The Jelly List: Yummy national flavors to stoke your Pinoy Pride via GrabFood

With the Philippine Independence Day just around the corner, it’s definitely time to look back on some of the things that we can be proud of as a nation.

Being a foodie, I consider the sheer wondrous variety and flavor of Filipino cuisine as a definite achievement. Using our local ingredients and culinary traditions from our forbears as well as influences from foreigners and we produced a highly diverse, down-home yet flavorful array of dishes that are close to our hearts and appeal to our tastebuds.

Despite enjoying Filipino food in our hapag-kainan at home, we also go out and dine at Filipino restaurants because we simply can’t get enough of these flavors and we appreciate the unique spins that local chefs apply to our classic dishes.

And with the restrictions on dining out still in effect because of the pandemic, we are lucky that we can still have our Pinoy food cravings satisfied by our suking Filipino restaurants by having our favorite dishes delivered via GrabFood.

Check out latest #JellyList of Filipino dishes that you can enjoy at home:

Bulalong Lugaw by Soleras

Soleras, Banawe

The hearty rice porridge which serves as our go-to comfort food during rainy days just got a decadent makeover with the addition of hefty pieces of beef shanks (complete with bone marrow!).

More on Soleras here.

Pancit Lucban by Buddy’s

Buddy’s Mother’s Day

I’m ever so glad that Lucban, Quezon’s famous pancit habhab is readily available for us Metro Manila denizens to enjoy.

More on Buddy’s here.

Pares Tendon by Pares Retiro

Pares Retiro, Tomas Morato

The flavorful slow-braised beef dish paired with garlic fried rice made even more awesome with the addition of melt-in-your-mouth pieces of litid (tendon).

More on Pares Retiro here.

Tomarrow Never Dies by Recovery Food

Recovery Food, SM Megamall

Feeling fearless? Then check out this dish made with roasted bone marrow topped with roasted garlic and served sizzling with rice and juicy morsels of beef.

More on Recovery Food here.

Kesong Puti Grilled Cheese Sandwich by Almusal Cafe

Almusal Cafe, Katipunan

This is a fancy take on the kesong puti (soft and un-aged white cheese made from carabao’s milk) which is partnered with sundried tomato pesto on sourdough bread and served with potato crisps on the side.

More on Almusal Cafe here.

Tres Leches Halo Halo by Ombu Kusina

Ombu Kusina, Tomas Morato

Cool down and chill out with this refreshing summer fave: crushed ice flavored with three kinds if milk and topped with a rich and creamy slice of leche flan.

More on Ombu Kusina here.

Looking for more reasons to order in?

With its GrabFood Signatures program, Grab users can enjoy Php100 off for every minumum order of Php550 from its partners such as these Filipino restaurants:

Adsilog by Sinangag Express

Sinangag Express Eastwood

Waking up to the smell of garlic rice partnered with flaked pork adobo and fried egg will surely give you a great start for the day.

More on Sinangag Express here.

Litson Manok by Andoks

Andok’s, Tagaytay

Whether as ulam or pulutan, the tender, juicy and smokey goodness of litson manok is a welcome addition to the dinner table.

More on Andoks here.

Ensaimada by Cafe Mary Grace

Cafe Mary Grace, SM East Ortigas

Made with 100% real butter and eggs as well as topped with grated Edam cheese, these soft and fluffy pastries have that combination of sweet and salty flavors we Pinoys so adore with a premium and delicate mouthfeel.

More on Cafe Mary Grace here.

So let’s all dig in to our rich culinary heritage and show our pride for lutong-Pinoy by ordering our faves and fresh finds via GrabFood!

About Grab

Grab is the leading super app in Southeast Asia, providing everyday services that matter most to consumers. Today, the Grab app has been downloaded onto over 185 million mobile devices, giving users access to over 9 million drivers, merchants and agents. Grab offers the widest range of on-demand transport services in the region, in addition to food, package, grocery delivery services, mobile payments and financial services across 339 cities in eight countries.

About GrabFood

Operating under the Grab super app, GrabFood is an online food delivery service that connects local food businesses to people. GrabFood presents a variety of food based on what’s available around consumers: Filipino, Western, Asian, European, Fusion and so on. Today, GrabFood’s services are available in areas of Metro Manila, Rizal, Cavite, Laguna, Pampanga, and Cebu, with plans to continue expanding to reach more areas in the country.

Download the Grab app here.

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.

Feel good food at Recovery Food, SM Megamall

Whether you’re trudging in from a busy workday, or amping up for a hectic one, you need some comforting and nourishing food to rev you up.

Some tasty feel-good food would be just the thing, right?

Well, if you happen to be at the Eatogether Food Hall in SM Megamall, you can just head over to the Recovery Food stall.

Recovery Food, SM Megamall

Recovery Food, SM Megamall

Recovery Food is a casual dining concept that offers a variety of comfort foods which range from Asian-inspired hot noodle soups, home-style pressed sandwiches and to simple rice bowls.

Recovery Food, SM Megamall

Recovery Food, SM Megamall

During a recent meetup with my fellow foodies, we were able to sample first-hand Recovery Food’s signature dishes, which include:

Balbakwa (Php195). Extra tender beef skin in tomato-based broth, great for warming up our tummies!

Recovery Food, SM Megamall

Doc Sisig (Php155 for regular | Php235 for full recovery). Recovery Food’s house sisig – the Kapampangan dish made with various pig parts flavored with calamansi, onions and chilis – served with fried egg and garlic rice.

Recovery Food, SM Megamall

Recovery Food, SM Megamall

Tapa de Morning (Php185 for regular | Php265 for full recovery). Home-made tapa – tender slices of salt-cured beef – served with fried egg, garlic rice and ensalada, one of my personal breakfast faves.

Recovery Food, SM Megamall

Recovery Food, SM Megamall

Tomarrow Never Dies (Php235). RF’s newest offering: roasted bone marrow topped with garlic served on a sizzling plate along with beef bits and rice. Food for the fearless!

Recovery Food, SM Megamall

Recovery Food, SM Megamall

Champosandro (Php99). Recovery Food’s version of the champorado, a chocolate-rice based porridge served with milk and salted fish on the side. Whether for breakfast, a snack or as a dessert, it sure hits the spot.

Recovery Food, SM Megamall

So if you want some real good, feel-good food to power you up for all you need to accomplish, make a pitstop at Recovery Food!

Recovery Food, SM Megamall

Recovery Food, SM Megamall

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

Recovery Food, SM Megamall

Other branches are located at:

  • Ground Floor, Crossroads Building, 32nd Street Corner 8th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
  • BGC Stopover Pavilion, Rizal Drive Corner 31st Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
  • Molito Commercial Complex, Alabang, Muntinlupa 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.

Recovery Food Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Check out my posts on other comfort food places in the metro: