January Food Reviews!

I know that it’s already June 4, 2016! It’s half of the year already and I still have some backlogs from the first half of the year. So, here I am… trying to find some ways on how to deliver these food experiences that Ino and I had for the past 6 months.

First stop…

Hoolala Chicken

Samgyetang from Hoolala Chicken House
Samgyetang from Hoolala Chicken House

 

I’ve been quite curious about Korean food ever since I got into the Korean culture. It has been over 4 years since I’ve worked in the ESL industry. Discovering the Korean culture, most especially their food is such an experience for me.

Aside from talking to different students everyday, I also enjoy eating Korean food. I first fell in-love with Bulgogi Soondobu Jjigae and Galbi Jjim. I love all kinds of Korean food and I really consider it as my stress reliever. 🙂 I used to hate eating spicy food but Korean food changed my perspective 360 degrees! No kidding!

Having said that, my students often recommend Samgyetang to me. They said that it is one of the most appropriate food for summer. So, I really got curious about how it tastes and initially thought that it tastes like our traditional Arroz Caldo (Congee) but boy, I was wrong.

According to MaangchiGinseng chicken soup (in Korean, Samgyetang) is a hot, steaming, delicious dish that features a small chicken stuffed with rice, ginseng, garlic, and  jujube.

I was quite bummed out when it wasn’t available at Seoul Korean Restaurant in Escriva, Ortigas, Pasig City. So I just promised myself that I’m going to try it out when it’s available in another Korean restaurant.

Fortunately, it is available in Hoolala Chicken House. It is located at Escriva Drive in Ortigas, Pasig City. I didn’t get to take some pictures at that time because Ino and I were too hungry. If I remember it right, Seoul Korean restaurant, refused to accommodate us at around 12 AM because they were closing at 1 AM. (We didn’t come back as often as we used to after that because of that experience.)

Oh well.. Hoolala Chicken House has a fast foodfeel. It is not as homey as Seoul, but it is more like a Korean version of Jollibee. They also sell Korean snacks, Kimchi, and other Korean snacks. They have two huge flat screen TVs which were installed on the different ends of the walls too.

The food was good. It was quite cheaper than Seoul but the taste is not equally satisfying. The staff are not as friendly too but it’s just right. I give it a 3.

The Samgyetang was really different from what I imagined it to be. I guess it was quite a let down. But hey, it’s just my first Samgyetang. Maybe I should try it out in a different restaurant next time.

All in all, the place was quite accessible. It’s a good place to visit most especially if your shift ends in 11 AM. It’s also a good thing that they are open from 10 AM to 2 AM.

Oh! According to PhilStar.com, Grace Lee owns it along with her business partners, Paolo Bediones and Arnold Vegafria. I actually thought that it was owned by an ordinary Korean businessman or something. Well, that was a trivia for us. 🙂

If you are looking for a different Korean experience, I’m encouraging you to try it! 🙂

Next Stop…

Mozu Cafe

I’ve been working in Ortigas for years and I’ve been wondering about what this place is about. Ino and I occasionally pass by to this area because it is close to the ATM centers but we’ve never tried to hang out in this place EVER. All I know is that a lot of yuppies hang out, enjoy loud music, drink some beer and hear boisterous laughter whenever we pass by.

Luckily, Lyn is a party animal and she brings the party animal in me to drink occasionally and pour our hearts out. I actually miss her. 😦

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SHOUT OUT to LYN! I MISS YOU!!!

 

We used to talk about our careers, our family, our relationships and the lack of having one, etc. We talk about anything under the sun but she has to resign because of her full time job.

I think this was actually taken on her last day. She invited me to drink and unwind. I was really sad that she’s gone. I mean that she resigned. I really enjoyed our friendship and our mature conversations. It’s too bad that it was cut short because of priorities. Well, I hope to see her soon. 🙂

Anyway, Mozu has a variety of food that you can choose from. We often order the calamares while we drank some beer or some ladies’ drinks. Sometimes we order a slice of their cake.

I think my dining experience is not exactly enough for a review. If I’m going to rate their food, I think it wouldn’t be enough. The cake was gratifying but it costs quite a lot. The frappe was also satisfactory. However, I need to pay more visits to this place next time to give justice to this review. Hahaha! 🙂

If you are around the area and you are as curious as I was. I dare you to try it out and share your experience. 🙂

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