What to eat in Osaka and Kuromon Market

So here’s a rundown of what we ate in Osaka!

1. 551 Horai – Butaman

Upon arriving in Osaka particularly in Namba station we were famished! Good thing because 551 Horai was just nearby. It was Butaman or similar to siopao here in the Philippines. But the filling was really yum! The filling was so generous and it was so meaty and flavorful. We stuffed ourselves with 2 of each. :)) Greyson loved it so much too because the dough was soft and chewy.

 

 

 

2. Morozoff Custard – This was located along Namba walk. For those who have a sweet tooth, indulge in this! It had sugary syrup at the bottom to compliment the custard on top. 

3. Gyu Katsu – in Nara and Namba. We had Gyu-Katsu in Nara after interacting with the deers! :)) It was beef cutlets that was deep-fried. There was a certain way how to eat this and you may watch this in the You Tube version of our food finds.

 

4. Ice Cream – There are lots at the grocery and convenience stores! Be sure to try one! It was kind of a hit or miss though since I can’t read the labels. I had matcha with red beans. Haha not exactly I flavor I enjoyed. I honestly thought it was matcha and chocolate. :)) 

5. Kobe Beef – Dotonbori. We had kobe beef at Dotonbori and it was pretty expensive for this piece! I think around 800 YEN or roughly 350 pesos. Grabe diba? Hahah. We told ourselves the next time we go here we wouldn’t scrimp on our food trip. But really this was one of the expensive things to eat here and to be honest I enjoyed our last time better. We had Kobe beef in Kobe. If you really want to try Kobe, please go to Kobe instead! Much more worth it. 🙂

6. Kushi Katsu – in Shinsekai!  If you plan to go to Tennoji Zoo, have lunch in Shinsekai! They are famous for their Kushi-Katsu. We enjoyed the Shrimp here best.  

 

 

 

7. Shake Shack in Shinsaibashi – Not really Japanese food but worth a try especially with the long lines here in the Philippines! Grab a bite of these juicy burgers and crisp fries. As you can see, Greyson enjoyed the fries so much! No wonder people are lining up for this in Manila! In Osaka, there were no lines though and the customers were mostly Filipinos :))             

 

KUROMON ICHIBA MARKET

We were about to miss going here since we didn’t know if Greyson would permit :)) On our last day, he fell asleep while we were at Namba walk so we decided to go to Kuromon Market. Good thing because it was the highlight of our food trip! Also there was a passage in Namba walk so it was easy to get there by foot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Fresh Oyster and Uni at Nishikawa Fish Store – Around 600 YEN. Super worth it!! We shared this. The Uni was super creamy and it was really fresh! We enjoyed the Oyster with a bit of hot sauce. We would want to have more but we didn’t want to stuff ourselves with this as we wanted to taste as much as we can in Kuromon Market.2. Fruits in Season – We had persimmon, strawberries and green melon. The persimmon here was really sweet and it wasn’t hard. It was crunchy to the bite. Green melon is also a favorite here so be sure to try one when you drop by! We saved a lot for Greyson since he loves fruits so much. We wanted him to taste as much fruits as we can offer him to enrich his palate.3. Tuna and Salmon Sashimi Donburi. This stall had the longest line in Kuromon Market and we don’t wonder why! It has the freshest tuna and salmon sashimi. It wasn’t that unique though as we had lots of this in Manila but no doubt here you’ll have the freshest.4. Torched and Grilled Grab meat and fat. It was so indulgent! But as long as you’re sharing it with someone it lessens the guilt. I couldn’t bear to it one whole shell of this. :))

5. Broiled Crab. Last but not the least! Shred it as if it were noodles and dip it in Crab Fat. Yum!!

Going back here to Osaka was so worth it. There was still so much to do and so much to eat and try. It really is a foodie’s paradise.

Check out our Food trip in Osaka video here. 🙂

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3rd Anniversary at Minami Saki, Astoria | Review & Reflections

For our 3rd Anniversary celebration, since the hubby loves Japanese food, (God really knows and provides!) we are privileged to dine and have lunch at Minami Saki ℅ a good friend. Yay!

Minami Saki by Astoria is a new restaurant located at the ground floor of Astoria Plaza in Ortigas. They usually open at 11AM for lunch. Prior to going to Minami Saki, I checked some photos and their dishes are really photogenic and enticing. It got me excited about what awaited us.

Our first order: Ume Sashimi (Php 580) 3 Kinds of sashimi – tuna, salmon and lapu-lapu.

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What we liked about it was the cut! It was very thick – a mouthful and it was also very fresh. The 9 slices were just enough for the 2 of us.

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Then we had Tobiko Orange Sushi (Php 180) which was flying fish roe. Their sushi orders were just 2 pieces, as if it were meant for dates – a person gets one each. xp They were very generous with the flying fish roe to the point of it almost spilling over. I couldn’t eat it without the fish roe spilling a bit.

We also got Nihonsan Tako (Php 220) which was Japanese octopus. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to take a photo of it. Surprisingly the octopus was very tender. I imagined it being gummy and like rubber, but it was very soft to the bite. It was an octopus I enjoyed.

Aburi Sushi (Php 530)

Aburi Sushi (Php 530)

Minami Saki boasts of their Aburi Sushi which was slightly burned sushi tuna, salmon, and lapu-lapu with their special aburi sauce. It was an explosion of flavors in my mouth! I enjoyed the special aburi sauce combined with the burnt cheese and the flavor of raw fish plus a hint of natural sweetness from a slice of fruit. What a treat to our tastebuds! How did we eat it? We halved all of it. xp It was “bitin”! We are definitely going back for this especially if we want to indulge on authentic Japanese food.

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For their noodles, we tried their Tempura Soba (Php 475). With its serving, it was pretty much good for one. But since we had other orders, we split the soba and it was enough for both of us. The tempura was also fresh and wasn’t drenched in flour. It was really quality food. Even the noodles!

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Our Minami Saki experience was such a treat to both of us! It is quite upscale and the prices are a bit steep, but if you’re looking for authentic and quality Japanese food, this is the place to go. 🙂 It is still cheaper than going to Japan. :p

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So what happened on Year 3?

[May 2013 – 2014 Year 1] – The Rollercoaster Ride

[May 2014 – 2015 Year 2] – Exploring our Differences

[May 2015 – 2016 Year 3] – ???

When I look at our 3rd year as husband and wife and if I could describe it in one word it would be stable. Jason said his word was better.

Stable because I feel that we became more adjusted with each other’s quirks and habits, by God’s grace more understanding, more patient with each other and accepting of our distinct personalities. There are still some minor disagreements here and there but when it boils to our foundation and our faith there is no argument there, our God is God. Without Him I honestly don’t know how both of us who are very distinct from one another would settle our differences and even celebrate our uniqueness! 🙂

I believe we are getting more intertwined with each other, more in stride to one another. I am becoming more of him (in his corniness :P), and he is becoming more of me. err. in a good way hopefully. 🙂

Jason said his word was better. Better in communicating with one another. I would agree! There are many other ways of expressing than just being angry. :p Communicating is really key… He can’t just keep guessing and assume why I’m irritable at times, I have to tell him in an honest and respectful way. I also can’t be left in the dark on why he’s suddenly quiet, he has to tell me lovingly and gently what upset him.

I praise God for His goodness in our 3 years as husband and wife. When I reflect on God’s love for us, I am moved to love my husband more! We can only love each other because we know (how much!) God first loved us. Love truly comes from God.

Every year since our wedding day this verse holds true in my heart.

1 John 4:18-19 There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear, because fear involves punishment. The one who fears has not been perfected in love. 19 We love because He first loved us.

Lucky Chick Review | UP Town Center

Comfort food from New York has inspired the owners to open up another restaurant that treats us to a favorite household dish which adults and children alike enjoy – FRIED CHICKEN.

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Lucky Chick is located at the 2nd floor of UP Town Center where Skull and Bones used to be, but this time we’re getting lucky because they’re offering us the crispiest chick in town! In addition to that, we have a choice of either of the 3 Gravies – Original, Honey, and Apple Cider.

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Original Chicken

Original Chicken

Who doesn’t love the good ‘ol Fried Chicken? Just looking at the photos and writing about it is already making my mouth water. Above is their Original Chicken but personally I prefer the Hot Chick as it offered a more distinct taste more than the usual original chicken. It only had a hint of spiciness to it so I presume it’s tolerable even for those who dislike spicy food. 🙂

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There are different packaged meals in ordering here.

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Should you opt for the Luckier Meal, we have a choice of the following sides.

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At that time they offered Garlic / Plain Rice, Coleslaw, Biscuit, Donut, Mashed Potato, Corn and Carrots, Mac and Cheese, and Corn Muffins.

But in their revamped menu, they now have Fries, Waffle, Hashbrown Caserole, Corn on the Cob, and Green Peas.

I liked their Mac and Cheese and Mashed Potato – Carbs galore. You can never go wrong with that as well as their corn and carrots and rice especially if you only have 1 provision for a side dish. Their biscuit had some time getting used to as well as their donut which is made in their kitchen.

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I also got to try their Spaghetti and Meatballs (Php 180) which is more Italian than Filipino as it was more sour than sweet. It was a good alternative to the chicken dishes.

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But of course, when there are times that we feel like eating a sandwich, their Pulled Pork (Php 200) is worth a try. It had a generous amount of pulled pork and it was filling too.

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They also had Fish Fillet (Php 160) as an option from the chicken dishes, served with rice and fries. yum!

But the truth is that even with all the yummy alternatives, I’d still go for their Chicken Meal when I return 🙂

For the best part of the meal, (next to chicken of course), we had a slice of Pecan Pie (Php 200) which I think my husband would enjoy more as I would say it had a more “mature” taste and it is something a specific market would enjoy.

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And as for me I’d go for the ultimate comfort dessert, Ice Cream Sandwich (Php 150)

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Imagine cold creamy vanilla ice cream sandwiched in freshly baked Choco Chip Cookies. My dentist would surely disapprove with the hot and cold combination. But in any case, it is the best food solution to the blues. The instant mood booster.

Overall Lucky Chick is a place with a relatively new take to chicken with their different gravies and sides. Their menu had so much variety of comfort food which is the trademark of the owners as they also own a string of restaurants; my favorite Borough, Nolita, The Bowery, and L.E.S. Bagels. Truly they have mastered the art of offering comfort food in Manila.

For those who can’t have enough of Chicken, On May 28, Lucky Chick is offering UNLIMITED Chicken and Rice for Php 298 only! Be there during LUNCH and DINNER time from 11AM-1PM and 5-7PM. 

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Lucky Chick

Second Floor, UP Town Center, Katipunan Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City

 9585349

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Silantro Review | U.P. Town Center

After hearing good reviews about and long queues in Silantro (Fil-Mex) Restaurant, I was finally able to try it last weekend in U.P. Town Center. Thanks to my high school friend Karla who treated us there in celebration of her birthday month. I got to Silantro at around 11:30 AM and luckily because there wasn’t any line yet and I was able to reserve nice seats.

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While waiting for the ladies I ordered Beef Nachos (Php 180) as appetizer. It was unusual for me since usually ground beef is used for nachos. With Silantro, it came with cubed beef. I liked the beef here because it was very tender. Even when an hour or so has passed (and in between attacking my burger), I picked on the beef and it was still tender! The cheese also had quite a burnt taste to it, but it was ok nevertheless. The burnt taste added some texture and a unique flavor to the cheese.

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Another dish we ordered was Calliente Wings (Php 180) which wasn’t caliente at all. It was sweet with a hint of spiciness to it but to spicy food lovers like me, it didn’t hit the spot. The shredded lettuce was a good addition to this appetizer as the flavor was strong in itself. It was a good break from the very tasty chicken wings.

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The birthday girl herself ordered Lamb Chop (Php 350) which was one of their bestsellers.

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Grilled Mahi-mahi (Php 210) was also ordered and it had a beautiful presentation to it. Great for those who prefers a light meal.

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I got Pancholon’s Burger (Php 160) which had a huge beef patty topped with Silantro’s signature salsa, guacamole and oh so cheesy mozzarella. It was served with fries and more guacamole on the side. I enjoyed the burger and I was so happy with Silantro’s generosity but to be honest I was a bit full already by this time I had a hard time licking my plate clean.

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I was very much satisfied with Silantro considering their dishes were thoughtfully priced and they had generous serving. The food really justified its price. I wouldn’t feel shortchanged when I eat here because not only were they so kind with their dishes but there were unlimited dips as well.

The only thing was that since there were limited seats and there was a queue outside I kind of felt like I had to hurry and justify the saving of my seat (while I was waiting for the ladies to arrive) which seats 4 pax.

I would definitely come back here but not during lunch or dinner. I’d probably come back here with the hubby for early lunch at 11 or early dinner at 5 to avoid the long queue, get some seats and avoid being hurried.

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But all is well, Silantro was an enjoyable experience since we got to catch up after a long time. Happy Birthday again Karla and until next time. 🙂

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Silantro Fil-Mex Restaurant

3rd Flr. UP Town Center

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