Thursday, March 15, 2012

101 Hawker Food House: Asian Food Feast

I'm sure not everyone has the luxury of time and money to board a plane just to treat themselves to some hawker foods.   So, where do you go when craving for them?  Well, you can go to an expensive Asian restaurants or visit 101 Hawker Food House located just around the corners Urban Avenue in  Makati.

hawker food house
101 Hawker Food House has a casual Asian feel similar to the hawker food centers it seeks to portray.  They offer a wide array of Asian dishes which includes Singaporean, Thai, Malaysian and Chinese.  According to the owner Mr. Rex Chua, their main market are the Makati employees.  Thus, their food is slightly adjusted to fit their taste preference.  For example, the dishes are only mildy spicy by default.  However, if you prefer them spicy, you can advise the waiter.  With their pricing and food options, I was not surprised to witness how busy and packed the place was on a workday Tuesday night.  

Food

House Specialty
hainanese chicken
Hainanese Chicken Short Order (160 php)
hainanese chicken dips
Dips (ginger sauce, soy sauce and chili sauce)
The Hainanese Chicken is tender and the flavor is just right.  It is served with three sauce options: ginger sauce, chili sauce and soy sauce.  I liked the chili sauce which is also ginger-based.  The price is such a bargain that you can enjoy eating Hainanese Chicken as often as you want.

roast chicken
Roasted Chicken Short Order (160 php) 
The Roast Chicken tender and tasty.  It's best eaten with the sauce so the flavor and texture will be enhanced.

Appetizers
roti prata with curry
Roti Prata with Curry (2 pcs.) (100 php)
I'm so glad that 101 Hawker Food House did not miss having the Roti Prata with Curry.  It was served hot just the way it should be.  It goes well with their curry sauce too.  But, I found it to be a bit oilier the others I've tried before.  It didn't stop me from munching on these though.  Oh, and if you're not a fan of curry, you can order an extra Condense Milk Dip (25 php).

Noodle Soups
singapore laksa
Singapore Laksa (110 php)
The Singapore Laksa is tasted dominantly of seafood with coconut milk and curry.  The spiciness was minimized by sweetness of the seafood.  The Singapore Laksa contained fish balls, fish cakes and crunchy bean sprouts.


Stir Fried Noodles
beef hofan
Char Kway Teow (160 php)
Despite the strong and tasty flavor of the Char Kway Teow, I believe they can still do better by improving the texture of the noodles.  


Fried Rice
nasi goreng
Nasi Goreng  Short Order (150 php)
Although the Nasi Goreng looked the least appealing among all the dishes we have tried, it gave a good impact in terms of taste.  It was mildy spicy with bits of soft shrimps.  The Nasi Goreng was also served in a large proportion.  It was like a mountain of rice in a large platter.
thai bagoong rice
Thai Bagoong Rice Short Order (150 php)
Okay, here I go again with the Thai Bagoong Rice.  Too bad I'm not dining with my mom as this is her favorite.  101 Hawker Food House serves the Thai Bagoong Rice already mixed and ready to eat topped with thinly sliced green mangoes.  The salty and tangy taste successfully allured my taste buds.


Pork
coffee spareribs
 Coffee Spareribs Short Order (160 php)
This is probably my first time to try the Coffee Spareribs.  Amazingly, the sweet aromatic coffee flavor worked wonderfully with the spare ribs.  It was an enjoyable viand to eat.

Fish/Squid
salt and pepper squid
Salt and Pepper Squid Short Order (180 php)
The Salt and Pepper Squid was fried flour coated squid cuts seasoned in salt, pepper, green onions and chili bits.

Prawns
cereal prawns
Cereal Prawns (370 php)
The Cereal Prawns were large prawns covered in buttered batter with cereal bits.  There pricing with this is one of the most competitive I've seen.

Drinks
teh tarik
Iced Teh Tarik (35 php)
One thing I always look forward to when eating at Singaporean restaurants is their beverages.  I ordered the Iced Teh Tarik.  It was served with the usual bubbly froth on top.  It was more milky than tea.
kopi tarikmilo dinosaur

My companions ordered the Iced Kopi Tarik and the Milo Dinosaur.  Perhaps, I shall try those on my next visit. =)

Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
101 Hawker Food House grants everyone the chance to enjoy hawker food by providing convenience and affordability.  The service is fast so you can dine there during breaks.  They also cater to take outs and delivery.  Their menu also has a wide selection so you won't get tired of frequently dropping by.   101 Hawker Food House is one of the most competitive in terms of serving size.  Their short orders are already good for 3-4 persons.

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating 101 Hawker Food House Menu
Ambiance Menu | Menu 2
Taste
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Price
=Favorites or Recommended 
101 Hawker Food House
Business Address Unit 102, Campos Rueda Bldg., Urban Ave.
Makati City, Metro Manila
Business Hours Mon - Fri: 6am-10pm
Sat: 6am-2pm
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge
Budget/Person 80-300
Contact (02) 886-7329
Other  Email: 101hawkerfood.gmail.com Facebook Fan Page | Website 
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