Monthly Archives: January 2014

trying thai cuisine for the first time

restaurants, foodie adventures, dining out, Thai Cuisine

We made a stop at the South Luzon Tollway on our way back from Tagaytay last year to eat lunch. We decided to try Thai cuisine for the first time and checked out Sakon Thai Restaurant and Noodle House just across Chowking, were we made a quick stop to buy the little man his favorite Pancit Canton meal. We settled for an order of their Seafood Hot Basil {Php255}, Beef Red Curry {Php205} and Jasmine Rice {Php35 for 2 orders}.

restaurants, foodie adventures, dining out, Thai Cuisine

While waiting for our order and keeping watch of the little man who simply cannot wait to dig into his lunch, I made a quick survey of the restaurant and took some snaps. The place has a charming air about it and I really love the ambiance. They also have a display cabinet by the window, where they are selling some lovely wears, which I am presuming were also from Thailand. There are beautiful cloth products, beads, and lovely and interesting Buddha images. No, I did not see a taylor 110e guitar case displayed anywhere, but may I just note that the place is also playing interesting Thai music to get everyone into the vibe.

restaurants, foodie adventures, dining out, Thai Cuisine

After a few minutes our orders finally arrived. The aroma of the delicious food wafting into our noses is just enough to make us even more hungry. I am not too fond of curry, but surprisingly I really enjoyed their Beef Red Curry. This curry sure tasted very different from the usual curry dishes that we normally have. I also love the seafood dish. Sure was a bit spicy, but it was something I absolutely enjoyed! After our meal, we also had a free taste of a native Thai dessert called Taco, which tasted so much like our local maja blanca with a lot of coconut milk! I just love it, i wish there was more!

All in all, our very first Thai cuisine experience is something really enjoyable and I cannot wait to do it again. 🙂

My share for this week’s:

a cup of dirty ice cream

ice cream, Filipino street foods, Pinoy Food, desserts, comfort food

I know the name might put some off, especially those who did not grow up here in the Philippines, but dirty ice cream only denotes those ice cream that are peddled by the friendly manong around town. Sure it was very cold even during daytime, you’d wonder if you’re still in Bulacan or have been transported to Boston while you were sleeping, but I thought this afternoon is just the best time to enjoy a cup of this delicious street ice cream. Besides, I went through the trouble of hollering the vendor from the second floor balcony! 🙂

I paid Php25 for this cup of chocolate and cheese flavored local ice cream and I must say they sure tasted better than the rest of the dirty ice cream I have tried before. I enjoyed my cup a lot I did not mind that I was feeling too cold after I finished it. I just wish I can influence the little man to have a spoonful or two.

51 Schools in Luzon join the Ajinomoto® Umami Culinary Challenge

announcement, food press, foodie events

The Ajinomoto® Umami Culinary Challenge (UCC) will be held on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at the Hall 2, SMX Convention Center in SM Mall of Asia from 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM.

The Ajinomoto® Umami Culinary Challenge (UCC) will once again open its doors to hundreds of young talents and provide them with a venue to learn from the best in the culinary and food service industry. The event will be held on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at the Hall 2, SMX Convention Center in SM Mall of Asia from 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM. Year after year, the contest successfully grows in size and coverage, gathering the Philippines’ most creative and innovative foodies, culinarians, professional and aspiring chefs.

According to Chef Russell Bautista, UCC Competition Head and Resident Chef of AJINOMOTO PHILIPPINES CORPORATION, “This one-day event is a golden opportunity for us to witness our future chefs showcase their skills and masterpieces. Ajinomoto hopes to contribute in discovering and maximizing their true potentials.” 51 schools with more than 400 student-competitors signed up for this year’s competition. UCC has expanded its reach in Luzon with participants coming from Ilocos, CALABARZON, NCR and CARAGA regions. Last year, UCC was also brought to Iloilo and Cebu to reach students in Visayas and Mindanao.

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Schools will compete for a chance to be the Umami Bowl Champion and to win a kitchen classroom showcase.

There are six (6) contest categories including a national cooking showdown. Hercor College from Capiz earned their chance to compete against the school who will win the Best Filipino Umami Dish-Luzon in the upcoming Manila leg of UCC. On the other hand, the school with the highest score from Luzon will be named the Umami Bowl Champion and bring home a kitchen classroom showcase. Distinguished judges include culinary and nutrition experts like Chef Sau del Rosario, Chef Eugene Raymundo, Chef Seiji Kamura, Chef James Antolin, Dr. Zenaida Narciso and Ms. Joan Sumpio to name a few.

Other event highlights include new and unique culinary competition categories, Eat Well, Live Well.® Cooking Class facilitated by well-known celebrity chefs and Umami and MSG Safety Presentation by Dr. Nemencio Nicodemus. This event is presented by AJINOMOTO PHILIPPINES CORPORATION and sponsored by La Germania, Solane, and Masflex KitchenPro.

All About Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation 

Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation (APC) is an affiliate of Tokyo-based Ajinomoto Co., Inc. Established in 1958, APC is committed to the unification of deliciousness and well-being as a corporate brand value. Its food brand slogan “Eat Well, Live Well” communicates the company’s competitive edge of offering food products that are both flavorful and nutritious. Likewise, APC advocates culinary nutrition, which is all about cooking with culinary skills and nutrition knowledge to create delectable and nourishing meals. APC’s brands include AJI-NO-MOTO® Umami Seasoning, Ajinomoto® brand Ginisa Flavor Seasoning Mix, CRISPY FRY® Breading Mix, CRISPY FRY®  Seasoned Crumbs  All-in-One Coating Mix, TASTY BOY® All-purpose Breading Mix, The Ajinomoto® brand Sinigang, AJI-SHIO® Seasoning Mix, FRES-C® Concentrated Powdered Drink Mix and  Ajinomoto® brand Chicken Powder.

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