Food Stalls in Front of MOA

Here again on front of Mall of Asia. Ever since it was built and Cavitex became operational, I have no choice but to changed my travel route from Cavite to Manila and back. The Manila ordinance prohibiting the entry of provincial buses forced me further. The Bus terminal in Baclaran and the numerous buses stopping by to pick up passengers were all gone.  It is still okay for me in the end. My travel time is greatly reduced  and I can do a little malling if I have spare time.

I am hungry and I am in front of Mang Inasal, again! I wanted to enter and eat. However, my recent gout experience gave me a second thought. A menu choice with unlimited rice option might give me problem again. The last time, I ate a heavy meal there followed by two days of pork and liver dishes at home.

Hmm.. There are several food stalls before the entrance. I noticed many mall goers are stopping by to eat. Not only mall goers, many mall employees are going out to eat there too, including the passenger car drivers and security guards. I think safety of their foods is guaranteed as they are monitored by mall administration. I bought a bread and an iced tea for only 45 pesos. So affordable. No wonder why people around are patronizing them. This meal is sure not enough but good enough until I got home to get a healthier meal.

dimsum frito express

 

food stalls in front of mall of asia

Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines. Do coaching and consultancy services on his free time.

Finding Restaurant That Serve Vegetable as Main Dish

After three major gout attacks, I felt I really need to tighten my belt. Focus more on fruits and vegetables. Eat less meat, no to artificial beverages and other junk foods. Even the consumption of polished rice should be trimmed down considerably.

You think it is hard? Yet it is? I crave for rice whenever I eat less. I crave whenever I replaced it for something else. I could hardly convince myself I am full when eating apple, bread, bananas or melon instead. It seems the meal is not complete without rice and meat dish. It is even more difficult when close relatives always want to eat something not fit for me.

It is difficult at home and also difficult outside. If I am going to rely on foods at fast food chains. Then I risk on having gout attack again in no time.

I roamed around for a check. I wanted to see if there are restaurant in town that serve veggies as main dish. As I stopped via each restaurant, I inspected carefully their menu lines hoping to find something fit. On the average, fast food chains are serving five chicken menus, two pork menus, two beef menus and one seafood. Hmmm… a rare seafood restaurant is an exception. Serve veggie salads in small amount as side dishes. The common is coleslaw salad. Vegetables are often included in meat dishes. However, judging from the amount, they are there for adornment purpose, not to balance customer’s nutrition.

In the end, I got hungry and ordered food with beef meat. I believed it would give me less worries than pork.

Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines. Do coaching and consultancy services on his free time.

Chilli-Hot Roasted Chicken, Calamansi Soy Sauce and Soup | Irresistible Meal Combination

Trying something new is okay when I am in my home town. It is not when I am somewhere far. I feel it is not safe. It doesn’t matter when I have company. Today I am alone so I feel safe to eat in a familiar restaurant. Mang Inasal is my choice.

My order is PM1.5. A variant of PM1, chicken leg with thigh, small glass coke and unlimited rice.  I like PM1.5 cause the roasted chicken that comes with it is chilli hot. It stimulates my senses and encourages me to eat more.

The crew carrying the rice bucket is roaming around almost non-stop. He is offering rice whenever he notice a customer running out of rice. I find it very convenient for customers.

Starts my meal by squeezing the calamansi in sauce plate and adding a little soy sauce. I am avoiding this sauce but experiencing it in rare occasions is fine. The crew adds two rice servings to my plate. Another crew give me a free soup.

Wow! I feel like home. It is like all my meal weakness are intentionally combined. A chilli hot roasted chicken, calamansi-soysauce condiment and the sour soup. My maximum rice serving limit is two but I ate four this time.

soup hot broiled chicken and calamansi soy sauce

Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines. Do coaching and consultancy services on his free time.

Manang’s Chicken

I was hungry. I want to eat. I want to eat in the restaurant in close proximity. Wait! Do I really like to eat there because it was few steps away? Maybe because I love their food, just convincing myself to love their food, or maybe the restaurant was popular due to massive television campaign.

I entered in the popular resto but came out after few moment. It was a regular weekday but their seats were almost all occupied and the two lines in front of two cashier crews were long. I think it was more convenient to eat in the next resto.

The Manangs Chicken. The ambiance was like other popular fast food chains except for one thing. I only see two customers eating. Perhaps it was a newly opened business.

manangs chicken

I got my orders:

One garlic pork with unlimited rice. The usual unli kanin but this was for 99 pesos only. Very affordable. I think it was fried pork topped with crunchy garlic and peanuts. It was good and it was my first time eating such recipe. The sauce that comes with it was balsamic vinegar. It was great but seems not the right partner. I only fill in two rice order in the end.

garlic pork with unli rice

 

balsamic vinegar

One glass lemonade. It was not included in the meal package nor it was unlimited. It added 15 pesos to by total bill.

lemonade sauce pork garlic

Small cup macaroni salad. A side dish that was also not included in meal package. I get small cup for 29 pesos. There was a bigger option for 49 pesos. I only get the smaller one for the fear that I might not like it. Some macaroni salad are too sour. I was thankful it was not sour.

I finished eating and left, leaving the resto out of customers. I hope they gain more customers as day go by.

Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines. Do coaching and consultancy services on his free time.

Unlimited Rice and Tea to All

This was not the first time I ate at Karate Kid Restaurant. I am hoping it was not the last.

After finishing the tea, she called the waiter and asked for refill. The waiter smiled. After a few moment, he grabbed the tea pitcher, came near to us and said, “Mam, your order was regular tea, the bottomless is the smaller glass”.

It was a bit embarrassing! I still remember the scenario at Mang Inasal. A man seemed very hungry and finished one rice serving in a jiffy. He called the waiter for another rice cup but the crew told him his order was a regular. The guy never said another word. He finished his meal and walked away. Perhaps he went to another restaurant to fill his angry belly.

Who know about the smaller and bigger glass thing? Who know which is the bottomless option? A big poster is posted beside the counter saying bottomless ice tea and unlimited rice but not specified which meals have the privileged for these promos. Uhhmm, the crews know this very well and will bring the rice and tea near to you saying your meal is just regular and not unlimited.

A tag reminding the customer that his order is entitled or not for unlimited option would be very helpful. Or, emphasize it to every customer before taking the order.

Why not make the bottomless tea available to all customers. It is just instant powder and water anyway. The same is thru for rice. Average people only eat 1 1/2 cup rice and rarely 3. I am sure it would drive more customers in.

We never asked for another rice serving for the fear that our orders were not entitled for unlimited rice.

Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines. Do coaching and consultancy services on his free time.