Delightful Sip at ChawadiCup Tea in Ongpin Street

It was hot sunny day on September 5, When a small group of heritage advocate went and have an impromptu Chinatown heritage and food stroll.

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ChawadiCup stall, Ongpin street

It took us sometime to walk from Santa Cruz church ground towards Chinatown LaiLai Hotel then thru Ongpin street. We  saw a well-lighted signage and two friendly sales personnel. They told us that they just opened about a month ago.

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Cha Yen and Chewy Watermelon

My friend, Ms. Lin Deres decided to take a short break and opted to order their best selling drink Chewy Watermelon ( Php 138), while i ordered their famous Cha Yen ( Php 108)- We told the sales personnel to only use 20% sugar syrup with less amount of caffeine. Since we do not like sweet tea or milk teas before we ate lunch.

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ChawadiCup menu board

The packaging is neat and the plastic containers is quite sturdy, unlike the other milk teas in the market. We are their first “suki” customers of the day.

Their name is also quite catchy- It is like Sawasdee Kap- which is a greeting in Thai language.

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sales personnel

ChawadiCup Tea History

ChawadiCup, Ken and Wilson, met by a chance when they were working in the same district in Bangkok. It wasn’t long before the friends found that they shared a common interest in tea, and soon started a journey of tea-sampling across Thailand.

In the Philippines, They opened a store in Araneta Center and their Ongpin street branch is one of the first franchise to open. According to Mr. Vince ( sales personnel) ChawadiCup is planning to open more store within Metro Manila and nearby provinces. The have 16 flavors to choose from, Unlike the other powdered milk tea which proliferates within the city, They would use natural ingredients sourced from local and within Southeast Asia.

The stall is located just beside Friendship Drugstore near the famed Ongpin estero. we had a wonderful experience at this stall.

Note: Prices quoted are based on the time that the author went to the branch in Ongpin street and are subject to change without prior notification. The author is not connected with the branch nor is paid to do marketing in behalf of the company.

ChawadiCup Tea- Ongpin Street branch

Address: 755 Ongpin street, Chinatown, Binondo, Manila

Operations: Everyday from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm

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9 Must Try Dishes at Juan Pablo Chicken Bar and Grill

Juan Pablo Chicken Bar and Grill just recently opened their business for the general public about 4 months ago within the heart of the city.

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some of the well-loved dishes 

The ambiance is modern chic with a lot of beautiful graffiti, wall murals which decorate the restaurant. The sitting capacity is between 25 to 30 customers at any given time.

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Juan Pablo chicken logo

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interior

The restaurant name was from Mr. Paul John Medina in which the Filipino translation is Juan Pablo.

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9 Must Try Dishes of Juan Pablo Chicken Bar& Grill

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9.) Salt and Pepper Pork Spare Ribs– The pork spare ribs is well seasoned with spices and special ingredients. This goes well with their ice tea, San Miguel beer light or pale pilsen.

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8.) Bokchoy – The bokchoy is good as side dish and often good on any type of meat.

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7.) Fried Calamares – The squid had a batter mixture and deep fried with vinegar dipping sauce.

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6.) Beef Broccoli with Sauce – The beef meat is tender with broccoli, button mushroom, chopped carrots, spring onion leaves and soy base sauce.

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5.) Yang Chow Fried Rice – This is a complete dishes with bits of meat, diced carrots, green peas, shrimp, topped with green spring onions.

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4.) Shrimp Rebosado – The shrimp is coated with batter mixture, deep fried with thick oyster sauce. This is best eaten with white rice.

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3.) Chow Mien Noodles / Pancit Miki Bihon / Miki/ Pancit Canton  – This is another MUST order dish, when one is dining at this restaurant. They also have large bilao size good for large number of people. The Chow Mien combination noodles had pieces of pork meat, slice carrots, shrimp, squid topped with chopped spring onion leaves and calamansi.

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2.) Crispy Pork Sisig – Two thumbs up for this dish ! This is best eaten hot off the sizzling plate with egg, chopped finger chilies, chopped onion topped with red chili and dash of calamansi to taste. Can be ordered any time of the day and best accompanied with any San Miguel beer pale pilsen or San Miguel light.

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1.) Garlic and Teriyaki Fried Chicken Wings– One of the signature dish of the restaurant. They also have half chicken and whole chicken roasted and cooked with spices and secret herbs.

In -House Promotion for September 2019

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The restaurant is having an in-house promotion of just Php 199 Unlimited fried chicken wings with unlimited rice. Which one can choose in 3 flavors. They also had delivery and catering service within Mandaluyong City.

Juan Pablo Chicken Bar and Grill

Address: 604 Boni Avenue,Barangay Plainview, Mandaluyong City 1550

Operations : Monday to Sunday
12:00 noon to 10:00 pm (T-F 11pm, Sat / Sun 12:00 midnight )

Contact : 5795289

Landmarks: (Walking distance from Mandaluyong City Hall, in front of Mandaluyong Medical Center)

Facebook Page  : https://www.facebook.com/juanpablochicken

How to Commute:

There are many ways on how to visit this restaurant, One can opt to take a jeepney with Gabby’s- Boni Avenue/ MRT Boni station signage ( Php 9.00 minimum fare).

One can also take a leisurely walk from MRT Boni station to 604 Boni Avenue.

Jonas Pares House : 40 Years of Love and Passion

Jonas Pares House is a MUST dine- in place when one is within the vicinity of N.S. Amoranto street (formerly called Retiro street) and near Banawe street. The Pares House specializes on beef, pork pares, siopao asado, bola-bola, dimsum, mami, kikiam, buchi, chopsuey and other home cooked dishes.

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two kinds of siopao ( asado and bola-bola take out pack), Jonas beef pares, fried rice and free soup

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Jonas Pares House is located within Mayon street corner Malindang street, Quezon City.

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chicken feet with tausi

Our gang of friends would find time to eat at this pares house whenever we would visit nearby Lourdes church, Suki market ,Dapitan arcade during our thrift shop hunting

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steamed siopao asado and bola-bola

History

Jonas started as a small carinderia / eatery with just a few seats available way back in 1979. It was the husband and wife tandem of Mr. Roger Tiu and Mrs. Lolita ” Lolly”  Tiu team up with a seed capital of Php 6,000 envisioned a restaurant providing fine-dining quality food at a price affordable to masses.

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Jonas history by Mr. Cirilo F. Bautista (poet, columnist)

The recipe came from her father who would often got invited during fiesta or special occasions to cook for the guests. His love and passion for food that would define his legacy which left lasting impact in the culinary world. Eventually, he taught his daughter the art of cooking pares and its ingredients.

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meal viands

Mr. Roger Tiu would cooked the beef pares while Mrs. Lolita Tiu would serve to their clients. Most of the early customers were from nearby Lourdes church and outlying areas.

What makes Pares so special is how the beef was prepared and cooked. Seventy percent (70%) of the beef is lean meat from beef flanks; the rest of the 30% is from fat. The beef is tender because it was slow-cooked in a charcoal-fed fire for at least 12 hours !

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customers

They started cooking 5 kilos of beef pares in 1979 and increased to at least 100 kilos of beef meat everyday by 2019. Jonas Pares is credited and popularized the term “Pares” which means the pairing of beef and fried rice. Pares meal which started within the district then soon spread to different parts of the city and in far flung provinces.

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shrimp hakaw -one of MUST try dimsum

Jonas Pares started adding more dishes and enlarging their restaurant by the 1990’s. The restaurant floor space was increased, its facilities upgraded, and air-conditioning installed.

Sitting Capacity and Ambiance

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Jonas Pares House is well lighted with modern fixture and cozy ambiance with a sitting capacity of between 70 to 80 persons at any given time. Mixing both native, modern while having a community bulletin board for those who wanted to post their messages.There is also a counter where one can get free service water, tube ice, condiments and chili paste.

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take out counter

There is also a small take out counter inside the restaurant where one can buy some dimsum, cakes, canned drinks, buchi, pastries, nuts among others.

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community bulletin board

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blueberry cheesecake

Blueberry cheese cake– One of their best selling desserts (Php 110 per slice). We tasted their famed blueberry cheese cake which is a little bland for our taste.

In- House Promo

There is an in-house promo which enable customers to buy 6 siopao ( steam buns) for just Php 270.00. It comes with its sauce and special package. Ideal for pasalubongs and treats.  One can order a combination of asado and bola-bola.

The restaurant is also listed under popular travel and restaurant site zomatoph, booky and tripadvisor.

Note and full disclosure:  The prices quoted in this website is base on the prevailing prices. Prices of their meals, pares and in-house promo are subject to change without prior notice from the management of the establishment. The author is not connected with the management or employed by Jonas restaurant.  Just an ordinary “suki” customer at the place.

Address: 561 Mayon street corner Malindang street, Santa Mesa Heights, Quezon City, 1114 Metro Manila.

Operations: Everyday from 6:30 am to 10:00pm

Contact (02) 712 6261

How to Commute: ( There are many ways on how to commute going to Jonas Pares)

1.) From Mayon street and A. Bonifacio Avenue- Take a jeepney ride with Mayon street going to Welcome Rotunda jeepney ( Php 9.00 minimum fare)  One can opt to walk along the Mayon/ Del Monte Avenue intersection which can take between 25 minutes to 35 minutes walk.

2.) From Santa Cruz / Blumentritt -Manila – Take a jeepney with Retiro street signage ( aka N.S. Amoranto street route) – From Blumentritt ( Php 9.00 minimum fare to Php 12.00 per head depending on the route)

3.) From PNRI station Blumentritt – Take jeepney route going to Retiro/ Muñoz ( Php 9.00)

4.) From LRT line 1 -Blumentritt station – Take jeepney with the route Santa Cruz/ Retiro to Muñoz

5.) From Quezon Avenue/ MCDO- There is a jeepney route which ply Quezon Avenue to Banawe street.

Special Promo of Hodai Fusion Restaurant

Hodai Restaurant combines Japanese, Korean, Italian dishes that takes on a new concept of a modern buffet styled setting. Base on Japanese cuisine and culture, The base of operation with its distinctive flavor, freshness of the ingredients and preparation methods.
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wide array of dishes
The logo is strategically posted and represented by a cat which is like neko with paws holding up. In East Asian culture like China, Japan and Korea, the cat presents good luck and attracts customers.
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Hodai fusion restaurant facade

Buffet with a Twist

Hodai restaurant is an affordable all-you-can-eat twist on the current Japanese food market without the sacrifice of quality, taste, ambiance and space to share a feast with your loved ones. There is also an area where one can refill rice.

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kani salad

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fried cream dory with special sauce and pechay

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fried tofu with sauce and chopped spring onions

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fried tempura

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fried pork tonkatsu with lettuce, onion and sauce
The menu consists of three (3) sets labeled Value, Silver, and Gold. Wherein customers have the option to decide which among the sets meet with their cravings. Menu items include Tonkatsu, Japchae, Rose Cream Pasta, Kimchi Gyozas, Maki rolls, Teriyaki, Spicy Cheese barbecue and a variety of other dishes. 
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lightning fixtures
The interior is nice , clean, modern and brightly lighted. It had a capacity of between 150 to 160 customers at any given time. The old house was re-purpose as a restaurant.  One can also taste a sample of Korean ice cream.

100 Day Anniversary in-House Promo

Hodai is celebrating their 100 days in business and they are offering an in-house 40% discount promo for weekends and holidays which starts on July 27, 2019 and also 50% discount promo for weekday(Mon to Fri) on July 29, 2019. The promo will last until September.

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Weekday (Mon to Fri) – 50% off

Value Set – 399 to 199 pesos
Silver Set – 499 to 249 pesos
Gold Set – 599 to 299 pesos

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Weekends and  Holidays – 40% off

Silver Set – 499 to 299 pesos
Gold Set – 599 to 359 pesos

It is also wise to make some reservations days or even weeks in advance for those planning to have their birthday parties and big groups.

How to Commute:

1.) From EDSA Quezon Avenue, ride a jeepney bound to West Avenue/ SM North/ Panay /Project 6 ( from Delta Theater) and get off at Examiner Street. Walk towards the restaurant ( just in front of ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Operation Sagip Center)

2.) From EDSA North, walk towards SM Savemore/ Paramount. One may opt to ride jeepney bound to Quiapo and get off at Examiner Street ( Php 9.00). Walk towards the restaurant.

3.) West Avenue: Another option is one can take a tricycle to the restaurant (P15 per person or Php 40 special )

4.) West Avenue- One can walk between 15 to 20 minutes walk from Paramount theater to Hodai.

Note: Promo prices posted at this site are subject to change without prior notice from the management of the Hodai restaurant. 

 Hodai Fusion Restaurant

Address: #14 Examiner street near West Avenue,Barangay West Triangle, Quezon City

Contact : 0956 460 5848 / 0920-234-1200

Operational Hours: Monday to Sunday 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm

 

Bestylog : A Neighborhood Food Station

Bestylog is a neighborhood food station which specializes on all morning value meals, chicken wing, hamburger, french fries, smoothies which opened their business a little over a year ago within Old Sauyo road in Barangay Talipapa, Novaliches, Quezon City.

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Bestylog cover meals ( from FB page)

The prices of their TAPSILOG meals, lomi and hamburger are affordable. Most of their customers are residents of Barangay Talipapa,Old Sauyo, Silvinia Village, Mindanao Avenue and Novaliches.

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There were several private and public schools near the food station which also attracts additional customers during weekdays.

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Mr. Paulo Ortega, a resident of the barangay also told us that Bestylog would attract the mid-morning and late afternoon crowd. The food station sitting capacity is between 12 to 15 persons at any given time.

The menus were clearly posted and had a catchy names like hugot burger, bunwhich, oinksilog, Bes i am on a diet.

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Bestylog bumwhich and hamburgers are colorful and the buns come in 5 colors, purple, green, yellow, pink and orange.

Specialties

We tried to order almost everything on the menu, however not all meals were available which also includes their smoothies, milkshakes and fruit shakes.

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Ham Bunwhich

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beef tapa with fried rice

Beef tapa with fried rice- the beef is well marinated and tender, rice is pretty decent. One can have the option to not to order the egg.

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deep fried pork chop with rice or oinksilog

Pork chop is deep fried and crispy. One can have the option not to order the egg.

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lomi

Lomi – We tried their version of lomi, It is good for sharing between 2 to 3 persons. It had noodles, beaten egg, kikiam, liver, meat, squid ball topped with Baguio pechay. One can add powdered pepper and calamansi to enhance the taste. The downturn of their lomi is a little bit salty.

We only paid a little over Php 180 for the entire meal. When you are within Old Sauyo road or Barangay Talipapa near Mindanao Avenue ( jeepney terminal of SM/ Trinoma- C-5/ Hortaleza Beauty Center) Do not forget to pay this food station a visit!

Bestylog: Food Station

Contact: 0915-840-8880

Address:Old Sauyo Road,Barangay Talipapa,Novaliches, Quezon City

Operations: Monday to Saturday 6:00 AM – 9:00 PM