Midnight snackin’ with Burger Jack

With so many great reasons to stay up late nowadays, sometimes the only downside is the lack of snacking options when the witching hour approaches.

Well, here is where Kraver’s Kanteen comes to the rescue.

Burger Jack
Burger Jack

This cloud kitchen partnered with several food brands to deliver a variety of mouthwatering food items practically at all hours to the metro’s hungry denizens.

One such brand is Burger Jack which prides itself on bringing a jacked-up burger experience to its customers from the classics all the way to insane burger ideas.

Burger Jack
Burger Jack

When the fam felt the stirrings of hunger in the middle of our TV binge-watching session, it’s lucky we had our had these Burger Jack items to snack on:

Smashed Burger (Php179).

Burger patty smashed to enhance its beefy flavor, then slathered with Burger Jack’s secret sauce and topped with caramelized onions and placed in between golden brioche buns.

Burger Jack
Burger Jack
Burger Jack
Burger Jack

We loved the layers of flavors and textures with each bite!

For full burger enjoyment, a Jacked Smashed Burger Set (Php299) is a smashing choice. It includes a Smashed Burger, a serving of fries and house-blended insani-tea.

Brooklyn Dog (Php149).

A hotdog sandwich that calls to mind the good ole’ sandwiches from classic American diners. Large and juicy hotdogs are sandwiched in soft buns then topped with diced pickles and relish, ketchup, mayonnaise and mustard.

Burger Jack
Burger Jack
Burger Jack
Burger Jack

Filling, meaty with a bit of tanginess from the pickle and relish, this hotdog goes a long way towards satisfying anyone’s hunger pangs.

Kraver’s Insanitea (Php59 cup | Php170 liter).

Kraver’s Kanteen own house-blend iced tea, a fitting companion to the Burger Jack’s burgers and sandwiches.

Burger Jack
Burger Jack

Whether you’re looking for a mid-day meal or midnight snack, or anything in between, Burger Jack’s got you covered!

Burger Jack
Burger Jack

Order now from Burger Jack through Kraver’s Kanteen’s website or via GrabFood.

Kraver’s Kanteen also houses Let’s Get Litson which specializes in litson baka. Read more about it here.

Other brands housed by Kraver’s Kanteen include:

  • Black Kimchi
  • Breakfast for 2
  • Century Tuna
  • Cloud Cakes and Shakes
  • El Nacho Libre
  • House of Rendang
  • Kyoto Sushi Bake
  • Osaka Cafe
  • Potatoville
  • Rico’s Lechon
  • Sheikh’s Kabab
  • Tokyo Don
  • Wicked Waffle

Disclosure: Product samples were provided to facilitate this feature story.

Crowd faves from Ping Pong Diplomacy, now back and available for delivery

Do you remember the part in the movie Forrest Gump where, after recovering from battle injuries, our hero became proficient in table tennis, joined the US Army Team, and even competed against Chinese teams during a goodwill tour.

That exchange of ping pong players between the US and China in the 1970s is a depiction of ping pong diplomacy. This paved the way for normalizing relations between the two countries then at opposite ends of ideological spectrum – the US and the People’s Republic of China – and aided in the stabilization of global politics.

This historical snippet just goes to show that it’s oftentimes better to work together to achieve mutual benefit than to always oppose each other.

Ping Pong Diplomacy
Ping Pong Diplomacy

In much the same way, Chinese and American cuisines found a way to work together with the return of Ping Pong Diplomacy as a cloud kitchen at The Grid Food Market.

It brought back crowd favorites from its previous store that are now served in aluminum trays good for sharing for two to three people (reheating instructions included!). These are great when enjoyed at home or wherever the adventurous foodie may be in the metro.

Ping Pong Diplomacy
Ping Pong Diplomacy

These best-selling dishes include:

Dan Dan Rice (Php515). Japanese fried rice is stir-fried with the house Dan Dan paste and oil, along with squash, green peas, shiitake and ground pork, then served with two fried eggs, crispy chicken skin and crushed peanuts.

Ping Pong Diplomacy
Ping Pong Diplomacy
Ping Pong Diplomacy
Ping Pong Diplomacy

To reheat:

  • Option 1: Transfer to a microwavable container and heat in the microwave in high heat for one minute.
  • Option 2: Remove the egg and stir-fry the rice in a hot pan until heated through.

Simple Fried Egg (Php290). Four crispy deep-fried eggs topped with pork floss, hoisin sauce, crispy chicken skin, sauteed shallot, chili and spring onions.

Ping Pong Diplomacy
Ping Pong Diplomacy
Ping Pong Diplomacy
Ping Pong Diplomacy

To reheat:

  • Heat for three to five minutes in an oven or toaster pre-heated to 270 deg F (132 deg C).

Not Mapo Tofu (Php475). A new twist on the classic Mapo Tofu dish wherein steamed soy custard is covered in house mapo tofu sauce then topped with fried leeks, ground pork, sesame seeds and ground Szechuan peppercorns.

Ping Pong Diplomacy
Ping Pong Diplomacy
Ping Pong Diplomacy
Ping Pong Diplomacy

To reheat:

  • Option 1: Remove plastic lid and cover the tray with aluminum foil, then steam for 10-15 minutes until the tofu is warm.
  • Option 2: Partially submerge the container in hot water for ten minutes until the tofu is warm. Leave at least one inch from the top to avoid getting water on the tofu.

With local culinary greats like Chefs Him Uy de Baron and Noel Mauricio helming Ping Ping Diplomacy’s kitchen, food lovers can expect more of the exciting blend of Chinese and American flavors that they love from Ping Pong Diplomacy.

Ping Pong Diplomacy
Ping Pong Diplomacy

Ping Pong Diplomacy is open for pickup and delivery at thegridfoodmarket.com or bit.ly/shop-ppd. It will also soon be available for dine-in at Stall 8 at The Grid Food Market, Powerplant Mall, Rockwell Drive, Rockwell Center, Makati.

Ping Pong Diplomacy
Ping Pong Diplomacy

To know more about its offers, follow Ping Pong Diplomacy on Facebook and Instagram.

Disclosure: Product samples were provided to facilitate this feature.

Kraver’s Kanteen brings one more reason to look forward to payday

It’s month-end once again, and y’all know what that means: payday!

On the days leading to payday – also known as hora de peligro – we painstakingly restrict our spending to stretch what remains of the last payday right to the finish line.

Well, here we are, finish line reached, so it’s now time to celebrate!

What better way to celebrate than to give in to our kravings… oops, I mean cravings!

Cloud kitchen Kraver’s Kanteen helped make the pandemic a lot more manageable for foodies in the metro by delivering mouthwatering dishes from an assortment of online food brands it partners with.

One such brand is Let’s Get Litson.

Let’s Get Litson
Let’s Get Litson
Let’s Get Litson
Let’s Get Litson

If, during pre-pandemic times, you are among those who make a beeline towards the roast beef station at the hotel buffet, Let’s Get Litson will surely be right up your alley.

It offers or litson baka – that’s been marinated and slow-cooked for over thirty hours to produce roast beef that’s wonderfully tender, juicy and packed with flavor.

Each fragrant slice has a smokey charred outer edge that gives way to a layer of well-marbled fat that lends a lot of flavor to the melt-in-your-mouth pinkish meat underneath.

Let’s Get Litson
Let’s Get Litson
Let’s Get Litson
Let’s Get Litson

It comes with its own dipping sauce made with vinegar, soy sauce, garlic and chili which helps accentuate the meatiness of the roast beef and stave off umay. Personally, I like the roast beef pretty well without it but for those who love their sauces and condiments, this dipping sauce should come in handy.

I would love to turn leftover roast beef into proteins for salads or as filling for my roast beef sandwich but, alas, the fam polished our plates clean, leaving no leftovers.

If you’re still on the fence about giving in to this particular craving, here’s something that just might push you right over into ordering: for just Php899, you can get a Let’s Get Litson Payday Pack that includes an All Meat Tray, four plain rice and four beers of your choice, good for four people.

Let’s Get Litson
Let’s Get Litson
Let’s Get Litson
Let’s Get Litson
Let’s Get Litson
Let’s Get Litson

Isn’t that reason enough to make payday even more special?

So what are you waiting for. Order now, foodies!

Let’s Get Litson
Let’s Get Litson
Let’s Get Litson
Let’s Get Litson

Let’s Get Litson offers both regular-flavored and spicy litson baka in the following variants:

  • Regular Rice Tray (Php289 regular flavor | Php319 spicy). Litson baka good for one to two people served on top of rice with meat drippings.
  • Family Rice Tray (Php549 regular flavor | Php599 spicy). Litson baka good for three to four people served on top of rice with meat drippings.
  • Victory Tray (Php999 regular flavor | Php1,999 spicy). Litson baka good for six to eight people served on top of rice with meat drippings.
  • All-Meat Tray (Php509 regular flavor | Php559 spicy). Litson baka with no rice good for three to four people.
  • All-Meat Victory Tray (Php1,399 regular flavor | Php1,549 spicy). Litson baka with no rice good for six to eight people.

Let’s Get Litson accepts orders through the Kraver’s website or via GrabFood.

Authentic Pad Thai from The Pad by Samyan, now available for delivery

Given how deeply ingrained Pad Thai is to Thai cuisine, you would think that it dates back centuries.

On the contrary, this stir-fried noodle dish was introduced quite recently. Aa the story goes, during World War II, Thailand experienced a rice shortage due to the war and floods. To reduce rice consumption in the country, the Thai government encouraged the consumption of noodles instead. It didn’t take long before the Pad Thai came into being and went on to become Thailand’s national dish.

The Pad by Samyan

The good news for adventurous foodies in the metro is that this exotic dish is quite readily available, thanks to The Pad by Samyan.

The Pad by Samyan

The Pad by Samyan

The online offshoot of restaurant Samyan Thai Street Food, The Pad is helmed by Michelin Star Chef Thitid “Ton” Tassanakajohn, who cooks up different versions of Pad Thai for Thai food fans.

The Pad Thai Pu, also known as Crab Pad Thai, for instance, is a delectable mixture of flavors and textures: slippery noodles, sweet-savory sauce, the crunch from the sprinkling of peanuts, the tang from a slice of lime, some heat from the red pepper powder, and of course, the sweet-briny taste of the fried soft shell crab and tender lump crab.

The Pad by Samyan

The Pad by Samyan

The Pad by Samyan

The Pad by Samyan

It is a filling dish, not just for the tummy, but also for the taste buds.

Pad Thai lovers can enjoy a set meal consisting of this dish plus a 300ml bottle of The Grid’s Thai Iced Tea for just Php600.

The Pad by Samyan

The Pad by Samyan

The Pad by Samyan

The Pad by Samyan

Other Pad Thai variants available at The Pad by Samyan include Pad Thai Gung (Shrimp Pad Thai), Pad Thai Gai (Chicken Pad Thai), Pad Thai Moo (Pork Pad Thai) and Pad Thai Talay (Seafood Pad Thai).

Clearly, there’s more than enough at The Pad by Samyan to sate your Pad Thai cravings.

The Pad by Samyan

The Pad by Samyan

The Pad by Samyan

So check out the Pad Thai possibilities offered by The Pad by Samyan. Drop by its stalls in The Grid Food Market in The Powerplant Mall or at the Poison Karrivin Plaza along Chino Roces Avenue in Makati.

To order for pickup or delivery, visit its PickUp.ph store.

Disclosure: Product sample was provided to facilitate this feature.

Mix-and-match your food faves via new GrabKitchens in Malate and Paranaque

Don’t you sometimes get those really intense cravings for your favorite dishes from your go-to restaurants but you’re stuck at home in an area where the restos have no branch?

Doesn’t that make you long for the pre-pandemic days when you can freely wander around the metro and dine where you wish?

Well, take heart, dear foodie! Your prayers have been answered, especially if you live in the boroughs of Malate or Paranaque because a GrabKitchen has opened in your area!

GrabKitchen Paranaque; Kyoto Sushi Bake and Omakase
GrabKitchen Paranaque; Kyoto Sushi Bake and Omakase

You can expect the GrabKitchen in your area to greatly expand the number of excellent food options in your community, available for takeout or delivery. For true-blue foodies stuck at home, this means a wider selection of gastronomic adventures are just a few phone taps away!

Plus, we can now mix and match our favorite dishes by cross-ordering from GrabKitchen’s partner restaurants, all with just one delivery fee!

Take my fam’s totally Japanese meal today, for instance. By ordering from GrabKitchen Paranaque, I was able to grab my favorite Japanese dishes from two different restaurants: Kyoto Sushi Bake and Omakase!

Kyoto Sushi Bake

Kyoto Sushi Bake built on the sushi bake craze at the start of the pandemic and made its mark on this quarantine food trend by offering gourmet variants such as Unagi, Cream Cheese Tuna and Baked Kani with Sweet Corn.

GrabKitchen Paranaque; Kyoto Sushi Bake and Omakase
GrabKitchen Paranaque; Kyoto Sushi Bake and Omakase
GrabKitchen Paranaque; Kyoto Sushi Bake and Omakase
GrabKitchen Paranaque; Kyoto Sushi Bake and Omakase

Today, I treated the fam (especially my sushi bake-loving daughter) to a Crazy Maki Sushi Bake (Php500). This tribute to the California Maki is made with sushi rice topped with a delectable combination of sliced mango and kani finished with masago (roe), Japanese mayo, nori and crunchy tempura flakes.

GrabKitchen Paranaque; Kyoto Sushi Bake and Omakase
GrabKitchen Paranaque; Kyoto Sushi Bake and Omakase
GrabKitchen Paranaque; Kyoto Sushi Bake and Omakase

It is best enjoyed with a glass of refreshing Kraver’s house-blend Iced Tea (Php59).

GrabKitchen Paranaque; Kyoto Sushi Bake and Omakase

Omakase

Since 2002, Omakase has been satisfying the tastebuds of Japanese food lovers with authentic and fusion dishes.

Its name is actually a phrase used when ordering sushi in restaurants – Omakase which means “I’ll leave it up to you” – when customers leaves the selection of food up to the chef.

GrabKitchen Paranaque; Kyoto Sushi Bake and Omakase
GrabKitchen Paranaque; Kyoto Sushi Bake and Omakase
GrabKitchen Paranaque; Kyoto Sushi Bake and Omakase

Here in the metro, Omakase is the home of imaginatively crafted sushi, made by combining textures and flavors of various ingredients into a cohesively tasty dish as exemplified by my orders of Omakase Roll (Php315), made with torched salmon, crabstick and cucumber, and Dynamite Roll (Php345), made with unagi tempura and tuna.

GrabKitchen Paranaque; Kyoto Sushi Bake and Omakase
GrabKitchen Paranaque; Kyoto Sushi Bake and Omakase
GrabKitchen Paranaque; Kyoto Sushi Bake and Omakase

To complete our Japanese meal, I also ordered the fam’s faves such as:

Kyuri Kani Salad (Php230)

GrabKitchen Paranaque; Kyoto Sushi Bake and Omakase
GrabKitchen Paranaque; Kyoto Sushi Bake and Omakase

Japanese Fried Rice (Php95 cup | Php335 bowl)

GrabKitchen Paranaque; Kyoto Sushi Bake and Omakase
GrabKitchen Paranaque; Kyoto Sushi Bake and Omakase

Pork Gyoza (Php230)

GrabKitchen Paranaque; Kyoto Sushi Bake and Omakase
GrabKitchen Paranaque; Kyoto Sushi Bake and Omakase

Tonkatsu (Php235)

GrabKitchen Paranaque; Kyoto Sushi Bake and Omakase
GrabKitchen Paranaque; Kyoto Sushi Bake and Omakase

Beef Teppanyaki (Php445)

GrabKitchen Paranaque; Kyoto Sushi Bake and Omakase
GrabKitchen Paranaque; Kyoto Sushi Bake and Omakase

The fam and I absolutely love the flexibility and the sheer number of food options that GrabKitchen makes available.

GrabKitchen Paranaque; Kyoto Sushi Bake and Omakase
GrabKitchen Paranaque; Kyoto Sushi Bake and Omakase

Aside from Kyoto Sushi Bake and Omakase, food lovers in the South may also order from the other restaurants housed in GrabKitchen Paranaque which include: 24 Chicken, Alishan at the Alley, Army Navy, Cara Mia, La Titas MNL, El Nacho Libre, Sheikh’s Kebab, Breakfast for 2, Black Kimchi! and Dapo at Tisa.

Order fromGrabKitchen Paranaque.

Foodies near Manila can order from GrabKitchen Malate to grab their faves from Omakase, Frankie’s, Recovery Food, Paper Moon, Yogorino, Pepi Cubano, Dapo at Tisa, King Chef, La Tita, Selecta, So Mot, Blu Kouzina, Coco Fresh Tea and Juice, Merienda by Pan De Manila, and Go! Salads.

Order fromGrabKitchen Malate.

So the next time your food craving hits, my dear foodies, just look up the GrabKitchen in your area and order away!

GrabKitchen Paranaque; Kyoto Sushi Bake and Omakase

Disclosure: A gift voucher was provided to facilitate the order experience.

Last few days to get a taste of Chef Park’s Truffle Honey Chicken

We’re down to the last few days of February, and if you haven’t gotten a taste of Chef Park’s Truffle Honey Chicken, I suggest you get down to it pronto! 😋

Chef Park’s

Chef Park’s

Chef Park’s

The Korean invasion is going strong in the country with K-pop acts dominating the airwaves, K-dramas dominating the playlists and K-barbecue not letting go of its hold of the dining public.

However, another Korean item has been steadily making its presence known: K-chicken!

Chef Park’s

Chef Park’s

Chef Park’s

Chef Park’s

This style of cooking and enjoying fried chicken is characterized by crisp boneless chicken pieces with tender and juicy meat smothered in flavorful glazes, giving rise to new chicken possibilities.

Chef Park’s

Chef Park’s

This month, for example, online fried chicken store Chef Park’s released its limited-edition flavor: Truffle Honey!

This new chicken variant adds the sweetness of honey and the earthiness of truffle oil to the Korean Fried Chicken.

Chef Park’s

Chef Park’s

Chef Park’s

It’s perfect as a meal with steaming-hot rice, or as something to munch on while binge-watching your favorite K-dramas.

Enjoy it as a Single Happy Rice Meal for Php325 or in a Chicken Sharing Box good for two to four people for Php545.

Chef Park’s

But like I said, you better hurry up and place your orders stat since this flavor is available only within February.

Chef Park’s

In case you missed this limited-time offer, you may still opt for Chef Park’s regular flavors: Yangnyum, Soy Garlic and Garlic Parmesan, each available for Php295 as a rice meal or for Php495 as a sharing box.

Chef Park’s is a cloud kitchen that operates from #23 9th Avenue, Cubao, Quezon City (between Col. B Serrano Avenue and Liberty Avenue), accepting orders from 10am to 7pm daily.

To order, call +63 977 8030111, email chefparksph@gmail.com or visit its website.

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Jollibee opens first cloud kitchen in Singapore

Adapting to the needs of its customers in the changing business environment, the Jollibee Group recently opened its first cloud kitchen in Singapore for its Jollibee brand. Cloud kitchens are unmarked food production and delivery hubs without any dine-in facility in discreet and lower rent urban locations.

The opening of Jollibee Singapore’s inaugural cloud kitchen comes as demand for its food delivery continues to grow significantly. The business contribution of Jollibee Singapore’s Delivery has more than quadrupled compared to last year – from 10% in 2019 to 45% in 2020.

“As cloud kitchens roll out, we will be able to reach more consumers and fulfill more orders. The Jollibee Group is able to expand more quickly and cost-efficiently through this innovative store model, while maintaining the same safety and quality standards of our food,” said Ernesto Tanmantiong, Chief Executive Officer of the Jollibee Group.

The cloud kitchen in Singapore is the third cloud kitchen to open in the Jollibee Group, with more slated to open soon. Cloud kitchens are part of the Jollibee Group’s overall transformation strategy to adapt to new customer habits and meet the continued strong demand for delivery amid the pandemic.

Jollibee Group opened its very first cloud kitchen in the UAE last March, which continues to outperform targets. In the US, its recently opened cloud kitchen in Chicago’s bustling River North neighborhood was also well-received.

Tampines is a residential area in the region of Tanah Merah located in the East Region of Singapore. The Jollibee cloud kitchen in Singapore is open from 10 am to 8 pm.

Image details provided in a recent press release.