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the truth about chic-boy’s

10 Jun

I seldom go to non-froogie related food events. My friend iya was invited to this by Spanky Enriquez, and I actually just tagged along.

All they told me was that chic-boy meant chicken and baboy. Okay, first of all, there I was in my semi-faker vegetarian mode in a food event dealing with liempo and chicken and thinking to myself—Hooha! Oh the hypocrisy of it all, but that’s not the point.

Having never been to this kind of thing in a long time(if not ever), I was initially really uneasy about the whole thing. I was with a group of people passionate about blogging. And my lazy ass was just totally feeling really, really, really, really irrelevant. haha! I don’t even think Spanky knew that I had a food blog, haha! But I got a kick getting introduced as the person who made toffees. haha! ๐Ÿ™‚ Also, hello impetus to get back into writing!

So back to chic-boy. Chic-boy is this chicken-baboy place think the likes of yoohoo and mang inasal thrown in, but bigger, cleaner, better service and may I say, the food’s better.

Cost wise, i think it’s at par with Mang Inasal or Yoohoo. This ain’t fine dining, we’re talking the place you can sit your ass and try to out-eat that hangover that you know is coming after a night in the town. Yep, we’re talking about a 24 hour place in Jupiter, Makati ready to serve you good hot food at really, really, really, affordable prices.

When I arrived, they were taking pictures of Chic-boy’s chicken and liempo. I didn’t bring a camera, so I sat there and was really pretty apprehensive about taking pics using the camera phone when everyone had their dslrs and semi-pros out, but what hey! I got my friend iya to take pictures! haha! ๐Ÿ™‚ If there’s a will, there’s a friend. haha!

Back to the food! First up–liempo! At the first bite I really did think it was salty. So being a consummate checker, I took a bite again, it was still salty to me. So I was actually apprehensive about this, i wanted to tell people I found it salty, but really, that could have gotten me thrown out (haha!), so i just shut up.

And then I realized… this stuff’s supposed to be eaten with rice!

SALTY LIEMPO + RICE + CONDIMENT = happyness!

or this equation would work too…

SALTY LIEMPO + BEER = happy lasing!

Actually come to think of it, it maybe because I purposely got parts of the liempo with the skin on them, maybe that was the salty part. hmm.. maybe I shall come back and try that again.

The liempo was cooked Cebu-style, meaning it was cooked in between layers of tanglad and other spices. Personally, i’ve always equated cebu-style lechon with tanglad and tamarind. I didn’t taste any tamarind with the liempo, but it sure was tasty! The pieces were crunchy, and the whole liempo order was purty big!

The chicken was yummy as well! It had the same salty finish as the liempo. I particularly enjoyed it with their lechon sauce.

That lechon sauce was good! If you’ve eaten in yoo-hoo bbq, i hate/abhor what they call a lechon sauce that they give you to eat with their chicken. Chic-boy’s was good though! It has a refreshing after mouthfeel to it, that just went really well with the chicken. You could still taste the liver, spices, and whatever thing that they add to it to make it refreshing.

If you’re asking for my opinion, I would basically eat the liempo and the chicken with vinegar and drizzle the lechon sauce on my rice. The former because I can eat anything with vinegar (including ice cream) and the latter, because I am barbaro that way.

After the specialty tasting, we were given the delightful words “order anything you want!”

Eureka!

Iya ordered sinigang na salmon belly and kangkong. I ordered lechon sisig and the talong. Iya looked pretty happy with what she ordered and I had a piece of salmon belly and some sinigang soup, and I agree for the price, it’s pretty good.

As for the lechon sisig, seriously only an idiot can mess up something with the words SISIG and LECHON, the good news is that chic-boy totally nailed this one.

If I wasn’t in my semi-faker but still dieting mode and/or if I was depressed, I would have not ordered the value meal, I’d have ordered the whole sizzling plate with two cups of rice! But alas! We are dieting so I ate all the lechon sisig and just… 1/2 of my rice! (Hehehe!)

And if I knew that chicken oil and garlic bits were available if you ask for it for free, i would have kissed my semi-faker-no eating rice mode goodbye! (But God is good and I only found out about it after I finished my meal! hehe!)

To end the meal, the choices were: leche flan and turon de leche.

I wasn’t really that excited about the leche flan. When I tasted their leche flan, it was good, but was more flan than leche, if you know what I mean (?), don’t get me wrong, it disappeared fast, it was good! Come to think of it, for that price, I think I’m lucky that I ate decent leche flan.

But I have to tell you, I got excited with the turon de leche. The selling point was that it was regular turon but dipped in condensed milk and then fried. I’ve never done that. Upon tasting though, initial impression was it was decent turon, but I didn’t really see any difference with the dipping it in condensed milk part. So thoughts: 1) being once involved in a lumpia cooking book, I loved how even and nicely wrapped the turon was (sue me, I find it difficult to wrap lumpia), 2) the condensed/leche part dipping sauce was the best part of the whole thing! and 3) I think they should serve the turon, and the sauce with ice cream.

All in all Chic-boy’s really a great place to eat in. I can see myself crawling (!) my way towards there at the wee hours of the morning to get my rice-lechon fix with all my drunken friends (haha!)! If I was a regular employee, i would eat there, if i was a callcenter agent, i would eat there, if I was a driver, i wouldn’t, i’d be scared because of all the cars in front (yes, there’s a pretty sizeable carpark in front), but really I should eat there too!

The truth is most chic-boys would really just break your heart.
Kumain na lang tayo sa chic-boy’s, heart will be intact, not to mention it won’t break our wallet.

*pictures all from iya (http://psychosomaticaddictinsane.wordpress.com)

Chic-boy is located in Jupiter, Makati, besides BBQ. http://www.chic-boy.com.ph

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Pen Pen’s Pasta Buffet

8 Mar

It finally happened! I finally got my butt off to Pen-pen to try the crispy liempo–but wait, I really went there to try the pasta buffet.

So I thought it would be much harder to find, that is–the store, but thank you good directions and signages we managed to find Pen-pen.

So a quick rundown on the P250 Pasta All You Can Buffet, and my reactions.

Sauces:
– Meatballs – On its own it was just okay, but there’s little snippets of “suggestions” on how to eat the pasta/sauce that they call Karl’s way. I have no idea who Karl is but he knows his shit. I tried this sauce with Basil Oil and cheese as per his suggestion, and by far, it’s my favorite.
– Vegetarian – This actually tasted like Pinakbet, we’re talking pasta sauce with okra. It worked, I put some Kalamansi and I was good with it.
– Tinapa – This is also part of my top 4. Solid taste. Although not much tinapa essence, tasted very tomato-ish, but I liked it.
– Aligue – If I didn’t have to watch my weight, i’d have gorged on this one. Who can freakin’ go wrong with Aligue on their pasta?? Plus the upside was the aligue was very good, not slimy or too rich (owwwwsss.) adding a touch of calamansi, and it’s great!
– Carbonara – It had ground something, maybe it was pork. I’m actually not 100% sure on this, but isn’t carbonara supposed to be only with ham/bacon? Hmm, but it actually tasted good for a cream sauce, of which I’m not a big fan of.
– Bolognese – Normal, but still good.

You had 3 choices for pasta– penne, fettucine and spaghetti. I tasted all of the three, but I really just stuck with the penne, which actually was finished earlier than all the pastas and had to be refilled. I wish they’d have some tri-colored pasta or something, I would actually pay more for wheatbased or healthier pastas, and it could also be a draw to the more health-inclined diners out there.

The verdict is that if I would be in the same area, I would prolly eat in PENPEN just for the meatballs-basil oil experience again… oh and for this…

CRISPY LIEMPO
This was good. We had it with a nice vinegar and I could imagine myself gorging this into my mouth with handfuls of rice (okay.. bad visuals! haha!), yummy!!!

Also, my friend Doy who ate with me, had their fruity punch/iced tea concoction which he majorly loved. You can also have it bottomless and that just makes it more awesome!

PenPen Restaurant is found at Sgt Castor St, located at Morato. And the Pasta buffet happens every Tuesday! ๐Ÿ™‚

6.28.09: Getting Lucky @Makansutra

28 Jun

Yesterday after a really big comfort food happy lunch in Rufo’s in Makati and dessert in Fluke in A.Venue Mall. I found myself enroute to the south for work, then lo and behold! there was an invitation to go to a singaporean food thing with Kassy, Kwe, by her friend JR… and possibly Tamille and Chi (both of which I have not seen in ages btw)

I was really tired having only slept about 2 hours the night before, but Kassy said.. “I’ll pay for your food” Haha, as much as it pains me to say this, I cannot say no to Free Food and Singapore in the same sentence, so off we went.

So we went to Manila Ocean Park and we found ourselves in a really picturesque (think Traditional Asian interspersed with Modern elements) restaurant named Makansutra.

Makansutra is a south east asian restaurant that wants to give us foodies in Manila their unique take on hawker food ala Singapore. (You know the place in sing, where it’s like an open air thingie wherein you point at what you want and they cook it for you? Think Ihaw-ihaw but Satay instead of Adidas..har har!)

They gave us a tasting of 13 of their 14 dishes (haha, we’re due for another course next time we’re there). We were a table of 6 hungry people gorging on stuff we couldn’t pronounce, haha! that’s the long and short of it.

How did the food fare? Some were notable hits including that yummy omellete thing with the really tender fish, suprisingly loved the simple inihaw na bangus, and that egg noodle dish reminiscent of pad thai without the tamarind and much sweetness.

Drinks were on the guests, and we got different drinks each. I was lucky enough to have ordered a Lemon Barley Drink, which I loved and seriously will duplicate soon. How did my drink taste? Think rice “am” with floating bits of barley with lemon. I know it sounds weird, but the Barley was yummy I tell you! The rest had this rose drink (colored pink, tastes like something with rose water with a slight raspberry like tinge at the end, yes, think cough syrup but it was suprisingly a hit with the people who ordered it) and a michael jackson drink. (MJ = soymilk + gulaman, needed Syrup, but what the hey! healthy fiber and milk).

Dessert was a foreign version of halo-halo (to tell you the truth, I kinda like Razon’s way better) and a barley based dessert. Between the two, we liked the latter. It was barley water again with barley of course (duh!) syrup, longgans and a jelly-ish/gulaman thing with a unique texture.

Another highlight of the night besides the food was the raffle of which every member of our table won something including the grand prize worth 6,000 bucks. Har har! We were called the Lucky Table of the night for obvious reasons. har har!

Considering that I was invited last minute, I didn’t pay for anything (thanks Kas and JR!) , immensely enjoyed our table banter, and tried new eats that although I can’t pronounce do remember the taste of, last night was indeed lucky–it’s one of those–thank God I said yes nights which I am blessed to have ever so often.

Now if I only knew the names of the food and we could have taken pictures, this entry would have been better. ๐Ÿ™‚ (Note to Makansutra: when giving a tasting, give the guests a copy ofย  the menu. It would help us way much! ๐Ÿ™‚ )

Makansutra’s formally opens on July 4ย  in the Manila Ocean Park. If you want a unique experience with a wonderful view of Manila bay (date place anyone?) go do give them a visit!

And no, you don’t have to pay the Manila Ocean Park entrance fee to get in. Btw, I was suprised there’s a mall inside MOP already! ๐Ÿ™‚

Zenses, Liquid Nitrogen, and ME!

11 May

4276_104381423135_580273135_2713178_2237099_nTo all food afficionados wanting something new:

I recently attended a food tasting/launching in Zenses, neo-chinese cuisine place in the A.Venue Mall c/o Playboy Magazine. Initial impression of the sampling wasn’t very impressive, but I got what they were going for, which was a new twist to Chinese Classics. Suffice it to say, I was not super impressed, but what I was–was intrigued with a drink they made with Liquid Nitrogen, you heard it folks, LIQUID NITROGEN. So, I thought that maybe this place was awesome for drinks, but a friend of mine, showing great “bullshitting” abilities, got us free food not with the sample that they were giving–what food? POPCORN.

And that popcorn blew my food-loving mind.

For one thing, that popcorn was billowing out smoke like it was cooking from a witch’s cauldron! And when you put the popcorn in your mouth? The first bite spews out billows of cool smoke. That in itself was amazing!
The popcorn itself was sweet, salty and had this unique flavor that right now I can’t really tell you, but maybe with another bowl of that, I prolly could.(haha) I tell you, that was phenomenal for me as I’ve read about this, and only have seen this in television. (Heston Blumenthal anyone?)

That single moment in itself made Zenses, one of the restaurants I WILL try and eat again in properly, so I did.

Last Sunday, for lunch I took my family for Mother’s Day lunch in Zenses. We ordered : Not So Chicken Lollipop, and Beef Something (I forgot), Chicken and Salted Fish Fried Rice, Polunchai dimsum, and the Nitrogen Made Ice Cream. Yes, you read right— Nitrogen made Ice Cream.

The Chicken Lollipop was suprising. It was chicken loaded with other meat and goodies, served with a sweet-sour sauce, and a plum sauce. My brother, who’s the chicken-guy in the family gave it a thumbs up. The Beef dish was good served with crispy onion rings, a somewhat-typical chinese beef dish (think beef and brocolli, although less of an oyster sauce taste, a lot deeper, like it was made from almost demi-glace, in other words it’s like a beef stew, but with the barest hint of oriental) with peas. The Chicken and Salted Fish Fried Rice was good, my mother said, she could that eat that on its own.The Polunchai dimsum was not our choice, we ordered an Oyster Pancake but we were told the oysters were not up to par, and could not be served to us, and we were given a freebie instead.

Can I just take this moment to commend that restaurant for doing that. As you well know, Oyster Pancake will and can very well hide some if not, a lot of oyster imperfections, or even hints of it not being uber fresh. (Flashback to remembering an oyster pancake from a well-known chinese food joint. I shudder!) So we got the Polunchai, I’ve had this type of dimsum before, but it was way better than any I tasted, maybe because it was 1) free and 2)steamed fresh and not in those food carts that just go around and you pick? Hmm, it was good enough that we got another order of it that we paid for. har har!

Now comes the exciting part, table-side service. Any one knows that table side service is the bomb for foodies, but making ice cream!!? I thought i’d have to go to the states to get this, so I knew that I personally was in for a treat. We were given a slew of flavors to choose from— from baileys, to lavender, to rose, and that Hongkong flower.

We picked BACON AND EGG. I think it was the chef himself that served us (must get his name next time). I loved the interaction, and I honestly wanted to jump up and down and beg him to let me try it! (PS. I’ll prolly do that next time!). So after the smoke cleared, we saw semi-solid ice cream. We were given martini glasses, in which liquid nitrogen was poured (it really does bubble btw) and then our ice cream was placed in the cooled glasses, and we got to enjoy it.

I personally couldn’t taste the bacon, but I did saw bacon bits, but the egg was very present, and for a dessert, it was good, and I liked it. But I am excited to go back and try out the other flavors.

Total damage was only P1650 : ice cream, a rice dish, 2 main courses/entrees, a dimsum dish for 4 people who were very psyched to have eaten there, and will return for more.

So foodies, let’s go eat there?!!! I think we’ll have a great time asking/harrasing the persons to let us try making our own table-side ice cream! har har!

PS. The table beside us were calling their friends and telling them about it, and video-taping it, which I should have done too! haha!

Galileo Enoteca

5 Jun

I’ve been here before. Good stuff. They still have the set meal that I love. The one that comes with a pasta, passable wine, cheese! and coffee!

I had that Set Meal with a pasta with mushrooms + a nice soup + cheese! + white wine!

My sister had Set Meal B, eggplant parmigiana + chicken + salad. She loved the salad, wasn’t too crazy for the eggplant, but I tell you it was yummy! I finished it! And she didn’t have wine, she had an italian almond drink.

So, so far, I’ve missed eating cheese. I’ve eaten in two Italian restaurants for lunch now in a row and I’m loving it. Must be all the italians I’ve met last week. Wahaha.

Ooh, I also had their AFTER EIGHT dessert. Was so-so. ๐Ÿ™‚ I want some dessert!

Suffice it to say, go try Galileo, and if you’re scared, just say SET MEAL A. ๐Ÿ™‚ okay?

AND.. ENOTECA means WINE SHOP. just as an added information. ๐Ÿ™‚

The ricotta was nice. ๐Ÿ™‚ The Grano Padano was so-so. And PS. I saw A SANTI’S DELI / CAFE! We gotta try that out! Hopefully Cafe Juanita tom! Yay!

Galileo Enoteca is found along Calbayog St. In Mandaluyong.

From Shaw Blvd, turn right on Samat, Turn Left on Calbayog, to your left. bow.