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Tim Ho Wan

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My sisters brought me to Tim Ho Wan-BGC during my visit to Manila last Summer. This is a Michelin star dim sum restaurant from Hong Kong which has numerous locations across Asia, Australia and now have their first New York City location which opened December 2016. I haven’t tried their restaurant in East Village since I have heard waiting times there is horrendous and the food does not really compare to the ones they serve in Asia. My experience in their BGC location in Manila was great however. Their menu…read more

Green Tea Almond Milk Spread and Green Tea Milk Spread

Posted by in Kitchen Cabinet and Pantry, Sweets and Treats

I wasn’t aware when I saw bottles of these spreads at H-Mart last Spring how popular and sought after they were. I contemplated getting the Green Tea Almond Milk Spread then but quickly changed my mind thinking it might taste overpowering. Fast forward to Fall, after reading a review online and seeing tons of images in social media. I immediately went to H-Mart and was able to purchase the last remaining bottle of the Feliz Green Tea Almond Spread. The Osulloc brand was harder to find when even a trip…read more

Breakfast Bowl

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I have made several blog post on Rice bowls on this blog, usually Asian or Filipino inspired. Decided to make something different this time using quinoa. I have been substituting quinoa for rice for a healthier option and it’s nutritional value. This is a meatless breakfast bowl inspired by the dish I had at Cookshop in Chelsea. Simply cook your quinoa according to package directions and place about 1/2-3/4 cup of the cooked quinoa on a wide bowl. Then place a fried egg on top seasoned with pepper and some…read more

Seafood Doria

Posted by in Rice, Seafood

This dish is best described as a rice casserole topped with b├ęchamel sauce and cheese then browned under a broiler. Story goes that this dish was invented by an Italian living in France. But wherever it originated it became widely popular in Japan. It is considered Yashoku or what you call modern Japanese cuisine or western influenced Japanese cooking. I used this recipe to make this dish, the only difference I made is using frozen seafood mix instead of just plain shrimps. You can bake it in individual serving dishes…read more

Ikinari Steak – East Village, NYC

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I just learned about this restaurant while searching for places to eat in East Village. This is a franchise based in Japan and is known as a “standing restaurant”, meaning they don’t have chairs and customers stand while having their meal. It makes for a unique dining experience as you get to interact more with other patrons and gives you a more communal vibe. However, they now offer limited seating for those who prefer to dine that way. There is a system in eating at this restaurant, First you go…read more

Papaya with Milk for Breakfast

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Papaya is a regular item seen on our breakfast table. This was when I was a child living in the Philippines. Being in the tropics this is almost always available throughout the year. Nowadays, even if you are no where near the tropics it is relatively easy to find ripe papaya. Asian or Ethnic groceries usually carry these in their produce section. My dad has his own way of eating papaya, it’s always with a squeeze of calamansi and a sprinkling of sugar. As a child I didn’t really appreciate…read more

Matcha Green Tea Yogurt Pancakes

Posted by in Sweets and Treats

The key to making matcha pancakes is getting good quality matcha powder. Make sure to get culinary grade which is used for cooking or baking. Do not get the powdered kind commonly used for instant lattes and smoothies because this has added sugar and flavorings. I adapted this recipe to make this pancake. I just added 1 tbsp. matcha powder to the milk to dissolve it before combining with the yogurt mixture. Make sure to add the milk a little at a time for a smoother consistency. To serve, top…read more

Atrium Dumbo

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During a mini vacation in New York City, we explored DUMBO which is short for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass. This is a quaint neighborhood in the Brooklyn borough. We planned to have brunch in the area and were there early. To kill time, we had coffee first at One Girl Cookie and took a stroll at the most instagrammable street in Brooklyn, Washington St. which has the magnificent view of Manhattan Bridge. We chose Atrium Dumbo as our lunch spot mainly because it is highly rated and does…read more


Posted by in Dinner, Rice

I had my first taste of paella when my dad took us to Minggoy’s restaurant in Magallanes as a high school student in the 80s. That was the first Spanish restaurant I have ever been to. My family would also order paella to go from them whenever there is a family celebration at home. When I first started making paella, I must admit I took the easy route and used the packaged paella mix you can buy in the grocery store. It’s either the goya or vigo brand, my family…read more

Halloween Temari Sushi

Posted by in Bento, Holidays and Entertaining

I try to make at least one Halloween themed blog during the Fall season. The past several years it’s all about bento and it’s not any different this year either. Temari in Japanese literally means hand ball. Temari sushi are ball shaped sushi made by forming rice using a plastic wrap. This is by far the easiest way to make sushi specially if you are a beginner. Take a piece of plastic wrap and lay it down on a plate or counter top. Then place 1/4 cup cooked white rice…read more