Have a Great Day with Goto Topps Bola-bola Special!

Goto or congee or rice porridge has long been a part of Filipino meals served usually during breakfast. It never fails to satisfy the adventurous taste buds of everyone. What does goto have that it is a much-loved breakfast? Why do many consider it as a comfort food on rainy days? And what makes this a food that chooses no time?

At Ayala Malls Marikina, one food stall that offers goto is Goto Topps. Just by its name, it’s easy to know what it serves. One thing that caught my attention and introduced me to one of the foods in their menu is their serving size. I later found out that it’s just their special size and they offer a regular size, but still it’s great to know that. The story behind this is I was walking around the food court, thinking of a food to eat, then I saw a man eating from a huge paper bowl which I haven’t seen from anyone until then. I wondered for a second what could it be and from where it was bought until I saw the marking that it’s from Goto Topps. I told myself that I’m going to try this and have it reviewed, and then comes now.

I am not a fan of goto because it’s just another rice recipe but I think a variety of goto from Goto Topps is worth reviewing. I chose Goto Topps Bola-bola Special to work on. Bola-bola is made from ground pork with seasonings rolled into a ball and steamed. I picked this kind because I think bola-bola special is more appetizing than goto special and I later found out that its difference from the latter is the addition of bola-bola instead of the “tuwalya” or tripe.

As a piece of advice, when you are going to order from Goto Topps, don’t come during the opening of the mall. The rice porridge will still be cooked. It will take more than an hour for it to be cooked. Also, avoid ordering the size which you can’t consume everything. Remember, not all has the privilege to eat a decent meal.

Once I’ve ordered the bola-bola special, the cook cut the bola-bolas into two big pieces, pound the chicharon into bits, sliced the egg into half, poured the rice porridge into the paper bowl, then placed all the ingredients into the bowl of goto, including the chopped spring onions and bits of toasted garlic. The presentation is done basically, without any special touch. The overall look is appetizing though and will make you excited with the hefty serving of ingredients.

When I took my first bite, the most distinguishing taste and feeling that caught my attention is the saltiness of the bola-bola, the umami flavor or the savory taste of the chicharon and the scorching heat of the rice porridge. It’s true that the bola-bola and the chicharon add their own salty flavor to the goto though they are both coming from pork and the rice porridge has also its own saltiness which comes basic as a table salt, all these making the salty taste of the goto come in various degree and kind.

The other thing noticeable in the bola-bola is its firm consistency but tender enough to give in to every bite. On the other hand, the chicharon’s texture also plays a role in making the goto exciting. The chicharon has a little chewiness brought about by being soaked into the mixture. It would have been crunchy if it was not immersed, but it has to be that way; moreover, the texture is still different from the other ingredients so that still adds an element of variety to the goto.

It is not goto when it is not hot. The burning sensation that you feel every time you take a bite of this goto makes eating it satisfactory. The heat of the goto when it touches your palate is like exposing your skin under the summer sunshine at noon. Eat slowly so you’ll not burn your tongue.

After mixing everything, the flavor of the garlic incorporates with the mixture. Meanwhile, the taste of the rice porridge alone which has a little stock is just right, making it fit when not added with condiments. At first, you’ll hold back adding toyomansi or the combination of calamansi (Philippine lime) and soy sauce to the mixture as the addition of soy sauce will make the goto saltier, but it is proven to be false because the toyomansi added citrusy sting to the goto, having a new taste which is exciting. You would want to try putting some again in your next bite. After finishing up all the chewables wherein the toppings last up to the end because they come in a considerable amount, you would also consume the stock left because it’s tasty.

The serving size of the bola-bola special at 69 pesos is definitely enough to make you full. The bola-bolas are compact enough that eating every piece of the half cut will give you a feeling that you’ve eaten a heavy food. The “special” word in this goto variant’s name does not only mean that it is larger in serving size, but it also means that there are some ingredients added namely the egg and chicharon.

Goto is much-loved breakfast by everyone because it is a heavy meal. They say that the heaviest meal of the day is during breakfast and goto qualifies to be one. Aside from this, goto alerts your sleeping system when you wake up in the morning. We all want something that shakes us up each time we rise for us to accomplish what we need over the day; goto does the job. Another reason why we love goto during breakfast is that it is a complete pack meal. It has a variety of ingredients in one dish. This makes goto easy to consume.

When it is raining, goto warms you up from the cold weather. It feels cozy to eat or drink something hot when the room is cold. The feeling of loneliness suddenly shies away from you. Also, it is good to eat a liquidy food especially a hot one on a rainy day. This regulates your body temperature; hence, it makes your body adapt to the cold weather. Lastly, the spices of goto heats you up and energizes you, enabling you to work on some little tasks. These are some reasons why goto is a comfort food on a rainy day.

The simplicity of goto when its ingredients are easily found in the market makes it a food that can be available any time of the day. Also, the presence of rice which is our staple food makes it look appetizing as a meal in the morning, at lunch or in the evening. Moreover, the taste is common in a usual meal, making it an all-natural-flavor food.

To sum it all up, Goto Topps Bola-bola Special is a recommendable food especially for breakfast and rainy days. Compared to the other goto stall that I once bought goto from, I find Goto Topps better when it comes to the overall taste. I will surely buy from Goto Topps again.


Have a Taste of a Japanese Streetfood with TK Takoyaki

Have a taste of a Japanese food as a snack that’s going to wake up that part of your taste buds for the umami flavor. The best part is it comes in a budget price and it’s just around the corner of your neighborhood.

Another addition to the foodcart businesses out there is the TK Takoyaki. As the business name indicates, it serves takoyaki. Its franchise in Arvo is one of the most sought-after food stall that’s located in the al fresco part of the mall. This foreign-cuisine-serving franchise has got something good to offer.

Several years back, it is seldom that Filipinos taste a Japanese cuisine. Either you fine dine in a hotel or go to a specialty restaurant or even more travel to Japan for the authentic dishes. After the boom of the food industry in the Philippines, when Filipinos patronized the influences of the different countries, small-time businesses had their stint and they thrived that’s why now, Japanese cuisine is found everywhere.

Takoyaki is one food that introduces Japan. It has become the most common Japanese streetfood in us. It is easily made and served fast. No wonder it’s chosen by many as a snack.

Japanese octopus ball / takoyaki or literally fried or grilled octopus originated from Japan in the 1930’s and its roots trace back to 1600 when the French cuisine was brought to Japan. Yaki derived from “yaku” means to fry or to grill and the takoyaki is cooked in a specialized takoyaki pan. Unlike the authentic takoyaki, TK Takoyaki serves takoyaki which is filled with squid.

TK’s takoyaki is made with ingredients namely batter, squid and vegetables and topped with different sauces and a handful of flakes. These present a creamy-looking, hefty snack. The dried bonito flakes / dried fish (Katsuobushi) create an element of surprise as you’ll never know what this topping is unless you ask. Also, the sauce is rich and overflowing on top of the balls. On the other hand, you’ll definitely say that the serving is big inside the carton tray by way of looking at it and it is indeed big because this serving that comes in four pieces at 40 pesos is enough to make you full.

When you take the first bite of this takoyaki, you’ll feel the soft, hot batter covered with creamy sauce and flaky toppings touch your palate and as you continue on, the crunchiness of the vegetables and diced squid will add a different texture, making you delight in the variations of the texture. The taste of this takoyaki combines the smoky savory flavor (umami) of katsuobushi, tiny distinct taste of squid, spiciness of the sauce which comes optional, sourness of mayonnaise and the wheat flavor of the batter. This is a snack rich in texture and with ingredients that complement each other in taste like bread and butter, perfect together.

TK takoyaki is best eaten when you cut it into half which is the original form in the pan before the two portions are shaped, because its ingredients remain intact in half pieces. You can opt to eat the whole piece at once but it is not advisable when it has just been served, because it’s like putting a flaming ball in your mouth; it burns your taste buds. Whichever way you want to eat your takoyaki, you’ll surely have a way of telling your experience about it.

If you happen to pass by along the food court and you recognize the smell of a grilled squid, that could be a takoyaki food stall. Sometimes its tang goes far out its perimeter. You might want to try it. I bet you’ll not regret giving it a try.

Give in to Master Siomai Japanese Siomai

Have you ever let yourself be controlled by your appetite that you’ve lost the touch of knowing how much you’ve eaten? That is possible with the food that is here for a review.

Unlike other foodcarts, Master Siomai has ready-to-serve eats — the dumplings. They are served hot also. The server puts the ingredients to the carton tray one-by-one in a skillfully fast manner especially when there are a lot of customers, thus, having a minimal presentation. You’ll get your order quick.

At first look, the dumplings are too small to satisfy your hunger but when you’ve eaten the four-piece serving, you would feel that the serving is just enough. It is because each piece is jam-packed with the ingredients. However, this food can be addicting so you might end up getting another serving.

The carton tray is spacious enough to fit all the ingredients namely, the dumplings, calamansi or Philippine lime and the chili sauce but the soy sauce can easily drip sideways especially if you’ve poured a considerable amount. You have to be careful when you transport your order to the table.

Having bulk orders or the slight predicament of accidentally spilling the soy sauce is not a problem here in Arvo because they have trays to help you transfer your order. The server was thoughtful enough to present me a tray even if it’s just the dumplings and the drink that I would carry. Also, she was kind enough to explain to me the discount that I got.

As I took my first bite, all I felt was the satisfaction from the taste of this food. The smooth and soft texture of the ground pork combined with the seafood taste of the Nori, the saltiness of the soy sauce, the fresh, citrusy sting of the calamansi and the kick of the chili garlic sauce, all rolled in my mouth as I chew, and as I continue grinding, chunks of tasty pork and little crab sticks gave a different texture, making the whole experience a pleasurable one.

The Nori wrapper sets this variety of dumpling apart from the others. It doesn’t come with the usual Filipino food so having it brings a whole new flavor every time. It comes in an ample amount so every bite is rich with the Nori flavor.

When you take a bite, you want to get as much sauce as possible because that adds to the flavor of the dumpling. The sauce totally complements the dumpling. They go together all the time.

I used to like a different franchise of dumplings. It is the first seller that I had known. Then, I began buying from Master Siomai. I remember that the shift to a new one was remarkable because the taste changed at a noticeable level. It didn’t turn out to be better though. Nevertheless, now, I often eat Master Siomai and their Japanese Siomai is the best for me so far.

Usually, the expectation in eating a Master Siomai is always satisfactory but personally, the Japanese Siomai set the bar higher, excluding the Sharksfin Siomai on the list because I support the drive that protects the sharks in the ocean. It’s all because of the Nori.

One serving has four dumplings at 42 pesos.

A dumpling is like a banana that never goes out of season. Any time of the day, a dumpling can set your mood up. It never fails. This Japanese siomai offers to the table a taste that has seldom been in the palate of the Filipinos, reaching out to many to be accustomed to its flavor; hence, it becomes a gateway to trying out extraordinary cuisines out there.

If you want an innovative variant of dumpling that’s sure to fire up your endorphins at an affordable price, go ahead and grab a Master Siomai Japanese Siomai.

Satisfy your cravings with Eggspert Quail Eggs

Quail eggs or “kwek kwek” first became a craze in the streets. It belongs to the same family of the skewered street foods like fishballs. Now, food stalls are in place to cater to the growing needs of the people. Do these food businesses achieve the satisfaction of its consumers?

Eggspert is a foodcart business that serves through providing deep-fried coated eggs and quail eggs. It practices exclusively in producing a variety of street foods like squid balls, kikiam, fish balls, chicken skin and calamares. It also delights in serving its homemade sauce.

Taking an order is a breeze. Once you’ve said quail eggs, the cook reheats the precooked quail eggs deep into the hot frying oil. This is best for this food. Also, the added crispiness to the pouch when fried again is like biting a well-done chicken skin, crunchy and juicy.

The pouch perfectly covers the egg like a baseball caught inside a catcher’s mitt. Sometimes it’s just amazing to see that the quail egg is entirely enveloped inside the pouch because I, when cooking such, had not known how that can be done. I had an experience where only a little of the batter stuck to the egg. It was not funny because I had to eat less of what makes one serving tasteful; the flavor of the sauce usually gets caught in the pouch. On the other hand, the taste of the batter which when fried is the pouch, is not salty and flavorless. Moreover, the color is the ordinary yellow orange color which when poured with sweet sauce turns into an inviting piece of the whole lot.

The size of one piece is the ideal size. You won’t find it hard to put the whole piece in your mouth when you want to savor the mixed flavors of the whole lot or you can cut it into parts when you want to enjoy eating for a longer time. Moreover, the 18 pesos price for four pieces is budget-friendly and your one order is enough to make you full especially when paired with a drink of either a “gulaman” or pineapple juice. However, going back for more is sure an option as this one is totally addicting.

I used to have a not so good experience when I eat Eggspert’s quail eggs. There was a burnt taste in the pouch which I think is from the overused oil. When I was about to review the food, it tasted better so this made me believe that there is inconsistency with the process. I used to think also that there is something lacking in the sauce. It used to be lacking in flavor like being short of soy sauce maybe. Like in the case of the pouch, there is a difference, a slight one on the sauce during my taste test. The sauce had a subtle consistency and its taste is just right. Truly, there is room for improvement here.

Eating the quail egg isn’t complete without the pouch because that gives the saltiness to the egg even at the very light degree like Eggspert’s quail eggs, so my advice is to not let the pouch be consumed all at once. Always make sure you eat both the egg and the pouch covered in the sauce of your choice. At Eggspert, only sweet sauce, vinegar and chili sauce are available.

This kwek kwek is an oasis in the dessert. Once you start partaking, your tastebuds will never stop asking for more. The fact that it’s made of quail eggs discounts whether it’s homemade or bought from a food stall. All that’s important is the same pleasure it brings to everyone.

Noodle House Pork Siomai

Wouldn’t it be great if you have the freedom to create a snack out of a selection of ingredients at an affordable price? I think this would be an awesome find!

Look no further because, in this day and age, this service is found in your neighborhood. Noodle House is one that offers this great service. It is a foodcart business that serves authentic Hong Kong style stir-fried noodles.

At Ayala Malls Marikina, Noodle House is one of the most picked food services to have a satisfying snack or meal. Just go to its area and choose from the menu.

After saying your order, the cook piles up the noodles on the heated pan. Then, you’ll have to wait for the noodles to be cooked but it only takes some moments.

The noodles are then splattered in the cup. Only minimal presentation is done. Sometimes there are noodles left hanging on the rim of the cup or oil and spices stay on the rim when the ladle is tapped on it. Thus, these give way to possible messy handling of the cup. However, the size of the cup is just right to contain everything inside and it gives enough space for your hand to hold it so only accidental touch on the mess can occur.

The two steamed dumpling(siomai) toppings add an appetizing appeal to the unexciting bunch of noodles and the addition of sauces into the whole lot creates a color that makes you crave to taste it. Sauces come in sweet sauce, specialty sauce, teriyaki sauce, oyster sauce, sweet and chili sauce, sweet and sour sauce, peanut sauce and chili sauce.

The over-all taste depends on what sauces you put in it although generally, the taste is salty and spicy. The noodles come in ordinary boiled noodles and mung bean sprouts. The mung bean sprouts are a bit tart and have a nutty flavor. As you bite on these, the crunchiness tells you how fresh they are. To complement the crunch, the smooth and soft texture of the dumpling is added. When all the ingredients are combined in a bite, a rich flavor with mixed textures and oozing sauce bursts in your mouth — you would want to take another bite.

It is best eaten while it is hot. You would want also to always eat the noodles with the dumpling because when you had finished eating the dumplings with some noodles left, you would ask for more dumplings, although the noodles and the sauce can go together, maintaining the overall taste.

The serving size is enough to make you full. With 37 pesos for the noodles which comes with 2 pork siomai and 12 pesos for the “gulaman,” you’ll end up with a decent snack.

The creativity to come up with a customer’s interaction with the overall presentation of the food is quite an impressive strategy for an economy-leveled business. Moreover, it contributes to the satisfaction of the consumers. When it’s all about an exciting food that you are looking for, try Noodle House.

My Food Blog

After I had taken from my new phone a picturesque shot of the food that I was about to eat, I became excited about writing a food blog. I became even determined to pursue this returning pastime with the features of my new phone, which allow me to easily formulate my ideas and come up with an article.

Food is something that is ubiquitous as it is a necessity in life. Therefore, it is easy to find an entry for this blog. I am starting with the foods here at Ayala Malls Marikina(Arvo) which became my go-to place whenever I feel like I want to have a different environment besides home. It can go a long way from this.

I would like to share my honest opinion on the foods out there to somehow inform the audience about some of the foods that everyone can try. Basic information like the price, history of the food company or restaurant, serving size and others to the complex reviews are what is in store for you when you read the following food blogs.

I am on a break in writing movie reviews. The cinema in the town is under construction and I have begun to explore writing food blogs. I will definitely continue doing movie blogs when all is in the right place.

Be sure to check out all my entries especially my new-found niche! Happy reading! 🙂

Incredibles 2


Amidst the help that superheroes do to the society, they are regarded as criminals. To put an end to this notion, Devtech owners, Winston and Evelyn Deavor, in cooperation with Elastigirl, create a way that makes superheroes be glorified for their good deeds. Along with this movement, a villain lurks around to put to destruction the big plan. Will the superheroes win over the heart of the people this time around?

Incredibles 2 creates a picture of superheroes being loved by an audience of all ages. The main characters have certain personality that each of the family members will love. For instance, Bob Parr a.k.a. “Mr. Incredible” is a portrait of a perfect father to his children and a loving husband to his wife. Moreover, Helen Parr a.k.a. “Elastigirl” is a mother who is typically caring to her family and has a lot to say when it comes to missions outside the family. In addition to these, Violet Parr and Dash Parr each has certain personality that modern kids possess like being expressive of their feelings and thoughts towards a subject matter. Last but not the least, who will not love an adorable baby named Jack-Jack Parr and who is active and has a lot of cute moves?

In modern films, superheroes are honored for their life-saving acts but this movie views these acts in a whole more intricate way that people will resolve in affirming in a way to it. The plot revolves around this argument and the everyday things that happen to the main characters are fillings to add flavor to it. What’s interesting about the plot is how the supporting events are introduced to the viewers. It works in a way that the suspicion of who spearheaded them is sustained until finally a revelation is made. The suspense is maintained to a level that one will focus on the current scenes rather than analyzing the given clues. That makes it easier to watch the movie.

Incredibles 2 is a Pixar film. I have built a trust in anything made by Pixar that whenever it is a Pixar film, it is good. There is something in a Pixar film that makes it delightfully good. Definitely, Incredibles 2 is another addition to their beautifully done films. The action sequences of the film are crisp and will make your nerves flick to every move that the main characters do. They are high quality scenes. Every bit of the action sequence is made to capture the attention of the viewers and leave your focus stuck to every movement. The animation is great and the characters’ appearance is perfectly tailored to make them effective in the film. Also, the dialogues are smart.

When it is a Pixar film, it surely has lots of lessons and ideas that leave a mark to someone’s heart and mind. Incredibles 2 also has them. The core of its legacy to viewers is the picture of a healthy family. The film shows a modern average-sized family living with a give and take relationship. In that sense, the dialogues of each member of the family to another one are what to look for. They will leave you inspired by how well each of the family members goes together.

This is another well-done film. Its simplicity will make you feel relaxed at the end of the movie and the characters will make you want to see them again. In that note, I would say that I want another continuation story for this film. I give Incredibles 2 an A+.