This a recipe for the simplest thing you can make, smores. At first I thought this was such a stupid idea, but then I know a lot of people who still Google smores recipes (you know who you are). So here goes.
What you need:
- Baking tray
- Cinnamon graham crackers (this will make a HUGE difference!!)
- Thin chocolate bars (I prefer milk chocolate)
Prepare the oven by setting the temperature for 350F
Set the graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolates on the baking tray (to make your smores look nice, I would recommend to separate the chocolate and marshmallow while baking), like this:
Bake for 5 minutes under 350F heat
Take the baking tray out and stack the crackers on top of each other, like this:
I delayed my coming to Hungry Ninja ever since it opened last year because someone told me that the food wasn’t good. That someone is wrong.
Hungry Ninja is an Asian cuisine fast food restaurant that opened a few months ago. They serve a variety of dishes that inspired from neighbouring Asian countries and oh my god can we just go to the food now?!
These were the Banh-mi sandwiches that Poch and I ordered. She got the Pork BBQ (top) while I got Chicken and Onion (bottom). Each costs P39.00. There wasn’t really anything special about the sandwiches, but they were pretty okay. That said we did like that they used actual Banh-mi baguette bread.
An abundant amount of cassava crackers were also served with the sandwiches, which is awesome because I absolutely loved them when I was still living in Indonesia. I suggest that they sell these individually like what ChowKing does with their Chicharap, because I’m certain people would be into that. I, for one, would probably buy like 20 bags in one go.
My other roommate, Jill, had already eaten so she only opted for dessert. She got Mango Float (P25). I didn’t try it but Jill says it was really good. Well, honestly, I’ve never actually even eaten bad mango float in my life. This one gets sooo much plus points, though, for presentation. Look at how amazing that looks! That’s how a P85.00 mango float served in a hotel would look like, not a P25.00 one served in a fast food restaurant.
Poch also ordered Kung Pao noodles (P65.00). It was actually pretty good, but I didn’t have enough of it to really remember how it tasted. Maybe next time.
Ok now seriously, listen up. That thing right there is the Pork Gung-Ho (P49.00) rice bowl and is quite genuinely one of the best things I ever had the pleasure of ingesting. It’s doused in liberal amounts of a sweet, Asian-y sauce (hahaha) and the pork is cooked just right. It wasn’t chewy or anything. Guess what is the absolute most incredible thing about this is: it is legitimately spicy! If you’ve ever read any of my other articles (which you should!), you would know that I am often disappointed with food here in Iloilo that claim that they are spicy but just fail to live up. Well, finally, something that satisfied me, spice-wise!
Ok, have you even seen those prices? Some of the meals even have a can of soda inclusive. That’s probably why in the few months that Hungry Ninja has been open, they’ve already got tons of loyal customers. With good food and good prices, how could you not?!
I also saw in the menu that they serve Nasi Goreng (Indonesian or Malaysian fried rice), which I’m still iffy about ordering because I’m *cough* well-versed in nasi goreng, and I’m afraid of being disappointed just because I love the place so much. Maybe next time.
Hungry Ninja can be found along Gen. Luna, directly across St. Paul’s Hospital.
This weekend I discovered Cham Cham, a South Asian dessert that is sooo simple yet sooo good!
I went with my friend Heera and her mom to Jersey City, which apparently is like the Queens of New Jersey, meaning that there are a lot of international food in that area. They took me to this row of Indian restaurants and had me try various Indian food. The one that struck me the most was this dessert.
The food looks like this:
Based on Wikipedia, which is the most reliable source in the world, Cham Cham is made out of flour, cream, sugar, saffron, lemon juice and coconut flakes. The ingredients that I tasted the most were the coconut and sugar. Even though it does not show in the pictures, the dessert is actually very watery. To hold the watery content, the dessert must be very dense, which is why one piece of Cham Cham can be very filling.
You should really try it out because it is something different.
You know how sometimes a simple piece of food can make you feel so happy? Well this is one of them.
If the name already makes you giddy, wait until you see the food!
After a very filling lunch, my friend and I decided to eat some more, just to see if our stomachs would explode. We were in Japan Town in San Francisco, so we decided to just walk around the area to see if there is a dessert place we could go to. We entered the mall and we saw this place.
I found out that, even though there were so many choices in the menu, we are allowed to make our own topping combinations. So I decided to order a sweet crepe with Nutella, strawberries and whipped cream.
After waiting for about five minutes, this is what I got:
The crepe tasted just like a normal crepe, but the fact that it looks so cute compensates for the lack of amazingness in the food.
One afternoon, my friend Nina and I decided to spend our money and have a fancy late lunch, so we went to The Rotunda at the Neiman Marcus building in Union Square, San Francisco.
The restaurant was really pretty! It’s basically an indoor balcony, so the tables were surrounding the hole which overlooks the Neiman Marcus lobby. If you’re facing the other way, then you would look at the Union Square.
First we got a complementary chicken broth soup with a cheese scone. Very light and delicious!
Then we got popovers served with strawberry butter! It was sooo good. The strawberry made the butter slightly sweet, which was very refreshing. I might just attempt to make one myself.
I ordered the lobster sandwich, which had rocket (I don’t know what this is called in American terms) and avocado. This was surprisingly light!
For dessert: Pistachio creme brulee. OMG SO DELICIOUS! We were supposed to share this but I ended up eating most of it.
In conclusion, if you wanna eat real fancy at a pretty place and you happen to be in San Francisco, you should go to The Rotunda!
Hi Guys, SO. Last week I went to Sydney’s infamous Mexican cantina, El Loco. This is probably the first time I’ve ever had REAL tacos (none of that Taco Bell shiz) and it tastes amazing (also at $5 per taco!). Order the Secret Taco (I think that’s what it’s called), it’s taco with deep fried lamb brains and corn. Look at it:
Also, if it happens to be available, make sure you get the Churros, which was the HIGHLIGHT of my meal. It doesn’t taste like any other churros cos the inside’s really soft, almost gooey (in a good way).
ANDDD the Jalapeno Margarita does not only have bits of Jalapeno peppers as garnish, it also contains a dash of “illegal mezcal” (I dunno either, but it sounds badass).
If you like Bon Chon or Kyo Chon (for those who don’t know, they are Korean chicken wings places) and like to drink and listen to good music, then Mad for Chicken is the place for you!
Now you know that I give minimal review and would rather just show the pictures and explain how delicious the food is, but not this time, or at least just for the second part (the picture part). The thing is, this place was really dark, so I didn’t wanna be one of those jerks who take flash pictures. TOO BAD! :)
Okay straight to the review:
The chicken's amazing, especially the garlic one. If you think you can handle spicy food, then try the spicy sauce, but I have to warn you that it is REALLY SPICY.
The drinks are amazing, especially the soju. Try the lychee soju. If you would rather get beer, get the pitcher, because it lights up and it looks really nice. You’ll end up looking like flies staring at neon lights. I swear.
The music is amazing. Great music.
The ambiance is amazing. Dark. It has a bar/lounge kind of feeling, but is actually a restaurant.
Here are some pictures I found on Google:
Oh disclaimer: This restaurant is on the second floor of a very sketchy building. When you get in YOU WILL GET SCARED, but once you get to the second floor you will be fine. So don’t worry.
That title looks strange. Like Siam is in a city in the country of Iloilo. Weird.
Aaanyhoo, my sister, cousin and I had planned to go to Namie, which is this Japanese restaurant in the same building as Matthew’s Burger Cafe, but we got there too late and they were closed. And so, we went to Siam.
Soa little background story. There used to be this Thai restaurant called Krua Thai but it closed some time ago. Then from the metaphorical ashes (it didn’t burn down; they just closed, in case you might think otherwise…) of Krua Thai rose Siam! Basically, Siam is the sister restaurant of Krua Thai, with branches in other parts of the country, and their menu is the same as Krua Thai’s only the decor is more modern. On to the food!
Siam Lemongrass Iced Tea - P40
This is most probably the best lemon iced tea in the whole universe. Well, the best I’ve tasted anyway. Other lemon iced teas can take a lesson from this lemon iced tea right here: it’s the perfect amount of sour and sweet. I like that instead of using lemon slices they used lemongrass, which I enjoy using in the most random of dishes. It’s so good that it deserves two more pictures from different angles!
Crazy delicious, I swear. I would go to Siam everyday for this. But I can’t. Because I have to deal with life, which is my absolute least favourite thing in the world. *sigh* On to the food!
Fried Chicken in Garlic - P135.00
For appetizers we ordered the Fried Chicken in Garlic. It was good, but its sweet tamarind sauce especially so.
Steamed Seafood Curry in Coconut Shell - P260.00
How amazing was this?! Seafood = gooood; curry = goooood (although I wish it was spicier; such is my dilemma in this country); coconut = gooood. This was actually way too much for three people so I suggest you eat this with at least four more other people. It’s enough to feed your whole family! Unless, of course, you have like twenty people in your family…But anyways, man was this fantastic! I couldn’t be more enthusiastic than that. It was so good I should post another picture just to emphasize my point.
Good ol’ Asian goodness. Asian cuisine is seriously the best in the world, and I’m not saying that just because I’m Asian. No, seriously. My sister and my friend Poch and I always say that Asian food must have some sort of drug in them to make them so insanely good. But probably not, because Asian food transcends the need for drugs. Need a vice? Food! Or more specifically, Asian food!
Siam is located along Benigno Aquino Ave., Mandurriao, just outside the Smallville Complex that once housed its sister restaurant Krua Thai. Siam is right next to Metrobank.
While my mother was here we went to a day trip to a suburb in NSW that specializes in vineyards, so we went and checked out Botanica Restaurant.
clockwise from left: Mushroom Soup with Pancetta (amuse bouche), Orange Creme with Cookie Crumbs and Chocolate Cigar (dessert), Beef Fillet (main), and Duck Liver Pate (entree)
The best dish was definitely the beef fillet, it had all these mushrooms that came along with it, man that was good. I remember savoring all the dishes, but in retrospect I’m sure there are better steakhouses and wineries in Sydney. I do suggest coming here with your folks or on a super-romantic-date, cos it’s pretty formal (and expensive, especially the wine).
Matthew’s Burger Cafe, as their name suggests, specialises in burgers. The twist is that they serve burgers that are supposed to represent certain cuisines from around the world. Their burgers include:
and all at only P150!
That’s my roommate Poch (who’s been in my articles so many times). We were both decked out in blue and yellow that day, the 29th, because it was Leap Day! If you watch 30 Rock (which you totally should, if you don’t already), you would totally get it. Now on to the food!
We each got a tall glass of House Blend Red Tea (P60), which was pretty ok. It was an extremely hot day that day (excruciating would be the best adjective), and it did its job of refreshing us, but nothing more. I expected it to be sweeter judging by how red it was, but it was more sour than anything, which isn’t saying much because it didn’t particularly taste like anything at all. But it was all right. (Foodie tip: the best House Blend Iced Tea is in JAQ’s Bar, Smallville; JAQ’s is also my favourite-est bar in the whooole world.) Matthew’s also serves smoothies and coffee, which I will probably try next time.
I ordered the Pesto Creme Pasta (P130), which in hindsight was probably a bad choice since I should have ordered burgers since they were the house specialty, but I had been craving pasta at the time. It wasn’t bad, but there wasn’t anything special about it. I could hardly taste the pesto (by the way pesto is almost always my number one choice when it comes to pasta) so it felt like it was more carbonara than anything. A little pepper wouldn’t hurt either. But it was pretty good enough.
That burger patty, though, was something else. It was really, crazy good! Actually, with that burger patty that was actually one pretty good dish.
The real winner of the day: the Mexican Burger (P150), which Poch ordered. This is officially the best burger I’ve ever had in Iloilo, possibly in ever. When they say that it’s Mexican, they meant it. The burger patty was the same one in my pasta and I’ve already raved about it, but with that sauce? HOT DAMN. It was sublime. It was crazy delicious, and a bit spicy, too.
Look at that adorable little flag!
Matthew’s Burger Cafe is located in the Cischo Building, Mabolo Delgado St., Iloilo, near UP Visayas. (From the direction of the UP gate in front of Iloilo Doctors’ College, walk left, then at the first corner take a left, go straight through, and you can’t miss it.)
A few weeks ago, I went to one of the COOOOLest restaurants I’ve been to in NYC called Gastroarte (previously named Graffit). It is located in the Upper West Side of Manhattan. It is basically a Spanish gastronomy restaurant, where they serve you cool and modern food, but Spanish-inspired. I went with my friend who came from Boston and we had such a great time! We got a very friendly waitress who was so excited about us being there, as it was our first time.
On with the food (and pictures)
We got a complementary appetizer, which was fried sweet potato and a bite size stuffed pea pod. Very cute!
We shared an appetizer, which was basically meatballs with fried… I cannot remember what it was, but similar to noodles. But fried until crispy.
Another appetizer we shared was eggplant with fried oysters and a variety of caviar.
This is what I had for main course. Beef (I can;t remember, sorry) with some steamed vegetables and various vegetable pastes, which made it really REALLY interesting.
This is the black rice my friend had for main course. It had a variety of sea food and tasted really delicious! I wish I ordered this instead!
The Pollock (Jackson, of course)! This is one of the shared desserts we had. It is basically vanilla cake with caramel and cream and white chocolate on top.
My favorite dessert! This one’s called Earth, because it looks like soil, as you can see. Those brown stuff are crumbs mixed with, I think, chocolate milk powder, a variety of nuts, orange zest and mint. If you dig in really well, you will find a scoop of vanilla ice cream hidden inside.
Complementary dessert! This place is amazing!
The dessert menu, just in case you are wondering.
Overall, we had an amazing experience! I cannot wait to come back and hopefully bring my family so we can enjoy this Upper West treasure together!
Wow haven’t seen you for a while! As you know, non of Tasteritos’ contributors post anything during school season, hence the absence. However, even though I am in the middle of midterm week (nay, weeks!), my finance midterm actually got postponed to next week, so now I have time to post stuff. YAAY FOR ME! (and you loyal readers, of course!)
This time, I am going to post a recipe for puff pastry pizza. The topping can be anything, but for me it is chicken curry with fresh chopped tomatoes. Here goes…
Puff pastry (Cheater! I know)
If you are interested in the topping
Shredded boiled chicken
Salt and pepper for taste
Freshly chopped tomatoes
Caramelized onions (recipe is in another post!)
- Heat the oven (about 350 F)
- While you wait for the oven to heat up, cook the shredded chicken on a skillet with olive oil. After about 3 minutes, add the curry paste and milk. Turn the heat down and let it boil for about 10 minutes.
- Cover the top of the pastry with whisked eggs, leaving the about 1 inch in the outer corner dry.
- Add the chicken curry on the egged, inside part of the pastry. Add the caramelized onions on top of the chicken curry.
- Put the chicken pizza inside the oven for about 20 minutes or until the puff pastry rise.
- Take the pizza out and add the freshly chopped tomatoes. (I added this just to keep the taste fresh, since the curry might be to heavy for some people)