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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.)
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.
Start with this.
Unwrap it to reveal this.
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.
I treated our party of 10 to lunch at Fortune (Hong Kong) Seafood Restaurant in Malolos, Bulacan during our stay. Located on a business strip right off of the MacArthur Highway it is sandwiched between a couple of larger, flashier chain restaurants. Fortune touts itself as being one of those ‘forreal’ Chinese joints. I’m not Chinese so I can’t tell you how authentic it is, but for what it’s worth the meal was pretty darn good. Instead of pouring over the menu we ordered a family meal that set me back about USD 60.
I have always found it interesting that the McDonald’s menu changes to cater to local tastes. Different countries, different meals, different tastes, same brand. McDonald’s is lovingly referred to as ‘McDo’ (accent on the Do). The menu includes stuff like the usual BigMac and chicken nuggets but also has Chicken McDo, Burger McDo (sweeter than a regular hamburger, I think it’s made with pork), McSpaghetti, and taro pie.
You have to hit the Philippines during specific fruit seasons. Otherwise, you miss out on getting unique, tropical fruits that you can’t enjoy stateside. One of my faves is lanzones. They look a little like longan and chicos, if you’re familiar with those. The difference is that I hate longans and chicos. Heh. The rule of thumb when picking out lanzones at the market is to find the ones covered in ants. The ants always get to the sweet ones. Buuuuut, these days sellers have been known to put ants on lanzones just to get folks to think that they’re sweet. Lanzones that aren’t sweet aren’t bland – they’re SOUR so beware.