “jolly kid” who grew up with Jollibee  over the years while having a simple burger and eating it with my family after hearing a mass in the church every Sunday.

     In all that sense, Jollibee earned its spot as it played its part in Pinoy culture by winning not only the taste of Filipinos and other folks abroad but the hearts and family values of dining together and good service as well 🙂

Source: http://www.jollibee.com.ph/

                http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jollibee

Photos by: Sukito San

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