Kimono Ken, a Review

It’s been a gruelling but rewarding week so I thought of treating myself to some of my good old favorites from Kimono Ken.

Kimono Ken is a chain of Japanese fusion restaurants that’s been around for about a decade.  It may be homegrown here in the Philippines but they certainly deliver.  (Restaurants in Little Tokyo are on another level, though.)

It’s a little heavy on the pocket, but the price is comparable to how food costs in Japan.  Taste-wise, the flavors are definitely there.  So for today’s snapshot of their offerings:

Service is efficient and the staff are cordial.  I don’t eat out as much as I used to anymore, but Kimono Ken will stay as one of my favorite go-to restaurants if I want a treat.  If you like Japanese food and haven’t gone to any of their branches, do give it a try!

Costa Coffee, a Review

Costa Coffee is a UK-based coffee chain, and just this week, they’ve opened their sixth store in the Philippines at SM North EDSA.  And when it comes to commercial coffee, I’m more of I’ll try stuff at least once so I gave Costa Coffee a shot.

The ambiance including music was cozy, and the price is comparable to Seattle’s Best or Starbucks (the cake slice cost PhP 150 or just under USD4; the 12-oz coffee at PhP 130 or around USD 3.5).  One thing that probably needs working on though is for the crew to be a little friendlier.  Not Starbucks-levels perky; maybe just a few smiles and short greetings will do.  That would make the place even more inviting. But overall, I think Costa Coffee is a good place to hang out and enjoy coffee with family, friends or your significant other.

Mochicream Cafe, a Review

All it took was a glance, and then it hit me that it’s been a while since I had mochi.  So that’s how I ended up at Mochicream cafe.  For those who frequent SM North EDSA, it’s just along the cinemas at The Block.

There were just less than ten tables with two seats each, and a pair of comfy chairs.  Their menu consists of.. wait for it… mochi! of different flavors, some cakes and pastries, hot or cold drinks and parfait.  They have a hotdog sandwich too.

Since I was in the mood for mochi though, I settled with a piece of caramel macchiato-flavored mochi and matcha mocha.  Now, say “mochi matcha mocha” ten times real fast! Hahaha!

First up is the mochi.  The mochi layer itself is chewy and it’s filled with ice cream.  It cost me PhP 90, or just under USD 2.  I often want big portions especially for desserts but I’d say this is filling enough for me.  It’s not sweet at all.  Did I like it?  Not that bad, but I really wanted my mochi softer!

And now for my drink, Matcha Mocha.  It cost me PhP 160, just about the same price as a tall Starbucks blended drink.  My only issue with the drink is it’s not too hot, but other than that, the taste wins.

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Service is fast and the crew were friendly.  Definitely worth coming back to again.  And next time, I’ll check out the parfait~

Home Cooking: Hainanese Chicken Rice

I love food (then again, who doesn’t?) 😛 now as for cooking, it’s probably my favorite household chore because more than anything, it strangely calms me down and I know I’m gonna enjoy the fruits of my labor… well usually! Haha!

So why am I writing about home-cooked food, you may ask?  Well it’s my take on a Singaporean classic, for one and I do miss Singaporean cuisine!

I saw a short video of this recipe on Facebook and knew that I have to take my own shot at it.  Mine is much simpler though because I ran out of oyster sauce and soy sauce.  But at least I have my homemade chili oil :3

The recipe’s pretty simple; just flavor the rice and water, give it a stir, put the chicken slices and green onion stalks on top, and start cooking the rice.

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The ingredients I used are

  • skinless chicken breast fillets
  • green onion stalks
  • salt
  • thinly sliced ginger
  • chicken cube
  • rice
  • water
  • homemade chili oil

Then I drizzled chili oil on top of the chicken and sprinkled freshly cut spring onions.  I like how it turned out!

It’s time and energy-saving too since I get to cook my rice and dish in one pot at the same time.

Do you have similar recipes that you like to make or to try out? 🙂