Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Four Seasons @ SM Aura: A Chinese Food Talks

Around 1.5 million Filipinos, according to Wikipedia, have pure Chinese ancestry. Though that only makes up 1.6% vs the total population, Chinese are represented in many areas of our society.

When I was a child, I remembered my father bringing me to his employer's home during some holiday celebrations. His employer was Chinese and her family served the finest dishes, unfamiliar to my eyes but very delicious. It was during those years that I've decided that Chinese food was one of my favorite.

With the presence of Chinese in our country, it is inevitable to have their culture intertwined with ours. That is so true especially with our cuisine.

To enjoy authentic Chinese food, Binondo trip is a worthwhile dining and learning experience. You get acquainted with their food, get to see how they prepare it the Chinese way and enjoy the feel of the old aristocratic Manila. Of course, you really don't have to go there just to fill yourself up with some Chinese food. Chinese restaurants are everywhere with much concentration of course in the Metro with diverse population. You can order your favorite noodles, dim sum, buns, roasted duck and among other succulent dishes.

If you happen to be in SM Aura Premier, one of the places for some inexpensive Chinese meal would be at Four Seasons, located at the Food on Four, Fourth Floor.

The last time I was there, I ordered their best-selling lechon macau served with fried egg, rice soup, steamed cabbage and a free drink (P200). You can add P10 to upgrade the rice for a yang chow fried rice. To complete the meal is hakaw or shrimp dumplings (P90).

hungry-pinay.blogspot.com Four Seasons @ SM Aura

hungry-pinay.blogspot.com Four Seasons @ SM Aura

It is quite a heavy meal. Looks simple but savory. With it's price, I really have nothing to complain about.

Four Seasons

  • Food on Four, Fourth Floor, SM Aura Premier, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
  • Lower Ground Floor, Building A, SM Megamall, Ortigas, Mandaluyong City

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Brookside Dark Chocolate Crunchy Clusters: Food For The Bored Mouth

I'm not really hungry, just bored. So, I eat. That happens a lot. And I think that doesn't just happen to me to but to many of us. No wonder we ingest a lot of calories than what our body really needs.

As a WAH (Work at Home) person, it is very important to have something to munch on within my reach. Munching seems to help me not to get overwhelmed with work and take away my boredom for not having an officemate to chitchat.

Recently, I found myself enjoying the company of Brookside crunchy clusters, almonds and grapes.

The Brookside Dark Chocolate Crunchy Clusters (652g), costing P649.95 at S&R, are crispy clusters of multigrains with soft berry bits and coated with dark chocolate. It is delicious. But it can be overpowering if you eat it alone. So, I mix it with some almonds and grapes. I love all the crunch and the flavors going on inside my mouth.



I tried mixing the Brookside Crunchy Clusters with almonds and fruit slices (I had kiwis and bananas) to my oatmeal. The bowl looks festive and taste less boring too.


Aside from oatmeal, I think  these combo of crunchy clusters, nuts and fruits will go along well with yogurt.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Pamangan - Fiestang Kapampangan 2015

Many of our well-loved Filipino dishes originated from Pampanga. Sisig, for instance, once was put into international limelight when famous chef and TV personality Anthony Bourdain came over the Philippines to have a taste of Aling Lucing's sisig. Kare-kare is another, though there are other historical claims about it's origin.

Pampanga wouldn't be called as the Culinary Capital of the Philippines for nothing. The region breeds greats chefs who are cooking amazing dishes, apparently this resulted to a huge number of restaurants in Pampanga. The region is indeed a great culinary destination. Every time I go there, it gets confusing where to eat. Every restaurants seem to offer delicious meal, So, if you go there, make sure to have your itinerary ready,

Explore and re-discover the Kapampanga cuisine. Let's join the Pamangan - Fiestang Kapampangan this coming October 10, 2015 (Saturday). Now, you have the reason to go to Pampanga for a gastronomic visit. Pamangan is fundraising food event participated by Angeles City's best restaurant caters and culinary school to benefit Museu Ning Angeles. For just P500, you'll enjoy a buffet of Kapampangan food.

For more information, please contact:
(045) 887 4703
0922 877 0462

Hungry-pinay.blogspot.com: Pamanan Fiestang Kapampangan 2015

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Chicken Sopas: Drowning My Sorrow in a Bowl

I've been a little sickly lately. Maybe the Manila air has something to do with it. After living in the province for months, adopted to the rural way of life and breathe fresh air, my body could have forgotten how it feels to live in the busy, crowded and polluted metropolis.

I had a slight fever during my first week. Now, I've gone mad with my cough.

Since I am living along (again) at the moment, I don't have a choice but to move. I need to buy stuff from the grocery and cook if I wanted to eat and enjoy home-cooked meal. Not to be overly dramatic on petty things, but this part of my life is what I dread--being alone and sick. Living independently is okay when you are physically in a good condition but when you are sick and you don't feel like moving, the thought of having someone taking care of you slowly creep.

 The best way to get rid of all the bad vibes was to eat something comforting. So, I decided to cook chicken sopas, which I ate for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

I add a lot of ginger to the recipe to help soothe my throat.

Hungry-pinay.blogspot.com: Home-cooked meal

If you wonder how I cooked mine, let me share it with you.


  • butter
  • boiled chicken fillet and flaked
  • chicken broth (the broth I used for boiling the chicken)
  • cooked macaroni pasta
  • chopped cabbage
  • julienned carrots
  • chopped onions
  • chopped celery
  • chopped ginger
  • canned evaporated milk
  • salt and pepper 


Heat the butter first, Saute the onion and ginger. Add the flaked chicken then the vegetables. Mix the cooked macaroni, Next is the chicken broth and evaporated milk. Add salt and pepper to taste, Let it boil until the vegetables are tender.

Monday, September 14, 2015

KyoChon: The Hottest Chick in Town

It's been like a year since I last stepped inside SM Megamall. In such a short span of time, a lot of things has changed though many remains the same like the shops and restaurants that I used to go to.

KyoChon, a Korean restaurant located strategically near the entrance of building B, immediately caught my attention. I checked their menu and was enticed with what they offer. I got a peek of its nice homey interior from the outside, which prodded me further to go in.

I read positive reviews about KyoChon. There is only one way to find out to validate what they said--I have to eat here.


Minimalism and green interior design always gives that comfy and homey ambiance. That is exactly what you are going to find in KyoChon.

hungry-pinay.blogspot.com Kyochon, SM Megamall


"Chicken like you've never had before." True enough, they serve delicious fried chicken that would become my standard for chicken from now on.

hungry-pinay.blogspot.com Kyochon, SM Megamall

KyoChon's chicken is tasty and crispy but still juicy and tender inside.  It is not greasy that makes you feel less guilty.

They uses double frying method to achieve a best-tasting fried chicken. (KyoChon started this double fried chicken craze in Korea).They also promise using natural ingredients and no glacial acetic acid, sodium saccharine, and MSG. No wonder, KyoChon received a lot of awards.

hungry-pinay.blogspot.com Kyochon, SM Megamall

Honestly, the small size wing (5pcs for P149) of original flavor seems not sufficient. I feel I can have more.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Quick Chinatown Food Trip at Binondo, Manila

The Chinese has a very obvious and wide influence in the Filipino Cuisine. It is evident in our dishes like the pancit, lumpia, siopao, and siomai that we have adapted and Filipinized. We have developed a strong liking for the dishes that we serve and eat them often. We even created some regional variations, which is true with pancit. Our familiarity to these food, made us feel that they are our own and we have forgotten its rich history.

For some dose of authentic Chinese food, the best place to go is Binondo in Manila, the oldest Chinatown in the world. Going to this part of Manila gets you acquainted not only with the Chinese cuisine but it will take you back to our history.

The district is a hub of Chinese commerce even before the Spanish colonization. It was the center of commerce and trade back then. So, I guess, it is safe to say that it was once a Makati during that era.

You'll appreciate Binondo by foot. That is a good way to use up all the food you eat along the way to energy.

hungry-pinay.blogspot.com Binondo, Manila

New Po Heng Lumpia House
531 Quintin Paredes Street, Binondo Manila 
New Po Heng Lumpia House Facebook page

There is nothing extraordinary about the place because it looks like a typical karenderia. And you have to pass a dark hall first that makes you feel danger is lurking inside, made me imagine of old dingy building in some Chinese horror movies. But never ever judge a place on how it looks because this Chinese restaurant serves the best fresh lumpia for P50 only!

hungry-pinay.blogspot.com New Po-Heng Lumpia House

I can taste some veggies, tofu, nuts and sugar in every bite. It is complemented with it's sweet sticky sauce. 

One serving of the fresh lumpia is enough to fill you up. But because it is delicious, you feel like eating more.

hungry-pinay.blogspot.com New Po-Heng Lumpia House

Wai Ying Fastfood
810 Benavidez St, Binondo, Manila, Metro Manila
Phone:(02) 242 0310

I visited this restaurant couple of years ago. It  haven't change a bit. 

The moment you reach the resto, some roasted braised ducks hanging in the window will great you. You stepped in the building with the aroma of some Chinese food filling your nostrils.

hungry-pinay.blogspot.com Wai Ying Fastfood

This place never runs out of people. It is always one of the busy establishments in Binondo. Since we are quite a large group, we had to wait for like 20 minutes before we got seated. The waiting was worth while nevertheless.

I ordered a curry beef brisket with rice (P140), which is bomb! The beef is very tender and the sauce is very tasty. Usually, curry has a very strong taste but not this one, which is what I love. The serving is quite generous and can be shared for two people unless you are very hungry.

hungry-pinay.blogspot.com Wai Ying Fastfood

hungry-pinay.blogspot.com Wai Ying Fastfood

Since the resto is really known for its dim sum, it is a must to order one. I had a serving of hakaw (P80), which is a steamed dim sum consist mainly of shrimp.