Asian Food Trip

Restaurants, street food and local delicacies

There’s nothing like loose tea leaves for a real tea experience


If you're a long time reader, you'd know that those who drink tea in my family prefer loose leaf tea over teabags. It's something from my childhood. When my father introduced me to tea-drinking, what he gave me was a brew made from dried tea leaves bought in Chinatown. That was how I introduced my own daughters to tea. By … [Read more...]

Adobo To’


Speedy discovered it -- on TV. He came out of the TV room one time and excitedly told me about this adobo place in Pasig, a carinderia in a garage, with a very interesting menu. The moment he mentioned sisig adobo, he had my complete attention. I was also in a hundred percent agreement that the next time we have to drive … [Read more...]

Quite by accident, I discovered Polland Hopia

polland-hopia's Chinatown has a lot of iconic restaurants, eateries and bakeries, and most of us are loyalists of at least one. When it comes to bakeries, I admit it, I've always been an Eng Bee Tin girl but not because I grew up with Eng Bee Tin products. On the contrary, because both my … [Read more...]

Bacolod food trip, part 2: Felicia’s and Pepe’s


Last February, Alex spent three days in Bacolod. It was work, she was with a team that was promoting Mana, a film by Gabriel Fernandez, but work did not prevent them from enjoying the fabulous food in Bacolod. She didn't forget to bring home a box of napoleones either.Last weekend, Alex and I compared Bacolod notes. … [Read more...]

Bacolod food trip, part 1


We landed at the Bacolod-Silay Airport before 6.00 a.m. on Thursday, May 15. We were welcomed by our host, U.P. Law batchmate Gary Acuña, and we proceeded directly to Bacolod City for breakfast. Looking back at what we ate during our first eight hours in Negros Occidental now amazes me. I can't believe we really ate … [Read more...]

Lety’s buko pie and espasol


For the non-Filipino readers, buko pie means coconut pie. It is double crust pie with a filling made with tender coconut meat and custard. It is a specialty in Los BaƱos, Laguna where it has spawned an important industry.The store with a sign out front that says "The Original Buko Pie" was the first establishment that … [Read more...]

Pasta, pizza and porchetta at Cafe Lidia


When my girl friends from UP Law suggested that we meet up for lunch, I recommended Cafe Lidia in Marikina. Most would be coming from Quezon City and the Ortigas area, I would be coming from Antipolo, and Marikina seemed like a fair midway location. Besides, the food there is really glorious.As it turned out, none of … [Read more...]

Good Shepherd’s mango jam


Most Filipinos who go to Baguio associate the Good Shepherd Convent with strawberry jam and ube (purple yam) jam. I used to be one of them until I discovered Good Shepherd's mango jam the other weekend. It was almost an afterthought, really, buying a jar of the stuff. Speedy was already in the queue to buy what our girls … [Read more...]