How to make your own Korean Kimbap or Japanese Sushi

How to make your own Korean Kimbap or Japanese Sushi

I was at a mall in Manila the other day with a friend. And because we miss Japanese food, we proceeded to eat in a Japanese restaurant that offers buffet sushi servings.

It was great to eat sushi again, but when I looked at the prices, 2 sushi costs around 100 pesos already.. In the sunday market in Chiang Mai, Thailand, 2 sushi will only cost you 10 baht, or around 15 pesos… so the price is really an overkill xD


sushi


It was great to give in to cravings from time to time, but I think its better if you just make your own sushi… sorry Japanese restaurants.. I’ll still go eat in your restaurants if I feel like splurging… ;D

Anyway, for those who are frugal smart, here’s the steps on how to make your own experimented Maki Sushi.. or Korean Kimbap.. Thank you to my Korean friends who taught me how to do this last 2004..

Ingredients:
Seaweed Paper, you can buy this in the supermarket
Sticky rice, if its not available, plain rice will do
Ripe Mango
Cucumber
Scrambled Eggs
Crab Sticks, you can buy this in the supermarket
Kikoman soysauce

Steps:
1. Cook rice, then cook scrambled eggs
2. Cut vertical slices of mango, cucumber and scrambled eggs
3. Spread thin amounts of rice evenly in seaweed paper
4. Place slices of mango, cucumber, eggs, and crab sticks on top of rice
5. Roll seaweed paper
6. Cut the rolled sushi/kimbap into slices.. or if you’re feeling lazy, dip them into soysauce and eat them up already ^_^


sushi


That’s my experimented Korean kimbap or Japanese sushi version that is very Oishi/Mashita/Aroy/Masarap! ^_^ So next time, please don’t get ripped off by overpriced sushi again, unless you’re willing to get ripped off ^_^

Fiesta in the Philippines

Why do some families afford lavish celebrations during fiesta? Feeding the whole neighbourhood, or town is not an easy task. You have to involve the whole family (and extended family) on the expenses and preparation for the celebration, just to entertain and feed people, some of them you don’t even know..

Apparently, that is the beauty of these kinds of festivities.. Every fiesta is named after a Patron Saint of a town.. and it’s a thanksgiving to the guardian Saint of all the good rewards the family has received and it’s a way of sharing the good blessings to everyone too..

This one is in Bohol:



Every time I attend a fiesta celebration in the Philippines, these are my observations:

1. Fiestas are still alive in provinces while not so much celebrated by families in Metro Manila. I think this has something to do with cost of living and safety. It is not really easy to invite strangers to eat in your house in the big city.

2. You will be surprised even seemingly lower income families in provinces can still afford to celebrate fiesta. What is the secret? Some families have a member that is abroad, or have a higher earning income. Also, there goes the low cost of living in the province.. so don’t under estimate a nipa hut..


bahay kubo kahit munti, ang appliances doon ay sarisari

3. Almost all neighbors are related. If you are visiting a fiesta of a relative, you will be introduced to your uncle of the aunt of the grandfather of your dad.. or your 1st cousin of the 2nd wife of your step grandmother…

4. Reunions are a big deal to some villages. I observed even students who are studying in the big city took a long week absence just to participate in beauty pageants in the villages. And families who have migrated to other places go back and look for traditional food that they have dearly missed.

5. Every fiesta, several pigs and chickens went to heaven.. I said a little prayer for them :D. This is a picture of a roasted pig. For vegetarians, this is not a good sight; for Muslims, they can’t even imagine eating this, but for meat lovers, this is Heaven.


roasted pig

6. New to Fiestas in the Philippines? The trick here is to fast a day before Fiesta, then eat a little bit of everything in every house.. Rest assure that you won’t need to eat til next day.


fiesta

It’s not everyday you get to celebrate fiesta, after the food has gone, it’s back to diet mode of tuyo and kamatis (fried fish and tomatoes) again… it’s time to work hard and be frugal, so there is something to spend in next years celebration. So what do you like about fiestas? Do you also celebrate them too?

Here’s a fond memory of Fiesta in Panglao, Bohol when I lived there last 2012:



Here are related articles I wrote about Fiesta in the Philippines
http://grasya.com/2012/09/fiesta-and-street-dance-parade-in-panglao-bohol/
http://grasya.com/2014/06/a-visit-to-2-islands-in-north-samar-philippines/
http://grasya.com/2014/05/reasons-to-stay-home-reasons-to-travel/

Where to eat horse in Cebu

Where to eat horse in Cebu

I’m trying to be vegetarian.. in fact, I ate more veggies than meat since I came home from Nepal.

But sometimes you have to be adventurous not to miss out on fun stuff :D… such as eating horse meat…This is a very delayed article though, the last time I went there was last year and I’m just featuring it now..

I’m sure that horse went to heaven for fulfilling a grand purpose of making our tummy happy… but I’m not gonna eat horse meat again, not because I hate the taste but I can’t imagine a horse being slaughtered :((

horse meat

How was the taste? It’s like a blend of beef and pig.. but definitely taste like meat. Geesh, no one will ever invite me to do a food tasting promotion here ;D

I also ate corn rice instead of the regular rice.. taste like rice really.. you might want to try it out of curiousity.


horse meat and corn rice


Where did I ate it? Go here:
Barangay Pardo, Cebu City
at the back of Pardo Police Station at Pardo Wet Market

 

Big thanks goes to my cousin kuya Jung and his pretty angel Angelica for letting me go to undiscovered places in Cebu ^_^


where to eat horse meat

Vegetarian Restaurants in the Philippines

Vegetarian Restaurants in the Philippines

I always thought it is hard to find vegetarian restaurants or veggie fastfoods in the Philippines. And while I travel out of the country, I meet vegetarian travelers who says Philippines is out of their travel list because of the food preference in the country.

However, when I asked around in the Pinoy travel bloggers forum, I’m surprised there are actually plenty of vegetarian restaurants around this country.. Most restaurants and fastfood chains in the Philippines offer their dishes mostly with meat, but they also include one or two vegetarian cuisines too.

And there are actually specialty restaurants that offer pure healthy vegetarian dishes. I personally have eaten in two places in the list, I tried Likha diwa and Bodhi. And the dishes actually taste good, the picture below is at Likha Diwa. I love their vegetarian kare kare with red rice!


likha diwa vegetarian restaurant


Here’s a list of vegetarian restaurants that you may want to check out if you’re a health buff too:

Metro Manila

Agico Vegetarian Cafe – San Juan
Bodhi at several SM Food courts
Blissful Belly, Trimona in QC
Edgy Veggy in Pasig
https://www.facebook.com/SimplyFoodsPH – CCP Complex, Manila
Divisoria/168 at the Muslim carinderias
Corner Tree Cafe at Jupiter, Makati
Dr Tam in Tiendisitas Pasig Phone Number: 470-1418/470-5553
Little White Cottage at San Juan
Pipino in Diliman
Likha Diwa in UP Diliman
Health Bites at Adventist Medical Center- Manila, Pasay City
Arama, Serendra
Green Pastures, Shang
The Water Drop Teahouse at Fo Guang Shan’s Mabuhay Temple. It’s located at Pablo Ocampo St., Malate, Manila
Greens in Tomas Morato, QC. Pipino near Maginhawa St. in QC
Vegetarian Dinner Club in QC.
Happy Veggie in Binondo.

Batangas
ALIVE! Cuisine at The Farm at San Benito in Lipa, Batangas

Zambales
http://www.nomadicexperiences.com/2013/06/no-meat-no-frills-no-strangers-at-vegan.html

North Luzon
Oh My Gulay, Azotea Greens in Baguio
Gaia Cafe in Sagada

Puerto Princesa
http://www.tsinoyfoodies.com/2013/12/imas-vegetarian-restaurant-puerto.html

Leyte
http://www.pinoyadventurista.com/2013/01/paruparong-bukid-nature-conservation.html

More Veggie eateries:
http://www.eatinghealthyinthecity.blogspot.com/
http://www.tsinoyfoodies.com/search/label/vegetarian

Anyone knows of a good veggie restaurants in the Philippines? Feel free to suggest more in the list.

My Favorite Restaurants in Pokhara, Nepal

These are restaurants in Pokhara where I personally have eaten.. they are not sponsored nor was I bribed to promote these restaurants.. ^_^ I’ve been spending quite some time in Pokhara already and while others have gone trekking, I’m window shopping ;D.. and eating in different restaurants and drinking milk teas in different cafes. Here’s a list of my favorite discoveries:

1. Hungry Feel– This restaurant located in far north of lake side has a local ambiance. It has cheap but delicious food, and occasionally has international staff. Plus great wifi and inverter too! They wouldn’t mind if I stay 3-4 hours geeking while sipping my milk tea… and they don’t even charge me for the electricity! Just my conscience bugging me to at least buy milk tea while I’m using their resources.. I give this restaurant a great kudos.. please visit them for a good karma.. the place don’t look posh but hopefully if there will be lots of customers, they will have funds to improve the restaurant.


Feel Hungry, Pokhara


2. Third eye. Also located in the north of lake side. I love their Neptali breakfast. I even order Neptali breakfast even for dinner. And they have a good view of the lake for those who want to have a sort of romatic view. You can charge your laptop and WIFI so this is added to my star list of restaurants. Price is not that expensive as compare to other posh restaurant even if the view looks posh really.. except for occasional flies. Good thing, when a fly landed on my milk tea, they replaced it for free. Well done ^_^

3. Neptalia. A bit expensive and one time, the chowmein is a bit salty.. but the eggs benedict is an eye candy.. I want to just take picture of it..


Neptalia, Pokhara


The reason why I chose to eat in this restaurant despite its posh prices is that I can charge my laptop even without electricity and wifi is fast… and yeah the eggs benedict is like a work of art. Staff are cute which is an added nice view.

4. Sunset View. This is just below my hotel.. A bit expensive which sometimes way above my budget.. I know I’m a budget traveler localted in a posh hotel and restaurant, but maybe I’m just lucky I get to stay in posh places without ruining my budget :P

Wifi is not good and if there is no electricity, you cant charge too.. so its good if you just want to drink your chai and reflect on life.. while in a beautiful cozy restaurant.


sunset view restaurant


5. Small store in the street... I don’t know how to read in Nepali yet but you should see this small small store on the East near the crossing opposite S-Mart in Lake Side. If you have a strong tummy like me, I recommend checking this restaurant. They have one of the cheapest places I can get rice and veg curry and milk tea for 100 Nepali Rupee.. and some local people are eating there too. No wifi or electric charger though.. its just on top of my head because local restaurants should be promoted too.. even if they are in front of a dusty road with flies around.. not for the faint hearted! I didn’t get sick after eating there just so you know.


Nepali Indian Restaurant in Pokhara


6. Asian Tea House – I learned about this eatery from a fellow couchsurfer Noah Rosen. The place is small, but the servings are HUGE! My place was in the north side of lakeside so I rarely went to the south side of town.. and even if I do, its a wee place inside a small alley so you wont be able to see it immediately.. But once you discover it, your tummy will be very happy ^_^

Check out the review of Asian Tea House on Tripadvisor

 

So these are the restaurants where I fill in my daily food intake.. Most of them are located in the North of Lake side.. feel free to check them out. There are still coffee shops to explore, that will be another post. ^_^