Thursday, December 29, 2016

Butamaru is a Ramen Place you shouldn't miss

As the cold months of December steps in, we often line our stomach with something hot. I often crave for a bowl of steamy ramen noodle whenever I'm swept by the chilly winds.

Ramen like rice, is another staple in our diets. Now, there is ramen store inside Westgate that I discovered during a zomato foodie meetup. Butamaru Ramen is house in a two-level establishment tucked behind Zong. Its kitchen and ramen bar can be found on the first floor. Solitary diners may opt to eat, slurp and run on the ramen bar while a full dining area located on the second floor awaits those in company.

Butamaru Ramen opened in September 2014 under the expertise of Chef Jerome Lim, who had extensive training experience from Sugimura-san of Menko noodle company in Oita, Japan.

For starters, we had Fried and Steamed Gyoza. I tried both. Parcels of juicy pork meat fillings were enclosed in a dumpling wrapper and wer pan-fried to crispy golden brown (yaki-gyoza). The other Japanese dumplings were lightly steamed. I found yaki-gyoza a bit dry so the ponzu dipping sauce makes it a lot better. Steamed gyoza was just the way I liked it--flavorful and juicy.

The Tempura-style fried chicken came in next, served with Ponzu. This is Butamaru's take on chicken karaage and I love it! It was super-crispy and had a very thin fried Tempura crust.

For the main dish, Butamaru Ramen offers delicious bowls of ramen goodness using a 16-hour tonkotsu broth. They have 5 kinds of ramen (shio, shoyu, miso, tantanmen, curry tantanmen) plus side dishes to complement your ramen bowl.

The Spicy Miso Butter ramen had firm noodles. The flavorful broth is halfway or medium in thickness, and this makes it possible for anyone to slurp it out way. You can customize and request for a richer broth or more spice to suite your taste. They serve it with two hefty slices of chashu, which melts in the mouth.

I'd say Curry TanTanMen is my favorite bowl over Spicy Miso Butter. The Butamaru broth with minced pork was made even richer with flavors of the curry powder. I found it to be really addicting.

I'm not really fond of spicy food but I can tolerate the heat in these Butamaru ramen noodles with a glass of cold tea. Get your fill of these hot dishes and see why it is worth the trip!

Butamaru Ramen
Westgate Center
CE405 Commerce Avenue
Alabang, Muntinlupa City

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Johann opens the first ever Coffee Truck in Manila

Johann Coffee and Beverages is one of the sought-after coffee franchises with the most affordable fees since it opened its first concept store in  Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City last October 2016. It was officially launched at  Franchise Asia 2016 as a means for entrepreneurs to venture into a coffee business via  kiosk, a food truck coffee shop, or  a full-fledged store. 

To date, Johann Coffee and Beverages has opened its first ever Coffee Truck in Festival Mall, Alabang as an addition to its growing store chains located at Farmer's Plaza and Gateway Mall in Cubao; Blue Bay Walk in Pasay City plus Valero Street in Makati City. It is a whole new way of enjoying coffee with the introduction of coffee trucks!

Johann owner and CEO,  Kristine Soguilon-Lim is keen on recreating the European cafes using locally grown coffee beans, and make inexpensive blends  accessible to most Filipinos. They offer a
selection of Hot Coffees and Teas, Over Ice, Blendpresso, Creme Blends, Juices and Smoothies, Chocolate Drinks, Coffee Float, Milk Tea and Yakult starting at  P 23!

Johann Cafe make use of  flavors like butter rum, and chocolate macadamia besides the usual blends like
Johann Chocolate Macadamia, Barako, Gourmet Decaf, Butter Rum, Caramel Hazelnut Creme. All these Johann Coffee and Beverage  budget- friendly products come in Piccolo, Moyen and Grand sizes!

 Watch for other Johann Coffee and Beverages kiosks opening soon  in Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, Rizal,  Davao and General Santos City!
Follow Johann on and for more info and updates.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Witness The Victory 2.2.and Kick your Way to Barcelona with BEKO

BEKO gets inspired by this generation’s changing needs and strives to give them the best and most beneficial solutions through innovative products. Beko delivers exceptional value for money, providing smart, innovative and energy efficient home appliances. By listening to millions of consumers in more than 100 countries, BEKO has developed various smart solutions to cater to the needs of different people, different cultures, and different ways of life

With its wide range of kitchen and laundry appliances, BEKO never stops thinking about innovations and novel ways to overcome challenges. BEKO also respects the environment by offering resource-efficient and environmentally friendly products with superior technologies and stylish design.

Given all these, BEKO prides itself as the official partner of all the stories of your home. We’re your partner in the best moments, like when you’re celebrating with your friends, and we also stand by you in your not so good moments, to help you get over them in the best possible way. We’re the official partner of the families that

surrender, that build a good team and that know how to enjoy every moment that happens at home. “Witness the Victory” with BEKO & FC Barcelona

In 2015, BEKO launched its brand new advertising campaign to support its global Premium Partnership with FC Barcelona. The campaign, which celebrates team spirit., features FC Barcelona’s best known football players including Lionel Messi, Neymar Jr., Gerard Piqué, Luis Suárez and Andrés Iniesta working together, both on the pitch and at home, showing how they inspire and support each other as a team. Barcelona’s winning spirit is captured perfectly, showing fans how team spirit really can implement change for the better.

Part of this partnership is the global consumer raffle promotion entitled “Witness the Victory 2.0!” Experience Camp Nou and Enjoy Barcelona for Free. Now on its second year, the raffle promo runs from November 1, 2016 until January 15, 2017 and is open to all buyers of BEKO products.

Two (2) winners will be drawn and each will enjoy a trip for two (2) to Barcelona, Spain to watch an FC Barcelona match live in April 2017. The tax free prizes include Two (2) Round Trip Tickets to Barcelona, hotel accommodations with breakfast for 2, Barcelona City Tour, and Two (2) La Liga Match Box Tickets.

To strengthen also the recently launched Beko Philippines Facebook fan page (@Bekoph), Beko Philippines is holding the activation promo “Kick Your Way to Barcelona: The Beko Grand Kick-off Challenge.” The promo is open to everyone who has a valid passport (except for professional football players). For one to join, he or she must do the following:

Step 1: Like Beko Philippines’ Official FB ( account and Like the Beko Kick Your Way to Barcelona FB post;

Step 2: Register at (microsite) with his/her complete name, address, contact number, email and FB username; and

Step 3: Upload a creative photo of one’s self or with friends with a caption that says- #HelloBekoPH and press the Submit Entry button.

There will be a Qualifying Round that will be held on January 14, 2017 with registration from December 3 to January 7, 2017. Participants of the Qualifying Round shall be given three (3) attempts within one (1) minute each to try and kick the ball inside a customized mock up washing machine goal from a designated distance of twenty (20) feet. There shall be a knock-out phase and the Top Ten (10) participants who successfully made the most number of goals shall move-on to the Grand Kick-Off Challenge.

During the Final Round on February 9, 2017, the top 10 participants shall be given three (3) attempts within one (1) minute each to try and kick the ball inside a customized mock up washing machine goal from a designated distance of twenty (20) feet. The participant with the most goals shall be declared the grand winner. In case of a tie, the shoot around with 3 attempts and one minute limit shall be repeated until one emerges as the grand winner.

The 10 Contestants (Qualifiers) who will reach the Final Round will be given a specially designed Beko FC Barcelona Gym Bag. Sparta Philippines, the country’s only indoor football pitch located in Mandaluyong City, is the venue of the Kick-off challenge event.

The winner will receive a plane ticket for one (1) to Barcelona, Spain, a ticket to an FC Barcelona match to be held at Camp Nou, hotel accommodations, inland transfer, and city tour

Monday, December 26, 2016

Filipino Food flair at Neil's Kitchen

I have been wanting to visit Neil's Kitchen again since I got to try out  the Sinigang Paella with Grilled Pork Belly during one of the Zomato foodcrawls.  I'm a big fan of pork sinigang and I was surprised to learn how Chef Neil gave this Filipino favorite a new twist!  He infused sour flavors of Sinigang in the rice that is served with the grilled pork topped with crispy kangkong.

I was so glad to join the the FilinBEST FoodCrawl as it would give me another chance to try out the other Filipino comfort food that he serves with a certain flair. Chef Neil has an aptitude for doing food variations really well.  He reinvents and serves most of his signature dishes deconstructed.

For starters, we had Tokwa at Baboy.  Neil's Kitchen's take on this delicious dish made from fried pork   and fried tofu  makes use of vinegar and soy sauce added with green/red bell pepper, onions and green chillis. It added festive colors to the crispy pork, and ear meat pieces. He combine cane and white vinegar to get the most flavor out of it and it did tastes so good!

Adobo is another Pinoy dish that has a lot of versions--some are sweet, tangy or garlicky. Using simple basic ingredients, Adobo transforms chicken or pork into a mouthwatering fare. Chef Neil's Adobo Project uses both chicken and pork. Underneath the shredded chicken adobo bits lay big chunks of pork adobo.

Tomatoes, onions, fresh cilantro, mangoes, atchara and salted eggs are served on the side that allows one to mix and match flavors that would complement individual tastes. The tzatziki dressing that goes with the Adobo Project is made up of mayonnaise, yogurt sour cream.

I like Neil's Kitchen innovative take on the classic Pork Dinuguan.  This savory and tangy dish is  comprised of pork stew of blood and meat. In the traditional way, the pig's blood  is stirred in  continuously  during the first minute to avoid the blood from forming.

The Grilled Chicken and Crispy Pork Dinuguan Fondue recipe that Chef Neil came up with had all the same dinuguan ingredients but served separately. Customers can dip in grilled pork belly strips and white puto into the blood stew, which had  chicken bits mixed in.  The way it is presented would lure first timers to try out the  infamous blood stew.

Boneless Chicken Inasal with Hainanese Rice  is Chef Neil's take on the popular grilled chicken dish from the Western Visayas region. Chicken Inasal is one of the Philippines' best-loved grilled chicken recipes because of its marinade that  gives it its distinctive flavor.

Chef Neil cooks the deboned chicken in the traditional  way and  serves his Hainanese Chicken Rice on the side along with chicken oil dip and atchara.  The  rice is infused with chicken inasal juices.

Escargot De Gata is like ginataang kuhol. These golden apple snails are cooked in coconut milk with spices like garlic, ginger, turmeric, bagoong alamang and red chili pepper. I always love eating these tasty snails the snails and miss the thrill of trying to suck the sauce and meat out of the shell. At Neil's Kitchen, you can eat this gourmet delicacy with gusto as the escargot comes in de-shelled! The meat has been carefully removed for ease of eating in public.

For desserts, we had Puto Bungbong with Buco Jelly and Toasted Coconut / Sweet Corn Maja BB Special / Suman at Mangga / Turon de Napoleon.

Puto Bungbong with Buco Jelly and Toasted Coconut takes the humble puto bumbong (Rice Cakes in Bamboo Tubes) several notches higher! While the classic recipe serves the chewy puto bumbong with grated coconut, margarine, and muscovado, Chef Neil tops the rice cake with cocomilk jelly, and a shortbread made up of toasted coconut, sesame seeds, muscovado sugar and chocnut.

Sweet Corn Maja BB Special looks like the classic maja---soft and light with small kernels of sweet corn inside. The texture of this coconut pudding is so perfect that the fork glides smoothly as we get a slice of its yellow goodness. It is topped with a latik.

Turon de Napoleon is a feast on the palate! Napoleones is a popular puffed pastry in Bacolod City Napoleones in Bacolod City basically made of sugar, egg, flour, butter and milk. Just imagine how it would taste if the custard-lined pastry is mixed with turon. The combination results in a burst of heavenly, sweet treats.

Suman (glutinous rice cakes) is a staple in every Filipino homes, so how Filipinos eat suman do vary. In Suman at Mangga, the Filipino sticky rice log is served with a ripe mango. Chef Neil tops his suman with a mango jelly made from mango puree. He tops it with chocnut and serves it with coconut milk on the side.

This  heavenly dessert is one for the books!  Try it and you'll get what I mean.

Have lunch or dinner at Neil's Kitchen this holiday season.  Your family will marvel at how pleasing and great tasting each dish is!  Chef Neil's food innovations in elevating Filipino Cuisine is really worth praises.

Neil's Kitchen
Westgate Center
Alabang, Muntinlupa City

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