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McDonalds Twister Fries vs KFC Fries
DISCLAIMER: Conclusions made in this post do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the people of BaconTunaMelt. Opinions and conclusions in this particular post are that of the dude in picture. Hoping for your kind consideration.
The recent resurrection of McDonald’s Twister Fries has stirred up some controversy among the fastfood eating community. Some expressed their excitement at the availability of the new-old fried potato curls from McDonald’s while others scoff and raise their eyebrows at McDonald’s re-offering. The naysayers say that Twister Fries is merely a gimmick and that they prefer the fries at KFC because it’s basically same and is available all year round while the fans say the Twister Fries is better because it’s crunchier and tastier.
We at BaconTunaMelt have decided to take matters into our own hands and do some testing of our own. Because the people of this blog are camera-shy, we have enlisted the help of one of our camwhore camera-friendly friends over at Comicology. Mr. Comicology himself has willingly volunteered for the role of taste-tester-slash-food-critic (although he might be slightly biased). He’s game because he gets free french fries and at the same time additional Internet fame.
For this little competition, we ordered one Mini Bucket of Fries from KFC (p55) and one order of Twister Fries from McDonald’s (p56) and here are the results:
Serving size
The bucket from KFC feels heavier and more compact; the twisted fries from McDonald’s use up unnecessary space and make the package noticeably lighter. Edge, KFC Fries.
Taste
While both fries seem to have used the same blend of seasonings and more or less taste the same, KFC Fries seem to be fuller in taste and the Twister Fries seem a tad bit too salty. Edge, KFC Fries.
Texture
KFC Fries is thick, straight, and slightly soggy while the Twister Fries is thinner, curly, and crunchier. The thickness of the KFC Fries makes it feel like it’s actual potato and the other one can be fried crispy anything. Edge, KFC Fries (the people of BaconTunaMelt disagree with this).
Price
KFC’s Mini Bucket of Fries cost 55 pesos while McDonald’s Twister Fries is 56 pesos. We shall call this a tie.
Extras
McDonald’s use tomato ketchup, which works best for french fries. KFC’s watered down and sweetened version of it doesn’t go so well with the strong flavor of the fries. Edge, McDonald’s Twister Fries.
In summary, KFC Fries garnered a total of FOUR points while McDonald’s Twister Fries only had TWO points. The conclusion? KFC Fries has the edge over the much-hyped McDonald’s Twister Fries (but the rest of us in that group disagreed).
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Mony Milk Powder is a Blast from the Past
When my young cousins gave me some Mony Mony Milk Powder one Saturday while I was at their house, I couldn’t help but grin at the sight of the colorful bottles- it made me remember my childhood.

Back in gradeschool, I remember saving up my allowance to get candies instead of lunch (kids, this is a bad, bad thing to do). I’d get my sweets from the candy stall at the school canteen, from the vendors who hopped on the school bus on the way home, and most of it, I would get from the sari-sari store at the corner of our street. 

Mony Mony Milk Powder

Manang from the sari-sari store would have a wide variety of sweets that ranged from the imported Nerds and Gobstoppers to the locally made Choc*Nut and Haw Flakes. Once in a while, Manang would mix it up and surprise us with different sweets from the usual ones. This candy was one of the less common but much loved surprise treats.

Like paste containers!

Mony Mony Milk Powder is basically just powdered sugar packaged in colorful soft plastic bottles that is eaten by sipping it through the straw that it comes with, or simply pouring the contents into your mouth (this I do). I remember enjoying the texture of the powder and letting it melt in my tongue before swallowing all of it.  Now it kind of feels weird to be eating that much amount of powdered sugar in one go.

P.S.
Kids, another cool thing about Mony Mony is that you can pour the powder on a small piece of squarish paper, roll it up, blow into one end, puff away and pretend you’re smoking. You can also achieve the same effect with baby powder, but always remember to never suck in (baby powder does not taste good at all).

P.P.S.
Don’t ever smoke, it’s bad for you.

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Shiok Lah!
At Bonifacio Global City’s Stop Over parking lot (the one beside Shell gasoline station) is a tiny restaurant with a brightly lit sign that reads Shiok. It caught my eye one night as I walking from the car to the nearby Yogurt Nation to get some fantastic ube yogurt.
A dinky outdoor parking lot seemed to be an unusual place for a restaurant, most specially because a few steps away is a complex of eateries of all kinds. I then resolved to eat there when I had the chance to see what they had to offer. That chance came up last week after work when I was in the area looking for somewhere to eat and remembered this little place.
Shiok, it turns out, is a Singaporean-Chinese restaurant with a menu that caters to office yuppies around the area looking to have an affordable dinner somewhere close by before heading home. Skimming through the menu, I find out that the prices aren’t as cheap as I was expecting for a tiny eatery in the middle of a parking lot. No matter, I wanted to try their nomz anyway.
Roasted Barbecue Pork (p160) Horlicks (p55)

 

I ordered the Roasted Barbecue Pork with a cup of steamed rice and a glass of Horlicks drink. The pork was tasty but the serving was a bit on the small side, barely enough for sharing. The steamed rice was priced at a steep forty pesos per small cup. Their Horlicks drink is a good addition, although it was a bit watered down, there’s no other place else in the city that serves it. 

Keeping it short, Shiok isn’t a bad restaurant but the nomz were priced a tad bit too high for a restaurant that targets clients to come in everyday after work (mind you, I ordered one of the cheapest on the menu). The nomz tasted okay although the servings were a bit small for their price but Shiok is a nice little hole in the wall resto that’s good to visit once in a while after work. I’d still recommend that you try Shiok if you’re within the area (and then head over to Yogurt Nation for dessert ^^,).

Shiok
Location: 0105 Forum Building, Bonifacio Stop Over, Taguig
Contact Number: (632) 466-6291

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Modern Peking Duck of Singapore – Sinfuly Delicious
Another great find on my recent trip to Singapore, Modern Peking Duck, can be found in most food courts of the big name malls along Orchard Road. The main draw of these little stalls is obviously their Peking duck, but also on their menu is a rather sinful suckling pig.
Peking duck and suckling pig sold in a fast food stall? For most of us, Peking duck and suckling pig are usually reserved for special occasions. The last time I remember having really good suckling pig was years ago at some fancy-schmancy Chinese restaurant where we were celebrating a cousin’s graduation. In Singapore, these are just food court nomz. Then again, most mall food courts in Singapore look like classy restaurants.
Modern Peking Duck’s The Big Pig (SGD6)
Modern Peking Duck sells rolls of chopped Peking duck or suckling pig enveloped in a crepe-like wrapper (they look like cute mini wraps). They have an aquarium-type preparation area where you’d see the server in plastic gloves chop up the duck or the pork into small, uniform pieces and line them up on the round wrappers ready to be neatly rolled by the next server and packed in red boxes of five (their neatness excites satisfies the OC in me).
Inside is five mouth-watering oinky goodness! ~_~

For six Singapore dollars (about two hundred pesos), you get five bite-sized rolls of roast duck or suckling pig. Each bite is a perfect combo of well-seasoned suckling pig meat topped with a bit of crunchy pork skin with a hint of sweet Hoisin sauce in soft wrapper that’s well worth every dollar. It’s highly addictive too, I had several sinful boxes (of both Modern Peking Duck and The Big Pig) through the course of that one-week trip. When you visit Singapore, I highly recommend that you try this tasty treat!

Modern Peking Duck
Location: Food court of ION Orchard, Orchard Road, Singapore (among other food courts in Singapore)

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Singapore Street Treat – Selecta Ice Cream Sandwich
Even before the inception of this blog, I was already taking occasional snaps of nomz I’ve tried or wanted to try. It’s a good thing that I kept some of them, now I can share my past food discoveries with my readers (all three of them). Some shots were from few months ago, when I was in the lovely country of Singapore for a summer trip (primarily to check out the newly opened Universal Studios ^^,)
While walking along the famous Orchard Road, a pushcart not unlike those you can find in the streets of Manila caught my attention. My curiosity was piqued but I chose to ignore it the first time. A short distance away, there was another one. The length of Orchard road was peppered with these red trolleys! All of them bore the familiar heart logo of Selecta ice cream. I figure it was the perfect way to deal with a hot summer day (any excuse for ice cream), so I made my way to one of the carts to see what they got.
Yummy Selecta Ice Cream Sandwich (SGD1)
On the cardboard menu filled with pictures of ice cream sandwiches in different flavors, along with the typical ice cream flavors of chocolate, vanilla, and cookies & cream were a number of unusual flavors such as honeydew, durian, and jackfruit. Being my weird self, I bought a durian ice cream sandwich. The nice old man who was manning the booth took out a huge chunk of ice cream (he was wearing plastic gloves), sliced it in half, plunked the solid ice cream block in between two square wafers, and handed it to me.

The kids enjoying their treats

It was love at first bite. The wafers were wafery and the ice cream was surprisingly very flavorful. I’m told that the ice cream they use is made from fresh fruit rather than flavoring. That’s probably why the ice cream’s flavor rivaled that of an actual perfectly ripe fruit, chilled and without the hassle of seeds and the very strong smell. Needless to say, I enjoyed the ice cream sandwich very much. With many different flavors to choose from at only one Singapore dollar apiece (about 33 pesos), this street food is a cheap treat that both adults and kids will enjoy.

*I saw a Selecta booth at MOA selling pre-packed ice cream sandwiches in traditional flavors but was disappointed that it didn’t come close to the ones from the streets of Singapore.

Selecta Ice Cream Sandwich Trolleys
Location:  All over Orchard Road, Singapore ^_~

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Stop by Eat and Go at Megamall Atrium
We’re on to yet another Monday, a rainy one at that. Going slightly off tangent from what we usually talk about in this blog, I would like to implore everybody to please try to keep indoors as much as you can and take the necessary precautions against the floods. This ominous super typhoon currently violating our country, Juan, has already claimed its first death.

After that bit of depressing news, we go back to regular programming. I’m actually here to write about Eat & Go, a cute little diner in SM Megamall that I recently discovered (I’m from the South, going to Megamall is like a field trip for me).
The storefront of Eat & Go
Taking a break from shopping (for this guy’s very cute Halloween costume, watch for it!) to find somewhere to eat a really late lunch, our feet led us to Atrium where we found Eat & Go, it’s sign brightly lit and happy-looking. The traffic stoplight theme suits the diner’s name perfectly. Another factor that made us decide to eat there instead of the many other choices in Atrium is the reasonable prices (more shopping monies, yeyz).
Ribs, chicken, fish and side dishes. Nom!
Eat & Go is like a combination of Sbarro and Kenny Rogers Roasters. They serve breads and a number of pies like Sbarro and they have meals where you pick your meat (choose from baby back ribs, roasted chicken, or fried fish) then choose from a number of sidings (pasta, corn and carrots, or baked beans) similar to the style at Kenny Rogers Roasters. All on their own, Eat & Go has a pretty good list of dishes on their menu that includes salmon and pot pies.
The cozy interior of Eat & Go

Overall, Eat & Go is a good foodie stop. I enjoyed my fish and baked beans combo and the chicken plate that my friend ordered wasn’t bad either. You’d need a budget of p200-p300 per person but for that amount you get a pretty big and filling meal in a cozy little nook of busy Megamall.

Eat & Go
Location: 3/F SM Megamall Atrium, Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila
Contact Number: (02) 635- 9559

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Max’s Restaurant – The Old Reliable
There are some days when I don’t really feel like being adventurous with food choices. Trying out new restaurants can result in one of two things- it may end up being the best meal you’ve had in a long time or it could also be the worst, which kind of ruins the night. Sometimes, we all just want to have a sure dinner.
Sixty years of good chicken
This is why we each have our own favorite restaurant lists. These are the places that we have fond memories of and go back to time and again for a number of personal reasons. On my list, there’s Conti’s because their baked prawns are fantastic, Bag of Beans for their lovely cheesecakes and coffee, Sonja’s Garden because they serve the best dalandan juice on the face of this earth. For their incomparable fried chicken, Max’s Restaurant has also been there for as long as I can remember. They’re comfortably in the Top 10 and won’t be getting dislodged anytime soon.
Max’s menu from decades past- one whole chicken is just five pesos!
The same goes for a number of Pinoys, it seems. Max’s Restaurant has been serving their “sarap to the bones” fried chicken for sixty years and counting. While they’ve modified their menu (they sold scotch and steak back in the day) and cooked up exciting offers (the most recent is their Chicken All You Can Promo) through the years, what has remained a staple in their menu is their original fried chicken. Max’s original fried chicken is meaty, juicy, and fried to a golden crisp. Like their tagline says, it’s sarap to the bones!

Max’s Fiesta Plate (p205)

The best part about Max’s is that their nomz are very affordable. Because they have combo meals like those that fastfood restos offer, you can have a complete and hearty chicken meal with a budget of only 150 to 250 pesos. My all-time favorite is the Max’s Fiesta Plate. It comes with a quarter piece of chicken, fresh or fried lumpia, a cup of rice, a glass of soda or iced tea, and a caramel bar. Sulit na! 

Max’s Chicken Dinner (p231)
Another very sulit option is the Max’s Chicken Dinner. It includes a hefty half chicken serving with a cup of rice, a side of kamote fries, the soup of the day, a glass of iced tea or soda, and a scoop of vanilla ice cream for dessert. I only get this on select special occasions (or when I’m really, really hungry) because it’s a full-packed meal that would satisfy any hungry tummy.
Max’s Chicken Dinner also comes with these

Max’s Restaurant’s place in my Top 10 Favorite Restaurants list will always be secure. In fact, it has possibly gone a notch higher because I recently realized that they don’t charge a service fee but they still offer very good service. Max’s Restaurant serves classic nomz with hefty servings and good service to boot. They always have been, to me and perhaps to others as well, the old reliable. b(^_^)d

Max’s Restaurant
Location: All around the Metro
Contact Number: 7-9000 (for delivery)

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Mad Scramble for Pinoy Skrambol
There’s a new dessert fad in town and I’ve just hopped on to the already-crowded pink bandwagon. Everyone is just going crazy for the classic Pinoy cooler- the skrambol. (Is this the end of froyo?) Some people spell it as ‘scramble’ but I choose to spell it the way I do because this refreshing sweet  dessert is uniquely Pinoy and it deserves a (relatively) Pinoy name.
Couldn’t take a picture without anyone in line
What was once street food has now gone mainstream, with many new franchises littering your favorite malls. One of the more popular franchises is BuzBox Scrambles. They have a stall at the busy food court of SM Megamall and the customers just keep on coming. We were there last Sunday around eight in the evening when the crowd was thin but we still had to wait a good few minutes in line before we got to order.

Small cup topped with marshmallows and rice crispies (10+3+3=p16)

I’ve been eating skrambol off the streets since I was a kid but up until this day, I still don’t know what the pink goop is made of exactly. All I know is that the street cooler I’m used to is delicious- it’s pink, sweet, cool, and frothy topped with a sprinkle of powdered milk and a drizzle of chocolate syrup. The mall stalls sell nearly the exact same thing but they added more topping choices such as rice crispies and mini-marshmallows.

Big cup topped with a triple serving of rice crispies (17+3+3+3=p26)

I love marshmallows and rice crispies mixed in together with the pink base and powdered milk. I also love that it’s cheap enough to be affordable on a daily basis. The best part is that it’s now available in malls. Yes, I’m a fan, can’t you tell yet? The appeal of this newest food fad to many is that it’s cheap (about a tenth of the price of froyo), uniquely delicious and highly addicting. Pinoy skrambol is made of WIN!

P.S.
Does anybody know what the pink base is made of?

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Isdaan Offers an Enjoyable Dining Experience
Sometime last month, my family and I found ourselves spending a Saturday morning somewhere up North. We were done with business come lunchtime but our grumbling stomachs told us to find a pitstop before heading back to Manila. This was when I forced convinced them to find that restaurant I’ve been hearing good things about- the one with the Tacsiyapo Wall.

Being pseudo-Kapampangan (my grandparents hail from the lovely city of San Fernando), I’ve always known ‘tacsiyapo’ to be a kapampangan term. In fact, I distinctly remember a video recording of my 1st birthday with my lola yelling “Mga tacsiyapo kayo!” to my young uncles when she found out they were filming her, eagerly cheering her granddaughter on with her hair disheveled and wearing one of her famous dasters. (To me, the video is gold.) 
Isdaan, Tarlac
Going back to the topic, I was telling my family to look out for a restaurant sign bearing the name Tacsiyapo, because that was what I thought it was called. Apparently, I was mistaken and the restaurant we were looking for is actually called Isdaan Floating Restaurant, thanks to one of my titos who had already been there. It’s hard to miss as it’s located right along the National Road of Gerona, Tarlac.

The sights-

It was noon when we got there and it was mighty hot. The heat was too intense that we rushed to our floating kubo to get under the shade. The walkways between the floating kubos were made of bamboo poles strewn together with some portions covered in rubber and some not. If you have small feet, the combination of the uneven bamboo poles and the swaying floor (it’s floating on water) makes it a bit of a challenge to walk around.

Part of the decor at isdaan are these statues

One of the first things you’d notice as you enter the premises is the colorful displays- including statues of security guards reading the paper or sleeping on the job (there was even one depicted peeing, with a hint of a penis peeking out- not kidding). Walking further inside, you’ll see more colorful displays of past presidents, Marvel characters, more security guards, giant stone fish, twelve foot monkeys and even bigger dinosaurs. 

Fifteen feet tall Iron Man, lifesized Ninoy Aquino and Erap statues
Activities at Isdaan
Isdaan also has many activities all over the restaurant, the most famous one being the Tacsiyapo Wall where you get to release all of your pent up anger by yelling “TACSIYAPO!” and hurling various breakable objects to the wall. Watch my tita get mad at a plate-

They also have contests- San Kilo Bridge, Unggoy Unggoyan and Isdaan Idol Challenge where you can win a kilo of fish cooked any which way you want. The kids can also get fish pellets to feed the many exuberant fish around the area or ride a mini-kalesa with a ram pulling on the wagon, instead of horses.
Isdaan is a huge place
And finally,
The nomz-

An interesting thing to note about Isdaan is that their cooking areas are in plain sight, with the stoves and grillers smoking along the walkways, enticing you with smells of their freshly cooked food. The ingredients are prepared in their main kitchen, but the actual cooking is done outside, with the poor cooks having to fry and grill under extreme heat. The cooking area had no shade, and the smoke coming from the cooking food can’t be all that pleasant.

Extreme cooking
One of their specialties is the Lechon Tinupig. All the while, I thought tinupig was rice cake and was very surprised to see it being chicken on a stick. The cook told us that they first simmer the chicken in gata to let the meat absorb the flavor and then they grill it over hot coals until cooked. The chicken  ended up having a light gata flavor and was juicy and very tasty. I liked it very much.
Lechon Tinupig (p385 – 1 whole chicken)
Here’s the rest of what we ordered:
Inihaw na Liempo (p523 – 1 kilo)
Barrio Fiesta Pinakbet (p263)
Tacsiyapong Malaga (p225)
Special Pancit Isdaan (p187)
The nomz at Isdaan was, for the most part, your typical fare but what you go all the way to Tarlac for is the entire experience- the many displays, the unique activities, and the sights make the long trip worth your while.

Isdaan Floating Restaurant
Address: National Road, Gerona Tarlac
Contact Number: (045) 931-2196

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Christmas in October at Cinnabon
Hello guys and gals! The past weekend was pretty hectic for me, with no time to sit back, relax, and watch the world zoom by. I’m glad that’s over and done with, today is the start of another exciting workweek (yay?). Anyway, I checked the calendar today and saw that Christmas is only 74 days away. That’s too soon! I have much love for the coming holidays but I can’t say I’m excited for the hustle and bustle that usually comes with it. I’m getting a headache just thinking about the packed stores and the insanely long queues.

Before you think that I’m such a Scrooge (I’m not, I promise I’m not!), let me say that while I am dreading the Christmas rush, I am looking forward to all the glorious Christmas nomz! When it gets frantic, if there’s one thing that can make me stop grumbling, it’s Christmas nomz. One of the smells that I associate with Santa season is the smell of cinnamon. Along with chestnuts, fruitcake, turkey, and leche flan, the smell of cinnamon always cheers me up and takes me to happyland.
Cinnabon Classic (p90)

This is why I am grateful for Cinnabon and their cinnamon rolls. Give me one Cinnabon Classic and I’ll be happy for the rest of the week. Cinnabon rolls are made of freshly rolled dough generously lathered with flavoring and toppings and then baked to perfection. It’s soft, chewy, and delightfully tasty. Almost perfect.

Classic Cinnabon nutrition facts from LiveStrong

It’s biggest (and imo, only) drawback is its unhealthiness. It’s tasty for a reason. One Classic Cinnabon roll has a whopping 813 calories. That’s equivalent to two Double Cheeseburgers from McDonald’s! The roll has a total of 32g of fat (49% of the recommended daily value), 67mg of cholesterol (22% of recommended daily value), and 801mg of sodium (33% of the recommended daily value). Without a doubt, the numbers for the bad stuff are a bit too high for a small snack. It’s definitely not something for everyday nomming, it’s a treat and it’s delicious- we’ll leave it at that.

To make up for the stress of Christmas, most people forego their year-long diets and just worry about it the year after. When things get unmanageable, sit back, relax, treat yourself to Cinnabon cinnamon rolls and have a taste of Christmas any time of the year.