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good filipino food in metro manila and tagayay

oohhhh... Tootsie's is gooooood! Underrated, but people who know about it are quite loyal. How could I have overlooked that! hehe! Good call, pilinut!

(and yeah, if you want a halo-halo, arguably the Philippine's most famous dessert, MILKY WAY is the place to have it, in my opinion.)

Jan 17, 2012
doctorj in China & Southeast Asia

good filipino food in metro manila and tagayay

oh oh oh.. and before I forget.. if you have the time to do so, DO go and take a tour of CORREGIDOR .. it's an island nearby that is steeped in so much history. if you're into photography, this place is incredible. i recommend this to everyone, even locals. It's a day tour that includes lunch. If you can swing it, ask if you can go under this guide's group..I believe his name is Ramon.. when you buy your ticket, ask for the Spanish looking gent with the beard. He is the BEST! Here's their website for more info: http://www.corregidorphilippines.com

Jan 16, 2012
doctorj in China & Southeast Asia

good filipino food in metro manila and tagayay

You're most welcome! :) Intramuros is a great place to visit - not too many food choices, though, at least none that I've come across. You could try LA COCINA DE TITA MONING - though i haven't been to it yet, i've heard nice things about it. it's more of an experience than anything, as the meal is in an ancestral home and the food served are family heirloom recipes. Check out their website at lacocinadetitamoning.com .. also, while you're at it, do try to take the walking tour of my friend, Carlos. (warning though: it's slightly irreverent, but it's a lot of fun and thought provoking. If you're open minded, this is a must, in my opinion.) You can find more info on http://celdrantours.blogspot.com/. If you need any more info, just holler! It's my pleasure to able to show you the best of my country. ;)

(shameless plug - i'm in the food business myself, as a writer and food entrepreneur. my little outfit does food tours and event dinners - if we have anything on the dates you're here, do drop by! you can find info on us on facebook -- just search "pinoy eats world")

either way, welcome to manila, and have a great stay! :)

Jan 16, 2012
doctorj in China & Southeast Asia

good filipino food in metro manila and tagayay

hi overrice -- the truth of the matter is the way to enjoy filipino food is at someone's home. HOWEVER.. there are some places that still do it really well. in the Makati CBD, i'd head for MILKY WAY CAFE (along pasay road, now known as arnaiz avenue). pricey, but you know what you're getting - they're very consistent. go order baby crispy pata or lechon kawali (both young roasted pig) for your pork fix, or crispy catfish which goes well with munggo (a stew of mung beans), and maybe some pancit luglog (a traditional filipino noodle dish). some sisig may be in order too - chopped pigs head and cheeks (yes, filipinos like their pork). you could also head to ABE over in bonifacio global city. try their sinuteng (really tiny baby squid in olive oil and garlic), sinigang na bangus with guava (a sour soup of milkfish, flavored with guava), or maybe crispy tadyang (fried beef ribs),among others. SENTRO is okay too, and a nice way to "ease into" filipino food. There's a whole lot more, but do try these three for a Filipino food fix. Enjoy your stay!

Jan 16, 2012
doctorj in China & Southeast Asia

Chow meet in HK anyone? Looking for HK food fun!

Whenever you're up to it and if you have free time.. ;) I'm taking my friend to some usual things like go up to the Peak and all that. Maybe Temple St. at night. Other than that, I'm open to anything.

Let me give you my other contact details:

mobile: +639175301160
email: doctorj@zpdee.net or nekkidchef@gmail.com
twitter: nekkidchef
yahoo msg: jjyulo

hope to meet up and thanks for the tips!

Jul 05, 2009
doctorj in China & Southeast Asia

Where do Hong Kong foodies gather?

aw that's too bad. nevertheless - i will update you on our little food adventures here. ;)

Jul 05, 2009
doctorj in China & Southeast Asia

Where do Hong Kong foodies gather?

Hey Charles and big_apple_ken -- I've been noticing that you two are posting quite often on this board.. which probably means you guys like to eat. hehe! ;) Don't know if you guys read my post, but anyway, I'm flying in with my best buddy from culinary school on JULY 14 WED. (my friend and I are both nutty food obsessives - having lived in New York, and San Francisco. I now reside in Manila, and my friend lives in LA) Anyway, I'm trying to do a private kitchen dinner on JULY 17.. don't know which one yet (Mum Chau's in Lan Kwai Fong? Any suggestions?). Why don't you guys join us? Let me know!

Jul 05, 2009
doctorj in China & Southeast Asia

Chow meet in HK anyone? Looking for HK food fun!

hmm.. i was actually thinking the same thing.. bo might be overrated. or i could go there for the lunch set. much cheaper.

more importantly, though - i'm trying to seek out local food to make me cry tears of joy. haha! i go to hong kong fairly often, but i already have a set of excellent stand by joints that i hit because i know i like the food there.

this trip, since i'll be with my buddy who kinda wants to get in touch with his cantonese roots, i'd like to stray away from anything too familiar to me.. hence my looking at local noodle joints and such (i don't get to these places mainly because i can't speak cantonese and only a little basic mandarin.)

having said that.. egg tart is always good. hehe! in hk i've only ever had the one in macau restaurant in TST. tai cheong it is! will stop there for a snack. ;)

thanks for the tips! come join us if you have time.. the more the merrier!

Jul 05, 2009
doctorj in China & Southeast Asia

Chow meet in HK anyone? Looking for HK food fun!

Hello fellow 'hounds!

My name is Jay. I'm bringing my best buddy (a Chinese American dude) from culinary school to Hong Kong - it's his first time there. We'll be there from July 14-18.

The purpose our trip is simple: to make him try some really excellent, special Chinese food.

Off of my short list (some of which I've been to, others that I've just researched), we're tentatively going to hit:

Fu Sing - for some dimsum
Yung Kee - for some roast goose
Mak Noodles - for wonton noodles
Tau Heung - for hotpot
Sang Kee - for congee
Bo Innovation - for.. well.. the demon chef's grub!
Mum Chau's or Da Ping Huo - for a Hong Kong private kitchen experience

Any other places you think we should seek? I speak a *little* Mandarin.. so preferably where a bit of English is spoken.

A place with killer roasts, maybe? Good wonton noodles? Dry noodles? A good overall Cantonese meal (Superstar? or maybe Victoria Seafood?)

and for that matter.. Any 'hounds want to come? Should be fun! ;)

Looking forward to reading your replies! THANKS!

Jul 03, 2009
doctorj in China & Southeast Asia

HK tips from fellow 'hounds

Thanks for the reply, GordonS!

I'm not sure how I'm going to attack Yung Kee. i've been there many times myself and always ordered the goose - i was thinking of going there just for a small plate of goose and some century eggs then moving on to maybe Maks for some noodles. hehe!

As for Fu Sing - I went there for the first time a month back, and I got the card of this guy Chris, who I believe is the ONLY decent English speaker in the whole restaurant. ;) It was a Saturday.. and DEFINITELY packed! But what a revelation the food was for me.. especially the Cha Siu.

Jul 02, 2009
doctorj in China & Southeast Asia

HK tips from fellow 'hounds

Hi!

My name is Jay. I'm bringing my best buddy (a Chinese American dude) from culinary school to Hong Kong - it's his first time there. We'll be there from July 14-18.

The purpose our trip is simple: to make him try some really excellent Chinese food.

Off of my short list, we're tentatively going to hit:

Fu Sing - for some dimsum
Yung Kee - for some roast goose
Mak Noodles - for wonton noodles
Tau Heung - for hotpot
Sang Kee - for congee
Bo Innovation - for.. well.. the demon chef's grub!
Mum Chau's - for a Hong Kong private kitchen experience

Any other places you think we should seek? I speak a *little* Mandarin.. so preferably where a bit of English is spoken.

A place with roasts, maybe? And a good overall Cantonese meal (Superstar? or maybe Victoria Seafood?)

and for that matter.. anyone hounds want to come? ;)

Looking forward to your suggestions! MANY THANKS 'HOUNDS!

Jul 02, 2009
doctorj in China & Southeast Asia

Hong Kong Sunday Brunch

Any suggestions on Sunday Brunch in Hong Kong? I've tried both Niccolini's at the Conrad and also at the one in Shangri La. Anything else worth trying? Or are those the ones to go for? THanks!

May 30, 2009
doctorj in China & Southeast Asia

Help - I need Shanghai recs (anyone try MoCA?)

Hola Hounds!

Im off to Shanghai after Beijing. Wanted to ask for recommendations for a nice lunch and a dinner. My party is staying 3 nights. Our first night dinner will be in FU 1088. Need help with 2nd day lunch (mayhaps in the Pudong area, near the Pearl Tower) and dinner (my friend was suggesting the rooftop restaurant of the Museum of Contemporary Art - hear anything about that?) Id love recs. Doesn't have to be Chinese food. Cool, contemporary (and delicious) seems like a plan. Thanks in advance!

May 30, 2009
doctorj in China & Southeast Asia

Dinner in Beijing - already had duck and hotpot...

Thanks mucho FS! really appreciate it!

May 30, 2009
doctorj in China & Southeast Asia

Dinner in Beijing - already had duck and hotpot...

Hi Hounds!

I have no clue where to take my party for dinner this Saturday night. We've already done duck in Made In China (awesome food! EVERYTHING we ordered was great!) and tonight we're doing hotpot. Where should I go? We'll have dinner at 9pm after the kung fu show. Looking for something Chinese.. maybe one of these modern joints ... basically something very Beijing. Help greatly appreciated!

May 29, 2009
doctorj in China & Southeast Asia

Mother's Day Brunch in South Bay

Hola folks!

We usually take the mothers of my family to brunch in the city... however, I'll be flying in on the morning of Mother's Day so we'll have to find somewhere in the Palo Alto/Menlo Park/Redwood City/San Mateo area...

Any suggestions? We usually go to places like the Ritz Carlton or Top Of The Mark. Doesn't have to be that fancy, but yummy food is a must!

Appreciate the help!

Apr 30, 2008
doctorj in San Francisco Bay Area

Singapore family seeking advise

Hello FourSeasons!

Nice choices you have there! Allow me to give you a couple more options and suggestions.. hope this helps.

Fine Dining - I would also look into Per Se. It really is an amazing place. Not only is the food good,but the service, the view, and atmosphere are incredible. I for one really enjoyed my meal there.
Steakhouse - I am also in agreement that you should go over to Peter Luger's. Or at the very least Wolfgang's.
Korean - I've always liked Shilla, over in Koreatown.
Sushi - Definitely make time for Sushi Yasuda.
Cantonese - I am also in agreement that you can get much better Cantonese food in Singapore.. though I DO like Congee Village and Great NY Noodletown. They hit the spot when you're looking for something familiar to eat.

1. Sunday Brunch - Norma's at Le Parker Meridian.
2. American Seafood - hmm... Pearl Oyster Bar for clam chowder, lobster rolls, etc.
3. Pizza - ayayay. tough choice... I like Pizza Gruppo.
4. Ice Cream with the kids - everyone gave you nice gourmet spots.. maybe you might be interested in something more "child oriented" -- Serendipity 3 for all these ice cream concoctions, Dylan's Candy Bar for ice cream and all the candy you could possibly want, and Ciao Bella at the food court of Grand Central Station.
5. Southern BBQ - Daisy May's is pretty yummy!
6. Thai/Viet near NY Palace - not really. I'd go to Chinatown.
7. Greek gyros on the street - not really.
8. Comfy restaurant in the Village or Soho area - hmm.. Otto is a nice place to stop by for a quick bite.. in Soho, try the Mercer Kitchen.. has it's quiet time. :)

Enjoy the city!

Apr 28, 2008
doctorj in Manhattan

Where To Eat Post-Theater

hmm.. midtown after a play? i always recommend SAKE BAR HAGI on 49th and 7th. yummy small plates and assorted treats. also there's YAKITORI TOTTO on 55th.. both of these places close late, and have great eats!

Apr 22, 2008
doctorj in Manhattan

quick - i have a rare chance to dine alone - where should i go?

Eating alone can be fun! Here's my list of recs:

1. Sushi Yasuda - sit at the bar
2. Degustation - get the tasting menu
3. L'Atelier Joel Robuchon - pricey, but perfect place to eat alone as you sit at the bar
4. Babbo's - try the pasta tasting menu if you're not afraid of carbs
5. Pearl Oyster - enjoy a lobster roll and oysters

Hope this helps!

Apr 03, 2008
doctorj in Manhattan

A good steak for my man.

I say go to Peter Luger's! But if you need ambiance and all that... hmm.. I've heard good things about Porterhouse over at Time Warner.

Apr 02, 2008
doctorj in Manhattan

One night in DC.. where to eat?

no, it can be anywhere, really. :) thanks!

Mar 18, 2008
doctorj in Washington DC & Baltimore

One night in DC.. where to eat?

Hi folks!

My brother and I are visiting my cousin who studies in Georgetown. We only have one night -- a Friday - to eat a good meal.

We'd like to try something fun, good quality food in good portions... and something locals really love. Any suggestions? We'd really appreciate it. THANKS SO MUCH!

Mar 18, 2008
doctorj in Washington DC & Baltimore

Light and airy restaurant "not over the top"

Try calling 5 Ninth, over in the Meat Packing. It has a nice open air space which I think would be great for your dinner. They're nice and friendly, and the food ain't bad either. :)

www.5ninth.com -- hope this helps!

Mar 07, 2008
doctorj in Manhattan

Which deli to choose in Manhattan?

hey thanks folks! looks like Katz's is the clear choice (as I kinda suspected..) Though now I'm curious about Second Ave Deli's matzoh brei.. :)

Mar 05, 2008
doctorj in Manhattan

Babbo, Lupa, or Del Posto?

I don't know if this is up your alley, but Otto's is also a Batali joint and I think it's very vegetarian friendly. On the menu they have this whole section for veggie antipasti, and they're yummy. Have some caponata, and maybe some olives, followed by a nice pizza and end with an espresso and olive oil gelato! :) Lupa, Babbo's and Del Posto are all good, but to please both you AND your husband, I'd go with Otto. More selection for you both. Hope this helps!

Mar 05, 2008
doctorj in Manhattan

Best Place for a 14 year old girl birthday?

I would grab a burger at Shake Shack, which is always fun, then head off to Dylan's Candy Bar for ice cream and other sweet treats. Or course, there's also Serendipity3 -- not the best in the food department, but they have their famous ice cream concoctions.

Mar 05, 2008
doctorj in Manhattan

where is best Filipino food in manhattan

I agree with you, JungMann. I've seen Amy Besa talk about Filipino food over at the Asia Society, and she knows her stuff. It's just that husband Romy is probably doing his riffs on classic dishes -- and what's wrong with that, right? It's just like Danny Meyer doing his renditions of classic American dishes. I must admit that my first foray into Cendrillon left me with every other Filipino's usual sentiments -- "what is this stuff?! It's tasty, but I want real adobo, kare kare, etc." Then it dawned on me that maybe that WASN'T the point.. and of course it all made sense after all. Again, you're right in pointing out it's a non-threatening intro to Filipino cuisine. I hear that if you want the real stuff, you can call ahead and ask for it -- and if you're nice they may just cook it for you.

Mar 05, 2008
doctorj in Manhattan

Which deli to choose in Manhattan?

Hi! I spent a nice year ('06) living in Manhattan and going to culinary school -- and managed to dive into a huge chunk of the food scene that the city had to offer. However, the one thing that I didn't really get to sink my teeth into was the deli scene. The only one I had tried was Carnegie, because of its proximity to where I was staying. I must say, though, that I did enjoy my pastrami and corned beef sandwich.

This spring I'm bringing my little brother to the city and I promised him some of the best eating of his life.. which brings me to my question: if I could choose just one classic New York deli to take him, which one should I go to? Carnegie, Katz, the new 2nd Ave...?

Mar 05, 2008
doctorj in Manhattan

10th B-day tonight, mid-Peninsula

bucca de beppo in palo alto.. fun place, big portions, decent (don't expect anything spectacular) food.

Jan 19, 2008
doctorj in San Francisco Bay Area

Restaurants MOST people HATE (except you)

carmine's if FUN! just go with the flow over here.. bistecca isn't a bad deal -- you can feed the a table of 8 with that one steak!

Dec 07, 2007
doctorj in Manhattan