Tuesday, December 23, 2014

My Experience in Baking & Pastry Arts and Culinary Class

It feels good to be back on blogging and here again. Winter break is here. The semester is over and I feel good.

As you may know I took Baking & Pastry Arts 2 and Culinary 2 this semester and I would like to share my experience with you.

For those of you who aren't familiar with what these classes encompass I shall tell you. Baking & Pastry Arts 2 is a five hour long class and 90% of the production is all pastries from apple products to French  pastries to layered cakes to chiffon pies and a lot more.

Culinary 2 is more hands-on, creativity-driven and as if your really in a kitchen. The bad thing about Culinary 2 is that it's a six hour long class and since I took it on a Saturday I had to get up every morning at 7AM and Will would drive me to school but the good thing is when we really got into cooking and prepping food, I was really into it, we got out early, and I took this class with my professor from Culinary 1.

Desserts from Baking & Pastry Arts
So there were some of the desserts we've made in my baking class and I must admit I was dreading this class almost every Wednesday night because baking isn't one of my strengths at all and baking a cake or the idea of baking a cake scares me a bit, but I did learn a few tools and tricks in baking class.
It was quite stressful at times because we made desserts for the dining room class that was taking place and for another class and the staff. However, in the end everything came together and I did learn a lot, but I also learned that I prefer cooking over baking a lot more.

Arugula, Citrus & Fennel Salad
I really liked my Culinary 2 class despite the fact I had to wake up early every Saturday. It was a struggle, but in return I was really into my class especially when it came time for production and of course eating the food. I was always excited about the days I knew I would actually get to make a dish from start to finish.

On the day I was the pantry chef, I made an arugula, citrus & fennel salad which I actually liked and made candied zest which tasted like a citrus candy literally. I really enjoyed making the salad and assisting my classmates in making other salads in previous classes.

Cream of corn soup
The week I was the Chef Potager (Soup Chef) I made a cream of corn soup. I haven't been a complete huge fan of most of the soups in class because well in French/American cuisine, there's a lot of dairy product and lots of heavy cream. I particularly don't like soups that are heavy and filled with lots of dairy because I feel like it takes away all the natural flavors of the vegetables, chicken, meat, and etc.

Classical Chicken Pot Pie

The week I was the Chef Saucier (Saute Cook), I made the entree which was the classical chicken pot pie, but we kind of deconstructed it. We cooked the vegetables and chicken different from the veloute sauce (chicken stock and blond roux) and the flaky pie crust is made separately. I liked this dish a lot, but would have preferred it in eating in a bowl.

Penne Arrabiata
The last week of production, I made penne arrabiata as an entree alternative and it basically is a hot and spicy pasta dish. I don't think I did a great job on this dish because I had a minor accident in class and wasn't able to make a great dish or one that I was satisfy with any way. 

All in all, I am grateful I enjoyed these classes for the most part and that I learned a lot about organization, food, ingredients, different techniques, and etc. I am glad I was able to create dishes all by myself from start to finish and put my creativity onto the plate. Hope to do that in my cooking from now on.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Finally, a successful attempt at Spot Dessert Bar!

Spot Dessert Bar
13 St. Marks Place New York, NY 10003
212.677.5670

I recently had to visit a dessert place for a term paper I was working on for my Baking & Pastry Arts class. There were so many to choose from, but I ended up choosing Spot Dessert Bar, located in the heart of the East Village in the city.

Every time Will and I make an attempt to visit Spot Dessert Bar, it's always and I do mean always crowded. There's always a line out the door after 6PM. For our visit, we were smart to come on a Sunday afternoon and there was no line. We got seated.

I really enjoyed the rich and soothing scent of green tea lingering in the air. There was a nice, warm, cheerful, and cozy ambiance. So at Spot Dessert Bar, you can order the desserts a la carte, omakase also known as "The Ultimate Spot Experience"which costs $55.00 and it consists of six seasonal dessert tapas and one chef special, five tapas for $39.00, or three tapas for $23.00 which is a decent price.

Will and I opted for the three tapas special and this is what we ordered:

Tokyo Camembert
We started off with the Tokyo Camembert, a Japanese cheesecake that's light and fluffy served with fresh cranberry, poached pear and preserves. I didn't think this dessert was extraordinary. It was very plain and simple. The cheesecake felt very dense compared to the ones I've had before.


Chocolate Green Tea Lava Cake
The second dessert we had was by far one of the best dessert I've had so far - Chocolate Green Tea Lava Cake. It's a warm and moist, dark chocolate cake filled with green tea ganache and green tea ice cream on the side. I was really excited to try this because it's everyone's favorite and a bestseller. This dessert didn't disappoint at all.

The burst of the green tea ganache was warm, velvety, and had a slight bitterness as green tea should have. The green tea ice cream was light not as as thick as the green tea ganache. The presentation was stunning! I have absolutely no regrets with ordering this dessert.

Eggnog Creme Brulee
The last dessert we had was the Eggnog Creme Brulee, duo flavors of eggnog and Thai tea creme brulee. I ordered this because I was really interested in trying the Thai tea creme brulee. Unfortunately, I wasn't a huge fan of this dessert even though the presentation was unique and different. I didn't like this dessert because there was a lack of taste and flavor to it. It was very bland.

All in all, I really liked Spot Dessert Bar and so glad I finally got to try this place out! I am excited for my next trip here because I would love to try their other desserts and maybe even their beverages too.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Cheap Eats: May Wah Fast Food

May Wah Fast Food
190 Hester Street New York, NY 10013
212.925.6428

Happy December everyone! I can't believe that 2015 is approaching near. Can you?

So it was a month ago that Will took me to a hole in the wall, food spot in Chinatown that he frequented before we started dating. I heard a lot of great things about this little food spot so Will and I finally got around to visiting it.

The restaurant is split into two stores, but one is take-out and one is dine-in. The dine-in section wasn't that big, but it's big enough. It looked very new, clean, and cozy. The waitress greeted us and took our orders and within 5 minutes our food comes out.

Pork Chop over Rice
Will ordered one of their most famous menu items - Pork Chop over Rice ($5.00). There's a 50 cent charge for an egg, so without the egg it would be $4.50. I tried a small piece of the pork chop and it wasn't dry or overcooked which I liked. It had a slight crisp and crunch to it.

Hot & Sour Soup
Will also ordered the hot and sour soup ($1.75).

Chicken Leg over Rice
I ordered one of the popular menu items too - Chicken Leg over Rice ($5.00). I really enjoyed the chicken leg because it was seasoned just right, moist, tender, and had a nice crunch to it.

There's a special sauce the chefs use too, but don't know what's in it or what it is, but all I know it was delicious! It was bomb! I'm not sure what vegetables were served either, but tastes like preserved cabbage. 

All in all, it was a fun and enjoyable experience. The food was cheap and yummy! I could really go for this again. Much thanks to my boyfriend for taking and introducing me to May Wah! 

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Two Hearty Thanksgiving Meals

Thanksgiving came and went by quick. This year I had three Thanksgiving celebrations - one with my company, one with my family, and one with Will's family.

On Thursday, my family and I had lunch at my house and boy did we eat lots of food.

Thanksgiving Lunch
This was the Thanksgiving lunch at my house. We had a mix of Chinese food and some traditional Thanksgiving foods. My sister and brother in-law brought roasted vegetables with pine nuts, cranberry sauce, and sliced turkey with gravy sauce.

Mom cooked most of the dishes and it was delicious! I really enjoyed the turkey and the cranberry sauce that my brother in-law made. It complemented really well. 

Strudel 
My brother in-law brought one of my favorites - strudel from Zabar's. He brought a blueberry and cheese strudel and apple strudel. I actually liked the blueberry and cheese strudel more because it added a nice creaminess to the strudel. It was really, really good.

Thanksgiving Dinner
This is the Thanksgiving dinner with Will's family. We had some Western and Eastern foods. The ham was baked in the oven and it was tender, moist, and delicious! Will's sister made sauteed apples which complemented really well with the ham. Everything was really yummy!

Desserts - Cakes
For dessert we had two cakes from Paris Baguette. There was a mini sponge cake and the cappuccino cake. I like the cappuccino cake the best because it wasn't too sweet and there was a hint of coffee in it.

All in all, it was a pretty fun Thanksgiving and food was excellent! Next year, I hope to make time to make roasted butternut squash or even mashed sweet potatoes. 

How was your Thanksgiving?

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Food Review: BBQ Pulled Pork Wafel

Wafel & Dinges (Food Truck)
(Downtown Brooklyn, Lawrence Street)

So now that you know there are food trucks every Thursday in Downtown Brooklyn, here's another food truck that's part of Food Truck Thursdays - Wafels & Dinges.

I've always had their sweet wafels, but not their savory ones so I decided to pick one up for lunch recently.

BBQ Pulled Pork Wafel
This is the wafel I ordered. The wafel had a slight crunchiness to it and the barbecue sauce was sweet and tangy which I liked. The pulled pork was really moist and velvety. It was really delicious!

Cole Slaw
My lunch also came with a side of cole slaw which was tasty.

I didn't expect a savory wafel to taste so good. I'm glad I gave it a shot. The chicken and gravy wafel sounds really tempting. I may have to give that one a shot at some point.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Food Review - Papaya King

Papaya King - Food Truck
(Downtown Brooklyn, Bridge Street)

So every Thursday is Food Truck Thursdays in Downtown Brooklyn, where I work. I was strolling by the MetroTech area one Thursday when I stumbled upon the Papaya King truck and glanced at their menu quickly and knew instantly what I wanted.

Hot Dog & Tater Tots
Yup I got a  hot dog and tater tots. A very simple, but yummy lunch. I also haven't had a hot dog in so long and it was great. Next time, I must add toppings on the hot dog for sure.

Tater Tots
A friend of mine posted on Facebook that he had tater tots as part of his dinner one night and I was blown away by it. It's been so long since I had tater tots and it was a childhood favorite, so I also had some tater tots. So full. So fattening. So yummy!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Ramen Quest: Revisting Bassanova Ramen

Bassanova Ramen
76 Mott Street New York, NY 10013
212.334.2100

It's been about a year or so since Will and I have last been to Bassanova Ramen. We typically don't revisit ramen restaurants that we've previously been to unless their menu expanded/changed or we were unclear of how we felt the first time so we revisit it and see how we feel or we revisit because the ramen is just that damn good.

This time we came back because their menu expanded and because our dear friend Jimmy was craving for ramen so we took him to Bassanova Ramen.

Their new menu includes: soupless ramen, 4-7 additional ramen, and appetizers.

Sizzling Hot Iron-Pan Stick Dumplings
Sauteed Brussel Sprouts with Anchovies
Berkshire Pork Buns
So we began with the Sizzling Hot Iron-Pan stick dumplings and the presentation of it actually surprised us because we've never seen dumplings shaped or cooked like this.The dumplings were filled with berkshire pork, chives, Chinese cabbage, garlic, and scallion. I really liked the dumplings, but I wished the the crust was crunchier.

The Sauteed Brussel Sprouts with Anchovies and Berkshire Pork Buns were two additional appetizers we ordered after our ramen because we weren't full. The sauteed brussel sprouts with anchovies weren't exactly what I had hoped for. I mean the brussel sprouts had a nice shade of green on it and they were crunchy, but our mouths were on fire! It was hot and spicy.

The Berkshire pork buns were a let down. I've had pork buns before and usually it's hot, juicy, and meaty not cold and hot. I wasn't quite enthusiastic about seeing sliced tomatoes in the pork bun, the buns were slightly broken when presented to us, and it was just not what we had expected it to be.

Savory Crab Sauce Mix Soupless Ramen
Jimmy ordered the Savory Crab Sauce Mix Soupless Ramen. If your a pescatarians, this is perfect for you. This soupless ramen consisted of crab meat, red cabbage, mixed greens, pesto, tomato kikurage (tree ear), mushroom, memma bamboo shoot, fried ginger, and scallion. It's a combination of different textures and taste, definitely interesting pick from the Jimster.

Lemon & Black Pepper Tonkadu Ramen
Will ordered the Lemon & Black Pepper Tonkadu Ramen. This is one of their newest ramen on the menu. The lemon & black pepper tonkadu ramen consisted of berkshire pork tonkotsu soup with lemon & black pepper topped with chashu, tree ear, mushroom, fried ginger, onion, crushed sesame, nori and scallions. That's a lot of toppings.

I liked that the broth was heavy, thick, and has a lemon-like flavor to it. It wasn't salty to the point I needed to drown my throat and it wasn't spicy either. However, there's something about his ramen that wasn't fitting to me even though it was thick and savory. I think it's the lemon that throws me off and it tastes similar to our Chicken Francese. 

Tondaku Truffle Oil Wadashi Ramen
I ordered the Tondaku Truffle Oil Wadashi Ramen. The broth/soup is berkshire pork tonkotsu & wadashi bouillon soup and topped off with pork loin chashu, memma bamboo shoot, gyofun, nori, fried ginger, and scallions. 

I really enjoyed my ramen even though there's a kick of spicyness in it. Although I don't like and can't really eat spicy foods, I liked the kick that this ramen had. It was the right intensity for me. 

The broth wasn't as thick as the Lemon & Black pepper ramen, but it was rich and savory. I liked the texture of the noodles. They were thin and straight like angel hair pasta. 

So I must admit I am happy to see that the menu has expanded at Bassanova Ramen, but their portions are small and I am normally full and content after a bowl of ramen at most ramen restaurants ,but even the ramen at Bassanova seemed small so that's why we ordered two additional appetizers.

Furthermore, their pricing for ramen is a little steep compared to other places Will and I been to. The price is definitely a factor we will take in account to as to if we'll be visiting again or not.

Service:4/5
Atmosphere: 5/5
Taste: 5/5
Likelihood to Return: 75%

Monday, November 17, 2014

Food Review: Cereal Milk with Corn Flakes (Soft Serve)

Momofuku Milk Bar 
15 West 56th Street New York, NY 10019
347.577.9504 ext. 5

After having dinner with our friend Draven at Ise Menkui-tei, he took us to Momofuku Milk Bar which I have been to before.

There were a lot of treats and snacks to choose from, but I took Draven's advice and got the cereal milk bar with corn flakes

Cereal Milk with Corn Flakes (Soft Serve)
Who would ever think corn flakes would complement ice cream so well? I mean really, it was amazing! I didn't eat the whole soft serve because I do have a slight allergic reaction to milk unless it's mixed in with coffee, or tea. Yeah it's weird. Milk makes me want to throw up at times, but luckily with the cereal milk soft serve I didn't really feel the reaction.

I seriously think they should have corn flakes as a topping at every ice cream shop or dessert shop. It's sweet and crunchy goodness.

Next time I return to Momofuku Milk Bar, I will probably try a different dessert or one of their special cookies.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Dinner at the Coach House Diner

Coach House Diner
921 Kennedy Boulevard North Bergen, NJ 07047
201.864.8600

It's been a very long time since Will and I have been to a diner. One Saturday night while we were in New Jersey, we decided to return to Coach House Diner (previous review can be found here).

It was packed with diners at Coach House the evening we went, but no matter how busy or crazy it got, our server made us extremely welcomed and happy. She had a positive attitude and was very warm to us.

Salad
I didn't order a soup so I went with the salad bar which has an array of salad toppings, pasta salads, and etc.

Bread Basket

Seafood Medley
I ordered the Seafood Medley which consisted of shrimp, scallops, calamari, mussels, and clams sauteed in a light clam sauce.and two sides. The seafood were moist, plump, and delicious! The light clam sauce was light and had a slight wine taste to it.

Sides
There's a variety of sides to choose from, but the ones I chose was the crusty Parmesan potatoes and cauliflower au gratin. The crusty Parmesan potatoes had a nice crust on top and seasoned just right. I really enjoyed the cauliflower au gratin because it had just the right amount of seasoning and cheese in it.

Steak Cremosa
Will wanted steak and also wanted to try something new so he ordered the steak creamosa. It's a NY Sirloin steak served in a creamy brandy sauce with black pepper, onions, mushrooms, and roasted peppers. At first his steak wasn't cooked to the way he wanted so he sent it back to be cooked to medium-well. 

When the steak returned, we both tried it. I really liked the sauce because it was rich, thick, and you can taste the brandy. The steak was moist and cooked just right.

Corn Chowder
Our server asked Will if he wanted anything else while he was waiting for his steak. So she gave him a corn chowder and didn't charge it for us either.

French Fries & Corn Niblets
Will ordered French fries and corn niblets for his sides. I really liked the French fries because there's a crispiness to it and has a little salt tossed in it. 

All in all, we had a pleasant experience at Coach House, but this time it was a lot more welcoming and warm. Our server did an excellent job at serving us and just being upbeat and positive! I hope next time we return to Coach House, she will be our server again.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

MeKong Vientamese Restaurant - better off not returning for a while

MeKong Vietnamese Restaurant
263 Kings Highway Brooklyn, NY 11223
718.942.5468

Hi everyone! It feels good to be back on the blogging and Yelp grind. Life has been utterly busy on the offline end. Just finished my midterm and I am confident I did well, but I'll just have to wait to next week to see the results. I've studied and been loading up on coffee with an extra shot of espressos this week. I paused from blogging and yelp reviews for about two weeks and it was hard, but here I am back in action at least for now.

So here's a long overdue review, a month overdue for you. There aren't many Vietnamese restaurants in my neighborhood. There's one across the street from where I live and it's been in business for years, but there's another one that just opened up maybe two years ago called MeKong Vietnamese restaurant.

The decor and ambiance is typical Vietnamese restaurant. I was quite surprised at how spacious the restaurant was. I came on a Saturday night with friends and my cousin and surprisingly it wasn't too crowded.

Vietnamese Spring Rolls (Large)
We ordered three appetizers and this was one of them. The Vietnamese spring rolls were fried to perfection and was tasty.

Summer Rolls
This was our second appetizer - summer rolls. It's a simple Vietnamese appetizer, nothing too special.

Vietnamese Pancake
This is Mekong's version of the Banh Xeo. I've had Banh Xeo at another Vietnamese restaurant before (review coming soon!) and it was fantastic! Mekong's Banh Xeo was a true downgrade from what I had experienced before. 

First of all, the plating/presentation was sloppy and the Banh Xeo was not made to it's best because it was literally falling apart compared to the one I had before. This was just poorly made.

Bun Bo Lui
My friend Jimmy ordered the Bun Bo Lui (Grilled beef with sesame seasoning and lettuce on rice vermicelli. This looked really good! I typically order this when I have Bun, but this time I chose something slightly different.

Grilled Shrimp over Rice Vermicelli
I decided to try the grilled shrimp over rice vermicelli. This wasn't any different from the other rice vermicelli dishes, The only difference is that there is grilled shrimp in this one. The shrimp were a little overcooked and weren't plump like they should be. However, this did taste pretty good.

I think the likelihood of me returning to MeKong is 50% because the food wasn't superb or extraordinary. I've definitely had better Vietnamese food in Brooklyn. The service wasn't the best, a little slow in my opinion. 

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Ramen Quest - Ise Menkui-tei in Midtown, Manhattan

Ise Menkui-tei
58 West 56th Street New York, NY 10019
212.707.8702

Will and I are normally don't find ourselves in Midtown, but not too long ago a dear friend of mine that works in Midtown, had invited me out to have dinner with him and to bring Will along too.

The three of us had dinner at Ise Menkui-tei. It's quite spacious inside especially for a ramen spot. I like that it's warm and bright inside, felt so cozy inside. The wait staff were very friendly and attentive.

So we started off with two appetizers -

Pork Gyoza
We started off with the Pork Gyozas which seemed quite small compared to it's average size that I have had at other ramen/Japanese restaurants. It was moist and cooked just right. I kind of wished there was a slight crunch to the bottom part of the gyozas.

Grilled Squid
I was craving for a Grilled Squid for a long time and coincidentally this was on the menu so I ordered it. First of all, love the presentation because it's so simple yet pleasantly appealing. The grilled squid was cooked just right and had a slight crunch and sweetness to it.

Curry Rice
Draven ordered the Curry Rice which had pork cutlets, carrots, onions and rice. That's a heck of a lot of curry sauce just smothered everywhere, but it's great! This was like totally curry heaven and man it smelled so hearty and delicious.There was absolutely no skimping on this dish. 

Will actually ordered a side order of the curry rice too and I tried a bit of it. The curry sauce had a slight kick to it, but it was bearable. I liked it very much. I mean the sauce had the right consistency and it was warm, thick, and just yumazing! 

Canton Ramen
Will ordered the Canton Ramen which is very different compared to the ramen we're used to having. His ramen had an assortment of vegetables and fish cake, as well as pork.

It was a very generous bowl. The broth  was rich and thicker than we expected, not that it's a negative thing, but it's just something new and different. Will enjoyed his ramen, but he enjoyed mine a lot more.

Hakata Ramen
I ordered the Hakata Ramen which is a rich pork bone broth with two piece of pork, bean sprouts, bamboo shoots, scallions, pickled ginger, and sesame seeds. This was definitely one of the best, most savory, and delicious ramen. I've had so far. I'm serious. 

The broth was fantastic and rich with flavors of pork bone. It had a slight garlic-like aroma and taste to it, but I liked it! The noodles were slightly al dente which I also liked and they were thin too. I like that the pork wasn't fatty. I really and truly enjoyed the Hakata ramen because the flavors and the texture were above and beyond what I had imagined and it really hit the spot. 

I'm so happy that our friend Draven introduced us to Ise Menkui-tei because everything from the food and service was beyond what we had anticipated. I was even surprised at how inexpensive and reasonable the pricing was especially for a restaurant in Midtown. I am definitely considering to return to Ise Menkui-tei in the near future to try their other ramen and foods as well. 

Ise Menkui-tei really wow'ed us, especially me. Everything was just delightful!

Service: 4/5
Atmosphere: 5/5
Taste: 5/5
Likelihood to return: 100%

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Pho Vietnam 87 - Inspired to eat here

Pho Vietnam 87
87 Chrystie Street New York, NY 10002
212.775.0999

So, I am pretty sure by now that you all know Will and I love Vietnamese food. We've recently tried a new Vietnamese restaurant actually in Chinatown. The reason that we tried it is not only because we were hungry or that we wanted Vietnamese food,  but mostly because I read an in-depth and great review of Pho Vietnam 87 on Eater NY. The beautiful photos and descriptions were convincing enough to try.

Banh Xeo
So I have this food bucket list and one of the items I've been wanting to try is Banh Xeo. It is a savory, Vietnamese pancake. When it arrived, it literally looked like a giant omelet. Inside was a combination of ground pork and shrimp and also beansprouts. It was pan-fried to sizzling crispness.

Will and I weren't quite sure how to begin eating the Banh Xeo, but somehow we figured our own way. We wrapped a small piece of the Banh Xeo in the lettuce that was provided and dipped it in the sweet fish sauce and just bit into it and man, oh man it was YUM! The first bite had a nice crisp crunch. The Banh Xeo was made perfectly and was delicious. There was a slight coconuty-ness to the Banh Xeo which made it taste even more interesting.

Pho Xe Lua
Will as always ordered his Pho Xe Lua. I must admit of all the times I've had Vietnamese food for him, I've never actually had Pho Xe Lua, not sure why. I guess I've never tried it before because I usually don't go for noodle soups at Vietnamese restaurants. Someday I will try it and see what it tastes like.

Bun Bo Lui
I ordered a bun dish - Bun Bo Lui which is a grilled beef with sesame dressing rice noodles and served with chopped lettuce, cucumber, mint leaves on the bottom, and crushed with peanuts on top. I liked my entree very much. It was really filling and filled with a combination of deliciousness and lots of greens.

So I must say we did enjoy our dinner and experience at Pho Vietnam 87. The servers were friendly and nice. The food was top notch and the Banh Xeo was excellent! I would definitely come back here and recommend that you do too. Yes, there are many Vietnamese restaurants in Chinatown, but this is one that's definitely worth checking out.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

An Amazing Gem in East Village - Maharlika

Maharlika
111 1st Avenue New York, NY 10003
646.392.7880

A month ago, Will and I went out with our friends to celebrate our friend Victor's birthday. We made reservation at Maharlika and man I was pumped up and so excited to try Maharlika because it's one of the well-known Filipino restaurants in NYC and I've heard their spam fries are to die for. Yes, I said spam fries.

The decor is chic. I really liked the ambiance here. It's dim lit, trendy, laid back, and relaxing. Service is quick and on point, and the food... well it was the best part.

Chiccaron
Our dinner began with a free small plate of Chiccaron (chicken rinds) with a vinegar sauce accompanied by very hot chili's. It was crispy and delicious and everything you would imagine if the Phillipines made an amuse bouche.

Spam Fries
I was told by my colleague that the spam fries at Maharlika were bomb, so I couldn't pass up this opportunity. My friends and I ordered it and loved it! It had a nice crispness and the juices and fat from the spam really enhanced the taste of the fries.

Lumpiang Barquillos
I've had Lumpiang before but wanted to try it again especially at Maharlika. Man, those babies were long! The Lumpiang Barquillos were crispy, crunchy, and yum! It was wrapped with beef, pork, and aromatic vegetables.

Filipino Pride Chicken and Ube Waffle
Will ordered one of Maharlika's famous dishes - Filipino Pride Chicken and Ube Waffle. We've never really had Ube before, but it's basically a purple yam. The waffles were crispy, but soft in the middle. It was delectable with the chive butter. The semi-sweet taste went well with the fried chicken. The chicken skin was crispy and the meat was juicy! This meal also included a sweet syrup which was a good complement. The portion size was huge!

Beef Short Rib Kaldereta
I ordered the Beef Short Rib kaldereta and it was accompanied with fried chorizo, oven roasted baby potatoes, grilled pineapple bathe in the most delicious and hearty tomato and olive puree. The beef short rib was a bit tough and chewy, but the combination of everything made the beef short rib twice as good! I really liked the sauce and it complemented well with the potatoes and beef short rib. 

This dish kind of reminds me of a hearty beef stew, perfect for a chilly Autumn or Winter day. I was quite content with my entree. I thought everything was up to par and rice/noodles was not needed.

Coconut Ice Dessert
Unfortuantely, I forgot the actual name of this dessert, but it is a coconut based dessert. There was no halo halo at Maharlika, but my friend said this is similar to it and we decided to give it a shot. It was light, refreshing, and semi-sweet, but I wasn't too thrilled with it.

So I really liked Maharlika and am glad I finally got around to trying it out. The food was delicious comfort food and I would definitely come back again to try other menu items. Next up, I hope to try Maharlika's sister restaurant - Jeepney and hopefully compare to see which one is better in my book.