KYOCHON, which started the double-fried chicken craze in South Korea in 1991, is finally in the Philippines! But Filipinos are not that familiar with the brand despite its #1 double-fried chicken status in Korea.
(For reference, BonChon was founded in 2002 but they are more popular because they were first to enter New York in 2007, while KyoChon entered Manhattan only in 2010. Similarly, BonChon had a head start in Manila in 2010.)
The double-fried chicken technique was invented to remove the fatty oils from the chicken and still make the skin crunchy and flavorful. KyoChon takes pride in the fact that their chicken has no glacial acetic acid, sodium saccharine, and MSG. They also use canola oil with zero transfat to fry their chicken. 🙂
I’m happy that they are finally here in Manila!
KYOCHON Philippines Upper Ground Floor, SM Megamall Building B, SM Megamall, EDSA corner Julia Vargas Ave., Mandaluyong City Telephone: +632 997-3333 Website: www.kyochon.ph Facebook: Kyochon Twitter: @KyoChonPH Instagram: @KyoChonPH Operating Hours: 10.00am to 9.00pm
LARTIZAN is the artisanal French Bakery, Restaurant, and Tea Salon of the French Baker founder, Johnlu Koa.
It started as a boulangerie in partnership with Mickey’s Delicatessen along Jupiter Street. Now, it has transformed into a French Cafe, with authentic French pastries and baked products, and a European cafe ambiance.
We had the pleasure of dining with Johnlu recently and coming up with recommendations on having an awesome dining or tea time experience at Lartizan…
LARTIZAN Boulangerie Française Le Goût du Bon Pain | Boulangerie, Restaurant . Salon de Thé Serendra, 26th corner McKinley Parkway, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City Website: http://www.lartizan.com.ph/ For reservations, please call: telephone +632 511-7866. Operating Hours: 8.00am to 10.00pm daily.
TIM HO WAN MANILA 添好運 finally opens in Manila! It is the first international expansion after the Singapore branch, which owns the Asian franchise of this Hong Kong original. The Manila franchise is a partnership between Ricky Dee of Mesa Filipino Moderne and Todd English Food Hall, and Felix Ang of Cats Motors.
I love the clean and high quality taste of their dimsum, which are priced unbelievably well. Check out the Tim Ho Wan flagship branch in SM Mega Fashion Hall…
YOUR LOCAL is a hip neighborhood bistro in Legaspi Village by Chef Denny Antonino and Nicco Santos. They serve their own fun interpretations of Southeast Asian favorites and their own unique take on all-day breakfast. I like the vibe, the well-curated menu, and the secret entrance to the next-door cafe.
Check out Your Local…
YOUR LOCAL GF Universal LMS Building, 106 Esteban Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City Email: [email protected] Telephone: +632 823-6206 Mobile: +63 917 654 3355 Instagram: @YourLocalPH Website: http://yourlocal.ph Facebook: Your Local Operating Hours: Monday to Saturday : Lunch – 11am to 2pm Dinner – 6pm to 10pm Sunday Brunch: Brunch – 10am to 3pm
C’ Italian Dining has finally made its way to the heart of Makati. The original store in Angeles City, Pampanga first expanded in Ortigas, and recently opened their Makati branch in Salcedo Village (right across where Salcedo Market is located).
Here’s our C’ Italian Dining experience in Makati…
NBA Café is an NBA-themed American sports bar and grill, the first of its kind outside the US. It’s a partnership between the National Basketball Association (NBA) and Haute Couture F&B Concepts that features NBA memorabilia and a community hall where you can watch NBA games together with other NBA fanatics.
Check out NBA Cafe @ SM Aura Premiere, especially now that the NBA Playoffs are on!
ONE WAY Bakery and Restaurant specializes in sourdough breads and pizzas and European comfort food. This is a dream-come-true restaurant of Consul Joseph Assad of Lebanon (known online as Surfer Joe) together with his distinguished friends Louie Ysmael, Dave Vaughn, Ralph Joseph, and Fernando Ortigas.
We had a meeting with our business partners here, check out what we like…
Being a Japanese living in the Philippines, the most frequently asked question is “Where’s the best Japanese restaurant“.
As it sounds like an easy question, it’s a very difficult one. Because Japanese cuisine is very diverse.
We have the authentic Japanese dishes like Sushi, Sashimi, Tempura, Udon and Soba noodles as well as dishes originated from other countries that we made it our own such as Tonkatsu, Curry, Ramen, Spaghetti and the likes.
In Japan, most restaurants carry a specialty. Meaning, you don’t find Sushi in a Ramen house, just like you don’t find Tempura in a Curry house. They’re considered a totally different genre that doesn’t mix. The preparation is different and the equipment required in the kitchen are different. Thus, the chef is trained differently.
There are, in fact, restaurants that offer most of what you call Japanese dishes. But in Japan, they are mostly canteens, diner or eateries that do not specialize in any particular genre. Most of these restaurants are either run by a family or a company that prepares everything in the central kitchen, pre-cooked and instantly prepared.
And in many restaurants that call themselves a “Japanese restaurant” outside Japan, offers mostly everything. This is to cater all customers who look for Japanese dishes.
I am in no way against them. But, as a consumer who are new to Japanese cuisine, I must suggest that it is important to understand the true essence of Japanese dishes and how it is really prepared to enjoy them.
For example, preparation of Ramen starts by making the soup broth that takes more than half a day. The noodles alone are prepared from a different mixture of fine ingredients. Not to mention the thickness and hardness of the noodles, which are made different for specific soup base.
People get attracted to the word “authentic”. But what is an authentic Japanese restaurant? If I’d mention my opinion, a real authentic Japanese restaurant (or any other cuisine in that matter) wouldn’t call themselves “authentic”. When I call the restaurant “authentic”, that means the menu and its recipe are created by a Japanese chef, properly trained by a master. In most of these restaurants, you will see a Japanese staff in the kitchen and/or in the service area. They are there to keep control of the food they prepare for you and to maintain the Japanese standard of service.
Here are my suggestions according to category. Because Japanese food is so diverse, it’s not easy to pick a few and say they’re the “best”. So I hope you read through just as I suggest.
RED ONION CAFE (红葱头 Hong Cong Tou) is a Taiwanese Restaurant specializing in Taiwanese Beef Noodles (the Ramen of Taiwan), Crispy Dumplings, and Taiwanese comfort food favorites like Lu Rou Rice and dumplings, or chicken with Sichuan Mala Chili Oil.
The name is a tribute to Red Onions or Shallots — the ingredient that gives flavor and is present in most Taiwanese food. It is proudly conceptualized here in Manila by Taiwanese Wen-Szu Lin and local partner Mark Endaya, who plan to expand the concept both locally and the rest of South East Asia.
We tried Red Onion Cafe with my YoYo Master friend, Pat Cuartero — who gave a YoYo exhibition at the end of our meal. 🙂 Check this out!