Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A few weeks ago, we were invited to try their new dishes at Wee Nam Kee.  I missed Wee Nam Kee so I was so delighted to accept.

wee nam kee
We just love the interiors and spaciousness of their Glorietta 2 branch.

wee nam kee
There are lots of hanging cage lanterns, ceramics and Asian fixtures.


wee nam kee
Crispy Mantou Bread with Condense Milk (78 php)
The Crispy Mantou Bread with Condense Milk is new at Wee Nam Kee but it's my old favorite so I happily indulged in this simple snack.

prawn paste chicken wings
Prawn Paste Chicken Wings (218 php)

I love the crispiness of the skin and juiciness of the meat of the Prawn Paste Chicken Wings.  But, I could hardly taste the prawn paste.

Noodles in Soup
hainanese chicken curry
Hainanese Chicken Curry Sharing (368 php)
The Hainanese Chicken Curry is a merger of my two favorites: Hainanese Chicken and Laksa Curry.  As expected, I loved this!

hainanese chicken curry
Hainanese Chicken Curry Sharing (368 php)
The noodles have absorbed the tasty broth.  You can refill your broth anytime too.

wok fried chicken with cashew
Wok-Fried Chicken with Cashew and Sun-Dried Chili (270 php)
The Wok-Fried Chicken with Cashew and Sun-Dried Chili is actually the classic Chinese Kung Pao Chicken.  This is so good!

salted egg chinese style fried chicken
Salted Egg Chinese Style Fried Chicken (295 php)
The Salted Egg Chinese Style Fried Chicken has the right blend of rich salty and yolky flavor but not too overwhelming. 

stewed pork belly with steamed buns
Stewed Pork Belly with Steamed Buns (350 php)
The Stewed Pork Belly with Steamed Buns is eaten by putting some stewed pork belly on the steamed buns and eat them like a sandwich.  This is a guilty pleasure that I'd succumb into from time to time.

cashew coffee spareribs
Cashew Coffee Spareribs (298 php)
The Cashew Coffee Spareribs has a nice aromatic bitter-sweet coffee flavor that makes it quite addictive especially when paired with rice.

prawns with lychee and peaches
Prawns with Lychee and Peaches (495 php/5 pcs.)
The Prawns with Lychee and Peaches is a brilliant fruity revamp from the usual sweet and sour dishes.

butterflied tilapia
Butterflied Tilapia with "Singapore Chili Crab" Sauce (385 php)
My least favorite is the Butterflied Tilapia with "Singapore Chili Crab" Sauce.  Even with the tasty Singapore Chili Crab Sauce, I can't get pass the murky taste of the tilapia. 

spicy sambal rice noodles
Spicy Sambal Rice Noodles (295 php)

The Spicy Sambal Rice Noodles is a tasty staple with a nice spicy kick.

pineapple fried rice pork floss
Pineapple Fried Rice with Pork Floss (250 php)
The Pineapple Fried Rice with Pork Floss is another staple choice.

Three Flavor Chocolate Truffle Buchi (White, Dark and Milk Chocolate) (128 php)
We are very excited over the Three Flavor Chocolate Truffle Buchi.

Three Flavor Chocolate Truffle Buchi (White, Dark and Milk Chocolate) (128 php)

Each on is filled with a different chocolate filling.   There's white, dark and milk chocolate. 

mango mint smoothie
Mango Mint Smoothie (125 php)
The Mango Mint Smoothie is so refreshing and it's a great complement for any type of dish.

Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
I'm very happy with Wee Nam Kee's new additions.  I'll definitely order the Hainanese Chicken Curry in every visit from now on.

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Wee Nam Kee Menu
Ambiance Appetizers | Tofu | Soups | Noodles in Soup | Poultry | Beef |
Pork | Seafood | Seafood 2 |
Rice Toppings | Vegetables | Noodles | Dessert |
Signature Dishes 1 | Signature Dishes 2 | Beverages |
=Favorites or Recommended 
Wee Nam Kee
Branches Ayala Triangle Gardens
846-8924/ 0917-8285019

New Glorietta 2
478-8477/ 0917-8285016

Taguig: Serenra Piazza
822-7095 / 0917-8285025

Quezon City: Trinoma

San Juan City: Promenade 3

Mandaluyong City: Shangri-la Plaza

Muntinlupa City: Alabang Town Center
478-9103 / 09178157959

Cavite: The District Cavite
(046) 543-0386 / 0917-8285011
Business Hours 10am-9pm
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge 10%
Budget/Person 300-1,000
Free WiFi No
Unlocked Foursquare Perks None
Other  Facebook Fan Page
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Monday, August 25, 2014

I'm glad the Metro Angeles Food Tour 2014 (#MAFT2014) took the road less traveled by choosing Cottage Kitchen Cafe to try their authentic Cajun and Creole cuisine.

cottage kitchen cafe cajun creole

Even in Manila, establishments offering these southern American cuisine are quite few.  I've only tried Gumbo and Cajun Red Rock (I only tried their burger and that was ages ago).  So I'm quite ecstatic to venture more on these cuisines.

I even had to research what the difference between Cajun and Creole cuisine is.  I learned that Cajun cuisine is rich in spices (onion, celery, bell pepper, garlic, paprika, thyme, file, parsley and green onions) and makes use of every part of a slaughtered animal.  Being rich in spices however, does not imply that all are spicy. On the hand, Creole cuisine is more extravagant.  It makes use of tomatoes, cream, butter, seafood and exotic herbs.  While Cajun is classified as country-style cooking, Creole is categorized as city-style cooking.
cottage kitchen cafe cajun creole
The place was dimly lit with candles on each table.  There's a bar area, a casual dining area with a good view of the stage and a more private area with curtains on the side.  The ceiling had a glass portion where you can see the clouds or dark skies with stars at night.  Diners are a mix of foreigners and locals.


Appetizers & Starters
zing wings
Zing Wings (235 php)
If you love spicy dishes, I highly recommend the Zing Wings.  It got a pleasant spicy kick with a hint of rich herbs and spices.  The chicken skin is fun-tastically crispy and the meat was tender and juicy.

deep fried potato wedges
Deep Fried Potato Wedges (180 php)
For some finger food, there's the Deep Fried Potato Wedges served with thousand island dressing.

ckcs corn bread
CKC's Corn Bread (100 php)
The CKC's Corn Bread is delicious!  This block is quite dense and heavy.  It is served with herbed butter.

Soups & Salad
creole onion soup
Creole Onion Soup (180 php)
The Creole Onion Soup is a creamy heavvily spiced onion soup with cheese and crouton.  As you can see, it is very peppery.  From this point, I've acknowledged that creole and cajun cuisine seems like an acquired taste as some of my companions was overwhelmed and wary of the spiced flavors. 

chefs salad
Chef's Salad (250 php)
The Chef's Salad has greens, egg, ham, tomatoes and carrots with thousand island dressing.  

cajun shrimp salad
Cajun Shrimp Salad (270 php)
We all loved the Cajun Shrimp Salad with wasabi dressing.  Every element was harmonically aligned to please the palate.

Southern Specialty Cajun and Creole Dishes
shrimp jambalaya
Shrimp Jambalaya (450 php)
The Shrimp Jambalaya made it irresistible for me to lessen my carb intake.  Aside from delivering a really wholesome herbed and spiced flavor, it was topped with shrimps, mildly spiced sausage chunks and chopped green bell peppers.  It is served with dinner bread.

cajun fried chicken dirty rice
Cajun Fried Chicken and Dirty Rice 2 pcs. (300 php)
The Cajun Fried Chicken was pretty good.  It was more on the peppery side.  But, I prefer the Zing Wings over this.  I loved the Dirty Rice.  I hope they offer that separately.

Blackened Cajun Dishes
blackened chicken
Blackened Chicken (385 php)
The Blackened Chicken is a spice and herb crusted chicken breast fillet.  As you can see it was succulent.

blackened catfish
Blackened Catfish (400 php)
Between the Blackened Catfish and the Blackened Chicken, I prefer the former.

CKC's House Special BBQ (All barbecue entries comes with coleslaw, baked beans, bread and choice of either: mashed potatoes, potato salad, fried, corn on a cob or steamed rice.)

baby back pork
Original Baby Back Pork (575 php)

The Original Baby Back Pork is really good!  It had a sweet and savory BBQ sauce and smokey lean, tender and meaty pork meat.  This is a must try!

barbecue beeef slab
Barbecue Beef Slab Full (800 php)
The Barbecue Beef is just a bigger and chunkier option.  Basically, it has the same barbecue sauce.

peach cobbler
Peach Cobbler (180 php)
The Peach Cobbler was finished in a flash!  It is a pie filled with sweetened peach with hints of cinnamon.

apple pie
Apple Pie (180 php)
I liked the Apple Pie more than the Peach Cobbler.  But, they are equally good.  It's just a matter of preference.

pecan pie
Pecan Pie (180 php)
The Pecan Pie is very sweet with its rich and gooey consistency.  It had a generous amount of pecan.

peach cheesecake
Specialty Cake of the Week: Peach Cheesecake (180 php)
The Peach Cheesecake served chilled was so heavenly!  This is my favorite among all the desserts we tried.

iced tea
Iced Tea

Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
Cottage Kitchen Cafe delivers authentic Cajun and Creole cuisine like no other.  In addition to its great dishes, the ambiance is superb and the staffs are nice.  Bring some company as dishes are in sharing portions.

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Cottage Kitchen Cafe Menu
Ambiance Menu 1 | Menu 2
=Favorites or Recommended 
Cottage Kitchen Cafe
Business Address 582 Don Juico Avenue Clarkview,
Angeles City, Pampanga, Philippines
Business Hours 7am-12mn
Payment Options Cash
Service Charge 10%
Budget/Person 250-800
Free WiFi No
Unlocked Foursquare Perks None
Contact (045) 893-2599
Other  Email: Facebook Fan Page

Disclosure:  This review is part of the Metro Angeles Food Tour (#MAFT2014) organized by that aims to promote the local partner establishments in Angeles City Pampanga by sharing our objective review.  Everything we tried was provided for that purpose.

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Friday, August 22, 2014

My favorite stop during the Metro Angeles Food Tour 2014 (#MAFT2014) is SAB Bistro.  As soon as we arrived, I was already allured by its inviting facade. 

sab bistro
It's strategically located at Mac Arthur highway and has a wide parking area so its very accessible and convenient for diners. 

sab bistro

It's one of the best interiors I've encountered.  The place is bright, homey, clean and cozy.  It is well-lighted with spherical drop lights.  It's got comfortable lofts and minimalist tables and chairs.  It has a clean white brick-designed walls with cute frames containing witty quotes.  Its serene ambiance just makes you feel glad and relaxed. 


buffalo wings
Buffalo Wings and Vegetable Crudites with Blue Cheese Dip (160 php)
The Buffalo Wings is covered in a nice blend of spicy and sour sauce.  This is really good rendition of the classic buffalo wings.  

baked mussels
Baked Mussels (170 php)
The Baked Mussels was fresh and cheesy!

butternut squash soup
Butternut Squash Soup (95 php)
The Butternut Squash Soup was thick, rich and creamy.  I loved this!

salad sabine
Salad Sabine (160 php)
The Salad Sabine had mixed greens, caramelized apple slices, water buffalo's milk cheese, cottage cheese, toasted walnut bits and raspberry vinaigrette.  This gained the approval of all my companions. 

pasta la mer
Pasta La Mer (170 php)
The red cream sauce of the Pasta La Mer appeared to be light and yet it wasn't.  You could taste the richness of the sea with just a forkful.

chicken enchilada casserole
Chicken Enchilada Casserole (145 php)
The Chicken Enchilada Casserole may seem like ordinary casserole.

chicken enchilada casserole
Chicken Enchilada Casserole (145 php)
But, the Chicken Enchilada Casserole is actually a hefty and zesty meal with shredded chicken in white sauce wrapped in soft flour tortilla laid on a bed of sweet tomato sauce (with fresh tomato bits) and topped with mozzarella cheese.   I give this an A+ for creativity and taste.  

chicken pesto sandwich
Chicken Pesto Sandwich (140 php)
 The Chicken Pesto Sandwich is served in an appealing heart shape with their house potato chips and alfalfa.

chicken pesto sandwich
Chicken Pesto Sandwich (140 php)
The Chicken Pesto Sandwich is a ciabatta bread toasted like a panini with grilled pesto chicken strips, shitake mushrooms and mozzarella cheese.  I rarely eat sandwiches and I'm hardly impressed by one but damn... this is so good!

Pork and Beef
beef salpicao
Beef Salpicao (220 php)
Wow! is what everyone exclaimed upon trying the Beef Salpicao.  Everyone was captivated by its savory, creamy and garlicky sauce.  The beef cubes was also so tender that biting through was so effortless.

Steak & Chops
wagyu ribeye
Wagyu Ribeye (450 php)
The Wagyu Ribeye is a must try!  It's a pretty good steak at such an unbelievable pricing.  I'm told that their wagyu is genuinely sourced from Japan. 

grilled chicken fillet
Grilled Chicken Fillet with Lemon Butter Sauce (210 php)
My friends enjoyed the Grilled Chicken Fillet with Lemon Butter Sauce.   But, it was my least favorite among the bunch.  I'm impressed at how it was grilled with precision so it was so tender and juicy.   However, the saltiness overpowered the herb flavors.  
Fish and Seafood
seared salmon spinacci
Seared Salmon with Spinacci (295 php)
The Seared Salmon with Spinacci is a perfectly seared salmon with spinach cream sauce.  By perfectly seared, I mean that it was golden brown crusted on all sides which locked in the pinkish and juicy salmon within.  It is served with mashed potato and buttered vegetables.

prawn thermidor
Prawn Thermidor (310 php)
Just a side story... While I was taking a photo of the Prawn Thermidor, a foreigner from the neighboring table said to me "Hey wanna take a photo of a diner eating that?"  I politely told him that I had to try it for myself so I can share it to the readers of my blog.  Seeing him finished with his food and drinks and fiddling with his tablet, I asked him for his feedback with his meal.  He said "I've been to four restaurants before this one and I stayed here because this is the best one I've tried."  So I told him "Wow!  I can't wait to try our meals then."

This Prawn Thermidor is indeed as good as it looks.  It's got a mysterious sauce that is blended with the mozzarella cheese.

cookie surprise
Cookie Surprise (110 php)
The cookie surprise is an oreo fans' favorite dessert.  And, I luckily happen to be one. 

cookie surprise
Cookie Surprise (110 php)
The Cookie Surprise is their version of the famous wicked oreos or deep-fried battered oreos.  So far, this is the best I've tried yet.  It didn't feel oily and it has sinful but good vanilla ice cream and hot chocolate fudge dip.

chocolate heaven
Chocolate Heaven (160 php)
The Chocolate Heaven is inspired by the Frozen Hot Chocolate of Serendipity 3 in New York which is chef Saira Yap's favorite.  It says in the menu that the Chocolate Heaven is good for sharing.  Well, it was so good that it didn't even reach my end of the table.

red velvet cheesecake
Red Velvet Cheesecake (145 php)
I am never a fan of popularly loved red velvet.  But, this Red Velvet Cheesecake is simply to die for!  This beats the pricier red velvet cheesecake of Italianni's.  The red velvet and cheesecake was so well-matched. 

house blend iced tea
House Blend Iced Tea (55 php)

Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
I'm very pleased with my dining experience at SAB Bistro.  Aside from the beautiful and serene ambiance and hearty food, the staffs are very courteous and friendly.  The young owner chef Saira Yap is also very hands-on and passionate with the cooking and management of her restaurant.  I believe that is the essential ingredient in the making of eery successful establishment.  It's also a great hang out place because it has the fastest WiFi among all restaurants in Pampanga.  I can't wait for their branches to open in Mc Kinley Hill Tuscany Estates and SM North Edsa.

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating SAB Bistro Menu
Ambiance Appetizer | Soup | Salad | Pasta | Pizza | Sandwiches
Breakfast | Pork | Beef | Steak | Chicken
Fish | Seafood | Desserts | Cakes | Beverages |
=Favorites or Recommended 
SAB Bistro
Business Address 192 Mac Arthur Highway, Balibago,
Angeles City, Pampanga, Philippines
Business Hours 11am-12mn
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge
Budget/Person 250-500
Free WiFi Yes (fast and reliable!)
Unlocked Foursquare Perks None
Contact (045)304-0385 | (0917) 510-8618
Other  Facebook Fan Page
Disclosure:  This review is part of the Metro Angeles Food Tour (#MAFT2014) organized by that aims to promote the local partner establishments in Angeles City Pampanga by sharing our objective review.  Everything we tried was provided for that purpose.

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