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Cagayan De Oro: White Water Rafting

Cagayan De Oro: White Water Rafting

Release those endorphins by trying out whitewater rafting in Cagayan de Oro. Travel, Budget and Experience Guide.

Ryu Ramen & Curry: Top 5 Reasons Why Keep on Coming Back

Ryu Ramen & Curry: Top 5 Reasons Why Keep on Coming Back

Myriad of ramen varieties and all the Japanese curries we could ever wish for.

La Chinesca: The bi-racial love child of Mexico and China

La Chinesca: The bi-racial love child of Mexico and China

“La Chinesca”, as known in Mexican history, gets its origin in the Chinatown neighborhood of Mexicali where that is the highest concentration of Chinese immigrants to date. They outnumber Mexican Nationals 10,000 to 700. The area which they occupy is called  “Chinesca”. In Chinesca, it is common to see the Chinese try to preserve their Art, Food, and Culture thru festivities like calligraphy writing, movie showings, and food festivals. It is also a common sight to see the local restaurants adapt to the local tastes. This is perhaps the only area in Mexico where you can find Shark fin tacos, and a Chinese man wearing cowboy boots while having a burger and green tea.

The fusion of the East and South America is very evident in their food and culture. To bring this concept to light, Chef Bruce Rickett’s travelled to Mexico, the land of tacos, to learn more about the Mexican art of taco making. La Chinesca, is his passion project, to bring a bit of Mexico to home. I believe that this is what he tries to bring in his 19-seater restaurant in the middle of Aguirre St. in BF Homes, Paranaque. It’s very similar to his first restaurant Sensei, his initial venture into Japanese before the Mecha Uma and Ooma fame he has today.

 

It can be hard to find since there are no signages. Once you see Imbiss and Songkran it’s right across beside the organic place. Look for the wrestler sign and you know you’re near.

 

 

The space is quite small and can get loud when full. I recommend sitting by the window or by the bar so you can watch the chef in action. The walls are decorated with posters from different Hollywood films and icons from China, Mexico and some pop culture references that feature the taco.

 

 

Since we came early on a Sunday, there were still seats available.

 

Let’s get to the tacos. Once seated, they give you their menu where you simply tick off what you want. They then serve your their 3 sauces, the Salsa Roja, Chipotle, and Salsa Verde.

CARNE ASADA. Hanging Tender, esquites, Chinesca crema, salsa fresca.

 


CARNE ASADA, 110 PHP

This taco with the hanging tender steak is quite similar to the steak they have at Sensei and Ooma. It then topped with esquites (a Mexican street food salad), creme and salsa. The steak is cooked very well, but I felt it lacked the texture of the usual taco I like. The flavors blended well together, but if you don’t eat it immediately it tends to crumble on your hand.

CARNITAS. Achiote pork confit, bean puree, pickled onions, roasted pineapple, chicharron. HUACHINANGO. Battered snapper, cabbage, salsa fresca, Chinesca crema, salsa macha.

 


CARNITAS, 90 PHP

This taco had flavorful pork confit, bean puree, picked onions, roasted pineapple, and chicharon. This was very balanced in texture and flavor. The pork was well complimented by the sweetness of the pineapple, then tanginess of the pickled onions. The chicharon was a nice touch to add another dimension to the dish.

HUACHINANGO, 100 PHP

For their version of fish tacos, they use a battered snapper. The deep fried fish for me was a bit disappointing. Rather than a crisp batter, it seemed a bit soggier. The different sauces on the top complemented it well but lacking the texture we look for in fish tacos.

 

CAMARONCITO  Shrimp, chorizo de Chino, potato, pickled onions, sesame leaf, Mozzarella.

CAMARONCITO, 90 PHP

We’re not sure how I feel about this taco. The shrimp inside was fresh and delicious with the mozzarella, however, I didn’t like the small shrimp pieces they used to top it with the sesame leaf. It made the taste of the shrimp a little too fishy for my taste.

Insider Tip: We suggest you order one taco at a time, the soft tortilla crumbles after you add the sauce. It get’s a bit damp and the piece breaks. To enjoy the taco more, get it one by one, then eat while it’s hot.

La Chinesca throws away your typical notion of what a street taco is. In this true meeting of Eastern influences and South American taste, Chef Rickett’s combines both worlds in his use of ingredients and food preparation style. La Chinesca produces the bi-racial love child of China and Mexico with their unique tastes, textures, and combinations.

Call me old-fashioned, but we prefer the good old street taco with the grilled meats, chopped onions, and cilantro. But when we get a craving for something more refined we’ll find ourselves back in La Chinesca, and devour their unique tacos, guacamole, paired with a bottle of Corona.

 

 

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La Chinesca

  • 248 Aguirre Ave., BF Homes
  • Operating Hours: Tuesday – Sunday: 11am to 2pm; 5pm till we’re out
  • Contact Number: +632 738-0724

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Tajimaya: My Yakiniku Done Right

Tajimaya: My Yakiniku Done Right

Unlimited grilled meat on charcoal. Need I say more?

Bar Pintxos y Tapas, Alabang: Literally a Hidden Place

Bar Pintxos y Tapas, Alabang: Literally a Hidden Place

The quality and authenticity of its products are excellent and well curated

Tatang’s Boneless Cebu Lechon: Sorry Bourdain, Zubuchon is not the best roast pig ever.

Tatang’s Boneless Cebu Lechon: Sorry Bourdain, Zubuchon is not the best roast pig ever.

Monday’s are always hard. You just came from an ever relaxing weekend and here you are again in the work grind. Every Monday we feel like we should treat ourselves. What better way than to celebrate the day than Lechon? Lechon is the ultimate celebration food for Filipinos. Every Christmas, every fiesta, every birthday, you need to have Lechon.

There have been many variations of this classic dish throughout the regions, what I’ll have today is the Cebu style boneless Lechon from Tatang’s. They are the only ones selling Lechon Cebu without the bones, the head, and torso of the pig so you get all the meat that you’ve been craving for.

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The Lechon belly is roasted slowly and cooked over charcoal heat. The crispiness of its skin is one of the best features of roasted pork belly but the flavor and aroma are distinctive. You will distinctly taste spices and herbs particularly the combination of lemongrass, leeks, salt, pepper, and garlic as stuffing. The slow roasting method envelopes these flavors to the meat positioning it in a different ball game.

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Juicy, flavorful, with crunchy bits of skin and lots of garlic. We have tried Zubuchon, Rico’s, CNT, and elsewhere in Cebu already. Don’t get me wrong they’re good, but this underrated place in BF Homes, Las Pinas. a 15-20 seater place with plastic tables and monoblock chairs is doing it so god damn right!  You can taste a bit of the chili and pepper but it doesn’t over power the pork taste. Then you top it with that crispy skin, it’s crunchy and not too much fat on it.

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Generously stuffed with lemongrass, garlic, pepper, chili and other herbs
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Storefront, BF Homes Las Pinas

The BF homes Las Pinas location is pretty hidden on the side street. Usually, they ran out of Lechon before 8-9pm so before parking your car make sure to ask quickly to their attendant if there are serving Lechon after 8pm.

Tatang’s Menu

We were greeted by their Monday promo from 6pm-9pm they have an unlimited Lechon and sisig promo for only 299 PHP. Tempting but we need to still consider how dangerously delicious this deal is. Perhaps next time.

Their service staff are very attentive and friendly. They will greet you upon entering the establishment. They serve the Lechon fast and hot.

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We ordered the 1/4 Kilo plate which is just 205php serves 2-3 pax. You can pair it with their side of Sinigang soup and hot steaming rice.

Spicy Lechon Belly (1/4 kg), 205 PHP

Straight up goodness of the quality of pork meat, method of cooking and quality.

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Value Meal 1/8 Lechon and Rice for 110php

Forget about Zubuchon, this underrated nook that sells Cebu style roast pig beats the knack out of your mainstream brands. Their no-frills approach to service and the quality beats out their other competitors with their affordable prices. A whopping 4 extra rice or even 4 extra garlic rice for Tatang’s.

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Tatang’s Boneless Cebu Lechon 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tatangscebu/

Instagram: @tatangssouthmanila

Address: 215 El Grande Corner Tropical Avenue, BF International, Las Piñas City, 0917-881-4421.

Photo credits: Tatang’s Lechon- South of Manila

Other Branches:

  • Better Living Paranaque (0917-834-4421)
  • Alabang Seaside Daang Hari (0917-114-4421)

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Camiguin Island: Hauntingly Bountiful

Camiguin Island: Hauntingly Bountiful

Camiguin will always be one of those places where you could confidently say that nature in its own way is in worship to a greater being.