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cebu eats: zubuchon

June 7th, 2013 § 1 comment § permalink

What else is new?  We ate our way through Cebu.  We didn’t even get to visit the Mactan Shrine, the Magellan Cross and the Basilica as we were busy eating and looking for more Cebu eats.  I guess if my Dad was with us during this trip, his joints won’t hurt as much compared to our trip in Malaysia last year where he went looking for knee walker deal across town.

First stop was Zubuchon.  Still with our luggage in tow, we rode the airport taxi and went straight to One Mango Square.  The driver initially asked our destination hotel and he laughed when he heard that we wanted to go to Zubuchon.  I think he understood that we were not on vacation to relax but to eat.  And that’s just what we did.

cebu eats

cebu eats


cebu eats

cebu eats


cebu eats

cebu eats


cebu eats



cebu bound

June 2nd, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Yes, this is our last hurrah for summer 2013.  I’ve been busy all summer long and this is the only vacation that requires riding a plane.  Anyway,  I’m excited as I haven’t been to Cebu in a long, long time.  I have good memories of my last trip there.  My son won’t be joining as he already has school.  Too bad.  He wanted to come but Med School beckons.  Talk about student travel 2014, he’s going to Hong Kong with his friends next year and as early as now, he’s already asking me the best restaurants in HK. I told him to read my blog and I got a rolling of the eyes reaction. Kids these days…they want everything easy.

Here are the restaurants we intend to dine in during our short stay there:

  • Zubuchon for the best lechon
  • La Marea for the Brownie cup
  • Golden Cowrie for traditional Cebu delicacies
  • Maya for the best Mexican dishes
  • La Travolata
  • Casa Verde for the best ribs

….and whatever else we see and find.



saboten philippines

May 28th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

We had lunch at Mamou two weeks ago and I was surprised to know that a Saboten Philippine branch would soon open here. We had a chance to try Saboten during our trip to Hong Kong this year and it’s very similar to Yabu except that Saboten has more side dishes. Rice, cabbage, pickled mushrooms, cucumbers and radish are served together with your Katsu dish and they’re all refillable.

We enjoyed dinner there except we had to wait for almost an hour just to get a table. But then again, we would always endure the wait and go to such lengths for good food.

saboten philippines
saboten philippinesWe were given water and hot tea upong seating. There was also a towelette. Not warm but it’s but better than nothing.

saboten philippinesI guess you know her by now. My daughter and travel buddy.

saboten philippinesAnd the “grinding” begins…See the side dishes (cabbage, pickled cucumbers and mushrooms)

saboten philippinesI truly enjoyed nibbling on these two. I think we had 2 or 3 refills of this.

saboten philippinesThe unlimited cabbage and Katsu sauce with freshly-ground sesame seeds care of my daughter.

saboten hong kongMy order of Pork katsu. I forgot which kind I ordered as there was a bunch of choices but what the heck, I was after the crunch and it didn’t disappoint.

saboten hong kongMy daughter’s order of Chicken katsu with fresh radish. I forgot the name of this dish but this chicken comes with its own sauce. I still prefer my Katsu.

saboten hong kongCloser shot of the mushrooms.

saboten philippinesDinner time.

Now I don’t know what to expect with Saboten Philippines. I hope the Katsu is as good as the one we had in Hong Kong and I’m truly hoping that they serve the same side dishes.

Lower Ground Floor Henry House,
42 Yun Ping Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Tel: (852) 2895 4111

Serendra, Bonifacio Global City
(beside Power Books and near Mamou)


hong kong eats part I

May 23rd, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Well hello, BACKLOG! I’ve been lazy updating, I know. It’s actually tragic. I maintain other blogs (if you call that maintaining as they haven’t been updated for so long). My tummy shows otherwise. It’s huge now and part of the reason why it’s in that state is our constant dining out which really began during my post-birthday trip to Hong Kong with daughter dearest.

It was an almost week-long vacation. We always travel to Hong Kong during winter season as it’s always a welcome change from hot and humid Manila. We stayed at Central during this trip only because Hotel Benito in Kowloon was already fully-booked. Although I was dismayed by the size of our hotel room at Mini-Hotel (the word mini was some sort of a warning which I ignored obviously), the location was perfect. It’s in Central. Shopping, dining and more shopping and dining are easy as everything is walking distance from our hotel. But you have to be prepared to go up and down a pretty steep staircase. It was fun at first and I thought I could use the exercise but after the 3rd day, I was already cursing going up those steps especially when we’ve just eaten and I was holding shopping bags in both hands. I’m still trying to figure out how in the hell I was able to manage carrying those.

Anyway, the highlight of our trip this year was the FOOD. I’ll just make a rundown and have detailed posts later on when I have more time. Between Joe & Cherry and Life, blogging now has to take a back seat.  Wawa naman travel blog ko. :(


First meal upon touchdown…Maxim’s Food Delight at HKIA.

hong kong

hong kong

Then lunch at the always full Butao Ramen on the first day.
Hong Kong

Just look at the long line of people hoping to get a table at this smallish resto (or more like a stall) in Central.
hong kong
But it was worth the long line and long wait…
hong kong
Butao King which I shared with my daughter as we were still full from the late breakfast we had at the airport. I still have dreams about this. Can’t wait to go back and try the Black King.
butao king

Then after some outlet shopping, this was merienda at a popular dessert place here in HK…HUI LAU SHAN Restaurant.  You can tell from the photo that their specialty is mango.

hong kong

And this was dinner. A lovely discovery and it was just so near our hotel. I miss this place. I’ve been trying to find a similar resto here in Manila that serves Chicken Biryani (not in photo) and Greek salad as good as the ones we had here but it has been one epic fail after another.

hong kong

hong kong

hong kong

PART II:  Tim Ho Wan, Saboten etcetera…




ramen yushoken molito

May 8th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

We finally got to dine in Ramen Yushoken last Monday and I discovered that they have the best Karaage in the whole of Metro Manila.  But I didn’t exactly fall head over heels in love with the ramen.  Was it because my taste or palette isn’t sophisticated enough?  I don’t know.  But don’t get me wrong again.  It’s not your run-of-the-mill ramen place either.  It’s kinda upscale actually.  It’s authentic.  They make the ramen noodles from scratch.  And the broth is satisfyingly good and filling.  You know and taste that it’s slowly simmered broth and not artificially flavored with pork broth cubes or something.  But I’ve had better.  Now I miss Butao Ramen and Ippudo in Hong Kong.  And my sister claims she’s had the best ramen somewhere at restaurants lehigh valley. But that’s my sister. To her less sophisticated palatte, everything is great. She’s going to kill me for this.

So would I recommend this to friends and family?  Yes, of course.  Service is fast and attentive without being overly irritating and clingy.  Hehe.   Would I recommend it to my enemies?  Probably not.


My order of Miso Ramen

Ramen Yushoken’s bestseller…Shoyu Ramen

Chahan with tasty pork for my daughter who is not so fond of ramen

The best Karaage. Crispy on the outside and juicy in the inside. Sounds familiar? ;)

My son loved it here.

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