Gather the fam together for an abot-kayang salu-salo at Mang Ding’s Pinoy BBQ

It’s around that time of the year again when we get together with our nears-and-dears over a hearty meal.

This extended family gathering is the perfect occasion to bond with relatives that we might not see so frequently to exchange news, exclaim on the fast growth of the young ‘uns or celebrate each other’s successes for the past year.

While quarantine restrictions no longer prohibit us from throwing a shindig for the fam, our budgets might give us some pause.

Well, at Mang Ding’s Pinoy BBQ in Marikina, that won’t be a problem.

Mang Ding's Pinoy BBQ Family Platter
Mang Ding's Pinoy BBQ Family Platter
Mang Ding's Pinoy BBQ Family Platter
Mang Ding's Pinoy BBQ Family Platter

Known for its malinis, masarap at mura selections of down-home Pinoy dishes, Mang Ding’s can serve up viands that surely count among the family’s faves. From Pinoy appetizers and side dishes, barbecues and ihaw-ihaw, to sizzling plates and crispy fried food, plus a selection of local beers and sodas, Mang Ding’s is a return to treasured childhood dishes to some and an introduction to down-home Pinoy flavors to others.

Ensaladas. Side salads that combine sweet, sour and salty fresh flavors from tomatoes, onions and bagoong. The Ensaladang Mangga (Php125) and the Ensaladang Talong (Php75) are perfect companions for Mang Ding’s grilled and fried offerings.

Mang Ding's Pinoy BBQ Family Platter
Mang Ding's Pinoy BBQ Family Platter
Mang Ding's Pinoy BBQ Family Platter
Mang Ding's Pinoy BBQ Family Platter

Salted Egg Boneless Bangus (Php295). Grilled marinated milkfish topped with chopped onions, tomatoes and slices of salted egg.

Mang Ding's Pinoy BBQ Family Platter
Mang Ding's Pinoy BBQ Family Platter

McJolly Pakpak (Php325 for half-kilo | Php550 for 1 kilo). Crispy deep-fried chicken wings that’s a kiddie favorite for sure!

Mang Ding's Pinoy BBQ Family Platter
Mang Ding's Pinoy BBQ Family Platter

Isaws. Did you know that the name saw comes from the word sawsawan, or the sauce that these street food delicacies are dipped in? I’m everyone in the fan won’t have enough of Mang Ding’s Isaw Baboy Bilog (Php45/stick) and Isaw Manok (Pho28/stick).

Mang Ding's Pinoy BBQ Family Platter
Mang Ding's Pinoy BBQ Family Platter
Mang Ding's Pinoy BBQ Family Platter
Mang Ding's Pinoy BBQ Family Platter

Pork BBQ (Php45/stick). The Pinoys’ favorite sweet and savory pork barbecue made with tender slices of marinated pork grilled to smokey perfection.

Mang Ding’s Pinoy BBQ Family Platter
Mang Ding’s Pinoy BBQ Family Platter

Tuna Panga (Php100/100 grams). If the kiddos’ conception of tuna is something flaky that comes from cans, then it’s high time to introduce them to the massive jaw of tuna marinated in a sweet soy-based sauce and grilled to smokey goodness.

Mang Ding's Pinoy BBQ Family Platter
Mang Ding's Pinoy BBQ Family Platter

Belgian Chocolate Slice (Php175). Of course, every family meal deserves a sweetly happy ending. A slice of this moist chocolate cake topped with a decadently rich chocolate icing is just the ticket!

Mang Ding's Pinoy BBQ Family Platter
Mang Ding's Pinoy BBQ Family Platter

Aside from its delicious and affordable menu items, Mang Ding’s laid-back and relaxing atmosphere is conducive to lingering and catching up with family members.

I should know: I’ve spent quite a lot of time here with my own extended family, officemates and fellow foodies, and our dining forays here always extend by hours, simply because we don’t want our time together to end.

Mang Ding's Pinoy BBQ Family Platter
Mang Ding's Pinoy BBQ Family Platter
Mang Ding's Pinoy BBQ Family Platter
Mang Ding's Pinoy BBQ Family Platter

So here’s your perfect venue for a family get-together this holiday season and beyond!

Psst! You might want to take advantage of Mang Ding’s Family Platter which already includes Pork BBQ, McJolly Pakpak, Boneless Bangus Overload, Ensaladang Talong and steamed rice good for four to five persons, all for just Php998! What a delicious way to go for an abot-kayang salu-salo, right?

Mang Ding’s Pinoy BBQ is located at Block 3, Lot 13 C Buenviaje Street, Barangay Santo Nino, Marikina City, open for dine-in, pickup and delivery on Mondays to Thursdays from 11am to 10pm and Fridays to Sundays for 11am to 11pm.

Reserve the venue now for your clan gathering, book a table for lunch, dinner or drinks or order for delivery by calling or texting +63 916 2853031.

Disclosure: Together with fellow bloggers, I attended a food tasting held at this restaurant. Food items served were not paid for by the attendees.

Check out my previous posts about Mang Ding’s Pinoy BBQ:

Delicious and nourishing goodness at Nono’s Comfort Kitchen, S Maison

Sometimes, we just need a little bit of comfort every once in a while, more so, I think, on weekends.

It can be because we’ve had a terrible week, or we’re feeling some trepidation for the one that’s ahead of us. Whatever the reason, we can’t begrudge ourselves a little bit of indulging comfort to either soothe our nerves or to bolster them.

Especially, if that comfort comes in such a delicious form as it does at Nono’s Comfort Kitchen.

Nono’s, S Maison
Nono’s, S Maison
Nono’s, S Maison
Nono’s, S Maison

After touring Lakbay Museo before it closed its doors in S Maison, my daughter #ExhibitA and I decided to have our lunch at this chic little cafe located at the Atrium. Despite being located literally in the middle of all the action, it had a cozy feel to it that made us want to spend some time there.

Nono’s is actually named after founder Chef Baba Ibazeta-Benedicto’s father. His moniker was first used to name the chef’s famous confectionery creation, Nono’s Chocolate Oblivion but the menu soon grew to include other deliciously heartwarming and nourishing viands such as those we enjoyed during our meal.

Fried Truffle Cheese Wontons (Php185). Crispy fried wontons stuffed with mozzarella and cheddar cheese then drizzled with honey and truffle oil.

Nono’s, S Maison
Nono’s, S Maison

Nono’s Home-Style Fried Chicken (Php365 solo | Php685 big plate). Crispy boneless chicken fillet served country style with gravy and honey along with a dinner roll, fries and corn on the cob.

Nono’s, S Maison
Nono’s, S Maison

Mac ‘n Cheese (Php395) with added Bacon (Php125). Al dente shell pasta baked with a sauce made with gruyere, sharp cheddar and parmesan and topped with crispy bacon.

Nono’s, S Maison
Nono’s, S Maison

Nono’s Chocolate Oblivion (Php175). This is the cake that started it all: moist chocolate cake layered with whipped chocolate cream and topped with walnut praline bits. No wonder it was named one of Spot.PH’s top ten chocolate cakes of 2019.

Nono’s, S Maison
Nono’s, S Maison

With this awesome blend of sweet and savory flavors, my daughter and were able to savor our comforting foodie haven.

Know more about Nono’s Comfort Kitchen from its website or get updates on its latest offers by following it on Facebook and Instagram.

Nono’s, S Maison
Nono’s, S Maison
Nono’s, S Maison
Nono’s, S Maison

This Nono’s Comfort Kitchen branch is located at Atrium, S Maison, Marina Way Seaside Boulevard, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay, open daily from 10am to 10pm for dine-in, takeout and delivery. For inquiries and reservations, call +63 915 7530819.

Other branches are located at:

  • Level 1, Phase 1B, U.P. Town Center, Katipunan Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City
  • Second Level, The Podium Mall, 12 ADB ave. Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City
  • Ground Floor, Three Central, Valero St., Salcedo Village, Makati City
  • Upper Ground Floor, Expansion Wing, Festival Mall, Filinvest City, Alabang, Muntinlupa City
  • Lower Ground Glorietta 2, Glorietta Complex, Ayala Center, Makati City
  • Ground Floor, Phase 1, Abueva Entrance, Ayala Malls Manila Bay, Diosdado Macapagal Blvd, cor.Aseana Ave, Paranaque City
  • P1 Level, Power Plant Mall, Rockwell Dr, Makati City
  • Upper Ground Floor, Uptown Mall, 9th Avenue corner 36th Street, Uptown Bonifacio, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
  • Ground Floor, 26th St., High Street South Tower 1, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
  • G/F KL Tower, Gamboa, Legazpi Village, Makati
  • Upper Ground Floor, Crystal Corridor, Pearl Wing, Okada Manila, New Seaside Dr, Entertainment City, Parañaque City

Nono’s Comfot Kitchen also delivers via GrabFood, FoodPanda and Pick*A*Roo.

Chicken lovers unite for Chicken United

The Pinoy’s love for fried chicken is well-known.

This love has extended to fried chicken various forms as well. From the stripped down and unbreaded variety, to the more elaborate glazed and sauced up versions, we have embraced practically all of the taste and texture possibilities that fried chicken has to offer.

Chicken United
Chicken United
Chicken United
Chicken United

Well, chicken lovers have a new outlet for their obsession: Chicken United!

This online fried chicken shop unites both well-loved fried chicken varieties and exciting new flavors, plus sides, dips and appetizers.

Chicken United
Chicken United
Chicken United
Chicken United

Check them out:

Dynamite with Cheese (Php129). The well-loved pulutan made with cheese-stuffed peppers encased in lumpia wrapper.

Chicken United
Chicken United
Chicken United
Chicken United
Crispy Fried Chicken.

Chicken United’s signature fried chicken wings or fillets, served with the store’s specially curated sauces on the side.

Drunk BBQ (Php219/6pcs | Php419/12pcs). The store’s take on smoked BBQ with a splash of brandy.

Chicken United
Chicken United
Chicken United
Chicken United

Pineapple Spice (Php219/6pcs | Php419/12pcs). Pineapple on pizza may be debatable but you’ll love it on your fried chicken!

Chicken United
Chicken United
Chicken United
Chicken United

Korean Gochujang (Php239/6pcs | Php439/12pcs). Fried chicken the way your K-pop idols would have it!

Chicken United
Chicken United
Chicken United
Chicken United

Dinakdakan (Php229/6pcs | Php429/12pcs). The creamy and flavorful Pinoy dish dinakdakan is given a new form in this appetizing new variant.

Chicken United
Chicken United
Chicken United
Chicken United
Sauced Up Fried Chicken.

Chicken United’s signature fried chicken wings or fillets, coated with the store’s specially curated sauces.

Osaka Takoyaki (Php219/6pcs | Php419/12pcs). Inspired by Japan’s takoyaki capital, this fried chicken is flavored with Japanese mayo and bonito flakes.

Chicken United
Chicken United
Chicken United
Chicken United

So whether you and your pals go for this kind of fried chicken or that, you know that your preferences unite at Chicken United!

Chicken United
Chicken United
Chicken United
Chicken United

To order, visit burpcentral.com or message +63 919 0779670. Chicken United currently delivers within Metro Manila from its cloud kitchens in Mandaluyong and Quezon City but will soon establish its presence east of Manila to serve chicken lovers in Marikina, Cainta and selected areas in San Mateo, Taytay and Antipolo.

To stay updated on its products and offers, follow Chicken United on Facebook and Instagram.

Virtual resto-hopping at GrabKitchen in Pasig

Do you sometimes miss those times when you can just hang out at a mall and go restaurant-hopping?

Being able to try various cuisines is heaven for a foodie like me.

GrabKitchen Pasig

GrabKitchen Pasig

However, with lockdowns and restrictions brought about by the pandemic, restaurant hopping is nigh impossible.

Even if you try to order food from different establishments for delivery, the delivery fees would also multiply.

Unless, of course, you get your food orders from GrabKitchen.

GrabKitchen Pasig

GrabKitchen Pasig

GrabKitchens are designed to greatly expand the food choices available in a particular locale by serving a varied curation of food selections from restaurants with no physical presence in the area all served from one central kitchen. It also offers customers the ability to mix-and-match – ordering from different restaurants hosted by the GrabKitchen for a single checkout and delivery fee.

GrabKitchen Pasig

GrabKitchen Pasig

That’s a load of convenience and savings, right?

GrabKitchens have already set up branches in Glorietta, Malate and Paranaque, and now, finally, right in my neck of the woods: Pasig City!

Through this GrabKitchen, I was able to able to treat the fam to a wide array of dishes and cuisines from different restaurants for our weekend lunch. These include:

Dimsum and noodles from King Chef such as Hakaw (Php190/4pcs), Pork & Shrimp Siomai (Php130/4pcs) and Beef Brisket Noodles (Php280).

GrabKitchen Pasig

GrabKitchen Pasig

Korean-style boneless fried chicken from 24 Chicken such as a Half Half order of Original and Yangnyeon (Php545/7pcs each) and a Half order of Snow Cheese (Php299).

GrabKitchen Pasig

GrabKitchen Pasig

Solo (100ml) cups of artisanal ice cream from Merry Moo such as Honey Comb (Php135), Milo (Php135) and Strawberry Shortcake (Php135).

GrabKitchen Pasig

GrabKitchen Pasig

Refreshing drinks from CoCo Fresh Tea & Juice such as CoCo Milk Tea (Php85/regular), Pearl Milk Tea (Php90/regular), Strawberry Au Lait (Php150/regular with pudding) and Chocolate with Pudding & Pearl (Php100/regular).

GrabKitchen Pasig

GrabKitchen Pasig

Thanks to GrabKitchen, the fam and I had a virtual resto-hopping experience right at home!

But that’s not all!

A few months ago, driven by our K-drama triggered cravings, we also ordered our Korean meal from Happilee Korean Kitchen which included Pork Mandu (Php99/4pcs), Mini Kimbap (Php150/5pcs), Kimchi (Php30) and Soy Glazed Chicken Tray (Php600/10pcs).

GrabKitchen Pasig

GrabKitchen Pasig

GrabKitchen Pasig

Other restaurants hosted by GrabKitchen Pasig include Omakase, Conti’s, Las Titas MNL and Merienda by Pan de Manila.

With the mix-and-matching options available, ordering from GrabKitchen Pasig is well-suited for families whose members have varied food preferences.

GrabKitchen Pasig

So, fellow Pasiguenos, when you feel like having some variety in your meals or want to explore new food options, download the Grab app and order from GrabKitchen Pasig!

GrabKitchen Pasig

GrabKitchen Pasig is located at 172 C. Raymundo Avenue, Maybunga, Pasig City, open daily for delivery orders from 9am to 10pm.

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

K-Chicken munchies with Chef Park’s newest flavor: Korean Buffalo!

As we’re all nearly a year and a half into the quarantine, I can say that one of its bright spots is the additional time that can be spent discovering new shows to watch, the bulk of which is comprised of Korean Dramas.

From fantastical tales like Goblin and Tale of the Nine-Tailed, to the stylized contemporary stories such as Crash Landing on You and Vincenzo, K-dramas have done a lot to banish the ennui of quarantine life.

Chef Park’s

Chef Park’s

What makes K-drama bingeing even more enjoyable are the food you munch on while watching, yes?

How about some Korean Chicken, then?

Chef Park’s

Chef Park’s

Imagine yourself feasting on 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

One such possibility is online fried chicken store Chef Park’s newest flavor: Korean Buffalo!

The spicy and tangy chicken dish was said to have sprung from the city of Buffalo, New York, when Anchor Bar owner Teresaa Belissimo whipped up a fresh take on fried chicken by deep-frying some chicken wings and glazing them with a mixture of hot sauce, butter and cayenne pepper to feed her son’s visiting friends.

Chef Park’s

Chef Park’s

Now, imagine that New Yorker-style chicken getting a Korean make-over and you get Chef Park’s Korean Buffalo Chicken.

Chef Park’s crispy on the outside while tender and juicy on the inside chicken pieces are now glazed with a Buffalo-style sauce, making a zesty, bold and spicy dish that’s sure to excite chicken lovers.

Chef Park’s

Chef Park’s

Enjoy it as a Solo Happy Meal together with Kimchi Rice for Php295, or get a Chicken Sharing Box good for two to four people for Php495.

Chef Park’s

Chef Park’s

Get ready to stream more of your favorite K-dramas while munching on this new K-chicken masterpiece.

Chef Park’s

Chef Park’s

You may also opt for Chef Park’s 100% addicting chicken flavors: spicy and tasty Yangyum, sweet and savory Soy Garlic, rich and buttery Garlic Parmesan, and the previously limited-edition flavor but now a mainstay Truffle Honey.

Chef Park’s

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.

Savor Asian flavors at Hawker Lane, SM Megamall

If you’re craving for the bold flavors of Asian cuisine, Hawker Lane at the Eatogether Food Hall in SM Megamall should be right up your alley.

Hawker Lane, SM Megamall

Hawker Lane, SM Megamall

Hawker Lane, SM Megamall

Inspired by the hawker centers in Singapore where tasty Asian dishes and more are sold from stalls inside these large food courts, Hawker Lane brings the the same vibrant colors, textures and flavors to its diners.

Hawker Lane, SM Megamall

Together with fellow foodies last weekend, I headed to Eatogether Food Hall to sample some of its signature dishes which include:

Deep-fried Salt and Pepper Squid (Php290 ala carte | Php220 with rice). A Cantonese dish made with pieces of squid which are deep-fried and tossed in a mixture of garlic, ginger and hot peppers.

Hawker Lane, SM Megamall

Hawker Lane, SM Megamall

Hawker Lane, SM Megamall

Fish Fillet Tofu Claypot (Php220 ala carte | Php180 with rice). Another authentic Chinese dish made with shallow-fried fish fillets braised together with tofu in a flavorful sauce and served in a claypot.

Hawker Lane, SM Megamall

Hawker Lane, SM Megamall

Hawker Lane, SM Megamall

Crispy Fried Garlic Chicken (Php300 ala carte | Php240 with rice). Chinese-style crispy fried chicken infused with the flavor of garlic.

Hawker Lane, SM Megamall

Hawker Lane, SM Megamall

Hawker Lane, SM Megamall

Theses dishes surely sated my cravings for bold tastes and textures!

Hawker Lane, SM Megamall

Hawker Lane, SM Megamall

Want to have your own taste of Asia? Drop by Hawker Lane!

Hawker Lane, SM Megamall

This Hawker Lane branch is located at Eatogether Food Hall, Second Floor, Eatogether Food Hall, SM Megamall Building A, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City.

Another branch is located at Eatogether Food Hall, Second Floor, Unimart Supermarket, Oranbo, Pasig City.

Disclosure: I attended a food-tasting here together with fellow foodies. All food items mentioned here were served for us to sample the fare and elicit our honest feedback.

Hawker Lane Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Check out my posts on other stalls at Eatogether Food Hall:

Chickks The Party Chicken, SM Megamall

Are you in the mood to paaaaar-teyyyy!?!

(Somebody say, “Oh yeah!”)

With community quarantine restrictions still in effect, we may not be able to get on up, get down and get jiggy with it, but we can certainly have a rollickin’ good time with the fun flavors of Chickks The Party Chicken.

Chikks, SM Megamall

Chikks, SM Megamall

Chikks, SM Megamall

This new chicken joint at SM Megamall’s Eatogether Food Hall brings to fried chicken lovers new ways to enjoy their favorite dish with succulent and juicy fried chicken in amazing flavors.

Chikks, SM Megamall

Chikks, SM Megamall

These include:

Korean-Spicy. Sweet and spiced with gochujang, perfect with beer for that chimaek experience.

Chikks, SM Megamall

Chikks, SM Megamall

Honey Soy Garlic. My personal fave ‘coz I like ’em sweet and garlicky.

Chikks, SM Megamall

Chikks, SM Megamall

Spicy Mango. A taste of the tropics right at your fingertips.

Chikks, SM Megamall

Chikks, SM Megamall

Garlic Parmesan. Another fave because of that salty parmesan highlighting the garlic flavor.

Chikks, SM Megamall

Chikks, SM Megamall

Other flavors that I haven’t been able to sample include Teriyaki, Lemon, Truffle Cheese and Bleu Cheese. Well, these are what return visits are for, right?

Chikks, SM Megamall

Chikks, SM Megamall

Enjoy your Chickks as flavored wings (prices start ar Php208 for half dozen | Php408 for 1 dozen), solo meals (prices start Php100 for 1 pc | Php288 for 3 pcs), poppers (prices start at Php268 for 250g | Php428 for 500g) or nuggets (prices start at Php188 for half dozen | Php358 for 1 dozen).

Chikks, SM Megamall

Chikks, SM Megamall

Chikks, SM Megamall

And you know what? Chickks gives you even more reasons to go for your favorite chicken. Check these out:

Unli Wings Wednesday. Feast on unlimited wings available in all flavors along with unli rice when you drop by the resto at Eatogether Food Hall on Wednesdays for just Php358!

Chikks, SM Megamall

Ready to Cook Packs. Enjoy your flavored chicken wings (Php180 for half dozen | Php350 for 2 dozen) or poppers Php200 for 250g | Php380 for 500g) at home any time you like.

With such delicious flavors, any reason is a good reason to party, right?

Chikks, SM Megamall

Chikks, SM Megamall

Chickks The Party Chicken is located at Eatogether Food Hall, Second Floor, SM Megamall Building A, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City.

For delivery orders, send a message via +63 917 7991261 or +63 2 72115956. You may also order thru FB Messenger. Payments via GCash, BPI or BDO are accepted.

Disclosure: I attended a food tasting here together with fellow foodies. Food items mentioned here were served to let us sample the fare and elicit our honest feedback.

Chikks Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Check out my posts on other chicken places in the metro:

Raintree’s #ValentineFoodCrawl: Chicken in Love Set at Pak! Pak! Chicken, BGC

Love is in the air, and it’s even more prevalent in Bonifacio High Street where Raintree restaurants have unveiled their Valentine’s Day promo and deals.

Pak! Pak! Chicken, BGC

Pak! Pak! Chicken, BGC

Pak! Pak! Chicken, BGC

Pak! Pak! Chicken, BGC

Raintree Hospitality Group brings fresh and exciting hospitality concepts, including hotels, food courts and restaurants. The newest among the innovative restaurant concepts it developed is Pak! Pak! Chicken.

Pak! Pak! Chicken, BGC

Pak! Pak! Chicken, BGC

Pak! Pak! Chicken, BGC

Pak! Pak! Chicken, BGC

At Pak! Pak! Chicken, you can expect crispy fried chicken pieces in strong delicious tastes, you’d feel like you’re being slapped with flavor… Pak! Pak!

Pak! Pak! Chicken, BGC

Pak! Pak! Chicken, BGC

Check out some of its fried chicken variants:

Crispy Original + Gravy (Php260/6pcs | Php450/12pcs),

Pak! Pak! Chicken, BGC

Pak! Pak! Chicken, BGC

Sweet Soy Garlic (Php260/6pcs | Php450/12pcs),

Pak! Pak! Chicken, BGC

Pak! Pak! Chicken, BGC

Garlic Herb Parmesan (Php295/6pcs | Php540/12pcs),

Pak! Pak! Chicken, BGC

Pak! Pak! Chicken, BGC

Old Skool Buffalo (Php335/6pcs | Php595/12pcs).

Pak! Pak! Chicken, BGC

Pak! Pak! Chicken, BGC

Other variants include: Takoyaki, Smokey Hickory BBQ, Singaporean Style Black Pepper, Po’s Orange Chicken and Korean Fire Pepper.

You can also enjoy these flavors in chicken wings.

Want to make a complete meal? Pair your Pak! Pak! Chicken with sides:

Japanese Chahan Fried Rice (Php140 solo | Php350 family).

Pak! Pak! Chicken, BGC

Garlic Herb Yakisoba (Php135 solo | Php275 family).

Pak! Pak! Chicken, BGC

Creamy Kimchi Coleslaw (Php175).

Pak! Pak! Chicken, BGC

Pak! Pak! Chicken also has a special treat for its customers this month of hearts: it’s Chicken in Love Set! A special set of your choice of two chicken flavors plus Kimchi Coleslaw, Garlic Noodles or Chahan Fried Rice for just Php775, it’s great for sharing for two people.

Pak! Pak! Chicken, BGC

Pak! Pak! Chicken, BGC

Pak! Pak! Chicken, BGC

Pak! Pak! Chicken, BGC

Pak! Pak! Chicken, BGC

Pak! Pak! Chicken, BGC

Pak! Pak! Chicken, BGC

So go ahead and plan your Valentine date at Pak! Pak! Chicken! This offer is available within February only.

Pak! Pak! Chicken, BGC

Pak! Pak! Chicken, BGC

Pak! Pak! Chicken, BGC

Pak! Pak! Chicken is located inside Motto Motto, Ground Floor, Serendra, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City, open for takeout on weekdays and for dine-in on weekends. For inquiries and reservations, call +63 917 8440219 or send a message via Facebook or Instagram. Payments via cash, GCash, credit and debit cards are accepted.

Pak! Pak! Chicken also delivers via FoodPanda.

Sign up to FoodPanda via this link and get Php100 off your first order.

Pak Pak Chicken Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Check out my blog posts on other Raintree restaurants:

Pinoy-style fried chicken delivery from Max’s Chicken

In this blog, I’ve covered various ways to enjoy fried chicken: from Korean- and Japanese-style then all the way across the globe to Southern US-style.

But particular attention should also be given to the fried chicken that’s near and dear to many a Pinoy’s heart: the fried chicken from Max’s Restaurant.

This restaurant had its beginnings in post-WWII Quezon City, when Stanford-educated teacher Maximo Gimenez befriended the American troops stationed nearby and would invite them to his home for a drink or two. This led to Maximo opening a cafe catering to the GIs.

The fried chicken recipe which would become the restaurant’s claim to fame across generations was created by Maximo’s niece, Ruby, who managed the kitchen.

Today, Max’s Restaurant is The House That Fried Chicken Built. It is where people go to for a taste of simply delicious juicy and flavorful fried chicken, as well as other Filipino dishes.

And luckily for me, it delivers!

One Saturday when I was in no mood to cook, I decided to cook for the fam’s lunch, I decided to just order our ulam from Max’s Restaurant via FoodPanda.

So, having asked my yaya to cook lots and lots of rice, the fam and I lunched on:

Regular Chicken (Php575). A whole chicken cooked the Max’s way. At first look, the chicken looks quite small, but don’t worry; it packs a lot of flavor. As in, sarap to the bones, as they say. Of course, this dish would not be complete without its perfect complement: Max’s house banana ketchup!

Max’s Delivery

Max’s Delivery

Vegetable Kare-Kare (Php425). Max’s vegetarian take on the classic Pinoy dish. Lightly blanched veggies immersed in a rich peanut sauce and served with Max’s house bagoong. Since the sauce is quite flavorful, this dish is a great way to induce the kiddos to eat veggies.

Max’s Delivery

Max’s Delivery

While it was a simple meal, it was quite delicious, one I’m looking forward to having again soon!

Max’s Delivery

Max’s Delivery

To have your Max’s Pinoy-style fried chicken and more delivered to your home, call +63 2 88879000, order online or via Food Panda.

Use this link to download the FoodPanda app and get Php100 off your first order.

Max's Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Check out my reviews of other Filipino restaurants:

BonChon lunch while working from home

It has become an all-too-familiar lament among us parents who are working from home: juggling all the tasks we are supposed to deliver for our jobs and overseeing the kiddos who are still adjusting to distance learning leave us very little time to prepare tasty meals for the fam to enjoy.

BonChon, Sta. Lucia

Fortunately, a solution to this quandary is just a few phone taps away, thanks to our trusty food delivery apps.

On one such busy day, Hubby decided to order our lunch from the BonChon branch nearby.

BonChon, Sta. Lucia

This chicken resto chain was founded on 2002 by entrepreneur Jinduk Seh. After spending two years perfecting the soy garlic and spicy glaze for his fried chicken, he opened his first resto BonChon (or “my hometown”) in Busan, South Korea. By 2010, it has made its way to the Philippines, just in time to help sow the seeds of the Korean obsession of Pinoys.

BonChon, Sta. Lucia

Considering the fam’s considerable collective appetite, Hubby decided to get 6 pieces (Php462) + 8 pieces (Php613) assorted chicken pieces, all with our favorite soy garlic glaze.

BonChon, Sta. Lucia

BonChon, Sta. Lucia

Giving in to his daughter’s request, he also ordered a Mandu Box Meal (Php199). Mandu are basically Korean dumplings. BonChon’s version is deep-fried and glazed with soy garlic, similar to the chicken.

BonChon, Sta. Lucia

All we had to do is make sure we have lots of steamed rice ready for our meal.

As luck would have it, my morning meeting extended to lunchtime so my baby girl assembled a plate for me to eat while on telecon (my brain can’t function on an empty stomach, you know!)

BonChon, Sta. Lucia

So that’s it: the whole fam satisfied with a tasty meal, quick and easy!

To have your favorite K-style fried chicken from BonChon delivered right to your doorstep, call +62 2 86331818 or visit the BonChon website.

You may also course your orders through these food delivery apps.

Download the Grab App and get a discount on your first food order when you use my code: GRABJELLYBEANS.

Use this link to download the FoodPanda app and get Php100 off your first order

BonChon Chicken Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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#QuarantitaTreats: Winner wings from Clingy Wingy

Hello, quarantitas!

I know that all the inconveniences and restrictions brought about by the still ongoing quarantine can’t defeat your indomitable spirit.

Your search for tasty treats that sate your appetite and excite your taste buds continues.

And if you happen to chance upon one that from enterprising young ‘uns, then all then all the better, right?

Take Clingy Wingy, for example.

Clingy Wingy

A partnership between twenty-two-year-old Gabrielle Carreon and nineteen-year-old Dana Amores, Cainta-based Clingy Wingy is one of the newest (and most welcome) entrants into the online food selling business.

Best friends Gabrielle and Dana decided to extend the reach of their family’s kitchens and offer their well-loved flavored chicken wings to stuck-at-home foodies at affordable prices. These include:

Classic Buffalo. Crispy chicken wings coated in a vinegar-based cayenne pepper hot sauce for an unbeatable mix of tangy and spicy.

Clingy Wingy

Clingy Wingy

Clingy Wingy

Clingy Wingy

Spiced Honey Garlic. A sweet-savory sauce made with a combination of honey and garlic flavors the chicken pieces.

Clingy Wingy

Clingy Wingy

Clingy Wingy

Clingy Wingy

Garlic Parmesan. Garlic butter sauce topped with parmesan cheese add flavor to chicken wings that kids love.

Clingy Wingy

Clingy Wingy

Clingy Wingy

Clingy Wingy

Hickory Barbecue. Smokey barbecue-flavored wings reminiscent of Southern-style barbecues.

Clingy Wingy

Clingy Wingy

Clingy Wingy

Clingy Wingy

You can munch on these pieces while camped out in front of the TV, while having an e-numan session with your buddies or you can serve them with lots of rice to the fam for dinner.

Clingy Wingy

These chicken wings are available in boxes of four pieces (Php119), eight pieces (Php229) and twelve pieces (Php339).

Clingy Wingy

To order, message Clingy Wingy on Facebook or Instagram. Payments via BDO and GCash are accepted, as well as cash on delivery. These wings can be delivered for free within three kilometers of Midtown Village, Cainta, Rizal, and to anywhere in Metro Manila and Rizal with a delivery fee.

So quarantitas, show some love to these budding entrepreneurs and get yourself of box of Clingy Wingy wings!

Clingy Wingy

Clingy Wingy

Disclosure: Product samples were provided to facilitate an honest review.

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Fried Chicken ‘n Biscuits at Popeyes

Contrary to my initial assumption, Popeyes Louisiana Chicken, Inc. was not named after my childhood hero Popeye the Sailorman. Instead, owner Al Copeland always claimed that his inspiration for the name of his fried chicken company was Det. Jimmy “Popeye” Doyle, Gene Hackman’s character in The French Connection.

That wrong assumption aside, I had no other expectations when Hubby requested that we take advantage of Popeyes’ free delivery promo to get some of this resto’s famous fried chicken for our merienda.

Popeye’s Chicken

We have been busy working from home ever since the start of the community quarantine and one of the usual highlights of our workday is our afternoon snack break.

Popeye’s Chicken

Aside from the respite this little pocket of time gives us from our work, it also allows us to spend some time with the kids as we all enjoy what our friendly GrabFood delivery rider drops off at our doorstep.

On that particular day, we snacked on:

8-piece Bucket of Chicken (Php523). Crunchy skin and tender juicy pieces of Southern fried chicken that we can’t just help but bite into!

Popeye’s Chicken

Popeye’s Chicken

2 orders of Box of 3 Honey Biscuits (Php284). Crumbly and flaky quick breads that go so well with the chicken and a little bit of honey.

Popeye’s Chicken

Popeye’s Chicken

The chicken, biscuits and honey all come together for that unbeatable sweet-savory flavor combination that we so love.

Popeye’s Chicken

Popeye’s Chicken

This Popeyes branch is located at Arcovia City, 99 Eulogio Rodriguez Jr. Avenue, Ugong, Pasig City, open for dine in, takeout and delivery Mondays to Fridays from 10am to 8pm and Saturdays to Sundays from 9am to 8pm.

Other branches are located at:

  • Alabang Town Center
  • SM San Lazaro
  • NU Tower, Mall of Asia Complex
  • Eastwood
  • SM Southmall
  • Ali Mall
  • Kroma
  • Robinsons Place Manila

Download the Grab App to get your own chicken and biscuits from Popeyes and get a discount on your first food order when you use my code: GRABJELLYBEANS.

Until September 19, enjoy free delivery of your Popeyes order from GrabFood for a minimum purchase of Php550 by using the code GRABPOPEYES.

Popeyes Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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The Jelly List: Food Deliveries for Your Party at Home

Just because we’re quarantined at home doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate, right?

After all, celebrating important occasions and significant milestones helps us in staying sane in these extraordinary times. We and the people around us need a little break every now and then from the somewhat monotonous routines we’ve established since the quarantine was implemented.

What better way to celebrate than to have a party? And what kind of party can it be without lots and lots of delicious food?

Luckily, you won’t have to sweat it out in the kitchen to come up with delicious party fare. With a few taps on your mobile, you can have your party food delivered to your doorstep for you and your family (or housemates) to enjoy.

Check out these yummy delights that can fuel your house party fun!

Grazing Box from Platterea Luna

With Platterea Luna’s stylishly assembled grazing boxes, there’s no need to trouble yourself in sourcing the elements for an elegant charcuterie experience at home. Each box is filled with a well-curated selection of meats, cheeses and accoutrements, perfect for grazing while catching up with friends.

Platterea Luna

To get your hands on a lovely Platterea Luna grazing box, course your order through Platterea Luna’s Facebook page or Instagram account, or call +63 977 8211591.

Read more about Platterea Luna here.

Party Trays from The Happy Kitchen

Avoid the hassle of slaving in the kitchen by ordering party trays from The Happy Kitchen. Its product lines include include party trays, packed meals and “paluto” requests of comfort food and party favorites such as Cheesy Beef Caldereta, Pork Sisig, Chicken Cordon Bleu and Korean Chicken.

The Happy Kitchen

To order your party trays, visit The Happy Kitchen’s Facebook page or Instagram account or call +63 922 3057613 or +63 917 5493643.

Read more about The Happy Kitchen here.

Fried Chicken Wings from Ben & Cha Unlimited Wings

It seems that no party is complete without fried chicken. Why not enjoy this party staple with a twist… or several? A Pamilya Package from Ben & Cha Unlimited Wings, for instance, will give you thirty (read that: 3-0!) pieces of crispy fried chicken wings in five flavors. I had regular, orange zest and teriyaki but I especially liked the garlic parmesan and salted egg.

Ben & Cha’s Unlimited Wings

To order your chicken wings, visit Ben & Cha Unlimited Wings’ Facebook page or Instagram account or call +63 949 1743338.

Lasagna from Maya’s Baked Pasta

There’s something so appetizing about a slice of meaty and cheesy lasagna. I attempted to DIY it a time or two, but my conclusion is to just leave it to the experts like Maya’s Baked Pasta. A Sample-sized tray from this store was part of my fam’s Mother’s Day meal.

Maya’s Baked Pasta

To order your lasagna tray, visit Maya’s Baked Pasta’s Facebook page, Instagram account or call +63 945 5166199.

Mushroom Burgers from The Saucier

Any kid at heart loves a cheeseburger. Add a tasty yet healthy adult twist to it by making it a Mushroom Burger. The Saucier’s homemade mushroom burger patties are made with pure mushrooms – no eggs and no preservatives. Served in a freshly baked bun with a side of cooked-upon-order potato chips, it’s a wonderful way to soothe a case of the munchies.

The Saucier Mushroom Burger

To order your mushroom burgers, visit The Saucier’s Facebook page, Instagram account or call +63 917 8870125.

Cinnamon Rolls from Rolls.PH

Cap off your party with a sweet treat: Cinnamon Rolls from Rolls.PH! Made by hand and freshly baked everyday, these rolls will give you and your party guests a sugar high that will all make you look forward to the next home celebration. Plus, your purchase of these buns also help build a learning center in Mindoro as well as fund environmental cleanup groups.

Rolls.PH

To order your cinnamon rolls, visit Rolls.PH’s Facebook page or Instagram account or call +63 917 5350923.

Header Photo by Rebecca of Unsplash

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Buffalo’s Wings N’ Things, Tomas Morato

If you’re eating lunch with a big group and you all want to stay together in one place, what do you do?

Head straight to Buffalo Wings N’ Things, of course! Here, everyone in the fam and barkada will find something to like.

Deep-frying chicken wings is rooted in Southern cooking but cooking them in peppery sauces started in Buffalo, New York in 1964. A bar owner in the area decided to cook leftover wings in hot sauce as a snack for her son and his friends. Served with celery slices and bleu cheese, it was a hit among the guys and the rest, as they say, is history.

Buffalo Wings N’ Things enriches its buffalo wings by having eleven savory flavors and seven spicy ones for its customers to choose from, along with tasty add-ons that chicken lovers can enjoy along with their Buffalo Wings.

While out on my lunch break with my office buddies (ten people in total!), we decided to maximize our budgets while sating our hunger by getting Grand Slam bundles of Buffalo Wings, and, well, things:

Grand Slam 6 (Php688 Good for 4). 8 pcs Champion Buffalo Wings, 8 pcs Signature Chicken Tenders,Bacon & Cheese Fries, steamed rice (we added Php98 for iced tea.

Buffalo Wings ‘N Things

Buffalo Wings ‘N Things

Buffalo Wings ‘N Things

Grand Slam 4 (Php988 Good for 6). 12 pcs Champion Buffalo Wings, 12 pcs Signature Chicken Tenders, Chili n’ Cheese Nachos, steamed rice (we added Php138 for iced tea.

Buffalo Wings N’ Things, Tomas Morato

Buffalo Wings ‘N Things

Buffalo Wings ‘N Things

With these bundles, we were able to enjoy these Buffalo Wings flavors:

Honey BBQ. Southern BBQ flavor blended with sweet honey.

Creamy Salted Egg. Rich and creamy version of the regional favorite.

Chipotle Lime. Creamy smoked Chipotle sauce enhanced with the tanginess of freshly squeezed lime juice.

Garlic Parmesan. A blend of garlic butter sauce and real Parmesan cheese.

New York’s Finest. Medium heat Buffalo Wing sauce.

Thanks to the bundles, our meal amounted to just a little Php200 per person!

How’s that for value for money?

The good news for chicken lovers out there is that you can enjoy  these with your family at home during the quarantine by ordering from these Buffalo Wings N’ Things branches now open for takeout or delivery via GrabFood, FoodPanda or LalaFood:

  • Brixton Kapitolyo, Pasig
  • Banawe, QC
  • Calle Bistro , Ever Gotesco Commonwealth
  • BGC Stopover
  • SM Manila
  • Grace Mall, Taguig
  • SM North EDSA
  • SMDC Jazz Mall
  • Southwoods Mall
  • SM Valenzuela

Download the Grab App on the App Store or Google Play. Get a discount on your first food order when you use my code: GRABJELLYBEANS.

Use this link to download the FoodPanda app and get Php100 off your first order.

Download the LalaFood App and get a free delivery coupon when you use my code: BEINGJMR53.

If you can’t find Buffalo Wings N’ Things on your food delivery apps, you can course your order through this order form a day in a advance.

This Buffalo Wings N’ Things branch is located at M Place, Panay Avenue, South Triangle, Quezon City.

Buffalo's Wings N' Things Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Sarap-to-the-Bones Fried Chicken at Max’s, Tomas Morato

While I consider myself adventurous when it comes to food, I get a hankering for familiar and comfortable flavors every once in a while.

That’s why I dragged my officemates to a branch of Max’s Restaurant near our office for lunch. Aside from offering no-frills but exceedingly flavorful fried chicken, this branch also has sprawling grounds with some green spaces, which provided our eyes with a welcome break from our computer and gadget screens.

Max’s, Tomas Morato

Max’s, Tomas Morato

Max’s, Tomas Morato

Max’s, Tomas Morato

Max’s, Tomas Morato

Max’s Restaurant had its start in 1945 when Stanford-educated teacher Maximo Gimenez befriended the American GIs stationed in Quezon City and invited them to his home for a drink or two. These visits led to their patronage of the cafe Maximo decided to build, with his sister, Ruby, developing a special recipe for tender, juicy and crispy fried chicken that won the hearts of both the Americans and Pinoys.

During that lunch break, Max’s is where my officemates and I were able to enjoy fuss-free yet tasty fried chicken (best enjoyed with Max’s Banana Ketchup!) and other Pinoy classics such as:

Chopsuey (Php249). The Pinoy’s go-to vegetable dish made with pork and shrimp bits sauteed together with fresh vegetables and chicken liver.

Max’s, Tomas Morato

Half-Regular Chicken (Php216). The keto choice for the dieter in the group (spoiler: it wasn’t me!).

Max’s, Tomas Morato

Basic Meal (Php199). A quarter fried chicken served with steamed rice, a glass of iced tea or soft drinks and a Caramel Bar.

Max’s, Tomas Morato

Max’s, Tomas Morato

Fiesta Plate (Php289). The Basic Meal plus choice of fresh or fried Lumpiang Upod (I prefer it fresh :-))

Max’s, Tomas Morato

Max’s, Tomas Morato

Chicken Leg Quarter with Rice Pork Sinigang and Pepsi (two for Php499).

Max’s, Tomas Morato

Not a bad deal for a work day lunch break, yeah?

This Max’s Restaurant branch is located along Scout Tuazon Street, Barangay Laging Handa, Quezon City. During the Enhanced Community Quarantine, it will be open from 10am to 5pm and serving a limited menu for delivery. You may course your orders directly through its delivery numbers +63 2 83751032 05 +63 2 83751052, Max’s delivery website, GrabFood and Food Panda.

Download the Grab App on the App Store or Google Play. Get a discount on your first food order when you use my code: GRABJELLYBEANS.

Use this link to download the FoodPanda app and get Php100 off your first order

Other Metro Manila branches still operating during the Enhanced Community Quarantine include:

  • North Manila: Mindanao Avenue (+63 2 88916535), EDSA Caloocan (+63 2 86346501 | +63 2 86346502), Banawe (+63 2 83548804 | +63 2 83548805), Matalino Street (+63 2 89318958), Commonwealth (+63 2 89320810 | +63 2 89520841), Regalado / Robinsons Townville (+63 2 82820476), Taytay (+63 2 68606642 | +63 2 86606643), Antipolo Sumulong (+63 2 84705846), Congressional Avenue (+63 2 89280648), EDSA Eats Main Avenue (+63 919 0883844 | +63 2 79091911)
  • South Manila: Valero (+63 2 85198924), Las Pinas (+63 2 88730210), Sucat (+63 2 88252902 | +63 2 88252904), Malacanang (+63 2 77357925 | +63 2 74047365), Ermita (+63 2 85221076 to 77), Pasig Kapitolyo (+63 2 86969806), Market! Market! (+63 2 88867784), Shell C5 Heritage (+63 2 79785724), Forbestown (+63 998 9603867), Baclaran (+63 2 88321991)m Dona Soledad (+63 950 6574682 | +63 975 3665633 | +63 2 77533306)

Max's Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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