Saturday, July 30, 2011

Kettle Brand Fully Loaded Baked Potato

Fresh potato taste. Tangy flavor from the sour cream with hints of green onion. Mild salty and dairy cheddar cheese flavor. Finally, smoky, earthy flavor from bacon.

Sounds like the perfect baked potato, right? Now imagine eating that as potato chips.

Kettle Brand's Fully Loaded Baked Potato brings the authentic taste of your good old, homemade baked potato. It's impressive actually that these potato chips carry the delicious marriage of all the flavors one looks for in a baked potato. And of course, because it's Kettle Brand, the chips are crunchy, fresh, and not too oily.

Perfect partner: a good, creamy, thick soup. Seriously.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

KFC's Tower Burger

Imagine this: mayo over lettuce over cheese over perfectly fried hash brown over juicy Original Recipe fried chicken fillet, all nestling between two slices of fresh bread.

Delicious, right?

Well, you don't have to imagine, because KFC offers the Tower Burger, a sandwich that has all the divine things mentioned above. And all these ingredients carry different flavors that complement each other --- the mayo provides the salty flavor, while the chicken the savory flavor, the lettuce gives some freshness, the cheese adds the needed layer of dairy, and the hash brown provides the balance by tempering all the saltiness.

And need I mention the different textures? The crunch of the hash brown, the crispiness of the lettuce, the softness of the cheese and buns, and the tenderness of the chicken.

In short, the Tower Burger is just so good.

An order costs Php 110. Try it now!

Monday, July 25, 2011

The Aristocrat

Place: It's O-K. Good lighting, good decor. But the floors seemed dirty, so were some chairs and tables.

Food: Delicious! We had the Boneless Chicken Barbecue, Hototay Soup, and Pancit Canton.

The Boneless Chicken Barbecue (Php 149) was cooked well; the meat was juicy and the skin was charred to perfection. The marinade had a good mixture of sweet, salty, and peppery flavors. And it's important to note that the chicken (and pork) has had this flavorful marinade since time immemorial. The taste has never changed all these years. The barbecue comes with an equally delicious java rice that's not too oily, had meaty bits, and a subtle cajun flavor.

The Hototai Soup (Php 229) was hearty. It wasn't too salty. It was also teeming with dumplings and vegetables. The dumplings were packed with good filling, while the vegetables were fresh. The unique thing about Aristocrat's version of the soup is that they put slices of cucumber. We don't know exactly what the cucumber does for the soup but okay...

The Pancit Canton (Php 309) was a winner. The noodles were firm, the sauce was flavorful and there wasn't too much of it, and there were lots of vegetables, meatballs, and gizzard. Although the meatballs were a tad too pungent, we loved the dish. Primarily because of the firm noodles.

Must-eats: Pancit Canton, Chicken Barbecue

Price: Considering service size, taste, and food quality, prices are reasonable.

Service: It was OK. The waiters were attentive. Waiting time for the food was acceptable.

The Aristocrat is along Roxas Boulevard in Manila.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Yummy Roast

Place: Clean, colorful, but a bit cramped.

Food: O-K. The Chinese five-spice flavors are a tad too strong. We had the Yummy Chicken (with Yummy Rice), Yummy Pork Asado, Yummy Pork Belly, and Tofu with Sauce.

The Yummy Chicken, Yummy Pork Asado, and Yummy Pork Belly had basically the same flavors: lasang Instik, meaning five-spice powder flavor, meaning pungent but not punctuated. All of the meat dishes though were cooked well; the meat pieces were juicy and had enough charring.

For Php 98, each dish came with an unlimited serving of rice. For the Yummy Chicken though we paid an extra Php 20 to change plain white rice to Yummy Rice. The cashier said that the Yummy Rice tastes like Hainanese Rice because of the special spices. So did it taste like Hainanese Rice? No! It tasted like arroz caldo because of the strong ginger flavor. Honestly, all it lacked was the broth and it could've congee, bad congee.

We also tried Tofu with Sauce (Php 50). We chose the meat sauce for our tofu (the other option is spicy). And how was the dish? Well, it had the same five-spice-pungent-but-bit​in-flavor. The tofu though was fried well and was of high quality.

Must-eat: Yummy Pork Asado (because it had the faintest five-spice flavor and the juiciest meat).

Price: Considering serving size, prices are reasonable.

Service: Good! The crew members were alert, knowledgeable about the products, neat-looking, and pleasant.

Yummy Roast is at Food Junction of Eastwood City, Libis, Quezon City.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Wow Legs!

Place: Clean, well-lighted, well-furnished, colorful. The tables and chairs are amply spacious. It needs some cool air though.

Food: Delicious. Wow Legs! serves chicken legs and wings in three different ways: inasal, fried, and barbecue. We ordered the Sakto Meals (Php 49 each) for each chicken dish.

The Wow Inasal was delicious, similar to Mang Inasal's. The marriage of sweetness, saltiness, and charred flavor was what made it appetizing. It also had the right amount of blandness to keep one wanting for more.

The Wow Fried chicken was delicious too. The skin was crispy, and the meat juicy. It had the right amount of saltiness. The gravy that came with it however was a let-down; it was too salty and reeks of all-spice powder (yes, that ubiquitous Chinese spice).

The Wow Barbecue chicken was O-K. It lacked the sweetness that most Filipinos like in their barbecue. It was peppery and a little tangy. But the meat was grilled well; skin was perfectly charred and meat was cooked through.

By the way, meals come with free soup. The soup? Chicken tinola broth with tons of ginger. Talk about pungent...

The Sakto Meals come with a cup of rice, the free soup, and one gets a chicken wing. If one wants unlimited rice and the [wow] chicken leg, one should order the Wow Meals (Php 99).

Tip: eat with your hands, for the wow experience. Hehe!

Must-eats: Wow Inasal, Wow Fried chicken (without the gravy)

Price: Considering serving size, taste, and quality, prices are very reasonable. Cheap actually.

Service: The waiters are a little inexperienced. They are a little slow and inattentive. But they're cheerful and friendly.

Wow Legs! is along J.P. Rizal St., Sta. Elena, Marikina City.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Chette's Popnik

They're corn cracklings, kind of a cross between a crackling and a popcorn.

Chette's are puffier, have more air than the average chichacorn. Plus, the kernels are bigger. But what about the taste? Well, they're O-K -- barbecue and black pepper flavor. A tad too salty though. They actually taste like Chippy, which is weird because it's unexpected.

Chette Popnik is available at the Weekend Gourmet Market at the Eastwood Mall.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Food fix

The Quarter Pounder.


Due to an unfortunate incident with Google +, all pictures on this blog were deleted from the Google server, rendering all blog entries useless. Thus, we have decided to remove all posts.

But the blog will stay. And new posts will come soon.

And of course, the eating will continue.