• Asian Flavors,  Cooking Recipes,  Foodie Life,  Great Eats,  Rice and grain dishes

    The cheat’s 15-minute “Japanese” meal

    Japanese cuisine is one of my favourites in the world. If I lived next door to an Omakase or even Sakura you would probably see me in there every other day! Luckily Manila does have its fair share of great Japanese restaurants. But as much as it would be great to eat out that often, reality is it simply is not practical. Back in my university and early working days, I would watch my allowance disappear over the week just from eating out or even eating at the cafeteria.

  • Great Eats

    A glimpse of Japan in Mitsuyado Sei-Men

    Nestled along Jupiter street is a restaurant that stands rather unassumingly– not a hint of the secret world hidden within its walls seeps through its doors. I have been hearing plenty of things about Mitsuyado Sei-Men from both bloggers and foodie friends, but since I don’t frequent this area much, I haven’t had the chance to try it until now. If you would remember, I have written about the recent ramen craze to hit the streets of Manila, and among the names I’ve encountered, this has been one of the most raved about. And in a way, I can understand why. The moment I entered the restaurant, I was hit with…

  • Great Eats

    Japanese food overload, Part II: Getting a taste of the ramen craze

    Continuing from part I of my recent Japanese eats round-up, I hope you all are ready for more mouth-watering dishes! One of the most recent trends to hit Metro Manila lately is the ramen craze. Ramen places have been popping up like daisies, and yet there is always a loooong line of people waiting to get their chance at a piping hot bowl of ramen. That was the case in the two restaurants we tried anyway. Hokkaido Ramen Santouka is always packed seemingly whatever hour of the day. There are always people standing outside whenever I pass by, and I must admire the persistence of some people when it comes to…

  • Great Eats

    Japanese food overload, Part I: Sushi, rolls, and more sushi!

    Aside from the fact that I haven’t baked in two weeks (!!!), I’m too tired to check on my backlogs and write a recipe post, so I decided to just write a ‘What I’ve Been Eating Lately’ post. I noticed a little pattern with the restaurants we’ve been eating in lately; a pattern that I am actually quite pleased with. Japanese food is in my top three favourite cuisines and is assuredly one of my food weaknesses. Any time I get to eat it you can rest assured I will have a smile on my face when I leave the restaurant. These past two weeks of eating out has seen…

  • Asian Flavors,  Baking Recipes,  Cupcakes & Muffins

    Yes, I’m actually a videogame nerd

    Well it’s not a secret, but it’s not something I get to discuss at length. I super love videogames. I love it so much I once made concept art for a game I had an idea for. (Also something you didn’t know about me, I love to draw!) When I was in high school, I played a ton of RPGs on the Playstation 2. Ahhh memories… The downside to RPGs is that it takes time and dedication to finish, and if you’re a perfectionist like me, you try to finish all the side-quests (eg. Finding all 101 Dalmatians in all the Kingdom Hearts games) and unlock all the bonuses, which…

  • Asian Flavors,  Baking Recipes,  Bread-making,  The Breakfast Bin,  Yeasted breads

    Hi chocolate, it’s nice to matcha!

    Did I really just write that title? I’m sorry. So I finally managed to track down some matcha powder some weeks ago, and unfortunately it’s not the sort I’m looking for. It seems like a really mild type of matcha. From what I’ve been seeing in photos, the concentrated one has a greener hue; and from what I’ve been reading, it has a stronger taste. I can barely taste my matcha in this bread. No, scratch that– I can only taste the matcha if I concentrate really really hard. If I close my eyes and really try to unlock my tastebuds, I can taste the wonderful green tea notes with…