DISCOVER THE LUCKY CHINATOWN SECRETS!
Have you ever wondered why the Chinese drinks so much tea? And How many teas are there and what are their benefits? Ever been in a Buddhist temple and doesnt know what to do? What are those charms your momma put up inside your house every Chinese New Year? Why does Chinese Food TASTE SO FUC*ING GOOD? Discover all that in Anton Diaz and RJ Ledesma’s AWESOME FOOD AND CULTURE TOUR: Secrets of Lucky Chinatown.
Every Saturday throughout the month of May, OurAwesomePlanet.Com’s Anton Diaz and TV Personality, RJ Ledesma would guide you around Megaworld’s Lucky Chinatown Mall. Discover the art of tea and treat ailments br just drinking tea at the Botanical Herbal Hall and taste four kinds of tea to make your inner chi flow better.
Think Good, Do Good, Feel Good, Act Good. That is the way of the Buddha! After some relaxing tea tasting it’s time to relax the soul. Walk on over the Miao de Temple where everyone of you would be taught how to properly handle a stick of incense and what you would do after that. And I wondered if Yoda is a Buddhist.
Lunchtime! To propel ourselves to go further the tour we must eat and eat a lot we did. From the many food choices in the Lucky Chinatown Walk,( a space between annex A and Annex B that hast a lot of food stalls open during the weekends to serve hungry Mall-goers some authentic Chinese delicacies.) We tried out Cha Cha Food House which has the yummiest Wanton Noodles and sweet, chewy pumpkin cakes.
Then, we had a bowl of delicious noodles from Fu Dao Dumplings. Their stall has a “instagram worthy” facade. Displaying all their food offerings in a way that you would want to take lots of pictures of it before even dipping in your spoon.
Lastly, to Mr. Fast Foo that has the most delicious maki mi I’ve ever tasted in Binondo. I’ve actually had two bowls of their Maki… Sssshh! And we also got to taste their Cua Pao an Asian version of a hamburger. Steamed fluffy bun cut in half then filled with beef or pork and some vegetables.
And the star of the Walkway, Mr. Texan Chicken. They were nt part of the actual tour but they offered us what they have, really delicious Chinese-Style fried chicken! Marinated in Chinese herbs then deep fried on a pressure cooker it’s the best tasting chicken I’ve taste!
Then we went to Phoenix Dragon to know about our Zodiac Animals and some stuff about Feng Shui and charms that the Chinese use to attract money, love or whatever we want to have.
To cool ourselves from the harsh heat of the sun we went inside the mall, up to the food court where you could find Rainbow Snow. An interesting “snow dessert” brought here in Manila all the way from Taiwan. It’s a block of hard ice cream shaved into fine snow-like consistency.
Then, for another Food trip we went down to the very famous Chinese restaurant Tao Yuan. They served us their Birthday Noodles, which were cooked al-dente just how I love my noodles chewy and flavorful. Then some Hainanse Chicken which originated from Singapore. It was served with Hainanese rice (rice infused with chicken stock) It was so flavorful that I requested another cup of rice. Another dish came out which looked beautiful, it was the Mango Lapu-Lapu. It was delicious! Wish I could’ve had more of it. For desserts we were served some Mango Taho.
^ Mango Lapu-Lapu ^
For some relaxation we went to the Wellness Sanctuary. They gave us a free 15-minute session to relax your tight muscles through acupuncture, tuina, or fish spa. Each one can relax a specific part of the body. I wish I could stay longer for their very relaxing tuina massage.
Hosted by Anton Diaz and RJ Ledesma, the food and culture tour costs P888 and will run for 4 hours from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on May 10, 24, 31, and June 7, 2014. Guests can buy tickets at the Lucky Chinatown Concierge or the Eastwood Mall Concierge.
Reina Regente St. corner Dela Reina St., Binondo, Manila
Facebook: Lucky Chinatown Mall
Operating hours: Monday to Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Just Thai Burgos Circle.
If you’re roaming around Burgos Circe and you’re craving for something asian and something really authentic or just want to impress a date with your superb taste in food(well, we all know that boys are just fine with burgers but, c’mon guys! be a little more extravagant with your girl) why not try Just Thai. Something that would really hit you the score with your girl or your tummy.
I honestly love Thai Cuisine because for the last three years my friends and I have been spending our last three summers in Thailand and we would just splurge on all the wonderful yummy goodness Thai cuisine can offer.
A nice contemporary Thai ambiance and atmosphere would welcome you as soon as you step inside. A wonderful jasmine and orange zest aroma would waft in your nose enticing your appetite. So as soon as you are seated you’re already hungry for their food.
We were first served with Thai tea which I love because you can taste the authenticity of it being thai tea with the roasted nutty aroma.
Yam Neua or Beef Salad which has a surprising kick of spiciness as you bite on the lettuce. Dressed with vinegar and fish sauce this is the perfect dish as an intro to thai cuisine.
Then we had some Gai Sate or Chicken Sate which was an okay appetizer since the meat of the chicken is quite dry and chewy but the peanut sauce and the flavor of the dish itself made up for the overcooked chicken.
Since there was a “Seafood Situation” at the room (meaning some of us are allergic to seafood) we ordered Allergy-friendly meals like the Kuai Tiao Neua or Beef Noodle Soup instead of the very famous Tom Yum.
Tender cuts of beef, soft and chewy noodles with crunchy vegetables, this sweet-soury-salty soup would warm your tummy and is surely a delight to the palette.
Gai Ob Bai Toey or Chicken Pandan, my all time favorite Thai dish. Perfectly paired with a bowl of Steamed Jasmine Rice. Unwrap one and dip it in one of the succulent sauces and I’m sure you’ll love it too.
You know what’s another dish perfect with rice? Liempo! Who doesnt loe pork liempo? This Thai version of grilled liempo will have you lick your fingers!
Pla Rad Prik or Whole Crispy Fish Fillet, the only thing from the ocean or the water that I could eat. And this dish isn’t a let down because of it looking ordinary. The flavors from the batter compliments the the flavor of the fish. Dip it in the tamarind sauce and that is a match perfect for each other.
Some of the dishes that made me crave for seafood is the
Seafood in Curry sauce
and Bagoong Rice
But that craving was replaced by my hunger for Pad Thai and what’s a thai meal without the very famous thai dish. And so we had a plateful of Chicken Pad Thai.
Just Thai’s Pad Thai captured the essence of it being a street food in Thailand, not so classy and so lavish. The simplicity of this dish made it famous and so Just Thai had recreated their own version without changing or adding too much flavor in it.
Ready for Desserts?
As soon as this beautiful dish came in our table everyone was so hesitant to take a bite in it because it’s just too darn gorgeous! So beautiful it hurts to take a bite! But eventually after minutes of arguing who would cut it Ate Kenny of www.lifeiskulayful.com (who invited us to this fine fine restaurant to the a review) grabbed the plate and cut it into four.
Tha Kho, maja blanca leveled up into a very decadent and flavorful mound of dessert. Sweet but not too sweet you could still taste the components that made up this dish such as coconut and corn.
Every great meals deserves a Happy Ending and Just Thai gave us more than a happy ending with their desserts.
Taste awesome dishes with the real authentic taste of Thailand only with “Just Thai”
Just Thai – BGC Branch
Forbestown, Burgos Circle, The Fort, Taguig City
Open from Mon – Sun: 11 AM – 10 PM
Contact No: 403-8718 | E-mail: email@example.com
*Just Thai has two other branches: Prism Plaza, TwoE-Com Center, Manila Bay (near MOA), and the other at Molito Lifestyle Center, Alabang
MAGNUM MANILA PLEASURE STORE/ MAGNUM CAFE
MAGNUM MANILA is a Pop-up Pleasure Store featuring the Make Your Own Magnum Dessert Bar. It is designed as a pop-up store because the SM Aura Location would only be open for a year. This is also the only Magnum Store that features savory dishes crafted by Chef Him Uy de Baron and signature desserts by Chef Miko Aspiras.
The right thing at the right moment. Magnum Cafe opened in the middle of the heat stroke season in the Philippines where everyone just want something to cool them down. And what better way to cool down is go to the mall and eat ice cream.
With a very sleek and luxurious interior everyone seems to be magnetized by this strore because every time you go or pass by it would be filled with people and some willing to wait in line for an half an hour or so just to have a taste of this so-called luxury ice cream. So, opted to try it out.
I was seated at one of their best seats, by the wall with a huge portrait of a very sexy customized magnum bar.
MAGNUM CAFE DESSERT MENU by Chef Miko Aspiras
MAKE MY MAGNUM: Snack Attack, Spicy Tangy Tango, Trendcast, Picnic in the Park, Jardin, Fruit Topics, Gold Rush, Salty Sweet
PLATED MAGNUM BARS:
Cookie Dough Skillet and Death by Chocolate
PINK Friday and Red Velvet
Rainbow Dream and Magnum Apple Pie
Crown Jewel and Magnum Fondue For Two
There are 6 steps in making your own Magnum bar and it would only cost you 100.00 but if you’re planning to stay inside the cafe you would have to avail atleast 1 stuff from their plated menu. (example: 1 Cookie Dough skillet)
And here are our bars:
And we ordered some of the desserts in their menu as well. Like the:
Death by Chocolate (P250). Deep dark chocolate lava cake and chocolate truffle Magnum topped with brownie pieces and chocolate crispearls.
Cookie Dough Skillet (P300). Warm chocolate chip cookie dough topped with two vanilla Magnum bars, dark chocolate, and chopped pecans.
Rainbow Dream (P280). Something just too darn pretty to eat.
Verdict? I fucking enjoyed everything and I honestly got a sgur rush after eating here but I’ll definitely go back. To those people who are saying this isn’t worth what they are paying for… well.. hmm.. fuck off? This is one of the best thing that had happened to BGC.
Oh! They also serve burgers, pastas and salads and I’ve heard that it was good! I’ll definitely go back and try those stuff.
aaaaaaand the staff has a lot of cuties, all smiling ready to serve yo hehe.
MAGNUM MANILA PLEASURE STORE
5/F Sky Park, SM Aura Premier
McKinley Parkway corner 26th St., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Operating Hours: 10.00am to 10.oopm.