Thursday, June 28, 2018

Bai Nian Tang Bao opens in Manila!

Chinese food has been part of the Filipino table for more than we can all remember and the number of xiao long bao dishes has been on the rise in the recent years. For most of us, we have been comparing different xiao long baos (XLB) in the Metro and there's another contender in taking pride on their xiao long bao dish, no other than the first and newest restaurant located in BGC, Bai Nian Tang Bao (BNTB).

Bai Nian Tang Bao is a Shanghainese restaurant operating since 1786 and has more than 300 branches in China and even more in the United States and Korea. Their first in Uptown Parade, BGC in Taguig makes its debut and introduces its gigantic xiao long bao to the Filipino palate. Bai Nian Tang Bao translates as "100-year soup" and boasts the authenticity of rich and flavorful Chinese cooking especially with the soup dumpling.

BNTB revealed the secret of their delicious xiao long bao with devoting more than 12 hours time and being generous with the flavors and about 20 processes in making the delectable soup. Their BGC branch displays this branch which also provides entertainment to the coming spectators and you'll have a guarantee that the place is clean and skilled chefs are ready to serve you fresh, warm and comforting xiao long bao. One must-try item is the Giant Xiao Long Bao that you would need a straw to sip the soup and you're guaranteed to a fantastic experience.
Giant Xiao Long Bao
Aside from the xiao long bao, Bai Nian Tang Bao also serve appetizing dumplings and dimsum that will completely satisfy your craving. Available are equally glorious varieties such as Chicken Soup Pork XLB, Scallops and Pork XLB and Golden Corn Pork XLB. They also have pan-fried version called the Shanghaio Golden Sheng Jian Bao, a traditional Shanghai snack that's crispy on the outside and juicy soup on the inside.
Sticky Rice Dumpling
Noodle fans can also enjoy at Bai Nian Tang Bao as they try their Three Seafood Treasure Fried Noodles or Shanghai Scallion Oil Noodles.
Shanghai Scallion Oil Noodles
Delight in the variety of dishes, especially when Filipinos love rice, by trying the Beef Fried Rice and Special Sausage Fried Rice that goes perfect with the BNTB Braised Pork.
Shanghai Style Fish Fillet, Braised Pork, Special Sausage Rice
Owner Paul Li invites everyone to visit the restaurant, "We are glad to bring authentic Xiao Long Bao to the Philippines and we'd like to invite everyone to visit us here at Uptown Parade, BGC to try the Xiao Long Bao that even royalty loved! It's a Xiao Long Bao experience that you surely won't forget."

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Devour Food Hub opens for all types of character

A new food hub opens for people of all walks of life at the center of entertainment in Quezon City. Devour Food Hub recently made its floors available to hungry individuals who have the urge to satisfy their cravings in not just food, but includes fashion, music, sports, and style. A friendly place to hangout with friends and families aged 0 to 70 or even older.
Devour Food Hub actually has been operating since November 24 but formally opened in April 14. 24 food concepts to choose from with stylish and contemporary set ups and presentations that are truly eye candy and would make every head turn. There is no 2 tenants alike as the owner believes in the variety of flavors that will cater to different types of visitors. Indulge in tastes as your eyes feast on colorful and delectable courses and desserts.
There are Japanese, Filipino, American, Chinese, Korean, Italian and more. You will never ran out of options when you take a stop and dine at Devour.
With two dining floors operating, this is also the first food hub in QC which I visited that has air-conditioning. Its sports-themed dining area invites everyone to watch for a game or something that has general public has interest to. The AC room can also reserved as your own private area for events. There is also an al fresco area where you can look over the tenants where you will next be ordering to.
Aside from food, Devour Food Hub also has retail shops that you can buy items for personal use. They have cellphone accessories, clothes, and my personal favorite, designer items for decorating your home.
Devour is not only catering to people who'd like to satisfy their cravings, they also encourage different NGOs to conduct their activities in the spacious parking area. Multi-advocacies are welcome to have their causes be heard by visitors and that's a good thing. During the launch last April 14, they had 30 children cancer patients enjoying origami making at the second floor.

Kids also enjoyed a short cookie decorating session with Barnyard.
Lastly, Cube Coffee has presented a coffee cupping demo with Ethiopia Suke Quto and Brazil Fazenda Cachoiera da Grama variants.

Devour Food Hub is located at 1216 E Rodriguez Ave, New Manila, Quezon City. Find it from the map below.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Manila's hidden treasure: Sinigang con Lechon Kawali

My officemates were talking about this a lot and finally I got to try this last Wednesday. A 15-minute drive from our office in Sta Mesa and we're able to get to Alas Pares -- Manila's hidden gem that serve a very delicious and interesting dish made with a twist from our home made sinigang.
The dish costs P 95 per order and can serve two people with 1 cup of rice. But I just had it for me for total experience. The familiar sour sinigang broth was just right with okra, watercress, the works. But instead of the usual soft meat in sinigang, they put in crispy Lechon Kawali. So you'll have a crispy treat in every soup bowl of sinigang that is an amazing surprise.

Check out Alas Pares and their highly-recommended Sinigang con Lechon Kawali any time, any day. Below is the map of their location in Manila. Landmarks are Egoy's Ihaw-ihaw and Iglesia Lokal ng Washington. Enjoy!


Thursday, April 5, 2018

SM City Masinag Food Crawl: Chin's

If you're into shabu-shabu but you think the item is too expensive, you can try an affordable version at SM City Masinag. Chin's, the sister company of Inihaw Express offers satisfying and budget shabu-shabu.
Try pork, chicken or beef shabu-shabu complete with noodles and vegetables for a healthy and balanced combination of food that will satisfy your craving or to warm that empty stomach. They also have combo menu which you can partner a shabu-shabu with omelette rice, fresh lumpia, veggies or dessert coolers for only P130.
You will also know that your shabu-shabu serves fresh ingredients as they are displayed at the counter.
Check out Chin's at SM City Masinag Food Court at the 3F, SM City Masinag, Marcos Hi-way, Antipolo City.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

How to turn your Kale into a yummy drink

Kale is a leafy food that makes wonders to your body. Considered wonder food by nutritionists and food experts, kale has benefits that include lots of vitamins, antioxidants, boost immune system, reduces the risk of heart disease among others. However, some people especially kids do not tend to eat leafy vegetables just because they don't like it. Here is a tip which can help you turn your supply of kale into something yummy and perfect to start the day.

You need:
1 bag of kale (I usually prefer the organic ones and bought from Nurture Wellness Village. It costs around Php 180 for about 1 kilo)
1/2 cup of chocolate powder, any powdered chocolate will do
1 cup of water
honey, to taste - optional

Remember to wash the kale thoroughly Remove the kale leaves from the stalk and combine all ingredients into a blender until the leaves are completely disintegrated or liquefied. This mixture can produce up to 4 glasses and best served when chilled.

There are also other options that you can use to substitute chocolate with kale. You can use fruits like mango, strawberry, pineapples and more. There is no vegetable aftertaste too.

But if you are on the go and have less time to prepare this recipe from scratch, there is also O'kale Chocolate drink from Nurture Wellness Village.


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