We’re back in Dubai, Alhamdulillah!
We had three weeks of relaxing holiday in the Philippines although we are a bit sad that Cole had to stay behind because he was hospitalized the night we’re supposed to fly back to Dubai 😓 He was vomiting, having diarrhea (sorry, TMI) and complaining of stomach pain (diagnosis: amoebiasis and UTI). I’m sad that it’s just me, Gibson and Biel who flew back yesterday but at least Cole is in the loving care of his grandparents. Gibson will just fly back again after 2 weeks to pick him up. I’m happy to report that he’s fine now and on the road to recovery.
Moral lesson of the story: Don’t let your kids eat too much junk and street food while on holiday even how much clean you think the food is.
Enough with the sad news and let’s talk about food. Good food.
Whenever we go back to the Philippines, our family usually just stay home and chill (read: eat and sleep galore). As Gibson and I don’t have our own house yet, we always split our time between our home towns (city in Gibson’s case). It means late night sleeping, wake up late (around 8 or 9 am), and eat all the healthy and unhealthy food we miss.
The only outdoor thing we managed to do is visit malls (SM Sucat, SM BF, SM North, Mall of Asia, The Block and Trinoma) and the main purpose is to eat. Of course, staying with our mothers means we are pampered like a baby and we’re served with the most delicious home-cooked and delicious meal. Here are some of the food that went straight to my belly and hips.
Simple halohalo from Razon’s
Asparagus wrapped in bacon – Sumo Sam
First time to try the the beef pepper rice from Pepper Lunch. It was tasty but there was less beef for me to enjoy the rice.
I wasn’t expecting much from this cafe. I just wanted to have coffee somewhere I haven’t tried yet. We are in SM The Block and Kumori Japanese Bakery caught my attention. A Japanese cafe? Why not! And I’m so glad we tried this place. This Hanjuku Cheese is sooooooo good. It’s Japanese style cheesecake which is so rich and moist. You should try it yourself. We tried several items on the menu but this is the best among the lot, in my opinion. By the way, avoid disappointment and skip the coffee.
Taho for only 10 pesos!
Putok batok Lechon Kawali from Byaheng Busog sa God Knows. No exaggeration but it’s the crispiest lechon kawali I’ve ever tasted. If you’re from Obando, Bulacan and neighboring cities and town, don’t miss this unassuming restaurant. Recommended!
No, this is not food, commercial break muna, haha! That’s my face wrapped like lumpia while doing warts removal.
After my nakakaumay face, let’s go back to food. Pork Tonkatsu from Sumo Sam.
Adobong tahong. Ohh la la!
I usually prefer this white corn than those yellow sweet corn available in Dubai.
Pizza from Yellow Cab
Soft and delicious kutsinta
I had maybe 20 pieces of this during my 3 weeks stay in the Philippines. Bad! Bad! Bad!
Gigantic crab loaded with heart clogging aligue (crab fat). Not for the weak heart, literally.
Ramen from SumoSam. Good.
Another first for me. I’ve heard so much about this pork bun of Michelin restaurant TimHoWan. I could have appreciated it more if only I’m not that full from our dinner.
Butong pakwan and they made our life easier now, wala ng balat! I hope they didn’t hire several lola to remove it from the shell.
First time to try mango cake from Red Ribbon. Masarap din.
How can you go to the Philippines and not eat the infamous balot, right? What’s the big deal?
Ginataang kuhol (or is it suso?) from Congo Grill. Very very good!Crispy crablets from Congo Grill.
Do you have this when you were a kid? It’s chocolate we used to buy from our local sari-sari store.
Takoyaki from Karate Kid.
Atis. One of the fruits I truly miss. Although I can see this from Dubai supermarkets from time to time, I can’t stomach it’s price so I stay away and just indulge when I’m home.
These are only 50% of the food I managed to take photo. The rest was gone as soon as I laid my eyes on them. I am trying to think how I can lose all the calories I gained these past few weeks. No complain though. The calories are all worth it!