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abe’s restaurant, serendra

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These pictures are awful. They were taken in a very harried fashion and in very lowlight. Nevertheless, the meal was epic and one of those places that I always want to introduce people to so we’re gonna talk about it, poor photography cannot stop us.

I took these pictures back in February during a business trip to Manila. The taxi ride to Serendra was memorable bc the taxi uncle was taking his sweet time driving us around in circles and claiming that he did not know where Serendra was but that he knew where Market Market was. Ok, dude, they are across the street from each other.

Annnnywho, we shook the cab ride off and arrived wide eyed at Serendra. As per usual the place was poppin’ with plenty of people milling about, grabbing dinner, and hanging out. I had done my homework and we were gunning for Abe’s which had rave reviews and apparently was restaurant of the year or something in 2008.

The best Filipino restaurant I’ve ever been to. So delicious, great service, lovely menu.

(Looks a bit empty but this is at the end of the night.)

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October 19, 2010 at 2:34 pm

craving of the day: budbud kabog

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Suman, budbud kabog, whatevah. Who knows what to call it, the point is it’s delicious and I could use one rightnowthisminute.

Each of these babies is PHP30 (less than SGD1, roughly 65 US cents) at the Salcedo Market which is open every Saturday in Makati. More on that later, let’s focus on today’s craving.

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March 21, 2010 at 8:50 pm

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bonifacio, tanjong pagar

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We meant to go to Bonifacio for our annual Pasko Lunch (Christmas lunch for us Filipino kids) but the darn thing is closed on Mondays so we ended up at 7,107 again. These pictures are from when Tine from MV came to visit. To lure you into the post, I’m gonna start with crispy pata.

The Filipino’s gift to the universe.

Cholesterol? What cholesterol.

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January 22, 2010 at 7:00 pm

binalot: lunch box of champions

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Start with this.

Unwrap it to reveal this.

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January 19, 2010 at 7:00 pm

travel cafe philippines, greenbelt 5

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I am so fatchin’ tired. There are about 80 other things I should be doing – cleaning my house, paying my cable bill, ironing some clothes, sleeping since it’s well past midnight – but here we are blogging. Yay for messed up priorities.

I just got back from a few days in the Philippines and unlike most of my trips I got to actually stay in Manila for awhile. My dreams of moving to Manila to work have slipped off the radar since I moved to Singapore but were sorta kinda resurrected by the 3 days I spent exploring and enjoying the city life rather than the usual weekend of hanging out in the bahay kubo all up in the province.

In the middle of what I like to refer to as Meeting Marathon Tuesday (not to be confused with Meeting Fun Times Monday), Lianne and I had time to grab a real lunch at Greenbelt 5.


Lianne let me pick between Travel Cafe Philippines  and another Spanish restaurant whose name escapes me. TCP won because we found it first and because I was not feeling the urge to revisit my people’s colonial oppression. Kidding. I was also wearing 3 inch heels and carrying my stupidly heavy laptop so really finding it first meant sitting down sooner which was the idea overall.

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October 30, 2009 at 12:55 am

adobo fried rice

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I’ve been on a cooking spree lately. It’s a bit more ‘spency (too much slang? read: expensive) but it’s nice to know what’s going into your food sometimes. Plus it’s kind of a nice way to unwind. I’m not doing anything too complicated in the kitchen. After all, I have exactly 1 pot, 1 pan, and 2 burners at my disposal. This past week I made chicken adobo using chicken wings that I picked up at the supermarket. 

In a moment of genius I opted to use the leftovers to make some adobo fried rice. Not quite as fancy as the adobo fried rice omelettes of Las Vegas fame ( it was a moment of genius coupled with laziness) but still a nice way to wrap up a day of Sunday housecleaning.


  • rice (I used brown but white rice is a-ok)
  • garlic, minced
  • chicken adobo leftovers (shred the chicken, pick out the peppercorns)
  • green onion, chopped (just for looks really :D)

No measurements for the rice and adobo. I made one medium sized bowl of it and used the meat of 2 chicken wings, 3 tablespoons full of adobo sauce, and a heaping scoop of rice. Fried rice is pretty forgiving so do whatchu want in whatever proportions you want. 


  1. Add a little oil to a hot pan and throw in the minced garlic (I used 1 tsp). 
  2. Add the chicken and adobo juices. It might be a bit watery so let the juices cook down a bit (stir constantly to avoid burning). 
  3. Throw in the rice and mix like you mean it.
  4. When its heated through and mixed well, take it off the heat.
  5. Throw on the green onions and take a picture. 
  6. Enjoy.

If you’re not lazy, you could make this into a Japanese style omelet (aka omurice) with the rice in the middle and an omelet wrapper. If you’re only moderately lazy you can add scrambled eggs to the mix (cook beforehand and add unless you want to eat brown eggs).

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April 6, 2009 at 12:10 am

63 years later…

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Today’s post is a little bit about food and a lot about being Filipino. 🙂

The picture above was breakfast in my godparents’ bahay kubo this past weekend. This time around it was tinapang galunggong (smoked mackeral scad) and talong (eggplant, in this case boiled) served with a dipping sauce of toyo (soy sauce) and kalamansi (Filipino lime). Delicious. 

If you’re Filipino, a morning in a creaky bamboo house on stilts with a light breeze and a full belly is as content as you’ll ever get. 

If you’re Filipino, sometimes it really does taste better when you eat with your hands. 

If you’re Filipino, you have a high forgiveness threshold so even though Philippine Airlines treats you like crap you’ll ride them again anyway. (This time around though they won’t disappoint you. In fact, they’ll be really pleasant and terrific.)

If you’re Filipino, “labs” does not conjure pictures of chemistry sets. It makes you think of cheesy romantic comedies and lots of pink hearts.

If you’re Filipino, when you’re uncle passes you’ll sit outside the house where his remains wait for their final place and greet and feed the guests that pay their final respects. You’ll do this for however long it takes with whatever you time you have – 2 day, 3 days, 7 days, 40 days. You’ll cry a little but watch your cousins’ many kids run around playing the games you used to play and understand that tradition and family goes on. 

If you’re Filipino, you’re celebrating a little bit at the passing of the Stimulus Bill. On a few little lines, a 63 year old effort has finally been realized. Although imperfect, those lines finally give some justice to the Filipino veterans who served the United States during World War II. These men are 80-90 years old now and their numbers have dwindled from the original 400,000+ Filipinos who fought alongside Americans. Regardless, it brought smiles (and ok, a few tears) to learn that the JFAV (Justice for Filipino American Veterans) provision finally made it. 

This post is dedicated to my Amang Ponso who also served with the Americans, my Uncle Lito who had a phatty bahay kubo, and my Uncle Romy who I paid my last respects to this past weekend in Baliuag.  

More food pics and lighter fare to come… Thanks for indulging me in non-food ramblings.

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February 18, 2009 at 11:26 pm

mack’s chicken inasal atbp

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Atbp is one of my favorite abbreviations. It’s the Filipino version of  ‘etc’ and is short for ‘at iba pa’ which translated means ‘and other stuff.’

When it comes to the Filipino joints at La Pau Sat, I’ve been pretty loyal to Panyeros which gives you two ulams (viands aka things to pair with your rice) and rice for an easy SGD5. Sadly, their dinner menu is pretty sparse so on a recent dinner trip with Jay, I opted to try out Mack’s.


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January 27, 2009 at 10:53 pm

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eat eat eat all the way home

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Unless you’re a major NSync fan, the post title is strictly informative and not funny.

I had a fantastic 2 1/2 weeks at home in California. Two of those weeks I spent in Hanford with the family vegging out, eating lots, and hanging out with the brothers. Not too many new meals but lots of old favorites.

I spent 3 days in the Bay Area catching up with good friends. The grand finale there was a meal at Pho Vi Hoa. I ordered the sliced pork meal. It was as good as I remember it. (Thanks to Jane and Jlin for housing me while I was in the Bay!)


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pasko lunch 2008

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If you haven’t figured it out yet Pasko is Filipino for Christmas. There’s a lot of Filipino in this post. You might want to have Google Translate on standby.

It’s become a tradition to have Pasko Lunch every year at work. It’s the one time of the year where all of the Filipino kids get together and share a meal. For some reason, we’re terrible at getting together otherwise. Still, when we do meet up it’s a big gorge-fest of all of the Christmas treats that Goldilocks on Rengstorff has to offer. Inevitably, we are all supremely full and sleepy after Pasko Lunch.

No Goldilocks for me this year. I had Pasko Lunch Singapore style. Ang saya, diba?

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December 8, 2008 at 10:30 pm