Platina Modern Japanese Food Village: Home of 16 Authentic Food Stores from Japan (Brgy. Poblacion, Makati City)

Japanese food is one of the most-loved cuisine in the Philippines.   While I would love to eat authentic Japanese food everyday, the high cost of Japanese food prevents me in doing so.  So when I heard about Platina Modern Japanese Food Village with 16 authentic food franchises from Japan.  The price range is from 150 php to 500 php.

platina moden japanese food village
The ambiance differs per area.  Platina labelled this bar area on the first level as the Roppongi Street.

platina moden japanese food village


Sushi Sakura
salmon aburri
Salmon Aburri Maki with Aligue Mayo (315 php)
Probably the first one to impress me was this Salmon Aburri Maki with Aligue Mayo.  I just love how flavorful it is and the salmon almost melts unto your mouth.

Kushikatsu Ebisuya
pork kushi
Pork (30 php/stick)
This Pork Kushi looks a bit drenched in oil. Let it sit for awhile so some oil is drained.  I like the tenderness though.

Kobe Beef Burger

wagyu burger
Wagyu Burger (320 php)
The Wagyu Burger is also a must try!  Aside from the juicy wagyu pattie, you can also enjoy your burger with unique sauces like teriyaki sauce.

fried potato
Fried Potato
The Fried Potato is nothing special but still the best pair for burgers right?

Pig Man
pork bowl
Pork Bowl Small (210 php)
If you're looking for for authentic yet affordable pork donburi, then try out the Pork Bowl at Pig Man.

Tappan Yaki Kushi No Nobo
Meat DX (360 php)
Surely, one of the best Osaka-style Okonomiyaki (お好み焼き) I've had in Manila is Tappan Yaki Kushi No Nobo's Meat DX - with beef, pork and chicken meats. As expected from a brand that has multiple stores in Okinawa.

Pizzeria di Baldi
Margherita (290 php)

I'm a big fan of Neopoli Pizza or Brick Oven Pizza.  These are pizzas which are baked at a high temperature for a short time so the flavor is sealed in.  We don't have enough of these in the Metro.  Thus, I really welcome Pizzeria di Baldi authentic and quality Neopoli Pizza.

There are a lot more to try.  Some were not yet open or available during my visit.  But, I found the concept of Platina Modern Japanese Food Village quite interesting.  It really fits the food and drink scene of Poblacion.

Platina Modern Japanese Food Village Map  
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SM Manila: Milk Tea Rush Party

The milk tea craze has hit the Philippines hard!  Thus, SM Manila has decided to through the most awesome milk tea party ever.  Last week, it held the Milk Tea Rush tea party which was open for all. 

milk tea rush at sm manila
Did you know that five of the top-selling milk tea brands are located in SM Manila?  And, they all sponsored the party!

milk tea rush at sm manila
Filled with colors, flavor and sweetness, the Milk Tea Rush had a lot of milktivities (free attractions and game stations where volunteers could win milk tea vouchers).

infinitea sm manila
Of course, there were also Milk Tea booths which gathered lines upon opening.

coco milk tea sm manila

sm manila event

Bottoms-Up Game
milk tea game
A team of two were equipped with guzzler helmets filled with two large milk tea cups from Infinitea.

milk tea gamemilk tea guzzler helmet
Each team had a champion contender and they happen to be these ladies.  Wow!  They were really amazing!

Milk Tea Blind Test
milk tea blind test
Blind Test Bloggers were from The Glutton Diaries, Yogo and Cream, Hungry Byaheros, Tsinoy Foodies and Manila Bulletin
This was tougher than I thought!

milk tea blind test
How bad was I? Check Tsinoy Foodies FB Fan Page Live to see!

So where to get your milk tea to satisfy your cravings so you can share more of your #MilkTeaStoriesatSMManila?   Here's quick tour from Lower Ground up!

Gong Cha  (Lower Ground Floor)

gong cha sm manila
With more than 1,500 stores worldwide, Gong (translates to "Emperor") Cha (translates to "Tea") is located at the Lower Ground Floor - just across the Food Court.

gong cha sm manila
What's your favorite at Gong Cha?

Chatime (Ground Floor)
cha time sm manila
Nearest to the event center and one of the mall entrance is Chatime.

Infinitea (2nd Floor)
ifinitea yogo and cream
Modelled by Me-Ann of YogoandCream.Com
The most affordable is Infinitea.  You can find the Infinitea stall in the center part near the staircase of the second floor.

CoCo  Fresh Tea and Juice (4th Floor - Almost Beside  Cinema)
coco fresh tea sm manila
Conveniently situated almost beside the cinema is CoCo Fresh Tea and Juice.

Macao Imperial Tea (4th Floor)
macao imperial tea sm manila
The most spacious in terms of seating capacity is Macao Imperial Tea.

macao imperial tea sm manila

So when craving for milk tea, you can surely satisfy your milk tea cravings at SM Manila.

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Sarangani Bay: Easy 5-Minute Teriyaki Boneless Bangus Recipe (Japanese Fusion Cooking)

I thrive in a very busy lifestyle so I am always in search of witty yet easy ways to live life to the fullest.  One of the biggest predicament I encounter on a daily basis is having a profoundly new and interesting dish to enjoy with the family.  
Easy 5-Minute Teriyaki Boneless Bangus Recipe
Recently, I discovered this very easy recipe inspired by Sarangani Bay's Boneless Milk Fish
teriyaki boneless bangus recipe
I used Sarangani Bay's Boneless Milk Fish because it is very easy to purchase as it is available in leading supermarkets.  

This Teriyaki Boneless Bangus Dish has only two components:
(1) Golden Fried Bangus/Milk Fish- just fry on both sides until golden brown and garnish with fresh green onions and sesame seeds.

(2) Teriyaki Sauce - involves a 3-step process:

(a) Combine in a saucepan over medium heat for 1 minute:
     (i)   1 cup water
     (ii)  1/4 cup soy sauce

     (iii) 5 teaspoons of brown sugar or honey
     (iv) 1/2 teaspoon of ground ginger
     (v)  1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder in a saucepan over medium heat

(b) Dissolve 2 tablespoons of cornstarch in 1/4 cup of cold water

(c) Mix (a) and (b) together in a sauce pan and heat for 5 to 7 minutes.

teriyaki boneless bangus recipe
Serve while hot and crispy!  Enjoy!
sarangani bay milkfish

You can choose between Sarangani Bay's Boneless Milkfish that is Marinated or Unseasoned depending on your preferrence.
Tsinoy Foodies Teriyaki Boneless Bangus Recipe Rating
Recipe Difficulty Level

Estimated Preparation Time
5 minutes

Estimated Cooking Time
15 minutes

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Fiery Style: 10th Branch Now Open in Eton Centris (Quezon Avenue Diliman QC)

Eton Centris is one of the food hubs within my work perimeter.  Of course, I am so delighted to discover that Fiery Style has recently opened its 11th branch at Eton Centris Walk.

fiery style eton centris
It is located just beside Family Mart.

fiery style eton centris
I've tried almost all the food establishments in the vicinity and Ihave to say that this offers the cosiest vibe yet.  During weekends, it even has a live band.  

Being a Tex-Mex food lover, I really believe that we can never have enough Mexican food joints.

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Since I'm a first timer with Fiery Style, I was really impressed with its food presentation.  The Fiery Nachos was not only delectable, I also enjoyed the show with the flip of the tin.

fiery nachos
Fiery Nachos (388 php)
Just look at the Fiery Nachos with the complete works!  Go ahead indulge!

flaming taco good salad
Flaming Taco Good Salad (258 php)
The Flaming Taco Good Salad also looked interesting.  But, in terms of flavors and ingredients, I think there are better options in the menu.

8 Fiery Sizzling Combinationes
grilled fiery porkchop
3 Grilled Fiery Porkchop (238 php)
My companions and I decided to go for the bang-for-the-buck combinationes.  I really appreciate that each one has a unique side dish to complement the main dish.  I found the sliced tomatoes and garlic drenched in mango puree of this one to be appetizing.  You can also select the type of rice: (1) Beef Rice - a bit spicy which I liked (2) Chorizo Rice (3) Plain Rice.

barbecued beef ribs
4 Barbecued Beef Ribs (248 php)
I highly recommend the Barbecued Beef Ribs with cajun fries and grilled corn.  I love the challenge of getting the tender beef meat of the bones and chewing on the slightly gummy yet soft tendon. 

grilled bbq pork ribs
5 Grilled BBQ Pork Ribs (258 php)
The best one I've tried is the Grilled BBQ Pork Ribs.  The portion offers the satisying tender yet chunkiness of the pork meat.  It also has the right amount of fats to deliver the flavorsome pork juice. 

sizzling tender beef salpicao
6 Sizzling Tender Beef Salpicao (268 php)
Instead of going for the steak, you can go for the fragrant Sizzling Tender Beef Salpicao.  The Baked Bone Marrow is an umami booster that will heighten the experience even more.

lord of the wings
Lord of the Wings (1,198 php)
This is my first time to encounter a Tex-Mex that offers chicken wings.  What a good innovation.  You can order the Lord of the Wings for sharing so you can sample 3 different variants: (1) Hot Hot Hot Sauce & Jalapenos, (2) Nacho Cheese & Bacon and (3) Texan-style BBQ.

galleon of bones
Galleon of Bones (1,578 php)
If you're coming in as a group, you can opt for the Galleon of Bones.   It doesn't offer much rice as it is only a side dish option along with the Soutwest Chips but you have (1) BBQ Pork Ribs, (2) Chicken Wings (3) Meaty Pork Hammers (4) Beef Ribs

Fiery Paloma
green mandarin paloma
Green Mandarin Paloma (168 php)
This is also my first time to try a paloma with the Green Mandarin Paloma.  I think I found my favorite spiced drink!

Southwest Margarita

Overall, it was a fun night indeed at Fiery Style Eton Centris.

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