Salted Egg Chips

Last weekend, we bought a pack of salted egg chips. It’s a large bag. I forgot how many grams it is. Anyway, it’s P250 and when we opened it, we finished it in around 20 minutes. THAT FAST! Goodbye, P250.

This is the reason why I decided to revisit my salted egg recipe. I know there are a lot of recipes around the internet which you may or may not have tried but this I guarantee that I have tried and it works!

Here’s the recipe!

Ingredients:

  • 8 pcs salted duck egg
  • 1 cup fresh basil
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 3 packs of your favorite potato chips (regular size)
  • Chili flakes (optional)

How to cook:

  1. Remove the yolk from the eggs. You can use the whites for fried rice!
  2. Mash the yolks to remove the bits.
  3. Wash the cup of basil and dry them onto the pan in medium heat. Remove the basil leaves from the pan. Another version will make you deep fry the leaves. Whatever floats your boat.
  4. Add in the butter and swirl the leaves in once melted.
  5. Put in the yolks to your butter mixture until creamy. Add chili flakes if you want to make it spicy. Fresh chili does wonders too.
  6. Once done, you can switch off the heat.
  7. Toss in your chips and coat them nicely.

Servings: 2 – 3 pax (depending on how much you love chips)

Ta-dah! That’s how you do it. See, even my son approves. It takes a lot of time to take the yolks out to be honest. But it is all worth it! Everyone ate it in less than 30 minutes. Perfect for movie marathons!

Let me know if you tried this one out or you want me to try another recipe. Hit me up!

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Buen Comer Poquellas

Buen Comer Poquellas

Other than Korean food (specifically grill) the other cuisine I usually crave for is Mexican. Tacos and nachos in particular. Maybe a burrito minus the beans. I also like dirty rice (is that Mexican?). Since I work near Maginhawa, I am always in a search for good food that doesn’t actually put a dent in my budget. Lagi kong sinasabi na basta sulit! I am willing to spend for food but not so much.

After yoga, I pass this corner with a food stall  called Buen Comer. Obviously, it’s Mexican. I did my research and that they usually open from Wednesdays to Saturdays. I’ve been always wanting to eat here but I don’t have company. Even if I muster the strength to eat there alone, I can’t. I was thinking to eat there before yoga but I can’t because it requires you to eat an hour and a half before the class. There’s a risk that I may just vomit. If you eat anything it has to be light. How about after yoga? I usually go home straight because I am either too tired to eat or feel guilty.

So my husband and I took the time to try it out. At first, I was a bit sad. They weren’t there anymore! The street is under construction. What a hassle. I asked my husband to drive around to see if it is just near the area because their sign says “this way”.

Good news! They just moved inside the street. Similar to set-up. They have a stall set-up in front of the house and you eat in the garage. It was pretty much a self service thing. You order at the stall then wait for your order. My Mexican heart is happy.

We asked what their best sellers are and it’s the Kare-kare Burrito! I was really hesitant to eat that. Hello, kare-kare and burrito? Really. But my husband is just experimental so we had that and their Steak and Fries Burrito. Of course, we had to try their Nacho Potato Crisp.

Mostly everything came in fast. First was the Kare-Kare Burrito then the Steak and Fries. What took time was the Nacho Potato Crisp.

Fast fact: The fries and potato crisps are home made. This is the reason why it takes some time to have both served. The Nacho Potato Crisp, according to the chef takes around 5-8 mins serving time. Still not bad.

Let’s discuss the Kare-Kare Burrito. Guys, ANG SARAP. I never thought that it would be that good. It’s Kare-Kare rice + a little veggie + BAGNET. Yes friends, bagnet. It was crispy and glorious. It had the right amount of kare-kare flavor. Also, you can have the bagoong either spread in the burrito or have it separated. We had it separated because I eat kare-kare without the bagoong. I am weird, no need to tell me. My husband had it with bagoong. We were just both happy. The serving is good for two! Needless to say, we finished it. Simot sarap!

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How it looks after I munched on it.

Next up was the Steak and Fries Burrito. It was so heavenly. Meat, fries and special sauce. The steak is meaty and the fries, it’s hand cut. Really filling. I was struggling finishing my share. The fries remind me of the Beef and Potato Burrito of Taco Bell. The potato is love. you can’t go wrong with the combo.

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Steak and Fries. SOOOO FILLING.

Both burritos are even more delicious with their home made sauces. They have three: the green one which is cilantro, then the red is hot sauce. I forgot what the white thing is. My favorite is the hot sauce of course. It matches my burrito.

Last but not the least, the Nacho Potato Crisp. The serving can be up to three people. It was just different from the usual nacho chips because its base was more on thinly cut potatoes. They use their special sauce on this.  I have not much to say about this since we were quite full when we got to eat this. We had to take it home. Pretty much when my husband finished it up, he was happy. I made him eat some of the veggies.

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Sorry, I wasn’t able to get a good photo since we chowed it down immediately. This is a mound of potato crisps!

Regarding service, they are more on the self-service side, we had to pack the left over food (the nachos). They have a designated station for it. You can also find utensils, gloves and paper bags there. You might also want to throw away your stuff after you eat. Not sure about it but maybe we just took a cue with the trash can being labeled.

Rating time. The food is great! Plus points for having stuff home made. Everything feels extra special. The serving is good enough for two! We were both stuffed after eating. Every time they serve the food they ask how was it probably we’re first timers. All I can say is that it was just delicious!!!

We went there a bit early just before the customers start to pile up. Everything was fast and the chef got to take our orders and explain the food. One time, I passed their area and there were a lot of customers, but I still here them explain all about their specialty. This is a plus! The chef is also very hands on. Everyone it just great.

If you want a bang for your buck? This is the place to be. Your Mexican heart will be happy and your tummy too. Here, you can share your burrito because definitely you’ll maximize your tummy space if you eat it alone.

Food – 4.5
Service – 5
Price – 5

As for the area, you have to scout for parking since this is a residential area. No worries though since people just come and go since it is not really a space that will make you stay for hours.

Tips: Bring someone with you to share your order. Go there before their peak hours. They open 4pm onwards.

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Here’s part of their menu (1/2)

Menu (2/2) plus the place where the magic happens!

There is our new adventure. I am definitely going to recommend it. Date night or friends night out this is a great place!

Buen Comer Poquellas
48 Mapagkawanggawa, Diliman, Quezon City, 1101

Sandaya Yakiniku: Eat and Drink All You Can Experience

Sandaya Yakiniku: Eat and Drink All You Can Experience

Two weeks ago, my friend and I went to Sandaya Yakiniku.

Sandaya Yakiniku prides itself with of course, Yakiniku. Yakiniku is a Japanese term for barbecue or grilling bite-sized meat.

I love grilling. My love for this started with Tempura, yup, the Japanese restaurant. They had this meat all you can which of course is my favorite. Next, it was all about Korean grill: K-Pub, Samgyupsalamat, Don Day Fresh, etc. I love meats! According to my friend, grilling is actually healthy as the fats get melted away. Plus, plus points.

As we dined in Sandaya, we availed of their Eat and Drink All You Can. We were hungry with all the traffic. What was included in their package? A plate of pork and beef strips, Japanese rice, Japanese hot tea, miso soup, bean sprouts as side dish. All these are refillable.

When they served the meat, I thought it was going to be the usual thin ones but no. The beef and pork strips were a bit thicker than the usual grills that we had. It was cut in such a way that you can easily bite it. I was already thinking I will be full. Meat plus rice? Mhmm. I know I shouldn’t have eaten it with rice because it is just going to make me full fast. But hey, I WAS HUNGRY. I had a long day that day. Grilling with some fun, hearty talk with a friend makes it all worth it.

Now, back to the grill. It has an exhaust on the sides that sucks the smoke immediately. Maybe, that was also the reason why we didn’t smell like grilled meat when we went home. Pro Tip: When cooking the meat, it should be around seconds to keep it tender.

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Grill, grill, grill!
Voila, after cooking we dipped it in their special sauce. The sweet soy sauce + chili is divine. It compliments the meat as it gave it bold flavors. It reminded me a bit of a Korean flavor. The spicy/chili sauce is not really that spicy. It won’t even hurt your tongue. Promise. I placed a lot on my sauce plate but na-dah!

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Here we are! Digging in.

 

The bean sprouts were cooked to perfection. It wasn’t malabsa. It’s al dente! I wasn’t able to had enough though since the meats took much more space in my tummy. The miso soup also tasted great! It’s tasty unlike other soups that are watered down. The Japanese rice was also perfect. I had a cup and a half. It was the perfect compliment to the meat. If you eat the meat all by itself, it is your choice. The rice balances the flavor and makes you full. Yum, yum.

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Our glorious dinner!

Call me biased but besides the meat, I love their Japanese Tea. It’s rice tea. I am a fan! You can have it hot or iced. It cleanses your palate from the flavorful taste.

Customer service it not bad as well. They are offer to cook for you and quite attentive if you need a refill, yes, we asked for a refill but just a plate more. Since we are hands-on we were the ones who cooked our meal. They greet all the customers going in and out of the restaurant.

When it comes to price, it is a bit expensive. The meat all you can rate for dinner from Mondays to Fridays is at P595. If you dine in for lunch, the rate is P495. See their inclusions for the Eat and Drink All You Can.

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All in all, I give it 4 out of 5.

Food – 5
Service – 5
Price – 4

Will I be going back? Oh yes! Definitely, I am currently daydreaming about it. Writing this makes me crave for it. I will be bringing my husband the next time around.

Sandaya Yakiniku is located at Level 3, Fisher Mall, Quezon Ave, Quezon City.