Ang Sarap (A Tagalog word for "It's Delicious") Blog

The Hidden Village (Auckland CBD, New Zealand)

There is a new Filipino in town and we literally dined in here a month ago, a few days after it was opened. It’s one of those unplanned visits after we had a short stroll in Ponsonby, it was snack time so we thought of having some grilled cheese sandwich...

Almondigas

Almondigas most probably would have originated from the Spanish dish called Albondigas which is basically meatballs and vegetables in soup. Like many Filipino dishes their origins came from Spain and it is very evident from this dish, it contains two similar elements, meatballs and soup. Having said that Almondigas is...

Hai Phong Vietnamese Restaurant (North Shore City, New Zealand)

For quite some time now when we crave for some Vietnamese noodles soup our only resort was Hansan or Pho Bien but last weekend we found a third solution when we have our cravings also located in North Shore and it is Hai Phong in Northcote. We passed by this...

Tinutong na Manok sa Gata

Tinutong na Manok sa Gata is a Bicolano dish prepared with native free-range chicken, young papaya, moringa leaves and red pepper cooked in coconut milk that is extracted from toasted coconut meat. Back in the Philippines this is quite an easy meal to prepare because grated coconut meat is easily...

Tapa Burritos

One day I was thinking if burrito is just a beef and rice wrapped in tortilla then why can’t the usual breakfast tapsilog of the Filipinos fill that warm flat bread. This is the day that we join these two together, I made my decision I will be filling that...

Auckland CBD Night Market

Several weekends ago after some small shopping at Auckland CBD we planned to dine in again at Kiraku any like my past story about it, guess what, it was closed again and this was on a Friday around 5:30 PM. It’s just hard to decipher when this elusive ramen shop...

Spicy Cumin Lamb Skewers

Spicy Cumin Lamb Skewers also called Lamb Kebab or Yang Rou Chuan (羊肉串) is a simple chargrilled lamb kebab seasoned with cumin, salt and chilli flakes. Nearly similar to the Filipino barbecue where it is skewered but instead of heavy seasonings this meat dish is lightly seasoned, the serving size...

Over the Moon Cheese (Putaruru, New Zealand)

According to Over the Moon Cheese, “Cheese is an adventure!” Indeed, it was and we experienced that adventure when we visited this place after we had an early morning in Blue Springs on our way to Alphra Lavender and Blueberry Country. This was not on our initial plan but after...

Rellenong Ampalaya

Ohhhhhh Bitter Gourd, its ugly, the taste, just the name alone makes a lot of people get their hands of it, which I do understand as I hate it as well before until I learned how to eat them, now I love it and sometimes, I do honestly crave for...

Miso Nikomi Udon

Miso Nikomi Udon is a type of Donabe that contains udon, chicken, kamaboko, mushroom, negi, deep fried tofu and egg served on a miso infused dashi broth. Unlike most udons where it is served on a clear broth this one is quite out of the norm since this Nagoya specialty...