There was a time when my husband and I tried the Spot.ph’s Top 10 Halo-Halo in Manila. We tried 8/10 already. I am slightly following Eat Out Now 2014’s restaurant recommendations. There’s like a hundred of them. I have only tried very few of those so far.
I wanna taste something different tonight. While most crave for their favorite or comfort food, I crave for something new. Taste discovery is fun. Suddenly, my husband announced he was coming from Pasay to my mom’s house in Quezon City where we stay for the meantime. I just told him I am craving for a bowl of noodles. In my mind was the ramen. Tokyo Tokyo seems to be the cheapest. However I don’t know of a branch nearby. Then I remembered Kanzhu- Hand Pulled Noodles from the Eat Out Now. It’s also a chance to tick a box from that.
He picked me up at the ground floor of the condo. Our baby was already sleeping. Good thing about living (at least temporarily) in this area is its close proximity to interesting eats and shops.
Some recommended dishes are the various versions of braised beef noodles, beef tendon dry noodles, lamb-fried noodles and the green tea taho. I’m not in the mood for beef noodles, so I got the Lamb Dumpling Noodles. Lamb! But in a dumpling, what would it taste like? It is said to be a sleeper hit anyway. I ordered for take-out. I paid 185 pesos. A ramen from a Japanese resto costs 210 pesos the minimum. So I think this a good deal for a non-instant noodle. Well, ramen must be of different realm, done more meticulously.
Instead of waiting in the resto or in the car, I decided that we get the soft-serve ice cream from Family Mart. I like their ice cream twirl because they are huge, very affordable and the flavors are unique like Green Tea, Salted Caramel, Raspberry, Pistachio and Blueberry Cheesecake. The last 2 are the newly released Christmas specials. Some newly opened branches offer such at 15 pesos, most are 25 pesos.. initially, but now they’re 30 pesos. My husband likes it if the store staff would be the one to put the ice cream on the cone. They can maximize the space. At this time, I was told that they have a management policy that it had to be the customer to fill in the cone. Nevertheless, as another staff was cleaning the machine, the cashier said he could assist me and so he did make me the tallest twirl I’ve ever seen.
I think Green Tea and Salted Caramel are their best flavors because it tastes like such truly. I got a Pistachio and Blueberry Cheesecake mix. You can taste the each flavor at the sides of the ice cream, unmixed. The Pistachio flavor is more of just a hint of it.
I returned to get my take-out. They just put the closed sign on the door. I was happy to be carrying a quite heavy paper bag. Few minutes later, we were home. I should say this is one of the best noodles I’ve ever tasted. There is a reason why the selling point of the resto is that hand-pulled noodle. They are flat (probably half width of the fetuccine) and thicker than the usual. The noodle taste excellent by itself. The broth is one of a kind. It has cilantro in it. The lamb dumpling is also yummy. This is quite a foreign but pleasant taste.
Besides a satisfying out of the blue food trip, I am just very thrilled to have such worthwhile fun with my husband without breaking the bank. Marriage is also having random dates.