Thursday, September 16, 2010

jin loves to eat at home, September 6-12, 2010

Currently working on my blog’s new look and it’s proving to be such a BIG, difficult task!

I know, I know, there are ready templates and widget codes that you can copy and paste, but you know, a computer moron is a computer moron.

But see, I’ve got “pages” now. Woohoo!

And I’ve compiled a list of my favorites. Ooooohhhh…

Have you even noticed?


Morons. =P


September 6, 1:15pm

IMG_9425 Shrimps, celery and mushrooms, garlic fish fillet, rice

IMG_9428 Mango, pomelo, melon, plum, dragon fruit


September 6, 7:28pm

IMG_9429 Chicken adobo, sautéed squash, boiled spinach and mushrooms, rice

IMG_9431 Pineapple


September 7, 12:22pm

IMG_9455Chicken pesto, sautéed herbed potatoes, black mushrooms, rice

IMG_9454 Dragon fruit, apple, kiwi, plum, pomelo


September 8, 12:23pm

IMG_9464 Chicken soup with mushrooms, radish, carrots, pechay and Chinese pechay

IMG_9467 Banana, pear, apple, plum, dragon fruit, kiwi

IMG_9469 Costa Brava Caramel Cake


September 9, 1:07pm

IMG_9537 Chicken tocino, omelet, eggplant hash, broccoli

IMG_9540 Dragon fruit, pomelo, kiwi, plum, guava, apple, pear, banana


September 9, 8:24pm

IMG_9542 Chicken curry, sautéed mushrooms and bell peppers, stir-fried baby choi sum

IMG_9543 Nathaniel’s Buko Pandan. Thank you, Auntie Teresita and Uncle Bon! :)


September 10, 12:25pm

IMG_9550Garlic milkfish belly, sweet and sour lapu-lapu, pork and beans

IMG_9549Melon, dragon fruit, plum, apple


September 11, 12:26pm

IMG_9660 Grilled bream, five spice beef, chayote with ginger, rice 

IMG_9663Peach, dragon fruit, pear, pomelo

IMG_9667Soybean milk


September 12, 11:29am

IMG_9711 “Happy Birthday, Jr” miswa

IMG_9714Orange, pomelo, pear, guava, dragon fruit, peach

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Hong Kong Emperor Seafood Restaurant ♥ ♥

We are at it again. Being so GI (Genuine Instik) and wearing too much red when there is a birthday.

Old dogs and new tricks, they just don’t jive.

We even take it a notch higher by celebrating at where else? A Chinese restaurant!

And the name? Hong Kong Emperor!

*Gong sound effects*



But hey, we are celebrating for not one, but two Chinese peoples here, so this GI act is somewhat justifiable.


IMG_9718Relax! This is not an MTR station and we are not in Hong Kong SAR. The restaurant is in MOA, and our “North Point” room offers stunning view of the beautiful Manila Bay.


IMG_9722It is simply breathtaking. That’s my dad capturing the magnificence.


And he just can’t get over how mesmerizing it is. DAD!!!!!!!


Front row: Me, Benjie, Jamie, Mom, Kim, Diane, Auntie Teresita, Uncle Bon
Back row: Dad, Jr, Jerwin


IMG_9738 Emperor BBQ Cuts Combination – can’t compare to Hong Kong’s but this is actually quite ok


IMG_9740 Braised Shark's Fin Soup with Chicken Strips


IMG_9749This is really just chicken strips in chicken soup. I don’t see and taste no sharks fin here, so easy on the hate comments, okay?


IMG_9745Steamed Prawns with Garlic – quite ordinary


IMG_9747 Braised Abalone with Mushroom and Conch – did they replace the conch with lettuce?
Yes, I think they did.


IMG_9751 Sorry, Peking Ducky!


IMG_9760 Beautiful, crisp, and glistening Ducky skins. Delicious!


IMG_9764What happened to the rest of Ducky - Minced Duck Meat with Lettuce Leaf  


IMG_9754Steamed Twin Lapu-Lapu – slightly overcooked


IMG_9758Hong Kong Famous Sautéed Crab with Pepper and Spices – overly fried and overly dry


IMG_9762 Birthday Noodles – too soft and soggy


IMG_9770Chilled Mango Sago – refreshing mango soup with sago pieces that need more thawing


IMG_9769 Coffee Jelly – strong coffee taste. Yum.


IMG_9774 Coconut Jelly – rich coconut flavors. I love it.


IMG_9792Buchi – served hot and fresh. Glutinous rice is soft and the filling not to sweet.


Big chocolate cake by Chocolat, assorted mini cakes by UCC
Cake arrangement by me! Hihihi!


IMG_9790Singing waiters and waitresses


IMG_9788 Happy Birthday, Kiddos!!!



On another occasion,

IMG_1704Abalone and Goose Web in Superior Sauce – rather average


IMG_1703 Black Pepper Beef on Sizzling Plate – I don’t like!


IMG_1706Hot Lapu Lapu Salad – sorry, but this tastes as fugly as it looks


IMG_9734I love the restaurant’s swanky chandeliers!


Hong Kong Emperor Seafood Restaurant: 2/F, Entertainment Mall, SM Mall of Asia, Ocean Drive, Pasay, Philippines. Tel: +632-556-9520 to 22

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Makchang Korean Restaurant ♥ ♥ ♥

I am not sure I want to tell you about this restaurant. Sometimes I am just greedy like that. It’s such a small place and it fills up so quickly. I don’t want to have to wait for all of you to finish eating and drinking before I get seated.

I have no patience.

Good things just cannot wait.


I do not know how men manage to find these hole-in-the-wall places. Probably after a night of heavy hanky-pankying, when their wallets are drained and libidos satisfied (for the next 11 minutes at least), a different kind of hunger consumes them and leads them to the wonderful smell of meats grilling on hot charcoal. I wouldn’t be surprised. After all, Makchang is open until 4AM.

So how do I come to know of this place?

My e…

Umm… On second thought, I think I am going to keep it to myself. In the name of world peace. 

IMG_9630Makchang’s complete menu

IMG_9635Korean barbeque essentials, counterclockwise from top left: lettuce leaves, green chili, sesame oil with salt and pepper, barbeque sauce, fresh garlic, hot bean paste and, of course, a shot of Soju!

IMG_9644Fresh camote – eat it raw or eat it grilled, up to you.

Just a note. Unlike other Korean restaurants, Makchang does not give you the traditional banchan and the whole nine yards. It gives you 2 things only. And these 2 things are all you ever need.

IMG_9649Kimchi – as authentic as it gets

IMG_9633Green onions and bean sprouts tossed in sesame oil and chili powder –

IMG_9640Galbisal – this marinated beef short rib is very tasty. Not the best quality but the flavor 
more than makes up for it.

IMG_9645Beef Galbi – boneless and no-marinade version of the galbi

IMG_9656Samkyupsal – to get the best experience, grill the pork belly until crisp and a bit burnt on the edges.

IMG_9653This is how you do it
On a lettuce leaf, put mounds of that insanely delicious green onion-bean sprout mix, top with your meat of choice, fresh garlic and kimchi, then pause to admire the beauty of your creation, teasing and enticing your every sense. And only when the wait becomes too excruciating, roll it, dip it, and wrap your mouth around it, taking in as much of it as you can. Then chew ever so gently, appreciating every texture, every sweetness, tanginess, saltiness, spiciness. And then, swallow.


IMG_9652 Miso Soup – and when things get too hot, cool down with this delicious soup

Or with some Soju or some beer.

IMG_9658Ton, Donna, Me, Jaine

Makchang Korean Restaurant: 1812 Maria Orosa St., Malate, Manila City, Philippines

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