Mala Tang

Hole in the wall discovery in San Juan. We have been trying to dine here for the longest time but parking was always a problem. So when we passed by and there’s a space available, we parked right away!

It’s just really a small place so timing is everything both for parking and getting a table.

Mala Tang serves Authentic Hong Kong Roasts. They are also quite famous for their noodles too!

We ordered their Pork Asado Roast with Noodles, it is so good. Tender pork meat and yummy sauce. One of the best Char Sius ever.

Their Lechon Macau is a close second. Usually the fat part is really thick, but theirs wasn’t. The skin is crunchy.

Tried their Crispy Fried Wonton. It’s very oily but the wonton wrapper is very crunchy and the filling tastes good.

You can also make your own Shabu Shabu. For as low as Php155.00, you can choose 4 toppings. There’s a variety of balls, noodles and veggies to choose from.

Check out their Menu below. I just hope they update it to look neater.

Mala Tang is one of those underrated restos that nobody talks about but it surely is one of the good ones.

That being said, if you’re around San Juan and craving for authentic Hong Kong food, this is the place to go.

Happy eating!

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Hawker Chan

Hawker Chan was started as an ordinary hawker stall in Singapore by Chef Chan Hong Meng. It became famous when its Soya Sauce Chicken was awarded the Michelin Star. It is now known as the World’s Cheapest Meal to be Awarded One Michelin Star.

Hawker Chan’s Famous Roasts

Hawker Chan has opened multiple branches in the Philippines and one of the branches is located in Ayala Malls Manila Bay. Foodee Global Concepts brought the Hawker Chan to the Philippines.

We had the chance to dine there recently and here’s what we ordered.

Soya Sauce Chicken Rice – Php128.00

For its price, you get to experience what a meal awarded with a Michelin star tastes like. It’s tasty and flavorful. Definitely worth it.

Three Meat Platter – Soya Sauce Chicken, Char Siew and Roast Pork – Php298.00

Getting the Three Meat Platter will let you taste all the signature dishes in one sitting. Add an extra order of rice or vegetable noodles and you’re good to go. This meal is for sharing.

Of course, the Soya Sauce Chicken is so good. I love it. I will choose the Roast Pork over the Char Siew. Tasted better Char Siew. ✌️

Hawker Chan Vegetable Noodles – Php90.00

The vegetable noodles is a better choice than the rice. Its flavorful and it’s healthier. 😉

Beef Brisket Rice – Php158.00

This one’s a little different from their usual roasts, but it’s so tender it almost melts in your mouth.

Bah Kut Teh – Pork Ribs Tea Soup

A Singapore staple, the Bah Kut Teh is a pork rib broth with herbs and spices. Hawker Chan’s version is good especially if you’re feeling a little low and needs an extra boost in your system.

Seasonal Vegetables – Php99.00

Always order a vegetable dish every meal.

Wonton Noodle Soup – Php129.00

This Wonton Soup is not your typical Chinese Resto Wonton Soup. It tastes different so this doesn’t get a thumbs up.

If you’re a fan of Soy Chicken like me, their Soya Sauce Chicken is a must try, pair it with the vegetable noodles though. Plus, they have peanuts as side dish.

Do visit the nearest Hawker Chan near you. They now have 7 branches. Check out their Facebook page Hawker Chan Philippines for promos and updates.

Ciao!

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Moon Rabbit 🐰

Whenever there’s a chance, we go out and hunt for new restos in and around the metro! Just found one again in San Juan.

Moon Rabbit is an old house converted into a full blown restaurant complete with a huge parking space. That’s really a plus!

It’s not your usual Chinese restaurant. Modern and cozy, that’s how I see it. But the home cooked traditional meals our Grandmas used to feed us will definitely be remembered once you get a taste of Moon Rabbit’s own Asian fusion cuisine.

I love the interior of the place. Lots of windows so the light from outside is coming through.  Very spacious and really feels like home. 🏡

They also have a display of some of the food they offer in this counter just outside the kitchen.

Love also that their menu is simple. It’s easier for us to choose. Good tasting food with such affordable prices, what else can you ask for?

Dumplings

The kids love the dumplings. We even ordered another one but it wasn’t served anymore. It’s juicy and tasty.

Scallop Fried Rice

I thought there would be real scallops mixed with the rice, but it turned out the scallops were just on top. 😁

Yang Chow Fried Rice

The Yang Chow doesn’t have the chorizo it promised.  Maybe bits. 😁

Nevertheless, both the rice we ordered tasted okay. Enough veggies and egg mixed altogether.

I’d like to order and try the Claypot Rice next time. And also their Taochang and the noodles. Ooh. I’m getting hungry again.

Pork Soft Bone Alamang

This Pork Soft Bone Alamang is a little different and it didn’t disappoint. It’s perfect for white rice. 🍚 Really soft and tasty, a little twinge of spiciness.

Definitely wanted to try the Stuffed Chicken but we aren’t sure we could finish everything, so stuffed chicken as raincheck.

Salted Egg Shrimp

This is super!  It’s not that salty.  For the price, they didn’t scrimp on the shrimps!  Even if fried, the shrimps are still oozing with juiciness.

Sweet and Sour Lapu Lapu

Another great dish.  The sweet and sour is more like Thai Style Mango Sauce.  The strips of mango and cucumber complement the freshness of the Lapu Lapu.

Even if eating out, veggies should always be included.

They also have a cafe on the other side. That one we will be trying soon too. I am very curious about the Lavender Hot Chocolate. 🤔

So there, that’s about it.  Our experience today at Moon Rabbit.  Definitely a good one so I’m recommending it and going back is a must.

Check out their Facebook Page, Moon Rabbit Cafe + Restaurant for more information and promos.

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Vizco’s Strawberry Shortcake

If you’ll ask me the ONE thing I miss about Baguio, aside from the cool weather of course, this would be my answer – Vizco’s Strawberry Shortcake!

You couldn’t get your hands on these super duper yummy cake here in Manila. So when I heard my colleagues planning a trip to Baguio over the weekend, I couldn’t be happier!

My one and only request, to buy me a strawberry shortcake at Vizco’s in Session Road.

And today, my cravings was satisfied. Much thanks to them who brought this fragile cake all the way down from Baguio.

Like how a tech blogger unboxes a new Iphone or when a travel blogger sets foot on a luxurious resort, my feelings were kind of the same when I was pulling off the green and gold ribbons of this box. 😊

Giddy and excited to eat.  But first, photos. 😁

6 inch Strawberry Shortcake

It didn’t let me down, the taste was still very much the same since I last tasted it.  Creamy and not too sweet icing, soft sponge cake, crunchy and sweet strawberries on top and as filling. Really one of the bests, if not the BEST Strawberry Shortcake ever! 🍓🍓🍓

Strawberries and Cream Filling

Prices and Sizes

At Php 580.00, the cake is so worth it. Make sure to drop by Vizco’s when in Baguio. I also love their Salad. Check out my other posts about the City of Pines down below. 🍓

For food experiences and itinerary, check out Another Baguio Adventure.

For hotel stays, check out Citylight Hotel Baguio and Newtown Plaza Hotel.

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Burrow Cafe

Midweek food crawl brought us to Antipolo! Tucked away inside a village, under a burrow, is Burrow Cafe.

Right after the village gate, it’s a long and winding road going to the location. It’s another long way down to the burrow.

It’s funny how they lived up to their name. We almost didn’t know that this is the right way. Another flight of stairs to go down the burrow.

Once you enter that big wooden door, all you could see is the lush greenery outside the cafe. They installed large window glass panels. Imagine yourself in the middle of the forest.

Wooden tables, brick walls, vintage chairs, drop lights, and more greens. So easy on the eyes.

The waiting area is the bomb! 4 colorful hammocks adorn this area and you could enjoy it while waiting for your table or after your meal.

The hammock is so relaxing my kids wanted the same in their rooms!

Let’s get to the food! Everything is plated but you definitely should share. The serving is big and one couldn’t finish a plated dish all by himself.

Flatbread with Assorted Dips

The toasted Flatbread’s crunchy, the dips vary.

Beef Stroganoff Pappardelle

This one’s huge. It’s good but you’ll get sated if this will be the only thing you’ll eat. Your tastebuds will look for something else.

Chicken Fingers

Though it’s off the kids meals, the chicken fingers may be a little bland for the kids. One good thing is that it’s real chicken and not just breading and crumbs.

Beef Short Ribs with Corn and Green Bean Risotto

The risotto almost tasted like Mac and Cheese, in a good way! The corn and green beans complement the rice. The beef short ribs is good as well!

Salmon, Patani & Bacon and Eggplant

The salmon’s fresh! It matters!

Lechon and Gising Gising Rice Bowl

A big check for me! The gising gising’s tasty. The lechon (kawali) is crunchy and the meat’s very tender.

14 day Corned Beef Brisket

Not your usual corned beef! The meat’s also juicy and tender.

I love the hashed browns! Crispy on the edges too!

Chori Sliders

Cute little sunny side up eggs on top of these sliders. The patty is on the fatty side though.

Nutella Pancakes

Solid pancakes with Nutella spread on top. It is served with 2 half sliced bananas.

Outside the cafe is a flight of stairs leading down to an actual river with super clear water. You can stay here if you want to have time with nature.

There’s also a house to see but a couple booked it for a prenuptial photoshoot so we didn’t get the chance to see it.

I checked the website, Antipolo Beehouse, and this is their story. The builder, Vitty Gutierrez, wanted to showcase a house that is built with nature on mind.

The house has 2 floors, and the builder now lives on the lower level while the upper level is now ideal for photoshoot as it has an open space with nature surrounding it.

Photos from Antipolo Beehouse website.

Good thing the weather is nice when we visited. This nature trip is a must. This is your chance to get away from the stressful city, see some greenery to calm your minds.

Be ready with your cash as the cafe doesn’t accept cards and the prices are on the expensive side.

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Caldo

Sometimes, we tend to go to the most popular, to the celebrity endorsed restaurants, but we forget that the most popular doesn’t always mean great. A good example is Caldo. We found this gem when we went to Nuvali in Sta Rosa Laguna.

The food is awesome! It’s like you went into the kitchen of your grandma and asked her to whip something special for the love of your tummy. ❤

Caldo is really heirloom cooking at its finest! All the best kept recipes are here!

A complimentary appetizer was served. Crunchy, toasted bread paired with chicken liver.

Their menu is simple but I think that’s okay. It makes choosing easier.

Bringhe

Caldo’s version of Spanish Paella with a mixture of blended rice cooked with coconut milk.

Chicken and Chorizo Bringhe at Php 295.00

Tastes so good, even the kids loved it!

Tapas

Calamari at Php 275.00

Fried but the squid is tender and not chewy.

Caldo Pots

Pineapple Binagoongan at Php 245.00

Not your usual binagoongan that is salty. Tastes a little sweet because of the pineapple and the coconut milk but it does taste spicy as well. Right mixture of all the spices.

This one’s for the white rice!

Laing con Alamang Fresca at Php 235.00

A different take on this staple Filipino dish. The Laing leaves are whole, also has coconut milk. The pork mixed with laing is crispy but with softness that melts in your mouth.

Grill Ala Carte

Stuffed Squid at Php 325.00

Like the Calamari, the squid used is fresh! Right portion of tomatoes and onions stuffed into the squid as it’s grilled.

Dessert

Kesong Puti Panna Cotta at Php 150.00

This dessert will be a little off when you take the first bite. But as you mix the panna cotta with the sweet mangoes on top, there will be delight in your tastebuds.

The servers are all accommodating, that’s a very big plus to us when out dining!

Caldo definitely is worth a try. Let’s give chance to these kinds of restaurants that serve good and well thought of dishes and not those commercialized, celebrity endorsed ones.

Caldo can be found at the Fiesta Market inside Ayala Malls Solenad in Nuvali, Sta Rosa, Laguna.

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Grand 1919 Cafe

If you work or live in Binondo, Manila and wants a change of scenery, walk ahead to Grand 1919 Cafe.

It will not only take you away from the hustle and bustle of Binondo but will also take you to a period in time.

Everything is grand in this place.

The grand main door entrance

Even the pathway going to the rest room was thought about

The building where Grand 1919 Cafe is located now is a 100 year old building. It was built in 1919 to house the Hong Kong Shanghai Bank.

A huge picture of Old Manila greets guests.

The bar is lighted up to give a dramatic look.

Every corner, rather everything in this place is instagrammable! The interior is nicely done. The lighting is perfect. You could choose to seat on leather couches or in wooden chairs.

There is also a 2nd floor because the 1st floor tends to fill. Wooden planks adorn the ceiling, it complements the whole look and feel of the furnitures. But it’s not dark and gloomy here, some chairs have splashes of color.

So enough about the place, let’s talk about the food! For something this wonderful and grand of a place, the pricing of the food tends to be on the expensive side. But, the quality is good. It’s a reward you may give your deserving self after a hard day’s work or even a break to a hectic day.

Salt and Pepper Squid at Php 330.00

Even if this dish is cheaper than the other items in the menu, it turned out okay. It’s crunchy and crispy, the squid is not chewy.

Kung Pao Chicken at Php 580.00

I really don’t think this is worth the price. Serving’s too small and the taste isn’t really that good.

Hawaiian Pizza at Php 520.00.

The serving is small but it does taste good. It is simple, with the usual toppings like bacon, ham and pineapple, but I love the overall taste of the pizza.

Cafe Americano at Php 150.00

Their coffee is so good according to my coffee drinker friends. Better than those famous coffee chains, if you know what I mean.

And it’s priced just right.

I heard the pastries are good, maybe next time.

What matters most is that we were comfortable on our table and we enjoyed the company of friends with good coffee!

Grand 1919 Cafe is located at Juan Luna Street Binondo Manila.

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Geonbae Modern Korean Bar & Grill

Tried something un-commercialized for a change.

Geonbae (건배) actually means “cheers” in Korean.

So why not be happy and merry in this Korean Grill?

There are 2 packages.

The Php499.00

The Php 599.00 package was our choice since it’s a better list.

Initial set of side dishes when we arrived at our table! Good thing we reserved and got there on time! The place was packed, and it was a Wednesday night!

There’s cheese 🧀🧀🧀! The 🐭 in me just attacked!

Aside from the side dishes readily prepared on the table (in the picture above), there’s more that you could order, see below!

From appetizers to main dishes, we may have ordered 80% of the things in the menu!

Yeon Eo (Salmon Sashimi)

Ramyeun (Korean Ramen)

I love this! The ramen’s so tasty.

Galbi Jjim (Beef Stew)

It does look like it’s swimming in oil, but the stew was really good. There’s a lot of beef strips in it too!

Gyeran Jjim ( Steamed Egg)

Who would eat Korean without the steam egg? Get out of here! Take the rice out, but the egg must be present.

Myulchi Bokkeum (Anchovies)

Oh how I missed eating dilis! Go Kizip used to have yummy dilis and I’d be satisfied with that as my only side dish, and then they took it out of the menu! 😥

Anyway, Geonbae’s dilis will do for now. Can eat it to restart your taste buds. I munched on this for the whole night!

Korean Wings

Not a fan of their version, but I tried it anyway. I like my wings the buffalo way, this one’s a little sweet.

And since we were overwhelmed with what we were eating, there were some items that we weren’t able to take photos anymore.

Photos taken from Geonbae’s Official Facebook Page.

More off the grill items below ⬇⬇⬇

Fried Mandu (Korean Dumplings)

Saewoo Twigim (Shrimp Fry)

I had loads of this Korean Tempura! Kept on ordering and ordering and ordering…

Kimchi Takoyaki

Wasn’t able to taste it.

Bibimbap

An order of this will make you so full, so better share it with somebody.

Are you full now? We haven’t even started with their meats yet!

Grilling time starts now. Some of their meat are really full of fats, but we wanted to try all. So just grill and remove the fats! Also, after the batch where there were chicken, pork and beef, we tried to order more beef already. Best to order the hanger steak!

Here are some mouth watering photos from Geonbae. Their famous hanger steaks and galbi and beef brisket.

It’s really a matter of preference when it comes to the meat choice. What’s important is that you actually have something to choose from. Unlike other samgyupsal restos, there are real slices of meat here, and not just the scrap ones. 🤐

I would also like to commend the service staff who attended to us that night, even if it was buzzing and they are short staffed, (and raising arms to catch them sometimes got tiring), they still served with a smile and gave us everything we ordered. 🙌

So here we are with our tummies full, thanks to Geonbae!

Heads up, reservations can only be made during lean days. Better call 4298549 first to ensure that you have seats, it could get pretty crowded!

Geonbae is located at 115 Scout Delgado Street, Quezon City!

Parking can be a headache, the owners of the units in front of the resto could kill you with their eyes if you even attempt to park in front of their gates. 😂😂😂 I parked along Tomas Morato and just walk towards Scout Delgado.

Happy eating!

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