Chicken Delish: Gourmet Double Fried Chicken

During my second visit to Best Food Forward (see previous entry), I got to try a new double fried chicken named "Chicken Delish".  Unlike other double fried chicken concepts, Chicken Delish is cooked home-style but with their own gourmet sauces: Pinoy BBQ, Pinoy Buffalo, Korean, Salt N' Pepper, Sriacha and Kung Pao.  Sometimes, they also give in to customers with kids who request their chicken to be with gravy.

chicken delish

Chicken Delish is owned by Annalyn Jusay-Zoglmann, who is a fellow blogger and foodie.  She shares that she was serving her gourmet-style fried chicken to her family way before the Korean double fried chicken craze hit the Metro.  During her experiments to please her family, she was able to come out with her different gourmet sauces.  With her entrepreneurial nature, she saw the gourmet fried chicken trend as a good opportunity to start on her business.  She began last year at Soderno Sunday market where her initial success paved way to the opening of her stand-alone store at the Caltex Gas Station at Better Living, Paranaque City.  She is proud to say that she has regular and loyal customers who cherish her gourmet fried chicken on a daily basis.

chicken delish
Korean Drumstick and Pinoy Barbecue Drumstick (120 php)
I asked Annalyn, AJ for short, for their best selling sauces and she recommended the Korean and Pinoy Barbecue.  I also wanted to try the Sriracha which I'm told is Thai hot sauce mixed with butter and honey.  But, it was not available on the night of my visit.   I also had to settle for the drumsticks because the chicken wings were already sold out.  As soon as I ordered, AJ personally cooked the chicken for me.  It was soon marinated with the gourmet sauces.  

Korean Drumstick
I first tried the Korean Drumstick.  For 120 php, the serving size and amount of sauce is adequate.  The Korean sauce was sweet and mildly spiced just for the kick.  The sesame seeds complements the sauce in terms of fragrance and flavor.  The chicken skin was crispy and not too oily.  On the other hand, the chicken meat was warm, tender and succulent.   It was cooked with perfect timing.

Pinoy Barbecue
I usually veer away from the Pinoy Barbecue sauces because I usually find them to be too sweet for my taste.  But, the Chicken Delish Pinoy Barbecue sauce hit my taste preference right on the mark.

Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
Chicken Delish offers affordable gourmet fried chicken that's close to home.  The taste is home-style and not too commercialized.  The price is very reasonable that you can enjoy it whenever you want.

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Chicken Delish Menu
Ambiance 4-piece chicken wings - 90 php
2-piece drumsticks - 120 php
=Favorites or Recommended 
Chicken Delish 
Business Address
Caltex Gas Station, Better Living, 
Paranaque City, Metro Manila
Business Hours

Payment Options Cash
Service Charge

Budget/Person 90-120
Free WiFi Yes
(02) 801-9796, (02) 545-3929
Other  Facebook Fan Page
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Century Tsukiji: The Finest Authentic Japanese at Century Park Hotel

One of the Japanese restaurants we always wanted to visit is "Century Tsukiji" at Century Park Hotel.  But, our interest only materialized when we bought one of group deal offering the Maikosan Course Menu for only 750 php instead of 1,500 php.  Since we buy our pastries at Deli Snack, we came to know that the Chef from Tsukiji Makati shifted to this one.  

Century Tsukiji has a very nice facade.  The bamboo fences gives it an authentic Japanese feel.  There are a lot of awards displayed upon entry.  There is a shelf filled with Japanese wines.  It also has a sushi bar.  We were led to the spacious dining area with hanging Japanese lanterns.  The place was very serene.   I noticed that the customers are mostly Japanese business men.  

Complementary Japanese Appetizers
We were served three kinds of appetizers.  All of them were so delicious!  Too bad they were just sampler servings. =p

Miso Soup
The Miso Soup is warm and soothing.  The taste was perfect. 

Maikosan Course Menu

Side Dishes

Salmon and Tuna Sashimi
The Salmon and Tuna Sashimi were in the freshest condition. 

Fresh Green Salad
The Fresh Green Salad was fresh and served with a mild tasting Japanese dressing.  However, I regret choosing the Fresh Green Salad because the Salmon and Tuna Sashimi is a way better option.  

Grilled Dishes

Wakadori Teriyaki
The Wakadori Teriyaki (chicken teriyaki) is tender and succulent.  The sauce was not too sweet and yet it was definitely tasty.

Shake Teriyaki
The Shake Teriyaki (salmon teriyaki) is delicious!  This is the one of the best Shake Teriyaki I've tried!  The salmon was fresh, tasty and cooked just right.

Saba Shioyaki
The best among the grilled options is the ♥ Saba Shioyaki.  I just love the taste of Saba.  It's texture, flavor and oiliness is superb!

Fried Dishes

Ebi Tempura
The Ebi Tempura is a genuine tiger prawn fried in the best quality batter.  My little sister was very pleased with this!

Tori-Hotate Gyoza
The Tori-Hotate Gyoza is a fried chicken and scallop dumpling.  This is the first time I've tried this combo flavor for a dumpling.  Although I could hardly distinguish in terms of texture and flavors of the two components, it succeeded in delivering a wholesome sensation.  

Home Made Ice Cream
 Matcha (250 php for 2 pcs.)
Century Tsukiji's homemade ice cream is served like an ice cream cake.  It had a bread-like crust at the bottom.  Although it was an expensive ice cream costing roughly 125 php a piece, it was certainly worth the price.  The Matcha has the aromatic flavor subtleties of brewed Japanese green tea.  I enjoyed every spoonful of this!

Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
Century Tsukiji offers the finest authentic Japanese dishes in the Metro.  I'm impressed with their service and quality.  They really deserve their awards. =D  It's a Japanese restaurant that I would definitely want to come back to whenever I'm willing to spend for authentic quality food.

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Century Tsukiji Menu
Ambiance Sashimi | Sushi | Maki Sushi |
Otsumami | Shirumono and Otsukemono |
Sarada and Sunomono | Nimono | Yakimono
Tempura and Agemono | Donburi Mono | Yakimono
Teppanyaki | Teppanyaki 2 and Yaisaru |
Teishoku | Teppanyaki Teishoku | Kaiseki
 Gohan | Japanese Imported Wagyu | Menrui
Make You Own Lunch Bento | Makanouchi Bento | Dessert |
=Favorites or Recommended 
Century Tsukiji
Business Address
599 P. Ocampo St. Malate, Century Park Hotel
Manila, Metro Manila
Business Hours Lunch: 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Dinner: 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge

Budget/Person 350-1,000
Free WiFi No
Contact (02) 528-8888
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Egg Tart Workshop: Delicious Egg Tarts from Taipei Taiwan

One of the best blessing I have in life is having a thoughtful and caring family.  Every time one of my family members would go out of town or abroad, they would always bring as back a treat ("pasalubong" in Filipino).   So as soon as my dear aunt got home from her flight from Taiwan, she brought us a box of Egg Tarts from Egg Tart Workshop found in Taipei, Taiwan.

 Egg Tarts (6 pcs.) (150 NT)
The packaging is very stable and reliable.  

 Egg Tarts (6 pcs.) (150 NT)

As soon as we opened the box, the Egg Tarts were in perfect form despite the travel.

Egg Tart
The Egg Tart was heavenly!  The tart crust was soft and light.  The egg fillings was moist and tasty.

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Egg Tart Workshop Menu
Egg Tart (6 pcs.) - 150 NT
=Favorites or Recommended 
Egg Tart Workshop  
Business Address No.155, Xinyi Rd., Lujhou Dist.,
New Taipei City, Taiwan
Business Hours 7am-11pm
Payment Options Cash
Service Charge
Budget/Person 30 NT
Contact (02) 8811-2050
Other  Email: Website | Facebook Fan Page
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Figaro Coffee Company: Hot Summer Offerings

We, Tsinoy Foodies, have always enjoyed the coffee at Figaro Coffee Company.  But, we've never had the chance to try on their food offerings until my recent visit at Figaro Coffee Company Emerald Branch where we got to preview their new summer offerings together with fellow bloggers.

Dinner Meals (from 6:00 p.m. Onwards)
Crusted Dory Fillet in Creamy Pesto Sauce and Rice Pilaf (150 php)
The Crusted Dory Fillet in Creamy Pesto Sauce and Rice Pilaf is breaded dory fish fillet served with a generous serving of their delicious creamy pesto sauce, rice pilaf and side dish.  Everyone loved this dish!  The creamy peso sauce had the perfect blend too!

pan seared chicken barbecue with java rice
Pan-Seared Chicken Barbecue with Java Rice (150 php)
The Pan-Seared Chicken Barbecue with Java Rice is tender chicken fillet covered in a sweet pool of barbecue sauce and served with java rice and string beans.  

The dinner meals comes with a cool glass of Lemonade.  They're the perfect thirst quenchers for the summer. =D

devil's mocha cake
Devil's Mocha Cake
The Devil's Mocha Cake is a moist and rich chocolate cake.  This is simply irresistible!

Healthy Pandesal
tuna filled and asado filled pandesal
Asado-Filled Pandesal (99 php) and Tuna-Filled Pandesal (99 php)
These selections are called "Healthy Pandesal" because they are made of Malunggay Pandesal.  Malunggay are found to be a great source of vitamins and fiber.  Although I love the healthy concept, I'm not much of a pandesal fan so I failed to appreciate this.  

Milk Tea Craze
honeydew frost with figaro tea and wintermelon frost with classic tea
Honeydew Frost with Figaro Tea (100 php) and Wintermelon Frost with Classic Tea (100 php)
The Honeydew Frost with Figaro Tea had a sweet fragrant honeydew taste.  I could not sense the hint of Figaro Tea in it so I'm sure non-tea lovers will love this.  The Wintermelon Frost with Classic Tea had a dominant sweet wintermelon taste with the mild flavors of classic tea.  The generous amount of popping bobba, jelly  cubes and black pearls makes the Milk Tea Craze fun too drink.

Watch out for this hot summer offerings on all Figaro Coffee Company branches starting on April 11, 2012!

Figaro Coffee Company Emerald Branch 
Business Address G/F Hanston Bldg., F. Ortigas Jr. Ave., Ortigas Center
Pasig City, Metro Manila
Business Hours
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge
Budget/Person 800-200
Free WiFi Yes 
Contact (02) 631-3061
Other  Website
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Nemoto Japanese Restaurant: Authentic Japanese in Pasay

Nemoto Japanese Restaurant is one of the oldest Japanese Restaurants in Buendia, Pasay City a walking distance from the Gil Puyat LRT.   It's been there for a long time.  We used to live just a block away from it but we never had the chance to dine in until a month ago.

Nemoto Japanese Restaurant has a shabby interior.  It has a television and a small room confined room for a smoking area.  Its customers are mostly Japanese.

My family got the chance to purchase a deal from Ensogo which included 3 bento options that are good for three.  Each bento cost only 300 php instead of 600 php.  We ordered all the bento options and had them for sharing.

Miso Soup 
We were first serve a Miso Soup.  I found it odd that they soup spoon is with a cars print. =p  It is the first time I've encounter a Miso Soup with clams (halaan in Filipino).  It made the Miso Soup sweeter.

The Nemoto Salad was delicious!  It had mango and zucchini bits with crab stick too.  On the other hand, the Tuna Salad, failed to impress me.  It was composed of canned tuna in oil with zucchini and lettuce.

The Maguro (Tuna) Sashimi was fresh and tasty.

The EBI (Prawn) Fry had the soft prawn taste and texture locked in its breading.

The Kisu Tempura are slices of asohos fish battered and fried tempura style.

The Yasai Itame is the famous Japanese sauteed vegetable dish.  I love how Nemoto cooked it.  The vegetables were crunchy.  The Kaarage reminded me of chicken lollipops.  The Oshinko and Gyoza were good but nothing special.

Iced Tea
Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
Nemoto offers authentic Japanese dishes with quality ingredients.  I want to try their ramen selections next time as I observed those are what customers order.

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Nemoto Japanese Restaurant Menu
Ambiance Sushi | Sushi 2 |  Sushi 3 |
Sashimi | Sashimi 2 | Temaki |
Makimono | Makimono 2 |  Oshokuji 1 |
Oshokuji 2 | Oshokuji 3 | Oshokuji 4 |Oshokuji 5 |
Noodles | Noodles 2 | Noodles 3 | Noodles 4 |
Tempura | Fry | Teppanyaki |
Bento  | Bento 2 |  Obento |
Set Menu | Drinks | 
=Favorites or Recommended 
Nemoto Japanese Restaurant
Business Address
Buendia Ave., Brgy. San Jose
Pasay City, Metro Manila
Business Hours 10am-2am
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge

Budget/Person 250-500
Contact (02) 831-5128

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Best Food Forward: Our First Visit at Best Food Forward

If you can recall, I shared the Best Food Forward 2012 spoilers (see previous entry) of which I got to sample some of their great products.   Knowing that there's more to see and taste, we just had to go and visit!  We didn't let the unexpected rainy weather discourage us last night as we visited Best Food Forward 2012 at the NBC tent.   Surely, it was worth the trip.  

best food forward
Some Indoor Concessionaires: Gourmet Farms, Panzarotti, Takoyaki, Yamashita Yema, Lollipop Cake Factory and Sweet Vanilla
(top left to lower right)
There were a lot of great food finds.  Too bad we went there around 6p.m. already so we had to shop fast.  We even forgot to come back and buy on some of the stalls we wanted.

best food forward
Some outdoor concessionaires: Enzo's Shawarma, Cuisiniers, Bliss, Pablo's Chorizo Burger, Roast Calf, Stop Over Pizza
(top left to bottom right)
What we Had

We first stop over at Choco Atbp. for a warm cup of hot cocoa suitable for a cold rainy weather.  It was sold for 60 php per cup.  We chose the less sugar one.  It was a rich bitter-sweet hot cocoa. Yum!  The staff was also nice and friendly!  They also the cooking pot for making hot cocoa at 950 php and the wooden stirrer for 250 php so you can make your hot cocoa at home.  

baba ghanoush
Baba Ghanoush 
We bought a Lebanese Moussaka from Baba Ghanoush which we ate for lunch a while ago.  It was really good. =)

qq mochi
QQ Mochi Buns
My little sister went to there ahead of us and she was raving about the QQ Mochi Buns.  After a few taste test, we were convinced too.  We bought a lot of the small ones at 15 php.  But, as we went home, we realized it wasn't enough.    We should have bought the bigger ones sold at 28 php.  I'll try to pass by again today just to buy some. =D

cassava creme
Cassava Creme
I'm not much of a fan of Cassava.  But, my mom bought some of the Cassava Lace Cookies (100 php) and Cassava Cakes (100 php/3 pieces) at Cassava Creme.  We tried the original, cheese and the langka flavors.  It was really good!  I'm now a Cassava fan.  In fact, if I could just drop by, I would buy more of those Cassava Cakes perhaps the box of six sold at 180 php.  The Cassava Lace Cookies is thin and crispy similar to oatmeal crisps.  It also fun to munch on!


I can't find the name of this nut stall.  But, the seller is Chinese too.  We both a pack of Mix Trail at 350 php and Macamia Nuts at 400 php.  I liked that their nuts are unsalted so its healthier.

sugar cakes
Sugar Cakes 
We both a Coffee Flavor Cupcake at Sugar Cakes.  The coffee flavor is rich and strong just the way I like it.  Not too much of these for me though because its a bit sweet.

I promise I'll provide more details of the concessionaires soon.  But, for now, got to go and visit Best Food Forward again! See ya!

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Shanghai Fried Siopao: The Best Tsienpao in Binondo

Binondo is one of the best places in Manila to look for cheap eats.  In fact, according to my mom who grew up living there, most people who live in Binondo would rather buy from nearby Chinese restaurants than to prepare their own meal.  One of our Tsinoy Foodies favorite food stops in Binondo is Shanghai Fried Siopao ("Tsienpao" in Fukien) located at the corner of Ongpin Street and Bahama Street.  

shanghai fried siopao
It's really just a counter with a sign Shanghai Fried Siopao on top of it.  It doesn't even have a menu or price list because most of the people who buy there like us already know the price of their Fried Siopao.

shanghai fried siopao
What's amazing about Shanghai Fried Siopao is that they have a fast turnover so they don't even need a warmer for their Fried Siopao.  Through our long years of purchasing a Fried Siopao, we were always impressed at how hot it is.

shanghai fried siopao
 Fried Siopao (16 php)
shanghai fried siopao
 Fried Siopao (16 php) 
The Fried Siopao is always served hot and fresh.  The dough is soft and moist.  The meatball inside is so tasty.  I will never get tired of eating this!

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Shanghai Fried Siopao Menu
Ambiance Fried Siopao - 16 php
=Favorites or Recommended 
Shanghai Fried Siopao
Business Address Corner Ongpin Street and Bahama Street 
Manila, Metro Manila
Business Hours 8am-10pm
Payment Options Cash
Service Charge
Budget/Person 16
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Torch Restaurant: Flame-tastic Dinner

Among the restaurants located at Connecticut, Greenhills is Torch Restaurant with its yellow clairvoyant sign.  It's an old place with new international fusion food offerings.

torch restaurant
Torch Restaurant has a classy and elegant interior.  It has a chiq and bright bar area, a lovely wine display and a wide open kitchen.  It is also one of the most spacious restaurants I've ever seen.  If the the indoor is not your style, you can also enjoy the well-lit al fresco area with a great landscape.

truffle fries
Truffle Fries (234.95 php)
The Truffle Fries is a bowlful of ripsy potato fries cooked in truffle oil.  It has a special peppermill dressing that's really good!  We were so mesmerized by its taste that I almost forgot to take a photo.

bacon wrapped wings
Bacon-Wrapped Wings (365.95 php)
The Bacon-Wrapped Wings is a fire-grilled chicken wings wrapped in bacon with barbecue sauce.  In terms of flavor, this was really good.  However, I am not used to eating a bloody chicken. 

peanut butter and jelly wings
Peanut Butter and Jelly Wings (345.95 php)
The Peanut Butter and Jelly Wings tasted like sweet peanut butter.  I prefer peanut butter with a nuttier taste so this didn't cut out for me.  It was something my palate was not used to.

cowboy roll
♥ Cowboy Roll (389.95 php)
The Cowboy Roll is thinly sliced Angus Beef filled with shitake mushrooms, deep fried in tempura batter and served with sesame sauce.  The rolls are of excellent quality in terms of ingredients.  The Angus Beef was so tender and it really went well with the tasty shitake mushrooms, sticky Japanese rice and the sesame sauce.  The batter and the seaweed were perfectly crunchy.

bbq chicken pizza
BBQ Chicken Pizza (295.95 php)
The BBQ Chicken Pizza is a mixture of sweet barbecue chicken cubes and caramelized onions contrasted with the salty and zesty mozzarella cheese and cheddar cheese.  It was also garnished with fresh cilantro.  

gambas pizza
♥ Gambas Pizza (329.95 php)
The Gambas Pizza is a crispy thin pizza covered with mozzarella cheese topped with shrimp sauteed in chipotle garlic olive oil and chili.  It's a bit spicy just the way a gambas dish should be.  It's really incredible that a gambas would work out as a pizza.  I loved this!

philly cheese steak pizza
♥ Philly Cheese Steak Pizza (369.95 php)
The Philly Cheese Steak Pizza is another amazing oven-baked thin crust pizza covered in tangy tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese topped with thin pieces of steak and cream cheese.  

Pork & Beef
smoked chipotle tequila barbecue beef ribs
Smoked Chipotle Tequila Barbecue Beef Ribs (649.95 php)
The Smoked Chipotle Tequila Barbecue Beef Ribs is majestic 600g Angus beef ribs slowly roasted until tender with smoked chipotle tequila barbecue sauce.  It has a peppery sweet taste.

Skillet Omelettes
fresh garden omelette
♥ Fresh Garden Omelette (159.95 php)
Despite it being dinner, I'm glad we got the Fresh Garden Omelette under the breakfast menu.  The unique food presentation is quite entertaining and flame-tastic.  We were first served a tray with a hot iron skillet.  Our very nice server began spreading the butter and pouring the filling in.  After a few seconds, the chef brought out the "Torch" to finish the job.  The Fresh Garden Omelette goes well with the buns they were served with.  According to our server, the skillet omelette selections are one of the breakfast favorites of their regular clients.  He also shared that as the name indicates, they have more dishes that involves using the "Torch".

Update: Secret Affair restaurant scene was shot at Torch. =)

Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
Torch Restaurant is serves great fusion food and awesome drinks.  The ambiance is perfect for a hang out.  Moreover, the "Torch" dishes are worth the try!  The staffs are very nice even the front door guard is polite.  The pricing may be a bit on the high side but the serving size is great for sharing.  

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Torch Restaurant Menu
Ambiance Menu 1 | Menu 2 |
Menu 3 | Menu 4 |
Menu 5 | Menu 6 |
Menu 7 | Menu 8 |
Menu 9 | Menu 10 |
=Favorites or Recommended 
Torch Restaurant
Business Address Home Studio Bldg., 63 Connecticut St., Greenhills
San Juan City, Metro Manila
Business Hours Mon-Tue: 7:00 am -12:00 am
Wed-Sat: 7:00 am-3:00 am
Sun: 7:00 am-12:00 am
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge
Budget/Person 350-800
Free WiFi No
Contact (02) 477-3771
Other  Email: Facebook Fan Page
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