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Simple Eats: Santouka Hokkaido Ramen

Lovely dinner tonight with Hubby and my Mother-In-Law in Santouka Hokkaido Ramen in Glorietta.

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Ordered the Santouka Sets as it was more Sulit than ordering the ala carte. Personally, I thought a set is good for 2 people. However, not knowing this, we ordered 1 set each. A set consist of Rice, Chawan Mushi, salad, pickled vegetables and small sized ramen. Even ordered an extra Pig Cheeks and Boiled Eggs to boot.

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I ordered a Tonkatsu set while hubby ordered the Ebi fry set. I must say that the Tonkatsu will give Yabu a run for its money. The sets range from Php450-Php650.

 
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Posted by on September 15, 2013 in My Simple Life, Simple Eats

 

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Simple Travels: Korean Food

Today’s lunch was included in our tour. Consisted of traditional and delicious Korean food. The side dishes were of unlimited refills. For our main dishes, it consisted of 2 fish variety and 1 pork dish. The pork dish was so good that we ordered another serving (KRN15,000). The order turned out to be 3 times the size of what we originally had. Finished the food nonetheless. So yummy!

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Simple Eats: No Signboard Seafood Restaurant, Singapore

When in Singapore, do what the locals do – Eat, Eat and Eat. Where did my diet go? It went out the door the moment we stepped into the island of Singapore.

One of Singapore’s well-known dishes is its Chili Crab. And of course, we had to try what people have been considering to be the best Chili Crab in the island – No Signboard Seafood Restaurant. We took the MRT going to their main branch located in Geylang road. The ride cost is SGD1.80 each.
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Was a bit surprised to find an outdoor setup. Since we didn’t have reservations, we were escorted to another side of the restaurant.
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ON THE TABLE
Chili Crab: SGD50/kg
We were served a pretty big crab with lots of meat in it. The sauce was on the spicy and salty side. It was so-so for me. Actually, I preferred the one in Thailand, Somboon. Will try another restaurant known for their chili crab tomorrow.
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No Signboard Beancurd: SGD20
Reminded me of the lomi sauce. Good combination of beancurd, mushrooms and vegetables.

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Salted Egg Shrimps: SGD25
This was a nice dish. Loved the salted egg sauce.

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All in all, the food we ordered was so-so. Hoping to try a better chili crab tomorrow. I personally prefer one that’s a bit on the sweet and spicy side.

We took a taxi going back to Orchard. The ride costed us SGD10.
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Details
No Signboard Seafood
414 Geyland Road
Singapore

 

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Simple Eats: Miyabi

Been exposed to quite a few Japanese food lately but still find myself craving for more. Will tell you more about it in the next few weeks or so once the current project I’m working on can be formally announced.

Our Ninang recommended this restaurant on the 2nd floor of Pan Pacific Hotel. Being the rice guru, she said that this place serves authentic Japanese rice and not your usual daya ones. So, we trooped to Manila and decided to give this a try this month.

ON THE TABLE
Hubby ordered this Tamago Tofu for our appetizers. Yummy! A definite must try if you’re here –

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Also ordered their Cuttlefish Teriyaki (Php250). Nothing special to note about though.

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Hubby and Mother-in-law each ordered a Jumbo Chirashi Jo (Php980) which was supposed to be composed of imported ingredients. Both thought that Nihonbashitei served better Chirashi Don than Miyabi.

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I ordered this Tokujo Bento Box (Php1080) with Gindara Teriyaki, sushi and tempura. The sushi and tempura were really good. The Gindara was so-so.

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Unlike other restaurants, Miyabi has an encyclopedia like menu. Too many options, too little stomach.

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Till next time!

DETAILS
Miyabi
2nd Floor Pan Pacific Hotel, Gen Malvar Street Adriatico Malate Manila
Tel No.: (02) 536 0351 – 54

 
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Posted by on July 28, 2013 in Simple Eats

 

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Simple Eats: Tao Yuan Restaurant

Nothing beats a warm soup on a rainy or cold night. And so, last night, we decided to drive to the original Tao Yuan branch to have some Shabu-Shabu and more.

I initially thought that Shabu-shabu was of Chinese origin but a quick search in Wikipedia yielded that it originated from Japan. Simply, shabu shabu is a melting hot pot where you put a variety of items that you’d like to cook in boiling water or soup.

The original Tao Yuan in Malate across Pan Pacific serves really good shabu shabu and the defining factor has to be the sauce that they serve – a mixture of garlic, chili, and sate sauce. This Singaporean establishment also serves good chili crab and hainanese chicken.

ON THE TABLE
Shabu-Shabu: Ordered the Double Hotpot Soup and a variety of vegetables and meat variants.

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Hainanese Chicken: Php450 for half a chicken and Php50 per cup of chicken rice. Definite must-try when you’re visiting Tao Yuan.

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ChiliCrab:Php1000 or Php1600 per kg. Was hoping that they serve just the sauce. Dip a fried mantou bread onto the sauce.

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DETAILS
Tao Yuan Restaurant
508-512 Gen Malvar Street Cor. A. Mabini St. Manila
(632) 522 7009 – 10

 
 

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Simple Eats: Endo Sushi | Osaka

Having been swamped at work for months, I wasn’t able to do any research on what mom and I would actually be doing in Osaka for our 2 day extension. Good thing internet at the hotels where we stayed were great. The day before we were to transfer to Hotel New Otani, I surfed a little and found Endo Sushi recommended by Tabemasu. I initially wanted to visit Osaka’s wholesale fish market since I heard it is comparable to Tokyo’s Tsukiji market which I missed during my last visit to Japan a few years back. Unfortunately, we were definitely tired from the previous day’s activity so we ended out trying their Kyobashi branch.

I was intrigued by this little sushi-ya as Endo Sushi has been in existence for more than a hundred years (est. in 1907). How could you go wrong, right? If we wanted to try the most authentic and best sushi in Osaka, this restaurant would definitely be it.

Since we had a full day itinerary ahead, we decided to have our sushis for breakfast at their Kyobashi branch instead of their original location at the Osaka Wholesale Fish Market. We were out the hotel by 930AM and on the way to Kyobashi Station via train. We walked a little going to Keihan Shopping Mall where the Endo Sushi branch was located.
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The menus were all in Japanese though there were pictures for you to choose you order. We decided to sit in the bar counter to be able to clearly see the sushi master do his craft.

“Omakase, Onegai Shimasu!” Out came this sushi plate with 5 different varieties chosen by the sushi master. I ordered 2 orders each for mom and I. Especially loved the uni sushi and the toki sushi. Brush the tops of the sushi lightly with the brush dipped in shoyu. No need to ask for wasabi as the sushi master has put some already with your sushi. With how fresh the food is, there definitely is no need for wasabi.

This was my first plate –
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A close-up of the Uni Sushi –
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Mom all serious with her sushi plate –
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This is my second plate –
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You can order as much Omakase as you like. With 2 plates plus a few more pieces from my mom, I was full. Our total bill for 3 sushi plates was Y3150.00. Great price for great food!

DETAILS
Endo Sushi
5/F Keihan Shopping Mall, Kyobashi Station
Open hours: 11AM-10PM
Tel: 06-6352-5564

 

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Simple Eats: Hakkata Ippudo Ramen

When I mentioned that I would be going to Osaka and asked for recommendations on restaurants that we should try, Ippudo Ramen was on top of the list. I had a multitude of people telling me that we should not miss this restaurant. So, on our last night in Osaka, we trudged and found our way to this restaurant in the middle of Namba and Shinsaibashi station. It took us quite a while to get to this ramen place. It was only when we asked the information counter at OIOI station were we finally directed and even then the group was thinking of just looking for another place to eat because our tired feet was already complaining. Good thing we decided to walk and give this place a try,
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This place is not your typical Japanese restaurant. The interiors are a bit modern and the dining area is communal. We had good timing as there was no queue nor was there a long wait needed to get seated. A group had just finished and we were seated within 3 minutes of arriving.
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Ippudo Ramen prides itself in 2 things – making that tasty soup and their ramen. To make the soup, they boil 3 kinds of pork bones for at least 18 hours. For the noodles, they are made using a special blend of flour called “KAZE.” The rich and milky pork broth mixed with their noodles are a perfect match that makes this ramen place a must-visit one in Osaka, Japan.

I ordered their Special Ramen Akamaru (Y1100.00) and ordered their Chashumen Shiromaru (Y950.00) for mom. They had an English menu ready making it easy to order unlike other Japanese restaurants. I also ordered a large order of Gyoza (Y400.00) to share with the group.

ON THE TABLE
Various pickled vegetables on the table
Mom mixed these with her ramen. I had them as appetizers.
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Special Ramen Akamaru
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Chashumen Shiromaru
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Chashu on my Special Ramen
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Perfectly boiled egg on my Ramen
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Gyoza – Crunchy on the outside and soft inside
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Enjoying our Ramen
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DETAILS
一風堂長堀店, 〒542-0081 大阪府大阪市中央区南船場3丁目11−28 tel.: +81 6-4704-7101 ‎
Ippudo, 〒 542-0081 Minamisenba 3-chome, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Japan 11-28
Tel:+81 6-4704-7101

 

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