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REVIEW: Taste from the Greens Milk Tea in Scout Torillo, Quezon City

It’s been a while since I tried a new milk tea source and I’ve been receiving a lot of requests of the milk tea drinks that I should try but fortoday, I’ll be reviewing a new milk tea source in Quezon City called Taste from the Greens.

Just a little background, TFG is originally from Pampanga and seems to be well known in the said place. It caught my attention because usually, the good milk tea sources are from another country but this one is from our very own. Their drinks are also organic and are homegrown.

They recently opened a branch in Scout Torillo, Quezon City just a few minute walk from the Boy Scout circle. Landmarks are Tramway, Steak 77 etc.

Me and my two other friends tried different drinks to review and assessed its quality but of course let me post my photo on their green themed place, lol.

Of course, I used metal straw because we want to reduce the use of plastic straws to save the turtles! Anyways, these are the drinks I tried.

1. Dark Chocolate w/ Pearl – Aside from milk tea drinks, I am a fan of chocolate drinks as well and TFG’s Dark Chocolate w/ Pearl and Creampuff is a good drink for me. I promise it doesn’t taste like Ovaltine, Milo or Nesquick! It’s a different chocolate that you cannot just buy from a mall or grocery but then I cannot say it’s the best chocolate milk tea drink I’ve tried either.

2. Choco Malt Creampuff – It’s one if their best sellers and I was expecting it to be somehow like Affinitea’s Milo Dino but then upon trying it out, I realized it’s more of Taste from the Green’s homegrown chocomalt. This one has a milk tea base but I think the chocomalt overpowers that so if you want a leafy tasting drink, this one’s not for you.

3. Cookies&Creampuff – This has to be my favorite since I’m a fan of cookies&cream or Oreo flavored milk tea drinks. The mixing of creampuff, cookie bits and milk tea just soothes my craving. If I were to go back, this is definitely the one I’m coming back for. Then again, if you’re looking for that leafy tea taste, then this one’s not for you but if you love Oreo flavored milk tea drinks? You’ll not regret this one.

They recommended these ones and said creampuff is one of their trademarks so me and my friends added creampuff to all our drinks.

I’m gonna start with the milk tea base since we’re talking about milk tea here. I’m gonna say that among the three milk tea drinks I tried, I really missed to have that green leafy tea taste on my mouth. The drink didn’t really have that much of the tea taste but I’m assuming it is because the creampuff and flavors are overpowering the whole milk tea base taste.

About the creampuff, all I can say is it’s definitely a good competitor of Affinitea’s creampuff series and Macao Imperial Tea’s Cheesecake and Pearl’s cream. TFG’s creampuff is thick and pure. It’s not just milk or cream, it’s really a cream puff. It’s perfect blandness and slight saltiness just equalize the sweetness of the flavored milk tea base. I really like their creampuff, no wonder why it’s their best topping. If I’m not mistaken, their creampuffs and creamers are HALAL certified so everyone can have a sip!

I also like to commend their wide variation of flavors because you have a lot of flavors to choose from unlike most milk tea sources that have a very few ones to pick from. It feels like there is always a new flavor to try with TFG.

About the flavors, it’s really flavorful and of quality. It’s not just some cheap powdered flavors they mix with the milk tea base for the sake of having flavors. It’s taste is distinct. You can also adjust sugar levels by request.

Packaging. The packaging is kind of plain. It’s not very amusing to me compared to the other milk tea cups I have seen but at least it’s not the milk tea cup with a smiley face on the top right? It’s not that bad for a local and starting milk tea business but I hope they improve and think of a better cup design in the future just like how nice their interiors are in their branches.

To sum it all up, TFG is a good one but it doesn’t really excel at this point. It is something I would go back to if I crave for that creampuff topping or I want a drink with creampuff again. Moreover, I’ll prolly continue supporting this milk tea source not just because its milk tea drinks are good but because they originated here in the Philippines. Kudos to Pampanga for this milk tea gem.

Have you guys tried Taste from the Greens? Tell me what you think about it on the comments below.

Summary:

Taste: 3.8/5

Price: 3/5

Packaging: 3/5

REVIEW: Shabu Yaki Samgyeupsal in Malate, Manila

Me and my friends decided to find a samgyeopsal place around Ermita after we filed our PRC board examination requirements in Robinson’s Manila. We were suppose to go on GoKizip but we decided to try a new samgyeupsal place — then we found Shabu Yaki located in Remedios St. just near the Remedios circle.

Price

We just paid P900 for our PRC filing so we didn’t want to spend so much again and it’s so nice that the unlimited pork samgyeupsal in this restaurant is just P399. Way better than the normal P500 samgyeupsal price. Not bad! (8.5/10)

Meat

For P399, we really did expect to be served with only the plain flavored pork meat. We aren’t big fans of marinated samgyeupsal meats though because it tastes like either barbecue or tapa or tocino. Shabu Yaki’s plain meat was kinda thick. It ain’t like the common samgyeupsal bacon thin slice ones, it was more of like half of pork chop slice kind.

Usually, thick cuts of meat make me dizzy, nakakaumay, but then this one is different. Despite that it was kinda thick, it tasted and felt the same as the normal samgyeupsal pork meat. Actually, I appreciate its slice thickness because I get to munch the meat more and taste the pork better than thin strips. Sakto lang yun thickness niya, imo. (8.5/10)

Sides

Usually, I don’t pay attention to sides because I only get to like 2-3 side dishes served on every samgyeupsal place I tried but man, I loved almost all the sides of Shabu Yaki. As in!

They have some good tasting Kimchi (quite spicy) according to my friend who’s a critic of Kimchi sides. They have my favorite ssamjang sauce — a samgyeupsal won’t be a samgyeupsal without it! They also have unlimited rice as part of their sides.

Then for the rest, they served cripsy kangkong (I’m not quite sure if it’s kangkong or some other cripsy greens), upo in some korean sauce, crispy soybeans in soysauce, spring onion in korean sauce, fresh lettuce, tofu with vegetable soup and steamed egg. I think the only downside is they didn’t have juice or Iced tea included to ease your umay lol.

But man, I really liked almost all their sides but of course, I stopped myself from eating all of it because I have to enjoy the meat and kailangan natin sulitin ang unli pork!! (9/10)

Place

The place isn’t as fancy as Romantic Baboy or the other finer samgyeupsal place but I think good samgyeupsal servings are found on Shabu Yaki kind of restaurant which are less fancy. I think the owner has a Korean blood and I think the simplicity of the place is something she adapted from the native Korean restaurants so I won’t be saying it’s bad. They are air conditioned tho! (7.8/10)

Service

There are like two staffs if I remember correctly and there were only three tables occupied including us when we arrived at the place. They are very accommodating, I commend them for that, they also respond quickly and are polite compared to other samgyeupsal places with grumpy staffs more like because it’s tiring to serve samgyeupsal customers who have a lot of requests ( I understand that ) but I really commend those who can manage the stress. (9/10)

All in all, I will definitely come back and recommend this place. It’s not quite known but it’s really a good food place.

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: 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 meat on top of the noodles. It’s taste is so distinct, it’s so tasty and it’s so soft that the meat 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: 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.

REVIEW: Wintermelon Milk Tea from Fat Fook

As I was strolling around Robinsons Galleria while waiting for VP Leni’s event in Glorietta, one of my friends suggested for me to try the milk tea of Fat Fook. Fat Fook is actually a restaurant, not a milk tea house. They serve Chinese cuisine which I believe are good, will try it out soon!

It’s my first time to try their milk tea so I ordered the most common one, Wintermelon Milk Tea (P110) with Pearls (+P14) with 75% sugar level. You can pick your desired sugar level, it’s posted on their menus.

The drink didn’t disappoint me. The wintermelon is very tasty and the pearls are chewy and fresh but I would like to point out the pearls’ inconsistency. Some pearl bits aren’t chewy as the other, prolly some of it aren’t well cooked. The beverage itself is really good though, you can taste the perfect leafy sweetness of the drink.

Going to its packaging, I didn’t like its cup a lot. It’s not a plastic sealed cup so it can spill anytime unlike the other heated plastic milk tea cups. I travelled to Glorietta after purchasing this beverage and it was quite a struggle to keep my milk tea intact.

Will probably go back again to try their other milk tea choices since their Wintermelon didn’t disappoint me.

In Summary:

Taste: 3/5

Packaging Cup: 3/5

Price: 4/5

Will go back again? Yes.

Will recommend? Yes.