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Oh Well! I dunno where to start yet. I know I am a travel writer and photographer who doesn’t know anything about food, but since i travel a lot, I just want to share some unique, distinct and delicious foods that i have tasted through my photographs. Of course I will try to write about it as well. BTW: I call this blog as a “Food Photo Blog“.

See you Around and Happy Eating!

Lachi’s Sans Rival Atbp : A must visit Restaurant in Davao!

After our first day of Kadayawan Festival coverage it was time for us to feast on Davao’s best foods. Davao Bloggers who happened to be the organizers of WordCamp Philippines 2008 hosted a dinner for us in Lachi’s Sans Rival, Atbp.

Unforgettable Grilled Pork Ribs at Lachi's Sans Rival Atbp 2
Unforgettable Grilled Pork Ribs

The restaurant is distant from the highway where there is less pollution and noisy vehicles but none the less accessible.

Breaded Tofu Lachi's Sans Rival Atbp
Breaded Tofu

The interior is small, quaint and is more of a cafeteria type, with less than 10 tables but since Ria aleady reserved the tables for us.. No one could stop to pig-out!

Elsie's Melt-in-your-Mouth Roast Pork at Lachi's Sans Rival Atbp 1
Elsie’s Melt-in-your-Mouth Roast Pork

If you think that Lachi’s is only good for their signature and bestseller Sans Rival, think Again! This lovely restaurant serves great meals and delicious mouth-watering cakes, better than most cakes I’ve tasted in Manila. Continue reading Lachi’s Sans Rival Atbp : A must visit Restaurant in Davao!

Cooking Healthy Laksa with Singaporean Celebrity Chef Lisa Leong

Singapore Laksa is one of my favorite Asian noodle soup. Laksa is a spicy noodles served in coconut curry soup complete with vegetables, shrimp, spices and thin rice noodles. On a cold temperature, this popular Asian soup would be the perfect comfort food but for spicy food lover like me…. Laksa is perfect! Rain or Shine!

Singapore Laksa Ingredients

Last month, Lisa Leong visited Manila to promote the healthy benefits of medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) which can be found in virgin coconut oil.

 Singapore Laksa Ingredients

Along with fellow bloggers and other media practitioners, we were invited to watch and learn as Lisa Leong shares her culinary expertise in Healthy Gourmet Cooking.

Dancing Chef Laksa Paste

Dancing Chef Laksa Paste

It was not my first time to try Laksa in fact I always order one in Heritage Hotel whenever they feature Singapore Cuisine. Obviously I love spicy food and when i heard that Liza will prepare a healthy Laksa for us using “Dancing Chef” Laksa Paste, I simply said WOW. Unlike the traditional Laksa, Lisa did not include the prawns and other fatty ingredients but the taste is pretty much the same and I definitely love it. Continue reading Cooking Healthy Laksa with Singaporean Celebrity Chef Lisa Leong

San Miguel Oktoberfest Limited Edition Beer

Last week, I atteded the Press launch of San Miguel Oktoberfest 2008 which was held in San Miguel Building in Ortigas Center. This years Oktoberfest will be big and will definitely break world records. Aside from San Miguel semi-sponsored concert of Third Eye Blind in Manila, 2008 Oktoberfest aims to break two Guiness World Record: the most number of people toasting and the worlds longest bar.

 Oktoberfest Limited Edition Pale Pilsen @ San Miguel Oktoberfest Press Launch

San Miguel will also release in the market the limited edition of San Miguel Oktoberfest Beer. I have tasted the beer and it really taste good. OktoberFest Beer is a pale lager with malty notes, balanced with floral and citrussy hops. The beer is made of One hundred percent malt, full flavored yet lite bodied and with a sweety taste.

This once-in-a-lifetime brew will make its debut at the grand kick-off of San Miguel Oktoberfest on September 5, at a special venue at the Coyuito parking lot, along San Miguel Avenue in Ortigas, Mandaluyong City, in front of the San Miguel head office complex, Gate 1.

CNT Lechon : Cebu Lechon at its Best!

It was our second day of our Pasigarbo sa Sugbo Festival coverage in Cebu and our itinerary was pretty much loaded from Sun-up till sundown. Part of our Day 2 itinerary is a Lechon feast at CNT Lechon. It was hot and sunny when we visited the restaurant which was located right in front of SM Cebu. Upon arrival, we saw the restaurant’s veranda full of occupied tables and chairs and we thought right away that our lechon hunt was over but to our surprise, a table for 3 was vacant and waiting for us inside the restaurant.

CnT Lechon Cebu

After securing our seats, I immediately went to the counter to order some of their specialty foods. I have to get a number since a lot of people are waiting for their turn. After waiting for more than 10 minutes, I was able to order 3/4 kilo of Lechon, Ginisang Ampalaya, Cola’s and lots of “puso” rice. Puso in Cebuano, or Ta’mu in Tausug is made from rice that has been wrapped in a woven palm leaf pouch which is then boiled.

CnT's All time Favorite Ginisang Ampalaya

Since Lechon (roasted pig) is a common delicacy in almost all areas in the Philippines, I definitely know what it taste like but what makes CNT or Cebu’s lechon different? Continue reading CNT Lechon : Cebu Lechon at its Best!

Abuhan Dos Restaurant : Serving Cebu’s Finest Pochero

Whenever I travel to different places in the country, I always go to different restaurants and try local cuisine. Since we are covering the 2008 Pasigarbo sa Sugbo Festival, Eric and Nina planned to have our breakfast in Abuhan Restaurant upon our arrival in Cebu. Once we knew the dates we were leaving, we booked our hotel in Cebu so that we would be close to our favorite restaurant. We were so excited to eat at our favorite place that we didn’t even drop our suitcases off at the hotel.

Abuhan Pochero Cebu

We went directly from the airport to Abuhan Dos in F Ramos Street near the Robinson’s mall to try Nina’s Favorite Pochero.

So What is Pochero?

Pochero is a pork stew of Spanish origin, stewed beef or pork cooked with chorizo de bilbao and lots of chopped onions and tomatoes. The vegetables and saba bananas are usually cooked separately. Some versions of pinoy pochero include garbanzos and fried sweet potatoes.

Abuhan Restaurant's Sizzling Pochero

In Cebu, Bulalo is called Pochero. It was perfectly cooked in Beef broth mixed with shreds of ginger, fresh cabbage and sweet corn. Cebu’s Famous Bulalo is best eaten with steamed rice. Nina is right, the soup is realy tasty and the rice is superb.

We also tried the Sizzling Pochero, Imagine the Abuhan’s Famous Pochero without the soup, corn and vegetables and replace it with butter gravy, fried potato chunks and set it on a hot iron plate.

Abuhan Restaurant in Cebu

Forget about your super healthy diet and just plan for a heavy exercise, these Cebu’s Finest Pochero can increase your body’s cholesterol level. But who cares? The Food is Fantastic!

About the Restaurant:

Abuhan; vernacular for a dirty kitchen aptly makes Abuhan Uno and its branches quite like the kitchen of Cebu. It has, for over 30 or more years captured the palate of Cebuanos with its quintessentially Filipino dishes.

Cebu's Finest Pochero in Abuhan Restaurant

All Abuhan branches accepts all major credit cards in case you ran out of cash. If you are planning to visit Abuhan Restaurant; check out their branches.

Abuhan Uno
F. Ramos St., Cebu City
Telephone: (+6332) 2531881

Abuhan Dos
176 F. Ramos Street, Cebu City (near Robinsons Mall)
Phone : (032) 253 5774
Fax no: +63(032) 253-1883
Open 24 Hours

Abuhan Tres
i2 PIPC tower, Asiatown IT Park, Lahug, Cebu
Phone : (032) 253 1151/1881/5774
Open 24 Hours

Masuki : Better than the Original Ma Mon Luk

Much has been said about this famous Mami house in Binondo but I only got the change to taste it last weekend. Last Saturday, A group of travel bloggers decided to go on a tour around Makati and Binondo. We initially met at Starbucks Salcedo Village before heading to the Salcedo Weekend Market which is right in front of the coffee shop. After food tasting and photo taking in Salcedo Park we immediately headed to Binondo to start our short food tour and heritage tour in San Nicolas afterwards.

Masuki Binondo Chicken Mami

A Binondo food tour will never be complete without visiting Dong Bei Dumplings. Since its Meikah and Diane’s first time to try this, we ordered two plates of freshly boiled pork and kutchay dumplings. We assumed that dumplings would suffice as an appetizer since we were planning to try other authentic cantonese dishes in Benavidez street but our loud “burp” pretty much meant our stomachs couldn’t take anymore (LOL).

Beef Wonton in Masuki Binondo

Next Stop : MaMi in Masuki

Since I didn’t have a Binondo map, I asked one of the fruit vendors about the restaurant’s location only to find out that I’ve been passing the area most of the time without noticing the famous Mami House. We were lucky to get a table for four immediately since the restaurant is usually crowded during weekend. A friendly waiter welcomed us and provided us the menu. If you are familiar with the old Ma Mon Luk Restaurant, you probably know what to expect and see in Masuki’s Menu. Why? Because the Masuki restaurant is owned by the grandchildren of the old Noodle King – Ma Mon Luk. (needs further confirmation)

Since our stomachs were replete with dumplings, we decided to order regular servings of their Original Chicken Mami and their famous Beef Wonton Mami. After a couple of minutes, the noodles were served in a huge bowl full of toppings. Along with the super sized Mami, they also gave us cup of freshly chopped green onion leaves, which is a very common ingredient of the dish, and a cup of asado sauce made from sugar, black peppers, water and flour which you can mix into the steaming noodles.

Masuki Mami House in Binondo

Masuki’s Menu offers variety of “Gupit” noodles perfect for your hungry stomach. Aside from their ever popular Siopao (streamed pork bun), you can also try some of their specialty side dishes such as roast pork, beef brisket, wonton and siomai. The price is very reasonable and I realized that the Mami served in a popular Chinese Food Wanabe food chain is really overrated.

Unlike the Ma Mon Luk in Quiapo, Masuki is clean and the area is far from noisy jeepneys.

What is Gupit?

Gupit is a local term for noodles which was popularized by Mamonluk Restaurant. Ma Mon Luk is a famous cantonese restaurant with former branches in Quiapo, Quezon Ave. and Cubao are called Ma Mon Luk.

Masuki started their Mami Business in 1930 in Benavidez street which is still their present location. Currently Masuki has two branches, one in its original birthplace in Binondo and one in Greenhills.

Masuki Mami House Binondo

Branches :

MASUKI MAMI RESTAURANT

931 Benavidez Street, Binondo, Manila

Tel. No. 244-07-45, 243-2674

MASUKI MAMI HOUSE

368 Sekai Center Unit 203 Ortigas Ave. cor. Madison Street,

Greenhills, San Juan

Tel # 744-27-21 or 744-27-20

How to get there:

The Binondo church has always been the rendezvous for groups who plan to walk around Manila’s China Town. Once you reach the Binondo church, ask anyone how to reach Benavidez Street. From Benavidez you can easily find Masuki.