Satisfy your K-ravings at these Korean food joints in SM Megamall

Watching K-dramas and Korean reality shows always leave us craving for some savory Korean dishes.

At SM Megamall, there are several restaurants you can go to, to satisfy your hunger.

Soban K-town Grill

In the mood for some samgyeopsal or Korean grilled pork belly?

Head over to Soban K-Town Grill and order the Favorite BBQ Fest, which is good for two persons.

It includes medium woo samgyeop (plain beef strips), large samgyeopsal (plain pork belly slices), and medium honey-spiced samgyeopsal (marinated pork belly slices), which are all served fresh so you can cook them how you want on the smokeless grill tables.

The set comes with two cups of seasoned white rice, soup, seven side dishes, which can be refilled for as much as you can finish.

It’s also served with savory seafood pajeon (pancake), steamed egg, three pieces of boneless fried chicken, two single-serve iced teas, and two milk tea jelly for dessert.

Soban K-Town Grill is located at Level 3 of SM Megamall Bldg B.

Bonchon

Speaking of Korean fried chicken, Bonchon, the first restaurant to bring this distinctly Korean recipe to the Philippines, is also a must-visit at SM Megamall.

Aside from their classic fried chicken dishes, they also offer other uniquely Korean meals like bibimbap (rice bowls with meat and vegetables) and japchae (stir-fried glass noodles).

This month, Bonchon is having a promotion on their Bimbimbowl Meals, where every purchase of the product’s variants gets you a free 1-piece Klassik Fried Chikin Meal and save as much as Php116!

The #StayKChon promo also gives you a chance to win a free trip to Seoul, South Korea once travel restrictions are lifted.

Details about the promos are on Bonchon Philippines’ website.

Bonchon is located at the Upper Ground Floor of SM Megamall Bldg. A.

Chee-su

You’ve probably come across the famous Korean cheesy garlic bread in one of your browsing sessions on social media.

Now, you can have a taste of this really rich-tasting snack at Chee-su.

The brand recently opened its store at Level 5 of the SM Mega Food Hall, where the aromatic Korean garlic bread is made fresh daily.

Take this home to your family and they’ll surely love you more for it!

Hobing Korean Dessert Cafe

Finally, satisfy your sweet tooth with some Korean bingsu or shaved iced for dessert at Hobing Korean Dessert Cafe.

Enjoy a wide array of toppings and indulge in chocolate, milk, coffee, matcha green tea and other fruit mixes.

Hobing Korean Dessert Cafe is also located at the Level 5 of the SM Mega Food Hall.

What are you waiting for? Have your Korean food fix at SM Megamall today!

Treat yourself to a heartwarming Savoy HotBox Meal on Mother’s Day

One of the things I miss most nowadays is the freedom to go out and eat at whatever restaurant I fancy.

Not that I dine regularly at expensive restaurants, but the feeling of having a gourmet meal in a luxurious setting is something that can easily make special days extra special.

Especially this coming Mother’s Day, I couldn’t help but crave fancy dishes from the city’s best restaurants and hotel kitchens.

I got really excited when I found out about Savoy Hotel Manila’s new HotBox Meal, a set meal that’s well-packaged in a self-heating and portable food box.

With Savoy’s HotBox, one can enjoy hotel-quality food–steaming hot and delicious, not cold and soggy after being transported to you–without needing to go outside your home.

For Mother’s Day, they are offering a special set menu composed of the following:

  • BAHN MI | Charsui grilled chicken, picked vegetables served with pomme frites
  • SHRIMP & CRAB ROLLS | Fusion of maki roll with crab stick and shrimp, wasabi dressing, tobiko and mango coulis
  • RIBEYE CHIMICHURRI | USDA prime rib eye, chimichurri and buttered carrots, haricot verts, cherry tomato
  • FISH & CHIPS | Mahi-mahi with fries
  • ORGANIC BASIL PESTO FETUCCINE | Fettuccine pasta with pork pancetta, white wine, and basil leaves in pesto sauce
  • CHEESECAKE IN CAN | Blueberry Cheesecake served in a can

The Savoy HotBox is available to order through Savoy Cafe, Savoy Hotel Manila’s fine dining restaurant offering a wide variety of international menu.

Savoy Cafe offers to relish meals that will surely satisfy your cravings and ensures to bring the authentic dine-in experience even at home.

Savoy Cafe also has its own Grab & Go service, ‘Out Of The Box,’ which has its famous pastries and other delicacies on its menu.

To order and experience hotel-quality food in your home, visit https://www.savoyhotelmanila.com.ph/ or contact Savoy Café at (02) 5317-2817 or email dine@savoymanila.com.

Catch Max’s All-You-Can™ Weekends until January 29-31

Max’s Restaurant, the Filipino restaurant chain famous for its signature Sarap-To-The-Bones® Fried Chicken, has announced the return of a long-standing tradition missed by fans everywhere: Max’s All-You-Can. Designed as a way to give thanks to loyal patrons who have supported “The House That Fried Chicken Built” throughout its 75-year history, the event was last held in 2019.

This 2021, it’s back and better than ever as Max’s All-You-Can Weekends, with an exciting new twist to give people even more delightful choices to load up their tastebuds and tummies: More classic Max’s favorites to choose from, all in one plate.

  • Sarap-To-The-Bones Fried Chicken—always made to order, and best enjoyed with Max’s Banana Ketchup with a dash of hot sauce or Worcestershire sauce
  • Max’s Spicy Tofu—tofu cubes with chopped onions and bell peppers, sauteed in a special sauce, and topped with chili for some delightful heat
  • Chicken Sisig—a crowd-pleasing medley of chopped Max’s Fried Chicken and chicken liver, topped with slivers of chili fingers, onions, and celery
  • Chicken Lumpiang Shanghai—ground chicken and select spices rolled in a delicate lumpia wrapper and deep-fried to bite-sized perfection.

Each plate also comes with all the steamed white rice a customer could want.

Max’s All-You-Can Weekends is available for dine-in on January 15-17, January 22-24, and January 29-31 in all Max’s stores nationwide. Diners may feast to their heart’s content for just P499 per head.

Interested fans may visit their favorite Max’s store nationwide, or book ahead at bit.ly/ReserveMaxsAllYouCan. Patrons are encouraged to share their experiences as well on social media via the #MaxsAllYouCan hashtag.

Full mechanics are available at bit.ly/MaxsAllYouCan. For further information, visit www.facebook.com/maxsrestaurant. DTI Fair Trade Permit No. FTEB-111771 Series of 2021

Enjoy the sights and sounds of Christmas at Araneta City

At a time when big gatherings are not advisable to celebrate the holidays, there is one thing you can do to make your Christmas feel somewhat “normal.”

The sights and sounds of Christmas at Araneta City has brought holiday cheer to Filipinos for decades and this year, despite the pandemic, is no exception. Through different offerings that have been recalibrated to comply with current social distancing and health safety protocols, Christmas can be just as festive as it was before.

Here are some of the things that you can enjoy at the City of Firsts during the holidays:

Discover the flavors of Christmas at the Times Square Food Park

Whether you’re craving puto bumbong and bibingka or pizza and tacos, you’ll surely find it at the Times Square Food Park!

Serving some well-loved treats especially for the holidays, the Times Square Food Park is open from 3 PM to 11 PM this December, so visit now and go on a Christmas food trip.

Social distancing measures are strictly being implemented in the dining areas so make sure to wear your face mask and face shield, bring your sanitation products such as alcohols and wipes, and observe one-meter distance from other customers.

Celebrate the Holidays with a bang

Araneta City is bringing some color to our night sky with the Grand Fireworks Display that’s happening every Saturday of December.

There’s also a special fireworks show on Christmas and New Year’s Day, so make sure to stop by the Times Square Food Park at 7 PM to catch a glimpse of this visual spectacle.

Catch Santa Claus at Araneta City

Santa’s at the City to bring some ho-ho-holiday cheer Santa and his elves are at the City of Firsts to make Christmas merrier for everyone.

Catch good ole’ Saint Nick every Sunday of December, 3 PM at the following locations:

  • Property A
  • Farmers Plaza at the Level 4 Bazaar and at the Activity Area
  • Farmers Market
  • Jeepney Terminal.

Enjoy unique holiday finds

Thinking about getting your family some truly unique Christmas gifts? Then head on out to Araneta City’s Christmas Bazaar!

From proudly local handicrafts to some curious culinary specialties, anything that you may want is available there!

The Christmas Bazaar is in the Gateway Mall, Ali Mall, and Farmers Plaza activity areas, making it a convenient one-stop shop for all your holiday shopping.

Take some epic selfies with Araneta City’s Christmas Trees

Bring the holiday spirit to your Instagram feed by snapping a holiday selfie with Araneta City’s Christmas Trees.

These Christmas Trees are not only adorned with glittering ornaments but they also carry special messages that aim to inspire during this time.

The Giant Christmas Tree at Time Square Park banners HOPE, the Christmas Tree in Gateway Mall states FAITH, while the ones in Ali Mall and Farmers Plaza communicate JOY and LOVE, respectively—four things that we need to keep in mind especially during these difficult times.

Remember the essence of Christmas with the traditional Belen

Contemplate on the real meaning of Christmas by visiting the life-sized Belen situated along Gen. MacArthur Avenue. A yearly tradition since 1991, the Belen reminds all of us about the reason for the season.

Deck the halls with holiday deals from Parolan

It’s just a few days before Christmas, but it’s never too late to bring holiday cheer to your home.

Visit Parolan at Araneta City anytime of the day (it is open 24/7!) to secure some pretty good deals on garlands, Christmas lights, and lanterns.

You can enjoy all these things without having to worry as Araneta City is strictly observing health protocols to ensure a safe experience for everyone who spends the holidays at the City of Firsts.

For more information about the latest news, promos, and offerings from Araneta City, visit www.aranetacity.com. You may also like and follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

BOA Asian Flavors launches online store, delivers “best Pad Thai in QC” to your home

One of the things we truly miss while on quarantine is dining out. Before the pandemic, we can just about go anywhere, explore the city, and find the best and most delicious dish there is.

Here in QC, a quiet little restaurant in the corner of Scout Rallos and Scout Tuason was named as one of the 50 Best Restaurants by city guide website Spot.ph and one of the Top 10 Restaurants in QC by the Zomato App.

The name is BOA Asian Flavors, a Southeast Asian cuisine restaurant that makes satisfying twists to classic dishes like Malaysian favorite nasi lemak and our very own sisig and kare-kare. It is best known, however, for its delectable pad thai, which many foodies say is the best in Quezon City.

To that claim, I have to agree. BOA’s pad thai is really up my alley as it hits a perfect balance of sweet, sour, and salty in its own flavorful sauce developed by executive chef Julius Necor. Made with fresh noodles and a generous serving of shrimp and other ingredients, it’s a perfect dish to satisfy your Thai food craving.

It’s good to know that BOA Asian Flavors has opened up its online store to serve patrons despite the quarantine. Simply log on to boakitchen.com from your computer or mobile device and order off their menu that includes all the best Asian comfort food.

BOA Asian Flavors’ famous pad thai. Available at boakitchen.com for P395.

Aside from the pad thai, which comes other bestsellers available in the online store are the beef rendang, nasi goreng, char kway teow, and beef khao soi.

They also have a unique take on our famous beermate sisig, which has been converted into a deep-fried ball or croquette.

Sisig croquette. Available at boakitchen.com for P245.

For dessert, they also serve a heavenly plate of mango sticky rice and deconstructed banana pie.

It was also a refreshing moment for me when I learned that they serve my all-time favorite Filipino dish kare-kare on a deconstructed plate with and added twist of curry flavor, giving it a distinct taste.

Kare-curry. Available at boakitchen.com for P425.

“We want to serve comfort Asian food from the region but we’ve added our own spin to it to relate more to the cosmopolitan/well-travelled Filipino. This way, we can provide taste and quality that’s closer to the real thing. If we want to be known for one thing, it would be for serving food with bursting Asian flavors at boakitchen.com” says Joey Marcelo III, owner of BOA Asian Flavors.

Joey is proud to have Chef Julius on board as he has mastered the complexity and depth of flavors of Asian dishes. He trained under the famous Chef Chele of Vask (a restaurant that has consistently ranked in Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants) and has proved his skill to be strong enough to lead his own kitchen.

Mango sticky rice. Available at boakitchen.com for P235.

Order BOA online

Through its digital platform, BOA Asian Flavors promises to offer a smooth user experience with insight-backed photos and food captions that should relate well with customers.

The site offers expanded payment options for an easy transaction. Customers may pay through online banking, credit card, and e-money (Paymaya and Gcash). It will also feature a chat service so customers can have conversations with the restaurant management, place orders and receive confirmation of payment right away.

Nasi goreng. Available at boakitchen.com for P310.

You can also order dishes from BOA’s sister restaurants Gang Gang, Holy Grill, and Lucky Lucy. Gang Gang serves boneless fried chicken in a variety of flavors such as gangnyeom (Korean-style sweet and mild spicy sauce), sriracha-mansi, garlic parmesan, soy-mansi, and salted egg.

Meanwhile, Holy Grill, which is a popular steak restaurant in Taft Avenue, has its ribeye steak and USDA roast beef rice meals available for delivery through the website. Finally, Chinese-American Lucky Lucy serves orange chicken, fish and tofu, and mongolian stir-fry rice bowls.

Joey Marcelo II and Chef Julius Necor

“We understand that our customers may be more meticulous when it comes to food and they want to be certain if they are ordering the right thing for them. We made sure our layout, food shots, and description are produced from real consumer insight so our customers can have a very clear understanding on the food they are ordering,” says Joey.

During this time, safety is a top priority for BOA Asian Flavors. “We have devised a Safety and Hygiene Bible that subscribes to the standard protocols from DTI and our LGU. All our staff have also enrolled and finished Food Handling and Safety courses, earning certificates of completion from Servsafe—a food and beverage safety and training certificate program handled by the US National Restaurant Administration,” Joey adds.

BOA Asian Flavors is located at Mezzanine Floor, 45 ABDC Building, Sct. Rallos cor. Sct. Tuazon, Laging Handa, Quezon City and can be messaged at www.boakitchen.com

Mang Inasal welcomes back diners, puts strict safety protocols

Missed Mang Inasal? You can now dine in at your favorite restaurant following strict safety measures.

As parts of the country steadily ease restrictions on community quarantines, the well-loved Pinoy diner has joined other restaurants in resuming dine-in services, which have been placed on hold because of the extended lockdown. 

Knowing how much people have missed their favorite Mang Inasal meals and seeking to allay their fears, Mang Inasal has set in place strict protocols to ensure delicious food and safe dining experience for their customers.

Anyone who wants to enter the store must wear a face mask. The customer’s temperature will be checked and only those with a body temperature of 37.5-degree Centigrade and below will be allowed to enter.

A footbath disinfection mat is also placed at the entrance. Only a limited number of customers are allowed inside the store at any given time. Sanitizers are provided for customers at the door entrance, counter table and wash area for their use.

In keeping with the Department of Trade and Industry guidelines, Mang Inasal is requesting customers to fill out a Customer Health Form before being allowed to enter the store.  

For in-store safety, physical distancing is closely monitored as floor markers set one-meter distance for counter queues. Contact-less payment is enforced with the use of acrylic cash tray and acrylic barriers. Meanwhile, foot knobs are used as restroom doors, and regular disinfection of facilities and the sanitation of workers form part of Mang Inasal’s stringent safety protocols.

Dine-in customers are enjoined to be seated apart for physical distancing purposes. One-meter table-to-table distance segregates diners while in selected Mang Inasal stores a table barrier is placed for face-to-face dining.

Store crew sanitize the door and door handles every 30 minutes even as they pursue intensified cleaning and sanitation of fixtures and facilities.

Similarly, heightened safety protocols for food preparation and handling—on top of existing procedures that are already thorough—are also being implemented. These include the crew wearing face mask, face shield, and gloves; handwashing and sanitation every hour and when necessary; and the appointment of a Hygiene Ambassador – a crew member wearing an identifying button pin and personal protective equipment and who go around reminding crew and diners of the safety measures.  The Hygiene Ambassador himself cleans and disinfects the tables after every use.

Even the serving of unli-rice has been modified for safety purposes. Those who place unli-rice orders will be automatically served two cups of rice. Should they ask for more rice, the crew in charge will provide extra wrapped rice. Meanwhile pre-portioned condiments are served together with the ordered meal.

All these show that Mang Inasal not only serves good food enjoyed by many, but it also has the safety and well-being of its stakeholders as a priority. 

“We know how much everyone has missed dining at Mang Inasal,” says Business Unit Head Jojo P. Subido. “As we work towards the gradual return of in-store dining, we make sure to put our stakeholders at ease by placing their welfare as our top priority. In instituting all these precautions, we kept in mind our customers’ needs and concerns so that they can enjoy the Mang Inasal experience once again—safely and comfortably. We look forward to welcoming you back to our stores.”

As of this writing, over 80 per cent of Mang Inasal stores around the country are open for dine-in.

Meanwhile, customers from Metro Manila can continue enjoying Mang Inasal meals by placing their orders through #7-3333 or via Grab, Food Panda, and Lalamove. They can also place their orders through Jose, the Mang Inasal Chatbot in Facebook Messenger. 

Share the Joy with frontliners through Jollibee’s “Send A Meal” service

In spite of all the difficulties brought by the COVID-19 pandemic, numerous opportunities to spark a chain of good deeds have also been abundant.

From big organizations doing what they can to help ease the lives of Filipinos to ordinary citizens helping out neighbors and random strangers, people have been exhibiting compassion by giving out food and other essentials to front liners and other affected communities. 

To help individuals and groups in their food distribution efforts, Jollibee has introduced the “Send A Meal: Bulk Order Service.” This initiative offers a systematic and easy way for benefactors to order select Jollibee meals in bulk, conveniently pay for them, and have them picked up or delivered straight to their intended recipients.

Customers may choose from the following products included in Share A Meal:

  • 1-pc. Chickenjoy
  • 1-pc. Burgersteak
  • Jolly Spaghetti 
  • Yumburger 

Payments can be made through online transfer or bank deposits. Delivery fees will also be waived for orders worth PHP 3,000 and above per recipient.

Tto avail of this special service can email their bulk orders and inquiries to sendameal@jollibee.com.ph for Jollibee meals.

Cloud 9, a fave chocolate from our childhood, gets new look

One of our favorite chocolate brands from our childhood just had a makeover. Jack ‘n Jill Cloud 9, one of my go-to snacks since the ’90s, now comes in a new vibrant packaging that shows off the product’s delectable goodness.

It features an actual image of the Cloud 9 choco-coated bar with a luscious stretch of delightful caramel filling, crunchy peanuts, and chewy nougat. It literally makes you want to take a bite out of one right away!

Despite this change, the taste and quality of Jack ‘n Jill Cloud 9 remains the same. It also comes in a variety of undeniably delectable flavors such as the rich milk and white chocolatey goodness of Cloud 9 Classic and White, the double chocolate delight of Cloud 9 Choco Fudge, and the extra loaded combination of chocolate, caramel, and nougat with bigger and more nuts in Cloud 9 Overload.

The well-loved chocolate brand encourages people to cherish and enjoy short-lived special experiences and simple everyday wins or “Cloud 9 Moments” with a bar of Cloud 9. Get yourself a bar or a box at leading groceries, supermarkets, and convenience stores nationwide.

Share your Cloud 9 Moments with other Cloud 9 fans by posting your photos and videos on social media using the hashtag #EnjoooyThatCloud9Moment.

For more exciting updates, follow Jack ‘n Jill Cloud 9 on its official Facebook page (@JacknJillCloud9PH).

Melai Cantiveros is new Adobo Connection ambassador

With its dedication to make every Filipino feel at home in all its stores, Adobo Connection has chosen “momshie” and TV host Melai Cantiveros to be its first-ever brand ambassador. Unassuming and cheerful, Melai is the quintessential Filipino mom who endeavors to capture her family’s craving for good, uncomplicated, and hearty Pinoy dishes–with adobo sitting on top of that list.

“Adobo is forever–char! Kasi diba staple food siya, walang Pinoy ang hindi gusto ang adobo. Unlike kasi ng iba na naging usong pagkain, saglit lang naging hype tapos after ilang months lang, wala na. Ang adobo kasi, ‘di pinagsasawaan. Kaya kumuha talaga ako ng franchise. Honestly, ito ang pangtawid gutom ko,” said Melai.

Meredith Ngo, Adobo Connection’s Managing Director says, “We’re really proud to announce the first-ever brand ambassador / franchisee of Adobo Connection, Melai, who embodies what a true Filipino mom is–yung maalaga sa pamilya and may malasakit. Similar to our brand statement, we want our customers to feel at home and remember their mom’s cooking every time they enter our store.”

Recognizing that Adobo Connection is deeply ingrained in Filipinos’ lives, Melai had also taken things one step further and decided to invest in an Adobo Connection franchise. This was to ensure not only her family’s financial stability but also because she loves seeing people enjoy Adobo Connection’s offerings. Every Adobo Connection experience brings back memories of home and celebrates everything fun about being Pinoy, as they serve other Filipino favorites like Bangus Belly Sinigang, Beef Kare Kare and Grilled Liempo. This year, Adobo Connection is adding new dishes to its menu that everyone will surely crave for – Adobong Liston Manok, Lechon Kawali, and Adobosilog.

Admitting she did not know much about running a business, Melai also found Adobo Connection’s support and commitment to its franchisees truly reassuring.

Sa panahon ngayon, ang hirap na makahanap ng business na papatok at higit sa lahat ang hirap makahanap ng katuwang sa negosyo–yung talagang mapagkakatiwalaan at tutulungan ka talaga. Pinadali talaga ng Adobo Connection and pagbu-business ko. Dahil sa mga maaasahang teams nila, masaya at madali ang naging experience ko,” Melai shared.

Today, Melai owns three Adobo Connection outlets nationwide. She has found that Adobo Connection offers a solid business proposition–a working market concept, sound marketing, and operational systems, and strong franchisor support.

Good Luck Hotpot holds first Chinese Culture Photography Competition in PH

Goodluck Hotpot, the first high-end hotpot and business banquet in Manila, has launched the first-ever photography competition in the country to highlight the rich and unique Chinese culture.

With a theme “Chinese culture in the Philippines,” the competition glimpses into Chinese traditions, cuisine, and culture as it invites both professional and amatuer photographers to capture special moments inside its Pasay City facility.

Photographers are welcome to take as many photos and videos as they like and upload them on Facebook. To make your entries valid, make sure to follow these instructions:

  1. Visit Good Luck Hotpot Restaurant at Shop 1-6 NEXGEN Tower, EDSA Extension, Brgy. 76, Pasay City.
  2. You can choose if you want to dine or you just simply want to take photos for this contest. Just tell the restaurant staff that you are a contest participant.
  3. For posting, you are free to post unlimited photos or videos.
  4. Make sure to LIKE the Good Luck Hotpot official Facebook page.
  5. Mention or tag the Good Luck HotPot Official Facebook page and check-in (add location) to Good Luck Hotpot in your post.
  6. Use the official hashtag #goodluckhotpot.
  7. Make sure your post is set to public.
  8. Let your friends like your post.

The contest ends on December 20, 2019 at exactly 12:00 Midnight. Announcement of winners will be on December 23, 2019.

P25,000 worth of Good Luck Hotpot discount vouchers will be automatically given TO ALL THE PARTICIPANTS. The TOP 3 posts with the most number of reactions will be chosen as winners and will win the following prizes:

  1. P30,000 VIP CARD with no expiration
  2. P15,000 VIP CARD with no expiration
  3. P7,000 VIP CARD with no expiration
    Note:
    *Simply show your posts in the reception area to claim your rewards.
    *Membership card can be use directly as payment and not limited for one-time use only.
    *Condition applies for the voucher.

For more information, visit the Good Luck Hotpot Facebook page at www.facebook.com/GoodLuckHotpotPH.