July 2018

Art Wok (North Shore City, New Zealand) 3

Art Wok (North Shore City, New Zealand)

Takapuna is a becoming really vibrant scene in terms of restaurant choices, many years ago options are limited to a few but now there are tons of options, from Thai, Mediterranean, South American, Korean, Filipino and many more. We had our fair share of dining experience here and our latest...

Italian Wedding Soup 1

Italian Wedding Soup

Italian Wedding Soup is a dish prepared with vegetables and meat; for vegetables the one mainly used are spinach, endive, escarole, kale and/or lettuce; for meat it is usually meatballs and/or sausages. Italian Wedding Soup may sound like a kind of dish that is served during Italian Weddings well it’s...

Sancocho 1

Sancocho

Sancocho is a dish prepared with cheap and tasty meat cuts traditionally just beef, slowly cooked with corn, pumpkin, yams, cassava and plantains. I still can’t believe that Anthony Bourdain is not with us anymore, he was one of my favourite Celebrity Chefs / TV Host and I learned a...

Butternut Squash and Green Bean Stir-Fry 1

Butternut Squash and Green Bean Stir-Fry

Butternut Squash and Green Bean Stir-Fry is a simple dish of stir fried Butternut Squash and Green Beans seasoned with fermented shrimp paste. Butternut Squash and Green Bean Stir-Fry is a simple dish of stir fried Butternut Squash and Green Beans seasoned with fermented shrimp paste, it’s a sure fire...

Pho Bo with Oxtail and Tendons 1

Pho Bo with Oxtail and Tendons

Pho Bo with Oxtail and Tendons is a Vietnamese insipred dish made with rice noodles in a rich beef broth served with oxtails and beef tendons. Pho usually is prepared by meticulously simmering beef bones for a long time using like backbones and oxtails with some Asian spices and aromatics,...


Jewel of Bombay (Auckland CBD, New Zealand) 2

Jewel of Bombay (Auckland CBD, New Zealand)

This is my go to Indian place if I am craving for curry during a lunchtime work day, I can’t count how many times I ate here, perhaps more than 20 times already. A small stall in middle Queen Street that seats I think around 10 people, sometimes we dine...

Mutya Ng Cavite 1

Mutya Ng Cavite

Mutya Ng Cavite is a rich and creamy thick soup prepared with Cavite’s ocean bounty like fish, mussels, prawns and crabs to name some, similar to chowder where it is cooked in a luscious cream sauce. Is it just me or does it also occur to you that this dish...

How to Make Latik 4

How to Make Latik

Latik is a ingredient in the Philippines mainly used as a topping in rice cakes, made with coconut milk and/or cream reduced and rendered until it forms into curds. Latik is an ingredient used mostly to garnish Filipino rice cakes like ube halaya, biko, maja blanca and sapin sapin prepared...

Café BBQ Duck (Auckland CBD, New Zealand) 3

Café BBQ Duck (Auckland CBD, New Zealand)

I would have never known this place if one of the owners (I think) have not been telling everyone who passed by their place that they offer free serving of soy sauce chicken for every two main dishes ordered from the menu. We got easily convinced as we were looking...

Manuk Kiarehan 1

Manuk Kiarehan

Manuk Kiarehan is a type of curry prepared with chicken, coconut milk, chillies, coriander and curry powder then infused with fermented black beans, a dish found in Davao thus curry has a lot of similarities with its Malaysian and Indonesian flavours Manuk Kiarehan is a type of curry prepared with...