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.
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).
Don’t ever smoke, it’s bad for you.
|Roasted Barbecue Pork (p160)||Horlicks (p55)|
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 ^^,).
Location: 0105 Forum Building, Bonifacio Stop Over, Taguig
Contact Number: (632) 466-6291
|Modern Peking Duck’s The Big Pig (SGD6)|
|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)
|Yummy Selecta Ice Cream Sandwich (SGD1)|
|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 ^_~
|The storefront of Eat & Go|
|Ribs, chicken, fish and side dishes. Nom!|
|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
|Sixty years of good chicken|
|Max’s menu from decades past- one whole chicken is just five pesos!|
|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)|
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
Location: All around the Metro
Contact Number: 7-9000 (for delivery)
|Couldn’t take a picture without anyone in line|
|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!
Does anybody know what the pink base is made of?
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|
|Isdaan is a huge place|
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.
|Lechon Tinupig (p385 – 1 whole chicken)|
|Inihaw na Liempo (p523 – 1 kilo)|
|Barrio Fiesta Pinakbet (p263)|
|Tacsiyapong Malaga (p225)|
|Special Pancit Isdaan (p187)|
Isdaan Floating Restaurant
Address: National Road, Gerona Tarlac
Contact Number: (045) 931-2196
|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.