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REVIEW: McDonald’s Milk Tea series

McDonald’s recently released their milk tea series in line with the milk tea hype in the Philippines. They brought out two milk tea flavors in the market namely: Classic Milk Tea and Wintermelon Milk Tea, both topped with their signature vanilla sundae available both for P49.

So for those who wants an honest review. You’ve come to the right place.

Classic Milk Tea

It doesn’t taste very leafy as to what normal milk tea does but it has a very slight hint. The creaminess of the base plus the vanilla sundae topping just overshadows the legit milk tea taste making it taste more like a tea flavored milk shake.

Wintermelon Milk Tea

Ever heard of Nestea’s wintermelon milk tea? Add a little bit more sugar, crushed ice and top it up with vanilla sundae and that’s McDonald’s Wintermelon Milk Tea in a nutshell. It’s too sweet for me.

Between the two, I prefer the classic milk tea. It’s creaminess is unique and hindi nakaka-umay. Despite that it might not achieve your legit milk tea cravings or your tongue that’s used to Chatime, Dakasi or Macao Imperial Tea’s original/classic/royal milk tea beverages, McDonald’s Classic MT might give you another unique taste of beverage.

Summary:

Classic

Taste: 2.5/5

Price: 4/5

Packaging: 2/5

Wintermelon

Taste: 2/5

Price: 4/5

Packaging: 2/5

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REVIEW: Meatsumo Samgyeopsal in Sampaloc, Manila

Meatsumo is located in Fusebox food park along Asturias St. in Sampaloc, Manila. Me and my friends usually go here to relieve ourselves after our thesis work in 933 Creatives or from school. It’s open until 1AM but they take last call for orders at 12mn. They also have loyalty card to be stamped during your every visit and grants you free dine in after your 10th visit.

Price.

P499 for Unlimited Pork & Beef inclusive of unlimited sides, rice and red tea. You can avail their discounted price of P449 when you arrive at 11PM onwards. Not bad! Rating: 8/10

Meat.

Meatsumo has a lot of meat variation. They don’t just offer unlimited pork belly, hence, they also offer unlimited beef varieties.

My favorite is the Beef Bulgogi and the Pork Galbi. Rating: 8/10

Sides.

I love how Meatsumo offers not just the typical samgyeopsal sides. They offer a large variety of sides (as seen on the menu) but I’m sad that they don’t have the baby potatoes. Their lettuce are always served green and fresh tho. All their sides are unlimited including their rice so make sure to make the most of it! My personal favorites are the steamed egg, chicken karage and california maki. Chicken karage are like chicken balls, kinda heavy on your stomach so make sure you enjoy your unli beef and pork first before the sides! Rating: 7.5/10

During our first try here we finished 42 plates of meat. Wew! Hello fats.

Place.

The place is just small as it is inside a food park. It can accommodate approximately 20-25 people. They have the exhaust tubes to keep the smoke from swarming the small place though. They also play KPOP music videos on their LED screen, mostly old school KPOP like 2NE1 (fave!), BiG BANG, Psy. Rating: 7/10

Service.

The waiters and waitresses are very accommodating and warm, I’ll give them that. We usually go here around 10PM or later and it’s nice how the crews are still attentive and all smiles during that time of the busy day of a samgyeopsal place. I’m thinking maybe they’re trained to be that accommodating because they are located beside Samyupsalamat and the competition is tough. Rating: 8.5/10

REVIEW: Saangyeopsal in Xavierville, Quezon City

This isn’t my first samgyeopsal but this will be my first review of a samgyeopsal place. I’ll be trying more samgyeopsal restaurants and write about it so you guys can have a guide to the best samgeyop places.

I rate the samgyeopsal restaurants based on the varieties of their side dishes, meat, price and service.

I’ll start with Saangyeopsal restaurant in Xavierville, Quezon City. It’s about 10 minutes away from UP Town Center.

Price.

P399/head for Unli Pork

P449/head for Unli Pork and Beef

It’s price is kinda normal for a samgyup resto but worry not, they offer a lot of promotions and they are also offering discounts through metrodeal and their fb page. Rating: 8/10

Meat. I love that they offer different varieties of meat in here aside from the plain pork belly. They have four kinds of pork meat: bulgogi marinated, salt n pepper, fermented anchovies marinated and of course, the plain. My favorite is the bulgogi marinade. Rating: 8/10

Sides. They offer unlimited typical samgyeupsal sides like cheese, lettuce, drinks (iced tea or lemonade, depends on what is available), kimchi, baby potatoes and of course, rice. Their sides are all good but I didn’t like their baby potatoes bery much because it’s kinda grainy when its texture should be just smooth and sweet. All sides are unlimited once you avail their unlimited pork or unlimited pork and beef tho. Rating: 7/10

Place. This samgyeop place opens at 3PM until 1AM. It isn’t as big as Samgyupsalamat or the other well established samgyeopsal places. Actually, it’s just a small restaurant along the Xavierville street. I think it can only accommodate 20-25 people inside and another 15 people outside the restaurant. The small place is cute tho and you can have nice pictures outside because they have this led Saangyeopsal light and pink vending machine door. Rating: 6/10

Service. The restaurant is just small and seems like it’s just starting business so I really won’t expect a fine dining kind of service. There are just two crews assisting us the time we went there. Despite that they were attentive, they sometimes forget what you requested so you have to remind them again. I think it’s fine because they’re also humans and having so much ordered to entertain is kinda confusing like kuya one rice po, kuya another plate of bulgogi, kuya iced tea pa po, kuya isa pang plain and bulgogi, kuya tissue please. Rating: 6/10

REVIEW: Dakasi Milk Tea drinks

It’s a good day and here I am craving for milk teas again but then I wanna try something new so I looked over GrabFood milk tea places and saw Dakasi.

During my first order, I had their Okinawa Milk Tea for P140 (Large) and the Dakasi Bubble Milk Tea P140. I tried a lot of milk tea shops and I wasn’t really a big fan of Okinawa but man, Dakasi’s Okinawa Milk Tea can fight that. I super love their Okinawa. It’s milky yet you can still taste the tea flavor in it. Perfect blend. It’s like a better and more legit tea version of D’Cream Special more because you can still get that leafy taste unlike D’Cream special na very milky na. About the Dakasi Bubble Milk Tea, it’s a legit milk tea and I have to say it’s good but there’s nothing so special about it.

Below is their menu. (UPDATE: Prices changed and went a little higher)

On my next order, I tried their Roasted Okinawa Milk Tea and Oreo Milk Tea. I ordered Roasted Okinawa because I was impressed by the Okinawa drink but in my opinion, it’s not as good as Okinawa. Roasted Okinawa is like a dull tasting milk tea, not worth the price. Oreo Milk Tea is basically Dakasi Bubble Milk Tea with Oreo bits in it — I still prefer Affinitea’s Oreo Milk Tea with Cream Puff.

Moving on, I tried something new again because it happened that I tried Macao Imperial Tea’s Uji Matcha and it was heaven so I thought maybe Dakasi’s Creme Matcha Plumule is a good alternative so I ordered it.

Honestly, it’s taste is really really new to me plus the plumule is a rare and new topping to my drink. The beverage itself, you can taste the matcha and the milk but I think the milk and the plumule overpowers the matcha leafy taste. I can say that it’s a unique drink but I cannot say that everyone will like it.

I also tried their Chocolate Cereal Drink because I really like the old tea house’s named Qtea’s Chocolate with Love in Ermita (it’s closed now) and I thought maybe this may come close but then turns out I ordered a drink that has a texture of quaker oats with chocolate milk. Chocolate cereal drink nga naman, why am I surprised?

In a nutshell, the best drink to order here is Okinawa Milk Tea with Pearls.

Summary:

Taste: 4/5

Price: 3/5

Packaging: 3/5

Best ramen? Mendokoro Ramenba

I am not really a big fan of ramen though it looks really appetizing when I see Naruto craves for it but then everything changed when I tried Mendokoro Ramenba’s ramen in Makati.

My friend once suggested it and she’s been really an explorer in the food world so it wasn’t that hard for her to convince me to try this one out despite it’s kinda pricey meals.

That’s Shoyu up there to tease you as you continue reading this review.

Of course, here’s the menu of the restaurant.

First of all, I wanna talk about the fact that Mendokoro always have these long lines so be sure to go here on dead hours to avoid such or if not, don’t come here if your stomach is at the state of “I’m super hungry, feed me”. The waiting usually lasts for 15-30minutes so there, I warned you. It’s worth the wait tho.

I tried all their Tonkotsu Ramens before I decided to write this blog post and to sum it up, all of them are HELLA GOOD, there’s no part or ingredient of the ramen that you would like to put aside and not eat because it’s all perfect but my favorite is Shio ramen.

For starters, I would also recommend the Shio ramen.

• Shio – it has a milky, creamy, salty ramen base. It’s like the classic original ramen of Japan. Thank Jesus for this one.

• Shoyu – it’s like Shio except that it has a special soy sauce — basically that’s why it’s called Shoyu.

• Tantanmen – This one is their actual spicy ramen. It’s hella good too but I am not really a big fan of spicy foods so this has to be my least favorite.

• Miso – It’s base is miso ramen but the best statement to describe this one is it has tons of toppings and bean sprout (toge) that its soup is highly influenced by the taste of toge and personally, I prefer to taste the ramen than the bean sprouts so this makes Miso go on my number 3 spot.

Before everything else, let me spoil you with the best part of Mendokoro’s ramen…

IT’S THE CHASU

A.k.a that beef on top of the noodles. It’s taste is so distinct, it’s so tasty and it’s so soft that the beef feels like melting in your mouth and it just compliments the whole ramen bowl. I swear to God, I always save this beef for the last bite.

You know what they say? Save the best for the last.

Before I end this post, let me remind you that Mendokoro doesn’t allow take outs so save yourself from the humiliation. They doesn’t want anyone to figure out their secret recipe so NO TAKE OUTS!

Price: 3/5

Food Quality: 5/5

Serving: 5/5

Will recommend? HELL YES.

Will comeback again? If I have enough budget! :p

REVIEW: A Milk Tea drink to try from CoCo Fresh Tea & Juice!!!

Have you noticed the long lines in CoCo? Milk tea lovers are quickly multiplying and I gotta say that I do hope they aren’t just hopping inside the bandwagon!

I’m not a big fan of CoCo even after I tried their best seller drinks but I was shook to ny inner milk tea loving core when I tried something out from their menu.

Are you ready to discover the best drink from Coco?

Salty Cream Milk Tea

Price:

P100 (Large)

P90 (Regular)

It cannot be seen under the Tasty Milk Tea menu but it’s under the Cream & Latte menu.

It has a tasty milk tea base and a nature salt & cream kind of topping. I previously said in one of my entries that Macao Imperial Tea’s Cheesecake & Pearl Milk Tea is the best tasting milk tea drink I’ve tried so far and I gotta say that CoCo’s Salty Cream Milk Tea goes in same level with MIT’s Cheesecake&Pearl Milk Tea. I think the only difference between them is that the cream in CoCo is more of a liquid, Macao’s C&PMT’s cream is more of creamy soft solid.

Macao’s C&PMT comes in a small cup for P120. I highly recommend CoCo’s Salty Cream Milk Tea if you’re craving for a milk tea drink that’s as good as Macao’s best seller + you’ll probably appreciate it because it’s way cheaper and bigger.

Normally, Salty Cream Milk Tea doesn’t come with pearls but if you want to chew something up while drinking you can put a Pearl add on to this drink as well. It’s good, imo!

In Summary:

Taste: 4.7/5

Packaging/Cup: 4/5

Price: 4.5/5

Will recommend? Yes!!!

Will buy again? Absolutely!

REVIEW: Milk Tea drinks from Happy Lemon

So I just ordered two milk tea beverages from Happy Lemon through honestbee PH app.

What did I order?

1. Milk Tea with Rock Salt & Cheese – P109

2. Milk Tea Dinosaur – P99

At first, I was amused because it’s kinda cheap for a milk tea drink but then upon receiving it, I realized it’s too small for a P100+ worth or beverage. Kaya naman pala mura.

Anyways, going to the drink itself, I think Happy Lemon milk tea are just fine. There is nothing really special about their classic milk tea but I appreciate their Milk Tea Dinosaur (Milo Milk Tea) because I love Affinitea’s Manong Dino Milk Tea (Milo MT) and Happy Lemon’s Milk Tea Dinosaur was able to topple my appreciation to one of Affinitea’s best seller drinks.

To think about it, it’s price is lower than the other milk teas out there which made me think baka di naman legit na milk tea? Baka di masarap? But turns out it’s actually good but the problem with Happy Lemon is their cup size is small.

I’m yet to try their best seller beverages soon tho and make a review about it again. I made this one because it’s my first time to try Happy Lemon out.

Check their zomato page out for their menu here.

In Summary:

Taste: 3.5/5

Packaging Cup: 3/5

Price: 4/5

Will go back again? Yes.

Will recommend? Sure.