Saturday, February 28, 2009

Philippines - Food Oh Glorious Food!

One of the greatest indulgences when going to another country is none other than the explosion of taste that foreign cuisine brings. When wonderful new flavors fill your mouth, there is just simply no denying , food is man's greatest luxury. For so many cultures and countries in this world, there are even more variations of flavors and cuisines. 

Philippines (PH) truly offers alot of amazing food. And here are some that I have tried :

Garlic Rice - Ever present in PH eateries.

Ihaw-ihaw or mix grill platter

What a feast! The bangus or milk fish was very nice and unique. Dont think i've ever seen it before here in Malaysia.

Bulalo - juicy steak!

Sisig - another extremely delicious dish. Made from little pieces of organs and unwanted parts like cheeks or ears.Throw in some crispy pieces of fried pork lard. And you have this wonderful sizzling crispy delight. 

I really love how they creatively use fried pork lard in their dishes. Here is another one:

Palabok Fiesta - from Jollibee

Jollibee is the most ubiquitous fast food chain in PH. Its a local chain which also includes ChowKing, GreenWich and Red Ribbon. Easily spotted anywhere in Manila.
This palabok fiesta is this noodles that are sort of like 'tang hoon' with a sauce that i think is prawn based littered with fine fried pork lard. You can taste the pork lard obviously in every inch of the sauce. Completely wonderful.

Balut - the infamous duck fetus!

Geli! Duck fetus that is almost fully formed is cooked while in the egg. Looks really disgusting. Too bad no clear photos here (need to get my own camera so dont have to rely on noobs :P ). It has this sauce when you first crack it open, that tastes pretty good. The rest of it tastes pretty much like a meatier egg.

Dinuguan - food of the vampires! blood stew!

The texture is abit grainy. Taste-wise its nice. And you eat it with small sweet glutinous rice balls. Abit too thick to drink like soup.

Mechado - beef stew

Arguably the best food i had. Strong nice flavor, tomato-ish. With melt in your mouth beef pieces. Excellente!

Seafood - insanely nice!

The seafood market/restaurant concept here is pretty cool. First you go along the stretch of seafood market. Buy the seafood you want. Then walk over to the adjacent restaurants and ask them to cook the seafood for you.

The most incredible thing i saw was this!!!

Giant crab claws! And they sell only the claws!!!! Wah lau..syokkkkkkkkkkk!!!!!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

CNY Mission : Meet Heng Tais In Penang

29 Jan

My return to Penang started with a trip to Teluk Tempoyak. Beautiful place for some fresh malay ikan bakar. It's a small food court by the sea that has this simple pier that stretches out into the sea.

And of course also got chance to do some posing.

30 Jan

The next morning I took a long 3 hour hike up to Penang Hill from moongate. Wah damn tiring.But when I finally reached the top, it was worth it. Just enjoying the view, relaxing reading a book while enjoying the cool highland breeze.

Halfway rest stop

Overall it was a nice day. Of course no day is complete without some wonderful food. Koay chiap and some tomyam oh chien.

31 Jan

Today is zhi mui day. Spend whole day with zhi muis go see houses. See Oo Oo house, see show house, see Oo Oo fren house, see tan tan house and see tan tan sister house. Then finally yam cha wif tailou, heah heah n tan tan.

Finally at the end of the day get to meet all heng tais. CNY mission complete!