May 2020

Copycat Aristocrats Honey Fried Chicken 1

Copycat Aristocrats Honey Fried Chicken

Aristocrats Honey Fried Chicken is type of fried chicken served in Aristocrat restaurant in the Philippines prepared with whole chicken deep fried and served with Java sauce and Java rice. This is my attempt on copying Aristocrats Honey Fried Chicken. I haven’t had this for a long time and hopefully...

Dr Rudis (Auckland CBD, New Zealand) 1

Dr Rudis (Auckland CBD, New Zealand)

It was a long time for me to try this place out because I had several attempts going in here but most of them were cancelled due to another appointment and the last time before this post, we did not get admitted by the bouncers because were wearing shorts, but...

Kilawing Labanos at Baboy 2

Kilawing Labanos at Baboy

Kilawing Labanos at Baboy is a Filipino dish of vinegar marinated daikon radish and pork sautéed in garlic and onion then stewed in vinegar. Kilawin is usually synonymous to raw fish but for this dish, instead of fish, pork and daikon radish is its main ingredient but don’t worry both...

Lily’s Garden Restaurant (Albany, North Shore City, New Zealand)

Chinese cuisine is quite diverse but what we are exposed to are the main stream ones like Cantonese, Huaiyang and Shanghainese cuisine, there are much more variety than that like the Anhui, Fujian, Hunan, Jiangsu, Shandong, Zhejiang and Sichuan to name some but of all these cuisine types Sichuan for...

Hinalang 1

Hinalang

Hinalang is a Filipino dish from the province of Visayas prepared by boiling beef or carabao meat with ginger, spring onions, onions and chillies Hinalang, just the name alone sounds hot and spicy because it is. “Halang” in Visayan means Hot or Spicy and this is what this dish is...


Gricia 2

Gricia

Gricia or Pasta alla Gricia is a type of an Italian pasta dish prepared neither with white or red sauce but instead it’s a simple concoction of pasta served with Pecorino Romano and Guanciale. We all grew up with a pasta dish that is either red or white sauce based,...

Market Central Taupo - A Visual Essay

Market Central Taupo – A Visual Essay

Before COVID-19 started we had one last chance to have a quick getaway with the family and we did it in Taupo, just a little five-hour drive from Auckland. We stayed for a short three days and two nights in the nice resort of Wairakei Resort Taupo and just played...

Vanilla Braised Beef Cheeks 2

Vanilla Braised Beef Cheeks

Vanilla Braised Beef Cheeks is a type of beef stew cooked simply with wine and vanilla bean together with herbs and spices like garlic, onion, thyme and bay leaves. Vanilla in a savoury dish, that for me at least was unheard of, my reaction when I saw this once on...

Daldang (Auckland CBD, New Zealand)

Do you know what Factcaron is? I guess we have the same answer until my daughter introduced me to it several months ago. While it may look French these sweet delights are a South Korean creation, it was the Koreans answer to the world-renowned dessert brands like Laduree, Pierre Herme...

Low-Carb Chocolate Hazelnut Bars 1

Low-Carb Chocolate Hazelnut Bars

Here’s a protein rich and Nutella-flavored bar that you can enjoy for those midday munchies or after a workout. The combination of chocolate and hazelnuts makes these bars addictively tasty, while the texture is somewhere between a fudge and a brownie. The added collagen protein makes these all the more...