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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

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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

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.

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: 4/5

Packaging Cup: 3/5

Price: 4/5

Will go back again? Yes.

Will recommend? Yes.

High Tea, best milk tea inside Malacañang compound

We just moved into an apartment unit inside Malacañang compound and every time I go to school, I pass by three milk tea shops: High Tea, Ersao and Happy Thirstday.

But I must say that after trying these three, the best shop that provides milk tea inside Malacañang compound is High Tea.

As usual, I started with their large Wintermelon milk tea (P85) plus Pearls (P10) to see how legit their milk teas are and this shop didn’t disappoint me. Their drinks tastes legit, it’s not just some powdered milk teas blended with milk and water and their pearls are chewy and sweet.

I have yet to try their other best sellers but their basic milk teas are a YES for me. I also like their prices because it’s not too high yet the quality of the beverage is great.

My top three drinks here would be:

1. Royal House Milk Tea + Pearls

2. Wintermelon House Milk Tea + Pearls

3. Oreo House Milk Tea + Cream Cheese

They also sell foods, one of their best sellers is their Takoyaki though I wouldn’t make a review about it here because I’m not a big fan of Takoyakis.

The staffs are friendly and they serve really fast. The only thing I didn’t like in this tea house is that it’s kinda small and hot inside, it’s not a good place to stay for long.

In Summary:

Taste: 4.5/5

Packaging Cup: 3.5/5

Price: 4.5/5

Will go back again? Yes.

Will recommend? Yes.

REVIEW: Chatime’s Milk Tea Drinks

I could count in my hands the number of times I tried Chatime’s milk tea, too few for me to remember how good their drinks are. Just this week, I tried their milk tea again.

I bought Pearl Milk Tea (Large) for P100 because that is how I initially judge a milk tea source, through their Pearl Milk Tea or their Wintermelon Milk Tea. Let me also point out that a P100 for a legit milk tea drink is worth it.

Upon buying their Pearl Milk Tea, I suddenly felt bad for not always buying here. Whenever I’m in SM Manila, I tend to buy milk tea from Coco when in fact, Chatime is better — the best milk tea that one can buy from SM City Manila, I should say.

Chatime > Coco > Gong Cha > Infinitea

It really disappoints me to try milk teas that tastes so much like the typical packed powdered milk tea powders but Chatime definitely has a legit milk tea. They’re not gonna serve you with those powdered milk tea sachets, it’s totally worth your money.

I will try their other drinks next time but for now, all I can say is that their Pearl Milk Tea and Wintermelon Milk tea were able to go in level with the goodness of Affinitea’s (my favorite milk tea source).

In Summary:

Taste: 4/5

Packaging/Cup: 4/5

Price: 5/5

Will go back again? Yes

Will recommend? Yes

Man, I love Macao Imperial Tea

I recently just discovered this milk tea house in Lucky Chinatown Mall called “Macao Imperial Tea.” It’s at the mall’s second floor.

If you’ve been following my social media pages or you’re my friend, you should know by now how much I love milk tea. I basically live to try all milk tea brands/shops.

March 11, 2018 is when I came across Macao Imperial Tea and decided to give their beverages a try. I was actually heading to Happy Lemon but then I came across this tea house so I think it’s destiny’s work lol!

Macao Imperial Tea on Zomato

During my first visit, I tried their Creamcheese and Pearl Milk Tea for P100. They only have one size for their beverages.

Man, it’s super worth the price. This Creamcheese and Pearl Milk Tea has this distinct and unique taste but once it reaches your mouth, you’ll know it’s LEGIT milk tea. Hindi lang siya yung powdered milk tea. It’s like the classic milk tea then meron siyang creamcheese blend na parang nestle cream ang texture and it tastes milky and slightly salty like Nature salt and it balances the sweetness ng milk tea.

March 22, 2018, I came back here again to try some other beverage and I chose to try their Creamcheese Milk Tea for P120.

I really like the cup of this one. It’s actually durable, pwede siya iuwi and gamitin ulit.

The taste? It’s fine pero I still prefer the Cheesecake and Pearl Milk Tea. Ito kasing Cream Cheese Milk Tea is like Cheesecake and Pearl Milk Tea pero halo na siya, blended na siya maigi. Yung CPMT kase separated yung cream from the milk tea, itong CMT parang nablender na siya plus mas mafefeel mo yung rock salt sa drink kase may buo buo talagang rock salt.

November 2018, my heart went back to Macao Imperial Tea when I tried their Cream Cheese Uji Matcha na super sarap like it’s not milk tea pero it’s creamy and the leafy taste ng Matcha is there though medyo pricey siya, I think it’s worth the try.

Top Flavor Picks:

• Chestnut Series: Chestnut Cocoa

• Cream Cheese Series: Cream Cheese Uji Matcha

• Milk Tea Series: Cheesecake and Pearl Milk Tea

• Special Drink: Kitten Milk Tea

• Soda Series: Over the Rainbow

In summary:

Taste: 5/5

Packaging/Cup: 5/5

Price: 3.7/5 (Price went up around July 2018!)

Will go back again? Yes

Will recommend? Yes