Tuesday, February 26, 2008

it's a Thai!

along with Japanese food, Thai food is one of the best chows i've discovered in recent years that made me a convert, and made me realized there are better, way better, choices than those fastfoods that i thought were comfort foods.

my love affair with thai food started when i was first introduced to THE bagoong rice of sukhothai (i miss this restaurant!) and then it flourished when i worked in a restaurant that serves thai-malaysian-curry themed foods and there i met chicken pandan and it was love at first bite! and with tom yam soup? whoa, i was enthralled by its hotness!

i am, in a way, engrossed with trying different thai restaurants which, by the way, should also be affordable (with emphasis on affordable) and this has brought me (and lyn) to Som's (they now have a branch in morato, the reposo branch which we used to frequent is now closed, and we are yet to set foot on the original carinderia somewhere in the Rockwell area) and Jatujak. but not every thai food we've tried were good, some are also not commendable (take sukhothani and oodly's as examples).

one gloomy afternoon, lyn and i craved for something spicy, tired already of glorietta, we trooped to the Mall of Asia and our feet brought us again near the Entertainment Plaza to Jatujak! The attentive staff immediately attend to us and table and the menu came in next.


as lyn was raving about the pomelo salad in somer palace (or was that sommer palace or summer palace in greenbelt 3, i don't know), we tried the restaurant's version of Pomelo Salad with shrimp. it was my first time to try it and it was just a so-so for me and i thought it was very expensive (P220.00) for such an ordinary taste! and the serving was also small, just a few slices of pomelo, TWO pieces of shrimp, dash of shallots (onions) and other spices plus some lettuce and the thai dressing (which i thought was just a viniagrette). i am not going to order this again.

and the tom yam (shrimp) came. this never fails to amaze us. hmm, i think the taste is better compared to the last time we went there and the price (P195.00) is now more expensive as compared to P172 on our previous visit. we ordered medium size and mild hot, and yet our ears were burning! and we love it. hehehe.

the favorite bagoong rice came in next, nay! before it was only P110 and now P146!!! the serving is still good for three, and still has that porkbits and chicharon and the not so strong bagoong (shrimp paste) after taste. the green mango and cucumber also add some chunkiness to it and make the eating enjoyable.

for the first time, we tried ordering Red Curry beef (P245), and even for its mild hotness, this one is hoooot! i am not really a fan of curry but this got a really nice creamy taste (maybe because of the coconut milk) that compliments the beefy taste (hey, it's beef!). this is a good dish, and you need to stir it well before serving/eating as the sauce has this hobby of staying at the bottom. and one more thing (and possibly the only downside), it should be paired with a plain rice and not with bagoong rice, the taste don't really mixed well.

to down what we've eaten and to combat the spiciness, lyn and i got each other lemon mint iced tea at P45 each, and has that herb taste which is different yet cool and refreshing!

the above prices are still subject to a 10% service charge (this is expensive na ha) but a 10% discount (5% for card-users) for SM Advantage card users can offset it, so happily ever after pa rin. :)
our tummies were full and we still have a take out that is good for one more meal!


i love life! :)

side note: all taken with my camera phone so the details may not be that sharp and the colors were on the distorted side, as usual i did not used the flash.

28 comments:

watson said...

Nice restaurant review! We also like going to Oody's kaya lang they no longer serve their sweet-sour cucumber salad. We love that one.

About your question on the Eee PC:
sa Complink kami bumili. I bought mine at MOA, and then we headed off to CDR King to buy a Sandisk MicroSD 4GB memory card (P1880.00) for data storage. Maliit kasi yung solid state hard drive, 4GB lang. My officemates bought at the Park Square 1 branch in Makati and in SM Cavite and Megamall too.

carlotta1924 said...

meron ding jatujak sa megamall tapat ng toy kingdom =) the food looks great, lalo na yung curry.

meron din kami misadventure ng isa kong friend dati sa bangkok yan din ang kinain namin, umuusok na tenga namin at namumula na ang mga mukha so humingi kami ng gatas sa waiter. =)

manilenya said...

naks Asian na Asian ang tipo mo ha! alam mo bagay ka sa Singapore lahat ng klase ng pagkain nandun :)

lino said...

hmmm, mukahnag masarap nga dyan ah.... matesting nga... :)

Abaniko said...

Yay! Sarado na ang Som's Reposo? But the ambience in Rockwell is much better. No, it's not classier but more, um, different. It's a new alfresco dining experience. Masarap pati ang food. Try mo one of these days!

allan said...

Hmm yummy! :)

BTW thanks for dropping by my blog :). RE:authentic Japanese resto sa Pinas, iba pa rin yung taste. I'm not sure though if they serve houtou.

Ferdz said...

Mukhang hit and miss ang resto sa dishes. But generally, I also like thai spicy food as well. And wouldn't mind paying more once in a while for good food.

hazel said...

Hi winwin! sarap naman! like yo u yung thai ice tea. yung kinain naming salad na may peanuts masarap din!

maping said...

Sarap naman!! Mukhang mahal nga sya for the rice pero sarap nyan!

A friend introduced me to thai cuisine when went to boracay. I forgot the name though that was long time ago hehe.

Thanks for your visit, zippipinoy :)

zherwin said...

watson, for the two occassions that we tried Oody's, something bad (either with the serving/food) follows, so cross-out na sya sa mga restoran for us.

thanks for the info, pasyalan namin ang complink minsan. :)

zherwin said...

carlotta, talaga? me branch pala sa megamall, pasyalan namin minsan para ma-compare ang lasa. :)

bakit naman gatas ang hiningi nyo? sana sugar na lang. :)

zherwin said...

manilenya, ang problema wala akong pampuntang singapore hehehe. :)

zherwin said...

lino, try mo, ingat lang sa anghang. :)

zherwin said...

abaniko, yes, three months na yata syang sarado, di na raw kaya ang rent. :( kakaiba nga raw ang ambience sa rockwell, at pabilisan ng pagkuha ng table lalo na kapag lunch/dinner time kasi standing room only lagi sya!

zherwin said...

allan, the next time we went to a japanese resto, we'll ask for houtou. :)

and the reason why japanese foods here somewhat taste different is maybe the ingredients used, i think :)

zherwin said...

ferdz, tama ka. i only ordered "different" foods if i am in the mood for stepping outside the comfort zone, otherwise the usual ang kakainin ko. :)

zherwin said...

hazel? nagbalik ka! hehehe. dapat pala food lagi ang ipopost ko para magparamdam ka. hehehe. kumusta??

zherwin said...

maping, once in a while lang naman kaya okey lang, and it really feels good kapag enjoy ang food. :)

Toe said...

I couldn't read this very well kc nahihilo ako sa gutom. Minention mo pa lang bagoong rice, kumukulo na tiyan ko. :)

Hey, we were both introduced to Thai Food by Sukhothai (sa Greenbelt pa yon dati diba?)... and definitely, the first Thai food I ate was also bagoong rice. :)

Thai food is also prevalent here in Cambodia... some are not so good, but some are really awesome! :)

vernaloo said...

yikes...2nd to the last pala ako sa blogroll mo. Pareho ba kayo ng style ni Abaniko mag bloghop? hahaha la lang ;)

Anyway pagkain na naman! nakakagutom hehehe parang gusto ko yung Curry Beef. I love spicy food also and I cannot remember the last time I ate spicy food. Kaka-miss din. I don't know if I'll ever eat at Jatujak...saan pa ba may branch yan? Meron kaya sa Trinoma? Sa kainan kasi hindi ako adventurous..palaging nasa comfort zone so pag hindi ko ma pronounce yung menu, ay babay na hehe

zherwin said...

toe, sukhothai, andami nang nakakamiss sa resto na yun!!! the owner/chef of Som's is said to be the chef in sukhothai. :)

zherwin said...

verns, playing favorites ba kami? hehehe.

sabi ni carlotta, meron daw silang branch sa megamall, saktong-sakto yun, after jatujak roti mom naman!

carlotta1924 said...

ok rin ang gatas pang alleviate ng anghang e. kaya siguro yung tea ng thai me gatas din =) wow sugar pwede rin? di ko alam yun. sige tatandaan ko yan. =)

Panaderos said...

Nice review, Zherwin. I'm also a big fan of Thai food. I love the pad thai and the curry dishes (especially if it's pork or beef). The spicier the better for me. They make me forget about the need to control the expansion of my waistline. Hahaha

zherwin said...

carlotta, hmm di ko alam yun ah, ang worry ko lang baka mayari ang tyan ko, talo ako sa kombinasyon ng anghang at gatas.

zherwin said...

panaderos, why worry when you are enjoying the food? just think of it, or should i say just worry about it the next day na lang hehehe.

Boracay Hotels said...

Hi Maping,


Wow ang sasarap naman, Meron din bang Thai Cuisine sa Boracay???



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