Kitchen MIshaps and Victories, Restaurant Rants and Raves and a whole lotta wanderlust!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Yummy in my tummy: Ye Dang Korean BBQ

It's pretty easy to miss Ye Dang, a Korean restaurant right outside Metrowalk. I actually never even noticed it before until a friend suggested we try it one particular evening we were feenin' for some K-Town grub. His ex-girlfriend was Korean, and they often visited that place to eat. 

My favorite part about eating Korean food is all the little small plates of food they put in front of you before your meal comes. I always look forward to the potatoes with the sweet sauce, sweet and spicy dilis etc! I'm half full already by the time my food comes hehe!

  And of course, who doesn't love Korean bbq?

Hot coals! Be careful!!!

Pork belleeeehhhh in my belly. This was actually just ok. I ordered it because I wasn't with Abdul so I could. I think I'll stick to beef next time.

Aaaahhh that's better. Always stick to the beef!
Lastly, my favorite form of carbs-noodles!

chapcahe, holla!!!!
I'll be back! Ye Dang Korean BBQ is located at 88 Meralco Avenue, Pasig, TELEPHONE (632) 636.1461

Monday, June 18, 2012

Kitschen Chaos: Father's Day Dinner

Whenever there is a special occasion, you can always count on me to cook. I prefer to show my love through a full, happy tummy and satisfied smiles rather than giving something wrapped in a box. This Father's Day was no different, but at the same time, it was special because first of all, my entire family was together and second, I hosted it in my new apartment.

I only had 2 hours to cook as I only had time to go grocery shopping on the afternoon of. The trick in the kitchen is to plan your course of action and never panic.

Here's how our night went:

Cooking cooking cooking!

Making Beef with asparagus

Magic Sing. I swear our neighbors hate us already.

Mio and extended family and my oldest friend, Gina. We've known each other since we were 7!
  Dinner was a four course affair including a starter. Gina and my sister both brought dessert!

Originally, I was supposed to wrap the beef around the asparagus. I realized I didn't have serving dishes yet so no space, and second, the beef was all different lengths so some wouldn't hold. Oh well.

Since the fam was still on a Cambodia high, I made amok chicken :)

My favorite combination lately has been bagoong and honey or brown sugar- I used both in this dish.

When under time pressure, don't panic! It'll turn out ok!

Gina's contribution!

  My family will all be separated again as my brother goes home first today, my sister next week and my mom in July. These moments are really becoming more and more precious as we get older. 

My little family in our new home!

I love these people to death. Happy father's Day!

The two bunsos!

Hope your Father's Day was heartwarming!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Traveling Tummy-Cambodia Day 3

On our last day in Siem Reap, I skipped the sightseeing and decided to take a Khmer cooking class. Like I said before, I didn't always enjoy the food there but this trip made me change my mind a little bit-especially with the amok chicken I ate for three days straight. It's now my new favorite food and I've been using my home made amok paste in my kitchen the past couple nights.

You'll be able to find a lot of places to learn how to cook, specially on Pub Street, but a friend recommended Le Tigre de Papier, so I went with that. Put aside about 3 hours to make a starter and a main while they provide dessert. The class starts with a tour of the wet market section of the Old Market. I lasted about 10 minutes before I saw a huge rat and panicked. I know that this doesn't make this whole cooking class business sound very enticing but believe me, there are rats in ANY food market you will go to, specially a wet market in a developing country so don't let this stop you.

Thankfully, all our ingredients came from the restaurant and not bought from the market. I breathed a sigh of relief lol

I decided to make amok chicken as my main + fried spring rolls as my starter.

The wet market at the Old Market

The taste of Cambodia-> shallots, garlic, lemongrass, ginger, turmeric, chili, kaffir lime

Filling for the spring rolls included taro, sweet potato, carrots and shrimps

Finished product-fried spring rolls + Amok chicken= yumminess!

Afterwards, my family picked me up and we went to a Buddhist temple to get "our futures told" Though not really tarot cards or palm reading, we were able to experience our cards being read by elders and monks. 

You can buy animals such as turtles and birds to give as offerings (you release them later on) Look at this poor guy running for his life.

Choosing a card. My future is bright <3 (if it's not good, they won't read it to you!)

A monk in his saffron robe

Ananda offering her incense after her prayer

Lastly, we went to Artisans d'Angkor, a school that teaches its students how to master a particular craft, be it textiles, painting, wood work or silver, among other things. Worth a visit for some (more expensive but better quality) souvenirs!

The silk process

Student at work

Worth a visit!

Last meal was Cambodian Barbecue. So-so. Make your meal a bit more special by going somewhere else (we did have crocodile and frog meat here though)

That's it Cambodia. See you again soon! I love you so much!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Traveling Tummy-Cambodia: Day 2

Despite the lack of sleep the entire week, it was still a great idea to wake up at 4 am to catch the sunrise in Angkor Wat. I always recommend that people make that extra effort to see it slowly lit up in the early hours of the morning--> on a good day with a great sunrise, it's simply breathtaking.

With the fam at about 630am in Angkor Wat

Although I know Angkor Wat is what people go to Siem Reap for, I am a bigger fan of Ta Prohm, which many will know from Tomb Raider. I love how nature just took over and you have large trees growing out of the different areas of the temple. There is something eerily beautiful about the place and among all the temples in Siem Reap, this is the one they left pretty much as is with only minor restoration. In my opinion, it doesn't really need it.

As my dad said on twitter-Nature always wins! How awesome are all of these?

  We also went back to Angkor Thom because we promised Ananda an elephant ride. There's something about elephants that make the kid in people just come out!

She was scared at first, but after the first banana, she didn't want to stop feeding the elephants!


With my parents on another elephant

An elephant's view of Bayon Temple in Angkor Thom

Our day wasn't over yet. We all had lunch at Khmer Kitchen (best for Khmer food in my opinion) and then Ananda and I went to the Old Market to find her a souvenir to take home.

Hot air balloon for an aerial view of Siem Reap

Dried fish (to make into fish paste use din many Khmer dishes)

Ananda found her souvenir- a bongo with real snakeskin. She helped me haggle it down to almost half the price!

Clams cooked in garlic and chili then dried out in the sun. Didn't try this, our guide did not recommend it LOL #streetfood

Soup Dragon for dinner--> a Vietnamese spot on Pub Street

The place to be if you want a place that's crackin' at night.

OMG, Cambodia, I can't stress enough how much I love you.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Traveling Tummy-Cambodia: Day 1

I'm back!

I was in Cambodia 4 years ago and fell in love with Siem Reap-hard! I always told myself I would come back and a few years later, and here I am, with my whole family with me and my daughter in tow. I know I always say I love every single city I visit, but I'm thinking it's more the traveling and discovering new places part that I really love.

From as early as ten years old, I've been traveling sans parents so I really enjoy the feeling of being lost in a new place, finding my own special spots that I go back to every time I visit and just walking and taking everything in. Siem Reap's quaint charm will knock your socks off and make you want to stay a few months and just live simply, as the people here do. For a developing country with such a heartbreaking past, the Khmer people are surprisingly and pleasantly friendly, smile-y people. 

You will find these multi-headed serpents or "nagas" everywhere in Siem Reap.

Best mode of transportation-tuktuks! A lot like our local tricycles, just a bit bigger.

For yummy ice cream and breakfast-The Blue Pumpkin! (Separate post on this next time!)

One of Siem Reap's little lane ways,

Entrance of Angkor Thom-protected by both gods and demons.

My daughter and I at the entrance of Angkor Thom. Imagine, these things were made centuries ago with no machinery or cement!

Some people spent their entire lives building these temples.

Family photo outside Bayon Temple in Angkor Thom

Street food: Grilled Bananas! Banana-q without the oil and sugar!

The Old Market right in the center of the city.

Grab a few strong happy hour drinks at The Warehouse.

The restaurant that made me change my mind about Khmer food. I used to not like it but the food there was so good! Taking a cooking class today!
  More on Cambodia soon! :) Last day today and off to KL tomorrow en route to home :D