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Taken at: UnionBank Plaza in Pasig City, Philippines

Yesterday, my colleagues told me that we’ll be ordering Frankie’s today. I immediately decided on getting the salted egg variant. Ever since this salted egg craze hit the Metro and after Frankie’s included it in their menu, I wanted to try it so bad.

To be honest, it did not disappoint. It was on point. The salted egg sauce wasn’t icky and too overpowering. It was the perfect definition of salted egg glazed fried chicken.

Definitely worth the craving!

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Taken at: Arariyo in Cainta, Rizal, Philippines

It was a great day in class. I learned a lot especially in the letters that I was struggling with. In the end, we rewarded ourselves with a samgyeopsal buffet!

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Taken at: Vikings Buffet in Marikina City, Philippines

Today, we were treated to a buffet because a friend is celebrating his birthday.

To be honest, I like Sambokojin better than Vikings. I love East Asian food and Sambokojin offers a lot of choices in that area.

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Taken at: The Podium in Mandaluyong City, Philippines

Today, there was a mall-wide sale at The Podium today. Ramen Nagi was offering two bowls of ramen for only PHP 600.

In the list of the best ramen bowls in the Philippines, I have Ramen Nagi at second best. I love their butao ramen especially when the noodle is a little hard and there is little spice. The pork belly tastes so delicious and it’s so tender.

Soban K-Town Grill

Korean restaurants have been sprouting in every corner of the Metro. But, one of the best ones I tried is Soban K-Town Grill.

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It was early Sunday evening and a lot of families where having their dinner. They didn’t have room inside yet. So, our plans of having to grill our own meat got squished. Anyway, there are still a lot of Korean food on their menu.

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They only have two side dishes – egg rolls and kimchi. These two are the most basic. I would have wanted the sprouts and sweet and spicy fish. Both of them are delicious. The gochujang (chili paste) is for the bibimbap I ordered. They let you decide the level of spiciness of your food.

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I ordered the ultimate beef bap for PHP 250. Not bad. And it was worth all the money. They have the hot stone bowl which makes the rice at the bottom crispy. You have all the required vegetables of sprouts, carrots, and cucumbers. I tried eating without any spice but I sorely missed all of the spiciness I take in.

It was a great dinner – add to that a bottomless glass of soban iced tea.

If you’re looking for good Korean food worthy of its price, head on out to Soban K-Town Grill in Eastwood. They also have a branch in Alabang if Quezon City is too far for you.

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Taken at: Sebastian’s in Mandaluyong City, Philippines

Sebastian’s is the premier artisan ice cream from Manila (based on their Facebook page). In the Ortigas area, it can be found in the 4th floor of The Podium Mall.

They offer various Filipino comfort food flavors such as:

  • Champorado (chocolate rice porridge) that can be topped with candied dilis (smoked fish)
  • Sapin-sapin, a local rice cake with various flavors such as jackfruit, coconut, and taro
  • Green mango with bagoong (fish paste)

There are also the usual ice cream flavors such as:

  • Cookie Dough
  • Coffee

And, there are those that are fit for the month of February:

  • Matinong boyfriend (a fine boyfriend) – raspberry sorbet,  bittersweet chocolate ice cream, and rum
  • Matinong girlfriend (a fine girlfriend) – cheese ice cream, crunchy cheetos
  • Closure – passion fruit tea ice cream, dayap zest
  • Unresolved Issues – bitter gourd sorbet, candied bitter gourd

These may all sound weird but I’ve tasted them. Unresolved Issues are kind of weird but has nice taste. While the sapin-sapin (photo above) is my favorite. It has a lot of flavor and isn’t too sweet. They captured the jackfruit correctly and there’s latik found within the ice cream itself.

So if you’re bored with your usual ice cream, you can drop by the store and grab a cone / cup for at least PHP 100. Prices depend on the flavor you’re ordering.