Ichiran in Japan

In other countries especially Hong Kong and Japan, citizens are usually inclined to fall in line for hours just to get a taste of that famous or newest resto!

Last week, as tourists in Japan, we also waited for more than an hour in line for Ichiran – a famous ramen place.  

Here we are waiting for our turn, amusing ourselves, in more or less 10 degrees.

The place could seat about 24 people at once.  So imagine 12 of us waiting in line plus the others.

Finally, our turn!  Faced with a vendo and a long line behind us, I pressed our choice of ramen and additional 1/2 boiled salted egg as side dish to complete the set.  Not realizing that 1/2 boiled salted egg meant half boiled and taking it as 1/2 of a whole egg.  Hunger overtaking my thinking brain.

After paying and choosing your set in the vendo, continue to line up.  This time though, you could personalize your choice of ramen.  Thankfully, they have English version.

Here’s my choice.

After completing my paper, I turned it in together with the paid meal tickets from the vendo machine.  One for the set of ramen and one for the additional side dish.

Again, wait.  So near yet so far.  A part of our group already went in.

This is it!  Given my booth number.  #14

In this booth, you have your own water faucet and cups.  You can always order additional what nots if you are not satisfied with your order yet.

Served the eggs.  I immediately ate 1 egg due to hunger.  The egg is so yummy.  Best egg ever!

And then my ramen was served!  Took a picture, shoot my other egg in the bowl and devoured the ramen for less than 30minutes.  

The soup’s rich broth, the melt in your mouth chasyu and of course, my other egg.  Not to mention, the right texture of the noodle, what could I ask for more?

It didn’t fail me.  My expectations were high due to the long line.  Ichiran Tokyo delivered and it’s a memorable dinner altogether.

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Stregato Gelateria

On our trip to Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, we had a lunch stopover at Bataan.  We looked for Stregato Gelateria and we didn’t regret that we looked for it.

It is located in the city plaza.  We are in Balanga, Bataan so it just is right to see a balanga symbol in the plaza.

The facade and the interior of Stregato is so dainty and feminine.  You will get that very homey feel. 

The gelato stand will greet you as you enter the place.

We tried different dishes and everything satisfied our palates.

From the freshly made potato wedges to the super yummy Lasagna.

The Ravioli is excellent too!

They have a variety of chicken dishes.

And of course, beef dishes.

Since this is a gelateria, kids won’t miss out on the gelato.

Make that side trip and enjoy Stregato Gelateria before heading to Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar!

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makansutra

A trip to Megamall one Saturday led us to Singapore.  Yes, to Singapore!

Makansutra is a like a food hub with various restos and each of them has its own Singaporean food specialty.

The place is interestingly nice.  I like its artistic interior here and there.  Even the tables and chairs stand out on their own.

They have Real Sugarcane Juice.  They do it on the spot.  This drink is believed to be nutritious and refreshing.

For other refreshments, they have a Central Area where you can order whatever suits you.

Take a look at their restos.

Curry Flurry is where we ordered Prata.  It was a last minute order so we weren’t able to eat it there.  We just took it home.  The prata is not chewy. The filling is hot though.

Donald and Lily is the one serving Laksa.  We weren’t able to order one.  This is for next time.

Geylang Clay Pot is where we ordered their famous Clay Pot Chicken and Mushroom Rice.  Their small size is definitely not small.

The claypot is not only full of rice, it is full of chicken meat and mushrooms and veggies.  Soy based but not all salty.

Next is the Hong Kong Street Old Chun Kee.

More like Chinese style cooking than Singaporean style cooking.  We ordered Seafood Fried Noodles and Sweet & Sour Pork.

Noodle sauce a bit salty though.  

Sweet & Sour Pork delicious.  Still crunchy pork bits despite being stir fried with the sauce.

I forgot to take a shot of the resto that sells Satay.  But this is the best of them all.  Tasty and Tender.

Some of the restos we weren’t able to try.

Very good food experience for us.  And the greater the service we received that day.

Employees are so friendly.  They are attentive to your needs.  No wonder because their boss is as friendly as they are.

I approached him and asked for a picture with my 2 kids.  He happily agreed.

The owner of makansutra is the famous Singaporean KF Seetoh.  He is known to be the Food Guide Maven.  Check out www.makansutra.com for more about him.

In addition, I would also like to thank the manager for encouraging the kids to participate in a game.  Even if she didn’t guess right, they still gave her a prize.  

I would also like to commend the clean and artistic rest room and wash area.

Definitely going back to Makansutra to try the other hawkers!  See you there!

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Caution Hot!

Check this new ramen house which you could mix with your choice of hotness!
Sounds hot right?  Check out this spicy restaurant.

They opened in Kapitolyo recently and the place is packed.

Don’t expect a full menu of ramen though.  Mixing and matching is their thing.

Our choices:

1) Beef with Egg Noodles in Classic Broth.  Level of spice – none.

2) Pork with Wheat Noodles in Asam Laksa.  Level of spice – super hot.

3) Pork with Egg Noodles in Classic Broth.  Level of spice – none.

Our verdict.  The noodles are served fresh.  But the overall taste is just average.  It’s worth the trip if the waiting time is not that long.

What I love is their Dumplings.  They have 2 kinds.  Pork Dumpling and Kuchay Dumpling.  They are both made fresh.  We had about 2 orders of this and before we knew it, dumplings’ all gone!

Would have tried their Dessert Bao Bing if we haven’t been too full.

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Hong Kong Food Trip 2017 Part 3

Staying in Hong Kong for a week is like going to food paradise!  Tried out so many restos and now here comes our part 3.  Check out Part 1 and Part 2 also.

In times that we don’t eat out, these kinds of food are served on our table.  Veggie dishes cooked by my brother in law and his girlfriend.  The others bought at a nearby resto.

KFC is a famous fastfood in Hong Kong.  Like McDo, you can see it almost anywhere.  They have  variety of meals that we don’t have here.  They also serve Chicken BBQ, too bad I wasn’t able to order it.  However, my favorite Criss Cross Fries and Egg Tart are always present in my order.  Sorry for the heavy meal, this is my breakfast, lunch and merienda all in 1 meal.

As I walked towards the museums, I passed by this cafe.  But since I just ate a heavy meal, there is no way that I can take any food then.  I put going to the cafe after my museum trip.

I just won’t let this chance pass.  I am a Snoopy collector back when I was in high school and until now, all these Snoopy stuff are in my parents’ house.

Ordered a French Toast with Charlie Brown’s face and a Premium Hot Chocolate Drink with Peppermint Patty’s face.

If only I had more time to spare, I would have stayed in this cafe for hours.  They have books in both English and Chinese language.  They have Wifi so you can do your reading or watch a movie while sipping a coffee or something.

After my wonderful coffee time, I met up with my father in law, brother in law and girlfriend plus my sister in law.

We are going to have dinner at a resto famous for its claypot dishes.  The place was packed!  Good thing they accepted our reservatjon. It is located in Pok Fu Lam.

We also had some veggies and clams.

Also within the area is a dessert place that has been around for 50 years.  They serve hot desserts like Black Sesame, Almond.  They also serve Herbal Tea Desserts.

That was it that night.  

On my last day, I managed to sneak a Street Food meal in Causeway Bay.  Oh my, until now  my tastebuds are salivating.

My last meal at home consisted of Adado Pork and White Chicken.  Bought from a nearby resto.

And finally, the last of my Food Trip Escapade in Hong Kong is Tim Ho Wan.  It is located in IFC Mall in Central.  There are check in counters here and the Airport Express Shuttle starts here in Central Station.

Didn’t order much as it was only me and Daddy.  Definitely tastes better than that of Manila Branch.

This trip is memorable because we have tried out so many new restos.  Most of them very famous and known for their specialty dishes.

Hope you enjoyed and got hungry.  Until my next trip!

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Hong Kong Food Trip 2017 Part 2

During our first 2 days here in Hong Kong, we managed to go to some of the best food places around the city, check Hong Kong Food Trip 2017, but the journey of finding the best places doesn’t end there.  So let’s get it on!

The Spaghetti House offered a Lobster and Scallops Pasta Meal at a discount.

The Lobster Bisque is good.  However, the angel hair pasta is a little bland.  

Sometimes, it’s nice to take a breather and enjoy the simpler food.

Macaroni Soup with Dumplings and Kong Chay Mi (Noodles) with Dumplings plus some rice toppings. Yummy dinner for the night.

Just before we go to an all day shopping spree at Sham Shui Po, had a heavy lunch at OMQ Dining Room.  It’s a themed resto inspired by the star of a Chinese Comic Strip, Lao Hu Tzi.

Lots of pictures for a nicely interiored resto.

After an hour or 2 of shopping, found ourselves again in front of food! 

This is a very known Noodle House in Sham Shui Po, so famous that it opened 3 branches beside each other, just to accommodate all their patrons.

The noodle actually has Pig Liver as its main topping.

Our merienda stuck to me until dinnertime so no more dinner and breakfast for me!

Lunch is a bit heavy.  One of the best Hainanese Chicken I have ever tasted!

In case you miss its many branches when in the city, you can have your last chance at the airport. Tsui Wah is the name.  They are famous for their milk tea as well.

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Stip’s Chips

This was bought by my husband near the school of our daughters.  It is a splurge because this costs Php295.00 for 200 grams.

No regrets though.  The chips are freshly made out of real potatoes.  The taste? Sweet, salty and tangy.  Just right for my tastebuds.

Too bad can’t eat that much as I am still in the recuperating stage.  

It is worth the try.  Just visit their Facebook Page, StipsChips to check how to order or where to get the chips.  Or follow their Instagram Page, stipschips to know more about this new salted egg potato chips to hit the town and the couple behind it.

Wait, there’s more! They have a Spicy variant!  I can’t wait to for my throat to get better!

Happy eating!

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Food Trip: Lola Ote’s

One who hasn’t tried a good old barbecue grilled on a barbecue stand along a busy corner in a neighborhood is probably missing a lot!

Back when we were living in our house in Cavite, we were fortunate enough to be in front of a house who sells the most delicious barbecue I have ever tasted.  Too bad we are too far away now!

Barbecue is a staple to many Filipinos’ food table during special occasions.  Just the aroma of the barbecue grilling will make you hungry.

The food we call barbecue is actually grilled pork meat on a stick.  It can be grilled chicken on a stick as well. 

Lola Ote’s is a resto that serves these barbecues with a twist.  Instead of serving it on a wooden stick and on a plate, they serve it with style on these customized stainless skewers that are hanging.

Can’t get what I am talking about.  See for yourself.

Can have these bbqs by 12 or 18 inches.  

Aside from these, they also serve other Pinoy BBQ Favorites.

What’s nice about Lola Ote is that the owners are hands on.  You could see her going around the resto.  She is very accommodating and helpful.

Here are some of our own pics when we were there.

So there, if you are looking for a place to eat some yummy bbqs, drop by Lola Ote’s.  Make sure to do so early as the place gets packed.

Follow Lola Ote at their Instagram Page, lolaote.

And yes, there is a Lola Ote in real life.

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