The Jelly List: Healthy Eats in QC

Healthy eating helps promote overall health and wellness by ensuring that we get the necessary nutrients our bodies need.

Well within Quezon City, there is an abundance of wholesome and nourishing, yet also tasty eats.

Check them out:

Salmon Sriracha Poke Bowl (Php230 for regular bowl| Php150 for junior bowl) at Poke Shack

Poke (pronounced as POKE-KAY) bowls originate from Hawaii, where pieces of fresh fish are chopped into small pieces, marinated in flavorful sauces and served on top of freshly steamed rice along with chopped fresh vegetables, nuts and other toppings that add flavor and texture to the dish. This Salmon Sriracha Poke Bowl, for instance, is made with tempura flour mix, ebiko, furikake, sesame seed with sriracha mayo.

Poke Shack, Libis

Poke Shack is located at Ground Floor, Tera Tower, Bridgetowne Business Center, Ortigas Avenue Extension corner E. Rodriguez Jr Avenue, Libis, Quezon City, open Mondays to Thursdays from 10am to 10pm, Fridays from 10am to 11pm and Saturdays from 11am to 8pm. For inquiries, call +63 926 0718992 or +63 929 3173857.

Read more about Poke Shack.

Tantanmen (Php220) at Wabi-Sabi

Inspired by the Dan dan Noodles of Sichuan cuisine, Tantanmen is characterized by its rich slightly spicy peanut-flavored broth, made richer and thicker by miso paste. Here, the traditionally used ground pork and chicken stock are substituted with veggie meat and vegetable stock, and sesame seeds are used to flavor the slightly sweetish sauce instead of peanuts.

Wabi-Sabi, Tomas Morato

Wabi Sabi is located at Ground Floor, POS Building, Scout Mandriñan Street Corner Tomas Morato, South Triangle, Quezon City. For inquiries, call +63 918 9622935.

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Traditional Banh Mi (Php185) at Saigon Corner

The Vietnamese took the French baguette and made it their own by adding to the usual cold cuts and mayo/butter spread of the French colonizers the distinct flavors of their local ingredients such as cilantro, chilis, daikons, carrots and cucumbers, bringing about the Banh Mi Thit or the traditional Banh Mi.

Saigon Corner, Tomas Morato

Saigon Corner is located at 40 Sgt. Esguerra Avenue, South Triangle, Quezon City, open Sundays to Thursdays from 11am to 11pm and Fridays to Saturdays from 11am to 12 midnight. For inquiries and reservations, call +63 2 3680795 or +63 998 8491763.

Read more about Saigon Corner.

Vegan Nachos (Php199) at Salamangka

Toasted pita chips topped with ground tofu and drizzled with a mixture of Yummza pesto hummus, lemon and oil served with yoghurt on the side. If you want something healthy to munch on while on a night out with friends, this is your best bet.

Salamangka, Eastwood City

Salamangka is located at Eastwood Citywalk 1, Libis, Quezon City, open daily from 7am to 3am. For inquiries and reservations, call +63 2 5518557.

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Spicy Tofu (Php165) at HidN Lounge

Tofu cubes stir-fried in a sweet and spicy sauce. This is a great as a starter dish or bar chow. Truth be told: this dish had me reaching for the bowl again and again.

HidN Lounge, Tomas Morato

HidN Lounge is located at 21 Scout Rallos Street, Barangay Laging Handa, Quezon City, open Mondays to Saturdays from 6pm to 2am. For inquiries and reservations, call +63 2 9824422, +63 917 8592355 or +63 917 8850718.

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Vechon Belly Rice Meal (Php250) at Pantry by Rub Rack

The Filipino guilty pleasure – the lechon – in this dish is not made of sinful roasted pork. Oh no! It’s made out of vegetables, painstakingly fashioned by Chef Lui to resemble slices of that decadent dish. The resemblance to the real thing in appearance and flavor is positively uncanny.

Pantry by Rub Rack, Katipunan

Pantry by Rub Rack is located at the 2nd Floor, 225 Katipunan Avenue, Barangay Milagrosa, Queson City, open daily from 10am to 9pm. For inquiries and reservations, call +63 929 4886734.

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Vegetarian Option (Php320) at Pookaberry Cafe

When this dish was initially served to me, I thought this was a pork tapa rice meal. Imagine my amazement when I realized it was made of sauteed mushrooms partnered with rice and crisp veggies. It’s so yummy you won’t believe it’s also healthy.

Pookaberry Cafe, Tomas Morato

Pookaberry Cafe is located at 36-B Scout Ybardolaza corner Scout Rallos Streets, Bgy. Sacred Heart, Quezon City, open daily from 7am to 9pm. For reservations and inquiries, call +63 917 9685414.

Read more about Pookaberry Cafe.

Portobello Mushroom Sliders (Php280) at Pound by Todd English

Every once in a while, I like to veer away from the usual quarter pounders made of beef. These sliders are made of juicy mushrooms accompanied by caramelized onions, fried onions, lettuce, tomato and cilantro aioli. A complex blend of hearty but healthy flavors in every bite!

Pound by Todd English, Eastwood

This Pound by Todd English branch is located at the 2nd Floor, Eastwood Mall, Libis, Quezon City, open daily from 11am to 10pm.

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Mushroom and Tofu Salpicao (Php180) at 13 Ubay Street

This dish brings a mix of button and shimeji mushrooms sauteed with deep-fried tofu cubes in a garlicky sauce. As good, if not better, than its beefy counterpart in other restos.

13 Ubay St. QC

This resto is located at No 13 Ubay Street, Santa Mesa Heights, Banawe, Quezon City, open daily at 11am to 2pm and at 5pm to 11pm.. For inquiries and reservations, call + 63 2 5796484 or +63 917 8762692.

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Bulletproof Mocha (Php130 small | Php140 medium) at UltraKappu

Bulletproof coffee is a drink consisting of brewed coffee, grass-fed unsalted butter and medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) coconut oil, all healthy ingredients that are low in sugar but high in good energy. I didn’t expect to find this so creamy! While it’s not as sweet as my regular coffee drinks, I can definitely taste a certain milky richness.

UltraKappu, Old Balara

UltraKappu is located at 2nd Floor, Bali Garden Residences, Zuzuarregui Street, Matandang Balara, Quezon City, open daily from 11am to 10pm.

Read more about UltraKappu.

Pink Sala Fruit Tea (Php75/Php95) at Jelly G Thai Milk Tea

Sala (also known as snake skin fruit) is a type if palm native to Indonesia and cultivated in other Southeast Asian countries like Thailand. It is a good source of beta-carotene, vitamin C, dietary fiber, iron, calcium, phosporus and carbohydrates. Jelly G combines the sweet pink-hued juice of the sala with black tea and brown sugar as well as a few spoonfuls of popping strawberry balls for added bursts of fruity sweetness.

Jelly G Thai Milk Tea, UP Town Center

This Jelly G Thai Milk Tea stall is located at Ground Floor, UP Town Center, Katipunan Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City (in front of National Bookstore).

So if you’re in Quezon City, check out these options for good eats.

Do you know any more healthy food options? Share them in the comments.

Photo Credit: Header image by Carissa Gan of Unsplash

A Vietnamese Experience at Saigon Corner, Tomas Morato

Saigon Corner is a newly opened restaurant situated at the corner of Esguerra Street and Eugenio Lopez Drive within the vicinity of foodie-friendly Tomas Morato.

It has a bright and airy interiors, helped by floor-to-ceiling windows that let in lots of natural light.  Various design elements and bric-a-bracs serve to bring the feel of Vietnam to diners such as straw-covered walls, colorful shelvings, and even a vintage bike!

Saigon Corner, Tomas Morato

Saigon Corner, Tomas Morato

Saigon Corner, Tomas Morato

Saigon Corner, Tomas Morato

Saigon Corner, Tomas Morato

Vietnamese cuisine is characterized by fresh ingredients, aromatics and balances of various flavors.  It is also heavily influenced by its local terrain that sustains bountiful harvests of rice, coconuts, jackfruit and herbs; the cuisines of its neighboring countries particularly China that brought stir-fries and noodles; as well as influences from its colonizer, France, that contributed the baguette to the Vietnamese banh mi and meat broth to the pho.

Saigon Corner, Tomas Morato

These flavors and influences came into play when I brought a friend over to try out Saigon Corners offerings.  We split a hearty and healthy lunch which consisted of:

Goi Cuon | Summer Rolls (Php135).  Fresh rolls filled with pork, shrimp and lettuce, accompanied by a peanut sauce.  Vegetable rolls are usually the first course of a typical Vietnamese meal.

Saigon Corner, Tomas Morato

Saigon Corner, Tomas Morato

Banh Mi Thit | Traditional Banh Mi (Php185). The Vietnamese took the French baguette and made it their own by adding to the usual cold cuts and mayo/butter spread the distinct flavors of local ingredients such as cilantro, chilis, daikons, carrots and cucumbers.

Saigon Corner, Tomas Morato

Saigon Corner, Tomas Morato

Pho Bo | Beef Brisket Noodle (Php265).  The pho is the soul of Vietnamese cuisine.  Some say that when the French colonizers slaughtered cattle to feed their appetite for steak, Vietnamese cooks resourcefully took the scraps and other rejected bits to add protein to the pho.  This pho consists of a flat noodle soup with bits of beef and other flavorings such as star anise, cardamon and cinnamon bark, among others.

Saigon Corner, Tomas Morato

Saigon Corner, Tomas Morato

Banh Da Lon | Scotch Brite Panna Cotta (Php100 for 3 pieces).  I did a double take when I read the name of this dessert.  Come to think of it, it does look like a Scotch Brite scouring pad.  It is a steamed layer cake that has a sticky and chewy texure and tastes slightly of pandan.

Saigon Corner, Tomas Morato

Saigon Corner, Tomas Morato

And since I took advantage of a Metrodeal offer which gave me Php500 worth of food for only Php299, we were able to get a significant discount on our bill!

It was a filling lunch that also transported us to Vietnam, thanks to fresh flavors of the food and the friendly assistance of the wait staff. In fact, they let me while away the waiting time for our meal by playing around the place!

Saigon Corner, Tomas Morato

Saigon Corner, Tomas Morato

Saigon Corner, Tomas Morato

Saigon Corner is located at 40 Sgt. Esguerra Avenue, South Triangle, Quezon City, open Sundays to Thursdays from 11am to 11pm and Fridays to Saturdays from 11am to 12 midnight. For inquiries and reservations, call +63 2 3680795 or +63 998 8491763.

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Saigon Corner Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Check out my review of another taste of Vietnam nearby: Banh Mi Kitchen in M Place.

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