Sunday, December 12, 2010

A Mom's Champorado

My Lola Iyay makes the best champorado during my younger years. We usually pair this fare with fried salted fish (bulad/daing). Having this food during rainy days was heavenly. It can sooth the numbness brought about by cold weathers.

I also tried serving my kids champorado and fried daing before and what I got was Ewwwww! For them, it was an odd pair so it's Ewwwww. . . . :-)

The mom in me made me look for ways to make my kids love champorado. Thanks heavens, there's fresh milk to the rescue :-) My kids now love more than ever my champorado!

here are the ingredients:
glutinous rice (cold rice can be a good substitute)
brown sugar
fresh milk

simple steps in cooking:
  • cook the glutinous rice in water inside a big casserole/pan (1 cup rice = 4 cups water)
  • when the rice is almost done, add your tablea/chocolate (stir until the chocolate melts)
  • serve immediately with brown sugar and fresh milk
Best served with your best smile for your kids!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Manila Food Trip (My Yakimix Experience)

One of the unforgettable places I visited in Manila (thanks to Lito and family) was Yakimix. This is a sushi smokeless grill restaurant located at the ground floor of Mall of Asia in Pasay City. They offer an eat all you can buffet of Korean, Chinese and Japanese dishes for Php580 per person. Amazingly, it's quite pricey but the throng of people I saw when we went there made me conclude - when it comes to good food, price won't matter anymore! Also, you have to make reservations a day before or hours prior to their opening time to be accommodated (huh!) and you have to wait for your name to be called before you are allowed entry inside the posh restaurant. Scheduled opening in the afternoon was at 5:30 PM but as early as 4:00 PM people with reservations were already waiting outside of Yakimix.

I was in awe with their food offerings from the salad bar/appetizers, different kinds of rice, wide array of main courses (cooked and uncooked) to desserts - fresh fruits, cakes, pastries, ice creams and other what have yous. . .
a plateful of assorted super yummy Chinese dishes

seasoned meats for grilling in our table
( I loved the experience of cooking the meat and seafoods according to my preference!)

eat all you can maki!
(waiters are refilling the maki line up almost every 10 minutes)
sushi, sashimi, crabsticks and other Japanese fares are also offered

pastries and cakes area

they also have eat all you can popsicles, ice creams and toppings

this is my creation - for my eyes not for my tummy
(I was so full already - no more room for sweets :-)

For me, Yakimix delivers! You get you money's worth and you'll definitely keep on coming back for more!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Manila Food Trip (Part I)

My recent very short trip (36 hours to be exact!) to Manila gave me colorful memories of the good food we've had. My daughter Rafee and I wasted no time in having a taste of foodies not yet offered here in our city.

It's a good thing that near ADMU where Rafee is studying are several food joints to choose from. My first choice was Kenny Rogers Roasters. Ordered their holiday plate composed of mouth watering Waldorf Salad, Barbeque Chicken, Java rice, muffin and sparkling apple juice. It really made me burp and burp :-)

Next on my list was Starbucks! Actually, this was the only place I dreamt of setting foot into once I go to Manila - and I did it! The other places I went to are bonuses already for me :-)
Starbucks fare for Rafee and I - Capuccinos, luscious choco doughnut and my fresh from the oven cinnamon roll! I swear, I loved it!

There's more about my Manila foodie escapade, please watch out for it, guys! Thank you!