A Taste of Home: Japanese Cuisine (Part I)

Tonkatsu’s crumbly breading and the taste of juicy pork right after the crisp. The steam of aromatic soup from the bowl of ramen topped with slices of meat drizzled with herbs and spices. The soft and pinkish sashimi dipped in soy and a little of wasabi. These, folks, are just the tip of the iceberg of Japanese cuisine.

Japanese food is one of the most sought-after in its stratum (thanks, sushi). It is actually on the top 10 list of countries with delicious foods landing the fifth place as featured on CNN Travel (Li, 2017).

Well, it’s no wonder. Japanese cuisine almost always equates to fresh ingredients and healthful foods with the advantage of the waters surrounding the land area. Owing to these and the inflation of the number of Japanese students studying English in Baguio, the numbers of Japanese restaurants has also boomed in and around the city.

To satisfy your oriental cravings, we listed some of the Japanese restaurants that are just few minutes from Monol:

Chaya

Chaya is a homey restaurant with excellent service. According to some Japanese students who has already been there, this restaurant serves the most authentic-tasting Japanese food. Spoiler alert: Your every meal would end with a sweet delight.

Worth a try, right?

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Location: Legarda Road
Travel time: ~20 minutes
Store hours: 10 am – 9 pm


Naruto

Brace yourself for the warm greeting: Naruto Japanese Restaurant will draw a smile on your face upon entering the establishment.

For the rainy season, they offered English academies in Baguio, including Monol, to enjoy a perk of 10% discount on all of their dishes until October. Just present your ID to avail this promo. Definitely a good deal!

Location: Naguillan Road (In front of Baguio City Hall)
Travel time: ~15 minutes

Store hours: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm


Tajimaya

If an eat-all-you-can spree is your tummy’s desire for the day, Tajimaya is the best Japanese restaurant to go to. For only Php 499, you can enjoy unlimited Yakiniku experience.

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Location: Military Cut-off
Travel time: 20-25 minutes

Store hours: 9:00 am – 11:00 pm


Teriyaki Boy

If you happen to crave for Japanese food while strolling around SM, you can visit Teriyaki Boy located at the 2nd floor. This restaurant also boasts good service and  convenience being inside a shopping mall.

Location: SM Baguio, Upper Session Road
Travel time: ~20 minutes

Store hours: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm

 

Top 10 Countries with delicious food source:

Li, Z. (2017, July 12). Which Country Has the Best Food? CNN Travel, Retrieved from http://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/world-best-food-cultures/index.html

A Taste of Home in Baguio: Middle Eastern Cuisine

Pita bread. Hummus. Kebab. Falafel. Just the sounds of these make us picture the sandy dunes of the Middle East.

The convenient thing is you don’t have to jump right off the next flight just to have a taste of Middle Eastern cuisine. Here in Baguio, you can find food hubs that give you the same taste in form of a good deal.

Ahmad Brothers Café
Pakistani, Indian food

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More often than not, when Middle Eastern food is being mentioned, the first thing that comes to mind is Ahmad Brothers Café.

Ahmad Brothers Café serves authentic Middle Eastern food, plus, the staff is nice and accommodating. Aside from that, they serve halal food which means “permissible according to Islamic law”. Sold meat has undergone a process that is acceptable in accordance with the law. The processes involve pronouncing Allah’s name, slaughtering through the jugular vein (the veins found in the neck), and speaking a dedication while doing the process.

This restaurant has moved from Legarda Road to Jose Miguel Bldg., #01 Yandok St., Corner Naguillan Rd., Baguio City, open from 10 am to 10 pm.

Habibis Grill
Lebanese food

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Lamb Shawarma. Habibi’s Lebanese Restaurant and Cafe. 21 March 2017. Web. 18 July 2017. <facebook.com>

This restaurant claims to have the “Best shawarma and kebabs in town.” and that is not just an empty claim. Owned by two Lebanese cousins who grew up in Baguio City, their passion for food and their desire to trace their roots are the reasons why their shawarma is loved by their regulars.

This restaurant has two branches, one at Ground floor Cuesta Bldg., Bonifacio St. which is open from 8:00 am to 10:00 am and the other at Travel Lite Hotel which is open 24-hours a day.

Ali’s House of Shawarma
Indian, Pakistani, and International Food

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Shawarma. looloo. 24 June 2015. Web. 18 July 2017. <looloo.com>.

If you’re looking for a budget friendly restaurant that gives the same fulfilling taste without breaking the bank, Ali’s is the best for you. This humble place is situated at 177 Upper Bonifacio Street, Baguio, nearby Saint Louis University Gate 4.

Ali’s House of Shawarma also serves Halal food. For only 35.00 pesos, you can enjoy a palatable warm shawarma. If you opt for rice meal, your 60.00 pesos will give you justice.

**Featured image: A beautiful display of some of the most popular Middle Eastern flavours that are good enough to eat alone. Egyptian Streets. 2014 June 5. Web. 17 July 2017. <egyptianstreets.com>.

 

A Taste of Home in Baguio: Vietnamese Cuisine

“There’s no place like home.”

is a cliché for a reason. While most of us go to other country to experience new things, immerse in a different culture, or change our lives, we can’t help but miss a thing or two about our mother country, that given, is the food.

Thereupon at times when we miss the food, we somehow miss home.

But because Baguio is a pool of diverse cultures, this city also caters to international dishes. For students who miss their local food, there are some restaurants situated in this city that could somehow fill that longing heart.

To start with, here are two hubs you can run to when you crave for noodles made of sticky rice, lots of herbs, fish sauce, and dishes that tells the story of French influence and neighboring countries the second your tongue touches the food – that is Vietnamese cuisine.

Yes Pho

From their branch in Camp John Hay, this Vietnamese restaurant has moved to a more accessible location in Upper Session Road, Engineers Hill, Baguio City. Rumor has it that their customer service is excellent, their dishes are authentic, and apparently, are quite affordable.

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Yes Pho Menu. X Marks the Spot for Good Baguio Foods. 10 March 2017. Web. 10 July 2017. <findgoodbaguiofoods.com>.

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Pho Bo by Yes Pho. The Kitchen Goddess Files. Web. 10 July 2017. <thekitchengoddess.blogspot.com>.

Their best seller?  Pho Bo—- a steamy pot of noodle soup with simmered beef and vegetables seasoned with flavorful spices. Truly a Viet classic!

The Coffee Library

The Coffee Library is a rustic themed restaurant that makes you feel out of the city in the city. Aside from Pho Bo, Vietnamese coffee, which often is complemented by coconut milk is one of the goods this restaurant is proud of.

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The Coffee Library interior. Pinkislovebynix. 24 December 2016. Web. 10 July 2017. <pinkislovebynix.blogspot.com>.

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Since their opening in 2015, this café and restaurant has been gaining commendable reputation for its delish grubs. That is why earlier this year, The Coffee Library has opened another branch in San Juan, La Union.

Pop by The Coffee Library located at Rex Hall Building, Upper Bonifacio Road, Baguio City. Open from 8:00 am to 11:00 pm.

**featured image: Vietnamese Cuisine. Ngoc Long. 3 December 2015. Web. 10 July 2017. <ngoclongfood.com>.

A Taste of Filipino Food

“What food do you recommend?”

This is one of the most common questions teachers receive from new students during the first day of classes.

This is not bizarre because majority of people love food and if you are someone who is visiting a place for the first time, you would probably ask the same thing. The spectacular thing about food is, it doesn’t only help us survive and accomplish our daily tasks. When you think about it, certain types of food could tell us more about the culture, the people who prepared the food, as well as the geography the locale has based on the resources used.

Having Monol weekend trip twice a month and being able to go out of the academy after 5 pm are opportune moments to try out Filipino foods at some local restaurants. The following are some delectable cuisines for starters:

  1. Longanisa
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Longanisa with egg. ramar foods international. 2 March 2017. Web. 15 May 2017. <ramarfoods.com>.

Longanisa resembles sausage. It has variety of flavors ranging from sweet, sour, and sometimes with garlic and black pepper. This food is usually served during breakfast with egg and fried rice. If you happen to visit Hundred Islands, or Vigan, you could try their local-made longanisa.

Where to: Volante, Rufo’s Tapa

  1. Halo halo
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Halo halo. pawnhero.ph. 22 May 2015. Web. 18 May 2017. <blogpawnhero.ph>.

Halo halo is a literal translation of Filipino word to English. ‘Halo’ means ‘mix’ and as the name suggests, it is a mixture of different fruits, nata, sago, beans, crisped rice, topped with crushed ice, milk and custard or sometimes with ice cream. Perfect for summer!

Where to: Mang Inasal, Chowking, Kubong Sawali

3. Adobo

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Chicken Adobo. pepper.. 22 July 2013. Web. 18 May 2017. <www.pepper.ph>.

Adobo is one of Pinoy favorites. This meal consists of pork, chicken, sometimes string beans, together with vinegar, salt (or soy), black pepper, garlic. Some modifications may involve adding liver spread, pineapple, boiled egg and potato.

Where to: F.O.T.D., Rufo’s Tapa

4. Turon

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Turon. Wok with Ray. 11 December 2011. Web. 18 May 2017. <wokwithray.net>.

A perfect combination of crispy and soft, turon is made with banana and caramelized sugar, sometimes with jackfruit or sticky rice, rolled in spring roll wrappers, and deep fried to achieve crispness.

Where to: SM Supermarket, Mang Inasal, Dencio’s Bar and Grill (SM)

5. Lechon

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Lechon. General’s Lechon. Web. 18 May 2017. <generals-lechon.com>.

Lechon almost all the time signifies festivity and celebration. This is often served during festivals and special occasions like weddings. For most people, the skin is the most sought-after part of lechon as it becomes so crispy and tasty, infused with smoky aroma that will surely boost your appetite.

Where to: Baliwag Lechon, Andok’s, Good Taste, Kubong Sawali

6. Sinigang

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Pork Sinigang. Panlasang Pinoy. Web. 18 May 2017. <panlasangpinoy.com>

Sinigang is one of the dishes perfect for any weather be it rainy or summer. Fish, pork, or shrimp is boiled together with tamarind or kamias (tree cucumber) making the soup taste sour. Leafy vegetables are added few minutes after the meat has been cooked and voila, sinigang is ready to be served.

Where to: Kubong Sawali, Dencio’s Bar and Grill (SM), Point and Grill

Indulge!

**featured image Lechon. mucking around manila. 2 September 2017. Web. 18 May 2017. <www.muckingaroundmanila.com>