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Yakitori @ The Fort, Burgos Circle

Yakitori (焼き鳥/やきとり/ヤキト), or grilled chicken is now open at the fort Burgos Circle. From the same people who brought you Ramen Bar, comes to you one of the most authentic japanese yakiniku restaurants.

When I saw the restaurant from outside, everything was quite simple and yet almost the entire restaurant was full. We were glad to be seated quickly and the service was polite and efficient.

Upon seating, the servers will hand you a piece of paper and you basically tick off which one you want to try and customize your whole dining experience.

I was quite excited and yet overwhelmed with all the choices. I quickly asked for the best-sellers and was quickly prepared.

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Foodie Manila Favorite

I just had to write about it. This is the burger of my dreams. Its juicy and tasty and hits just the right spots as it slides down. I love the burgers at Boulevard Diner. Never heard of it? Don’t worry it just opened over at Katipunan. As with most burger joints, you get the best ones at the most oddest locations. But like devotees drawn to Mecca, we troop on over to Burger Mecca and Boulevard Diner is definitely one.

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Kainan Au Gusto @ Kapitolyo

Every Filipino has his or her own preference regarding food, most especially when it comes to Filipino Food. It is a tough task to enter native cuisine restaurant business, somehow you just can’t get it right. Whether it be too salty, or too sweet, or not enough seasoning, one has the tough task of having to live up to the dishes your mom or grandmom used to prepare. Its just the way things are. Nothing can live up to your mom’s cooking. But every now and there breaks unto the scene a star and man among boys and this is Kainan Au Gusto. With its peculiarity and in your face character, you would be surprised why I would regard this as the quintessential Filipino restaurant I’ve eaten at to date. Cheap, full of flavor and character, and most of all tasty, this restaurant, to quote our most prolific mall, has got it all.

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Ensaymada @ Diamond Hotel Bakery

Well its around that time again where the air is significantly cooler, the foot traffic is a little bit more thicker, and everyone has a spring in their step. Yes it is Christmas season again. And since Christmas is just a few days away in the Palma family we have traditional food always present. For our family it is most definitely Excellente Ham, Tablea Tsokolate, Marca Pato or Marca Pina Edam Cheese, Ensaymada, and Pandesal. You will always find this spread on our long family table.

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Din Tai Fung: Happiness in a tiny wrapper

As I had Monday free in Singapore and since most if not all of the offices in Singapore were closed down, I decided to go out and try Din Tai Fung. It was just one of those restaurants that one MUST-TRY when in Singapore. Being a lover of Xiao Long Bao, or steamed dumpling with soup inside, how could I pass up the chance? To be honest, it actually slipped my mind and when Faith reminded me during one of our conversations, I knew I had found my place. (She even mailed me my schedule and everything with time and place and stations and maps!)

Din Tai Fung

I quickly boarded the MRT and headed on over to Dhoby Gaut. From Dhoby Gaut, I quickly transferred and headed on to Orchard Road. I exited on the east side and headed on to Wisma Atria Mall. Din Tai Fung was on the 1st floor.

DTF Splash

I saw the sign.

I quickly queued up. 8 numbers before me. I told the waitress table for one.

She looked at my order.

She looked back at me.

I smirked and nodded in a bashful way. It was to say “yes I am ordering 17 dumplings” and I did. My reasoning? Its for my blog. Its for you guys, the readers!

Din Tai Fung

After a wait that seemed like an eternity, and the place was packed mind you, I was seated alone on a lonely table. I didn’t mind. One of the few times I am featuring a restaurant without actually being invited. I felt the love for food blogging again and the excitement of trying something new which everyone raves about.

Din Tai Fung and its rich history was the perfect time to rekindle this love for food blogging. I knew I was doing it right. (To read about its rich history click here.)

The first 10 dumplings came. They were pork dumplings. I poured some black vinegar unto the ginger and controlled my urge to just start putting them in my mouth. This was the hardest part about food blogging; how to control your urge to eat before taking pictures.

Din Tai Fung

After all the shots were done, I quickly grabbed my chopsticks and ever so delicately placed the tiny dumpling in my mouth.

Din Tai Fung

It was heaven. It was so damn good. All the hype, all the reviews, all the waiting, was well worth it. It had just the right amount of soup which oozed out into your mouth as you started to chew. The pork was neither salty nor sweet but you could taste the meat ever so slightly. The herbs were bursting with flavor. This was what Xiao Long Bao was all about.

Just for comparison, I ordered the Shrimp version. (Again for you guys!) It came a few minutes after my Pork Dumplings were completely consumed.

Din Tai Fung

Again I slowly put the tiny dumpling in my mouth and started chewing. Gone were the flimsy wrappers that basically evaporated with no taste at all. Xiao Long Bao wrapper from Din Tai Fung had taste. It added the necessary texture of softness and smoothness in contrast to the meat. Aside from containing an entire shrimp in each dumpling, they were wrapped with some meat as well to give the fuller taste. Although the shrimp was good too, I still prefer the Pork dumplings.

Din Tai Fung

Verdict? Best Xiao Long Bao I have ever tasted so far. I love this dish. I go for it just about everytime in the Philippines. Next time you are at Singapore, this is definitely a must try!

Ponggol Nasi Lemak

The last time I was at Singapore (which was last year) my first meal usually set the tone for the trip. Last year it was Boon Tong Kee’s HCR. This was the perfect way to introduce me to the wonderful world that is Singapore Food. This time around after a tiring day of grinding out the day, we headed on over to Upper Serangoon road to get some Nasi Lemak. First thoughts were “ok I’ve had some Nasi Lemak back in Manila and it was ok. It wasn’t a dish I super craved for.” Boy was I wrong.

Ponggol Nasi Lemak

We arrived via Boss Ming’s car and parked at a nearby alley. It was about 9:30-10:30 PM. I thought cool this place is still open at this time. I was wrong. Not only was it open, there was a queue! We had to stand in line for about 10-15 mins before we reached the place to order at. It was all good though since I had a fun time catching up with the Nuffies. I was amazed at how this tiny little hole-in-the-wall was drawing so muuuuch traffic. Some were getting take away, and some were just there to eat. How good was it? A lady pulled up to the place got down and ordered some take away and got back in her car. She was driving a Mercedez S-Class. I think I saw a Skyline pull up as well and do the exact same thing.

Ponggol Nasi Lemak

I got a bit anxious and a bit overwhelmed when I saw the choices. Everything looked good and different. I quickly orderd an egg, some rice, a drumstick, and some curry vegetables. I moved on down the line and the uncle dumped a spoon load of Sambal on my plate. What is Sambal?

Sambal is a spicy Southeast Asian condiment made, in its simplest form, from chile peppers and salt. A more elaborate sambal may contain onion, lime juice, lemongrass, sugar, garlic, oil and/or vinegar.

http://www.cookthink.com/reference/118/What_is_sambal

Verdict? I loved the Nasi Lemak w/ tons of sambal. It was spicy yes, but boy was it tasty. The chicken was quite good and it was better than any fried chicken I have ever tasted. The sambal added the flavor and extra kick. I am once again in love with Singaporean Street Food. It was the perfect way to kick off my Singapore trip.

*Edit: There must be something to this place if Malaysia’s top blogger says its the best he’s ever tasted. Check out his post HERE. He did a much better review than I did.

The Secret Taste Test (2nd Series)

Its been a week since the initial taste test was conducted, and based on the comments I got last week, we have improved the recipe as well as variety of burgers. This time around I came prepared as well. With the right equipment as well as right lighting techniques. I knew I was going to be styling the food.

With each dish being prepped for my styling skills (or rather whatever I thought looked pretty and yummy!) I washed my hands and got down to it! It was raining burgers galore and at the end of the day was proud of how I did.

The Secret Taste Test Rd.2

The Secret Taste Test Rd. 2

The Burgers looked plump and juicy and rightfully so because they were. The task for me was to capture the moment. I had my doubts on whether I did have the skills to do so. What do you think? Do you think I did the food justice?

The Secret Taste Test Rd.2

The Burgers got bigger and bigger, and more complicated by the minute. The sauces, toppings, and variety just kept rolling off the grill and I had to pick up the styling as well as the shooting.

The Secret Taste Test Rd.2

The Secret Taste Test Rd.2

The Secret Taste Test Rd.2

The Secret Taste Test Rd.2

I am proud to say that every burger on this blog post is something I can come up with on my own as well. I promise to do this for my friends, (FAB 5 I mean you guys when you are free!) and my online friends as well. It does take some time to come up with each burger so better that I prepare ahead of time!

The Secret Taste Test Rd.2

The Secret Taste Test Rd.2

The Secret Taste Test Rd. 2

The Secret Taste Test Rd.2

Expect the resto to open within the year! And I just got word that YES I WILL BE GIVING AWAY GCs on this blog for this place. As to how much, that is yet to be discussed. Also, I am giving away a prize to the reader who can give me a creative name for each burger found on this blog. The person we choose with the best name that best describes that burger will get that burger specially made by me! How about that! Just leave your email underneath in the comments section and we will inform you if you won!

Cheers,

Carlos aka. The Chubbychef

Secret Taste Test

Every now and then blogging does have its perks. The other day a friend of mine invited me to be the official taste tester for his upcoming project. I took up the burden (yes the burden!) of having to go through the burgers, fries, buffalo wings, and a beers for his up-coming resto. Since I can’t really name who my friend is, where his resto will open up, when, what the concept is, and the different burgers and the toppings, I’ll just let the photos speak for itself.

The thing is, I came into this tasting with pre-conceived notions. (Yep just like we discussed in Philo Class) I knew what I wanted to taste, what I didn’t want to taste. Another positive side again is learning and relearning stuff I knew from way back. Ever hear about Brunoise? I learned how to do it! (despite almost chopping a finger off! My blade work needs polishing!) Without further ado, I give you, THE SECRET TASTE TEST.

The Secret Taste Test

The Secret Taste Test

The Secret Taste Test

I call it a secret taste test because the recipes for this one are all secret and will be essential to the success of an up and coming resto. Don’t worry I’ll be blogging where and when the resto opens. I might even give away some GCs. (working on it!) But the best part for me was the Buffalo Wings. They were exactly what I wanted in terms of what I expect from Buffalo Wings. The Taste, the texture, the exact amount of spicyness, the explosion on your tongue when you first make contact, the lingering hotness in your mouth, and the line it draws in your throat when you swallow. They all burn and yet some how very very tasty. It was soo good, I had to take more than 1 picture!

The Secret Taste Test

The Secret Taste Test

The Secret Taste Test

We made the dip. The dip we made was Bleu Cheese. Again we used and did something different to the sauce to perfectly compliment the taste. And it worked beautifully. It was like a little symphony of taste and hotness in my mouth. I was literally hearing angels with bells and trumpets singing “allelujah” with every bite. (Ok so I’m exaggerating! But they were damn good!)

The Secret Taste Test

It was a great afternoon. Filled with cooking, learning, shooting, and even styling. I wish I could spend more afternoons like these. Maybe I should open up sign-ups for some readers to come over and eat.

The Secret Taste Test

Whatcha guys think? Leave a comment please! I would love to hear from you guys!

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