By Paulyne Fermin
Nothing brings friends and family together like good food does. Wednesdays and weekends are dedicated for family days. This means taking a vote on where we want to go, what we want to do and most importantly, what we want to eat. My kids are perennially hungry and are always willing to try something different. So last month, aside from indulging in old favorites, the family tried new flavors.
Tempura the Tenya way
My daughter and I are tempura monsters! We know good ebi tempura from the minute we take our first bite. Some are soft, some too heavily battered, most use shrimps and not tiger prawns. Tenya, however, is known for its deep-fried battered seafood, meat and vegetables which are cooked using infrared heat technology, ensuring consistent tempura every time. The flavor of Tenya’s tendon (tempura rice bowl) is based on a proven combination of 100% hearthealthy canola oil and a flavored flour which gives it that light and crispy finish. Dontare sauce is liberally drizzled once the seafood is placed on top of a heaping, steaming bowl of Japanese rice.
At the recently opened Tenya branch in Tiendesitas, I tried the Jo Tendon set. My daughter is a purist and devoured her Classic All Ebi Tempura Teishoku set, which is served with potato salad and hot miso. The boys enjoyed the tempura-fried maki with mango, cream cheese and kani topped with tempura batter flakes plus big servings of the All Star Tempura Tendon. Our Japanese cravings were satisfied!
World Pizza Week at Yellow Cab
It’s World Pizza Week still! The past seven days had us ordering Yellow Cab Pizza’s New York’s Finest and 4 Cheese pizzas twice and if that was not enough, my son and his friends indulged in the UnliPizza craze which happened last February 7. What I like about Yellow Cab is it really is good value for money. The dough itself is flavorful and holds its shape no matter how heavy the toppings are. It’s usual for my kids to have it for breakfast as any unfinished slices are eaten a day or two after—and still taste as good. My personal favorite is the Roasted Garlic and Shrimp paired with Chicken Alfredo. If you want to get double your money’s worth, today is the last day to get that extra pizza for free.
Along Mahogany Avenue in Tagaytay City, we discovered Ribchon. The house of “Babyback Baboy” was inspired by slow cooked and smoked American barbecue, coupled with the Pinoy’s love for lechon. Next to the lechon’s crispy skin, the best part of the roasted pig is the ribs. We tried the best sellers, starting with the sinful appetizers okoy bites and the chicharon bulaklak brittle basket. The babyback baboy came in two flavors- original and sweet and crispy. We were amazed at the big servings, which came with rice and hefty sides of salad and soup. Do try the crispy beef ribs kare-kare and for dessert the leche flan.
It’s okay to indulge once in a while. As with everything, the key is to eat in moderation. I like to get a little bit of each dish, so I don’t miss out on the fun. Then I make up for the extra calories by running or swimming the next day. Remember that health is wealth! Valentine’s Day is coming up, so you’d better take care of your heart.