Nate’s favorite dish of all time has gotta be sweet & sour pork. It is his default order whenever we eat at Tien Ma’s and all other Chinese eating places. He can finish one order that is usually good for 2 or 3 persons to share. So, of course, I need to perfect my sweet & sour pork recipe, para naman hindi nakakahiya sa anak ko. Hehe.
The most important ingredient in a good sweet & sour pork recipe is the pork, siyempre. It has to be tender, well seasoned, and not overcooked. I use porkloin and buy it from the meat shop already cut into steaks or chops. I then slice the chops into 3 x 1 inch strips.
I am obviously a big fan of Chinese food, as you can see from my many blog posts about it. Taiwanese food is my favorite of favorites. 😀 A simple porkchop pientong brings me sooo much joy.
I discovered Tien Ma’s Taiwanese Cuisine one morning a few weeks ago after having my blood work done.
I had not eaten breakfast yet, as the blood work required me to fast overnight. Driving around the Banawe area, I was on the look out for a nice breakfast place that I haven’t tried. Tien Ma’s on Retiro didn’t seem so busy yet, and there was a slot for my car right on the doorstep so, game – Tien Ma’s.
My family loves going all the way to Banawe Street to get our Chinese food fix. Lately, the Banawe area is becoming more diverse, with more restaurants offering fare other than Chinese. All Day Cafe is, as the name says it, an all-day breakfast cafe located on D. Tuazon Street near Banawe.
Our group of volleyball moms met up for brunch at All Day Cafe last December.
Aside from having daughters who play volleyball, our common denominator is: love for food! 😀
I have been craving for Tom Sawyer’s Fried Chicken ever since I saw that it has re-opened a fastfood restaurant in Tiendesita’s over a year ago. Unfortunately, our family hasn’t been able to visit. So today, to finally settle the craving (ang tagal ah!), I Googled up “Southern fried chicken recipe” and found a recipe inspired by Paula Deen! Paula Deen equals genuine southern style cooking.
The other thing that got my attention is the part of the title that says “look out,KFC!” Game, eto na nga ang gagayahin ko!
My family recently stayed overnight at the new Novotel Manila at the Araneta Center in Quezon City. One of the things that excites me when staying at hotels is the breakfast buffet. So I will write first about the Novotel breakfast buffet that we had, instead of the hotel stay. Teehee. 😀
The Food Exchange, located at the ground floor, is the main restaurant of Novotel Manila. I like the bright, clean and modern vibe, as well as the beautiful murals on the walls.
This hall, all the way to the end, is where the food stations are located. On the left side of the hall are the dining tables.