Friday, November 22, 2013

Mogu Tree

Place: A little dark and cramped.  But the furnishings and decor are good.  And the place is cool.  A bit noisy though.

Food: Generally, the food was O-K, ordinary tasting.  We had a bowl of noodle soup with 3 toppings and laksa broth, a bowl of noodle with two toppings and their plain broth, an order of Hakaw, an order of Pork-Shrimp Siomai, and one Siopao Asado.

At Mogu Tree, one creates his own noodle soup.  First, one choose two toppings (Php 125) or three toppings (Php 175).  Then, one chooses the kind of noodle he wants for his soup (Hong Kong noodles, ramen noodles, or flour noodles).  Finally, the broth: plain (chicken-pork broth) or laksa?  Voilà, your own noodle soup.

For the laksa noodle soup, our toppings were braised chicken, asado pork, and crab balls.  The noodles, the Hong Kong style.  For the plain noodle soup, we had Enokitake mushrooms and mozzarella balls as toppings, then ramen noodles.

Among the toppings, the mozzarella balls were the most interesting.  The outside tasted like luncheon meat, then the creamy cheese filling was yummy, though it didn't taste like mozzarella.  The mushrooms were fresh and crisp.  The braised chicken and Asado pork were a little salty.  The crab balls didn't have a hint of crab flavor.  In fact, they tasted like squid balls.

Between the two kinds of broth, laksa was the more noteworthy.  It had depth, the right mixture of spice and heat.  Very appetizing.  The plain broth was SALTY.  No hint of meat flavor whatsoever.

The Pork-Shrimp Siomai (Php 80) was packed and meaty.  The taste though was ordinary.  We could think of many other Chinese restaurants that offer better-tasting dim sum.

The Hakaw (Php 95) was O-K.  The filling was fresh and amply delicious.  The problem though was the wrapper.  It was too thick, and its flour taste was a tad too pronounced.

Finally, the Siopao Asado (Php 55).  Not bad, the pao itself was soft and of high quality.  The filling was well flavored, although it had hints of laksa flavor.  Weird.

Must-eats: None.

Price: Considering serving size, prices are reasonable.

Service: Bad.  Waiters were not helpful and were inattentive.  Worse, they were noisy!  They were like a bunch of high schoolers at the counter of the place.

Mogu Tree is along Lilac St., SSS Village, Marikina City.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Triple Decker Cheesecake with Snickers

Some chocolatey cheesecake from Starbucks y'all!

Chocolate cookie crust, with cheesecake, chocolate fudge icing, and chopped roasted peanuts, dappled with pieces of Snickers.

Is it good?  Well, it's OK, not bad.  The ingredients are of high quality.  It has a good mix of textures.  It is not too sweet or overpowering, but it is not great tasting either.

A slice costs Php 130.  Quite pricey for an ordinary-tasting dessert.

Try it and judge for yourself.  

Tuesday, November 19, 2013


Roasted pork belly from Cebu y'all!

Presenting Bellychon: golden roasted pork belly that is flavored with lemongrass and herbs, served with liver sauce.

Is it good?  Well, it's not bad.  We like the skin, crispy and tasty.  The meat is juicy, but some parts are too salty.  And the Bellychon has too much fat, making us feel a little shortchanged.  The liver sauce?  Well, it tastes like Mang Tomas.

All in all, Bellychon is not mindblowing, not great enough.

Bellychon is at Rustan's Fresh Supermarket, Shangri-La Plaza Mall.

Try it and judge for yourself.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Cloud 9 Salted Caramel

Pretzel, nougat, and good caramel, all coated with white chocolate.  Sounds yummy, right?  Well, it is.  And it's from the classic chocolate bar brand, Cloud 9.

Presenting, the Cloud 9 Salted Caramel!

Flavors are well balanced; there's a good blend of saltiness and sweetness.  The nice caramel taste is highlighted, as well as the subtle chocolate component.  Yummy!

Try it and judge for yourself.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

The 3-Meat Whopper

The royal hamburger food chain has a new variant of its famous Whopper!

Burger King presents the 3-Meat Whopper!

Burger patty with pepperoni and bacon!  All this meaty goodness is nestled between soft buns, along with crisp lettuce, fresh onions, and juicy tomatoes, all slathered with ketchup and mayo.

DELICIOUS!  Good, balanced, and punctuated flavors!  The meat tastes blended perfectly; nothing too salty nor overpowering.  The onions, lettuce, and tomatoes tempered and complemented the savory flavors with their vibrancy and freshness.  Each bite of this burger is very satisfying.

Try it and judge for yourself.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Chickenjoy Super Value Meal

Jollibee's famous fried chicken now comes in a filling value meal, with 2 new side dishes.

The Chickenjoy Super Value Meal (Php 139, 1-piece chicken) comes with fried chicken, rice, a cold drink, sundae (chocolate or strawberry), and 2 side dishes (mashed potato, buttered corn, or creamy soup).

The mashed potato tastes O-K, same as KFC's.  It's a little too smooth, so we guess this side dish is made from powder, kinda like Betty Crocker.  The corn?  Well, we like that the kernels are crisp, but the butter sauce is a tad too sweet.

By the way, the new side dishes cannot be ordered separately.  They only come with the Super Value Meal or Bucket Meal.

Try them and judge for yourself.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Bacon Wrapped Chicken

Kenny Rogers Roasters presents a new roast chicken variant for the holidays: the Bacon Wrapped Chicken!

Roast chicken, covered with strips of bacon, served with Blueberry Pasta Salad and Potato Gratin as side dishes, with rice and muffin.

The chicken was delicious and really moist.  The bacon strips provided the right amount of saltiness and hint of smokiness, making the meat heartier.  The flavor of the fowl was complemented well by Kenny's new side dishes: Blueberry Pasta Salad and Potato Gratin.  We really loved the first side dish!  Pasta twirls with apples and fresh blueberries, smothered with a blueberry-mayo dressing.  Its fruity and slightly tart taste provided the right contrast to the deep meat flavor of the bacon wrapped chicken.  The Potato Gratin was also good; the potatoes were fork tender and the cheese sauce wasn't too salty.

A Bacon Wrapped Chicken plate costs Php 240.

Try it and judge for yourself.

Friday, November 8, 2013

McDip: Holiday Sweet Pleasures

Delicious and inexpensive Christmas sundae cones y'all!

McDonalds presents 4 YUMMY McDip flavors to coat its smooth, velvety vanilla ice cream: Bubblegum, Ube, Red Velvet, and Chocnut.

The flavors' tastes are authentic; they don't resemble any cough or cold syrup.  The Bubblegum flavor has the right mixture of sweetness and minty coolness.  The Ube is also delicious, its sweetness is subtle.  And it works well with crispy rice puffs (just add Php 5).  

The Chocnut's flavor is surprisingly close to that of the famous Filipino chocolate brand; there's a good marriage of semi-sweet chocolate and nutty tastes.  Equally surprising is the Red Velvet!  It has a pronounced cream cheese frosting flavor,  with a subtle hint of chocolate.  We however find it just a tad too sweet.

A McDip costs Php 15.

Try all flavors and judge for yourself. 

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Lavazza from Wendy's

Guess who's serving Lavazza caffè americano?  Wendy's!  For Php 50, one can have a cup of the aforementioned caffeinated concoction from the famous fast food chain.

How's the coffee?  It's OK.  It's flavor and depth are good enough, sufficient to wake the taste buds and the eyes.  For us however, McDonalds' Premium Roast Coffee (Php 25) has more body and a more punctuated taste.

Try it and judge for yourself.