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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Mang Larry's Isawan at UP Campus (natikman din sa wakas!)

I first heard of Mang Larry's Isawan in Balitang K. The highlight of the story was not actually Mang Larry's delicious barbeques but the success story of how he was able to send all his kids to college only by selling his grilled goodies.

Anyone can see even from afar how popular Mang Larry's Isawan has become. It was drizzling when we got to the open space in UP where his small stall is located but there were still many cars parked and a long queue of people waiting for their orders.

The selection is straightforward and simple that anyone who frequents his food stall could easily memorize his products and their respective prices.

Balunbalunan - Php6 each
Special Isaw Pork - Php6 each
Pork Barbeque - Php10 each
Atay/Liver - Php6 each
Bochi - Php6 each
Isaw Manok - Php3 each
Isaw Baboy - Php6 each
Goto - Php6 each

We ordered 4 of each kind except for Isaw Manok. We devoured 10 of them!
Honestly, there is nothing extra ordinary or special with the taste of their isaw or any of their grilled food except that for the cheap price compared to other ihawan in the area. But I think what set Mang Larry's Isawan ahead is that his stall looks clean and his vendors doesn't look gusgusin. I also like how he puts the barbeques behind a covered display glass (escaparate) to keep the bull flies and dust away.
His special sauces (variety of Regular and Spicy) are placed in huge plastic container jugs "self-service" style. His vendors will hand you the grilled isaw in a brown bag which helps absorb the oil and you can take care of your own sauce.
The Hubby and I would definitely go back to Mang Larry's next time we crave for isaw and anything grilled. We like the picnic ambience and how we can simply park and open the back our SUV for an instant shelter from either heat or rain.
Mang Larry's Isawan is located in Ma.Guerrero Street, near UP College of Law. If lost, just ask anyone in the campus and they will point you to the right direction. Everybody knows Mang Larry's Isawan, that's for sure.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Is it cool at Ramen Cool Kapitolyo?

Joining the ramen bandwagon is Ramen Cool, one of many promising restaurants and cafes in Kapitolyo, Pasig where food establishments are mushrooming. This neighborhood food hub is strategically located along East Capitol Drive corner West Capitol Drive and with a few parking slots in front.

I came specially to try their Ramen as I want to find one that could compare to Ramen Bar. Hence, I ordered the same one I always order at Ramen Bar which is the Pork Shio Ramen.

Pork Shio Ramen  Php160
The ramen was okay but definitely not better than that of Ramen Bar. I was expecting the pork to have the melt-in-your-mouth tenderness but I found it tough as if I can eat it as ulam. The portioning is just right for sharing (by two kids).

I love their stainless soup spoon!
I was also craving for some rice and sashimi so I decided to have the Salmondon. It's salmon sashimi on top of gohan (plain rice). There's really nothing to rave about this dish as there was absolutely no cooking involved but I must point out how the salmon have a smooth texture, natural tenderness and generously sliced.
Salmondon Php195
My daughter ordered Ebi Tempura which I was able to 'inspect' closely because she eats very slow and removes the crumbs to eat it separately. In fairness, the shrimps are  fairly-sized (meaning not small and cut into half lengthwise so there's 2 pieces of tempura out of 1 shrimp) and was cooked to crisp tempura perfection.

As expected, The Hubby ordered his favorite gyoza and being the gyoza expert I asked him how it fared to his taste buds. He said just OK. Don't you hate that? When you ask someone for his opinion and he simply says, 'Just OK'? It doesn't really tell me anything so I would say maybe it taste just like any gyoza and there's really nothing outstanding about it.

Gyoza 5pcs @ Php115 and Salmon Sashimi Php195

We also ordered salmon sashimi which I liked because they were sliced just right (not too thin) that you don't feel you are being robbed for the price that you pay. I also appreciate the way the sashimi was served on top of carrot strips instead of just plain banana leaf like what most Japanese restaurants do.

Overall, we think Ramen Cool is not that cool but for sure they have dishes that would be worth coming back for. In the meantime, Ramen Cool should be okay for quick meals or if you are craving for Japanese food but doesn't want to explore other restos.
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