Home is Woorijib

Phil and I recently ate at Pancake House and I heard their new greeting for customers which is “welcome home”. Now, don’t get me wrong. I love it there and it has always been a favorite. Pancake House is indeed one of the fail-safe options I have when I am mad and irritable however “home” is somewhere else. Home is Woorijib.

If we are going to talk about firsts, it is probably Kimchi (as in the old school fast food chain) where I first tried it. One was near my school in my elementary days so I probably got my first helping then. As expected it was traumatic that I avoided Korean food until I accidentally fell in love with Kimchi (the side dish). I say accidental because someone put it on my plate and I was too embarrassed to leave it untouched. Then, I bought a bottle or a packet from the supermarket and paired it with nilagang baka. But it was much much later that I finally tried a full blown meal (at Ye Dang). I swung between 3 Korean food joints. One is Ye Dang, another one in Pearl Drive where we have our fix after a class of poledancing and of course Woorijib. It would be safe to say that we have eaten there less than 20 times since we tried it. I say that’s 3-4 times a month. Once, we ate there twice in a week. (update: Once we ate lunch and dinner, same day/ we basically just went home to rest) It’s crazy!

Of all the Korean restos I’ve tried, they have the most generous and good tasting side dishes. If you are still in the dark, side dishes are a staple in Korean cuisine and it’s for free with almost every order. I’ve tried more or less 15 kinds of side dishes here but most of the time they serve 6 variations. (up there: two kinds of kimchi, zucchini with kojusang, gelatin with sesame oil and spices, garlic spinach, odeng with sesame oil, some kind of coleslaw with a kojusang base for its dressing, tofu with kojusang).

We usually have two orders of samgyeopsal which includes a free bowl of dwenjang soup (on top of the side dishes). You eat it by wrapping pieces of grilled meat, rice and fried garlic in a lettuce leaf. You dip it and eat it! But anyway, don’t worry about the way to eat it. Just enjoy the food any way you want to. Lately, we have been ordering a combination of samgyeopsal and galbisal so we can both have pork and beef.

I think Korean is very refreshing because the flavors and spices they use are far from our everyday meals. As there are variants with the side dishes it seems like you are ordering more than what you order. I also recommend it to people who are trying to control their salt intake. It is definitely not salty as compared to Filipino dishes. It may seem bland at first but I am telling you that you will get used to it. Personally I find it helpful in improving your overall diet because apart from eating more veggies, you tend to skip rice. Perhaps people who don’t like spicy food and people who do not eat vegetables at all are the only ones who may not enjoy Korean cuisine.

and now for the whole spread…

Phil certainly looks guilty! Cheerio!

Mango Tree Bistro at Trinoma

I tried Mango Tree Bistro because there weren’t any Korean restaurants in Trinoma. Can you believe it?! We ordered beef satay and crispy catfish served with spicy green mango salad. It was alright. We played it safe so it’s boring. I just realized that I am not so crazy about Thai cuisine. Sure it is spicy which is something that I love but the problem is that most viands are a little bit sweetish. I am also not very much into curry as I like the natural taste of meat and vegetables. Somehow curries and strong spices steals a lot from the original taste of the food. One thing I am crazy about is their street food. It probably is one of the reasons why I want to go back (and I am, damn right). And as weird as it may seem, I have not tasted anything like it from the Thai restaurants here. hmmm…

Anyway we finished the meal with a cup of Illy coffee. Another one of those that I miss in Bangkok.

Too short but… Cheers!

Peanut Butter Company at Katipunan

I felt like having breakfast out and all I could think of was that Regis Center in Katipunan. It is a strip of restaurants with Mom & Tina’s, Chicken Bon Chon and I forget what else. We checked out menus and decided we are in the mood for risking our morning delight.

I’m no peanut butter fan and I feel like “sweet” is only for dessert and I seldom have dessert but does that mean I should completely ignore a food joint? Of course not. Peanut butter and Company first stirred my curiosity when I saw a bottle of hot peanut butter and peanut butter curry (Mall of Asia branch). I thought I had to try something that weird. But at the time I did not know they actually have savory sandwiches, pastas and ricemeals. At Regis center I looked more closely and realized they have more to offer than peanut butter.

I ordered half of diablo pasta or hot peanut butter cream dory tomato based pasta. I also picked out honey mustard chicken salad (the only thing we had that did not have peanut butter in it or so I thought) hoping that it would be a refreshing break. Phil ordered half of Elvis something sandwich. It’s bacon, banana, butter and peanut butter. He paired it with fried potatoes (like mojos) served with wasabi mayo. The diablo pasta ain’t bad but it was too tasty for me. Actually everything we had was rich. Phil ordered half a sandwich yet it was hard for him to gobble everything up. I guess it is not for us who have started to develop a very bland taste.

We loved it when we tried Krispy Kreme Burger but this sounded really weird. It was okay but it won’t be something easy to love. I never really established the connection with kare kare, certain salads and satays that all have peanuts in them. They’re good yes but peanut butter is sweet! For now I’ve no idea how to whip up my own peanut butter delight. I mean I don’t even have the slightest idea how to cook kare kare so I guess I’m lost. Maybe it would be easier if I tasted something I really loved.

I haven’t tried their peanut butter. I mean plain and simple. I suppose it is their specialty. haha! But I do know of a booth in Centris that sells wonderful homemade peanut butter. I will go there tomorrow. Cheers!

Sentro at Bonifacio High Street (breakfast)

First time at Sentro and we do it with Inez and Mitzi. Inez and I ordered kusinero fried rice (fried rice with tuyo and sunny side up served with atsara) while Phil and Mitzi opted for hole in one (french toast with sunny side up in the middle, served with bacon strips and pork and beans). I also ordered pandesal, queso de bola and tsokolate. We usually don’t like ordering the same viands as the people we are with but the thing is other items on the menu were too pricey and we weren’t ready to splurge.

Generally speaking, the ones we tried were lovely. I loved the atmosphere and the service. It was far from ordinary but it is still too expensive for me so I doubt if I can afford to go back and try many items too soon.