Next Generation Kiampung you will surely drool on

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Kiampung, Kiampeng or Kiampong which literally means “salty rice” was derived from Hokkien language of Amoy or Fujian province in China. The southern- style rice casserole is a staple in almost all of Filipino-Chinese communities. In fact,Chinese communities around the world had their own version of kiampung.

Culinary Experts and Historians

Culinary experts and historians would sometimes compare this rice dish as Chinese- style paella because of the amount of ingredients added into this meal. Some fancy restaurants would have pork belly, chicken, rabbit meat,chorizo,shitake mushroom, minced garlic, crushed ginger, leeks, kangkong stalks, diced taro rhizome, sliced carrots, mustard, chestnuts, meat balls, hard-boiled eggs, bokchoy etc.. added unto the rice casserole dish.

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Toppings would include any of the following: spring onion leaves, ma-hu ( pork or chicken floss), pickled radish, seaweeds, pickled cucumber, sliced century egg, dried shrimp and roasted peanuts.

In principle, Kiampung / Kiampeng /Kiampong is just a simple soy sauce rice casserole dish, with a bits of pork meat and small amount of vegetables added into the dish.

We live in Binondo –Manila Chinatown, Santa Mesa, Santa Cruz, Sampaloc districts for several years and tasted at least a dozen variants of kiampung. But all the variations were salty and greasy.

Healthy Kiampung from Ama’s Recipe

Ama is a Hokkien word for grandmother on the paternal ( father’s)side. Ama’s Recipe is a start-up home-based enterprise which started their operations few weeks ago during the height of the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) in Metro Manila.

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The kiampung/ kiampong/ kiampeng recipe was handed down from Ama Diana to her granddaughters Ms. Alexis Nicole Sze and Ms. Abigail Sofia Sze (tandem of two sisters) in which they specialize in serving a healthy version of kiampung throughout her growing years.

Ama’s Recipe tagline” a recipe that warms the soul“. captured the heart warming love, affection and care that she had experienced from her grandmother. As a 3rd generation family member,  the dynamic duo wanted to share their family’s affection thru their recipes.

Ama’s Recipe has a limited menu, They focus on their signature family heirloom kiampung/ kiampong/kiampeng, hard boiled tea eggs and adobo peanuts.

The usual “KKKK” Kamag-Anak,Kaibigan,Kapitbahay, Klasmeyt system were use to promote their signature family heirloom meal. The public reception of their dishes had been phenomenal in just a matter of few weeks!

Ama’s Kiampung (P250) is soy based rice dish, cubed tofu, grated carrots, marinated pork meat topped with chopped spring onions, grated ginger, sauteed shallots and adobo peanuts!

This is considered as a full meal complete with go, grow and glow element. Ideal for all ages. Ama’s kiampung is good for sharing between for 2-3 persons. For those maintaining a low sodium diet or with underlying health condition. There pose no problem, since they are not using the commercial soy sauce brands with high sodium and preservatives.

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Boiled Tea Eggs (Php 150 for 6 pieces) This is best paired with kiampung/ kiampong/ kiampeng. The tea eggs recipe have originated from Zhejiang province but quickly spread in different provinces of China. Eventually some regional variation and distinct flavors were developed to suit the local taste buds.

The process is that chicken or duck eggs are gently cracked all over and simmered in a flavorful broth of tea leaves, soy sauce, spices for several hours until the black liquid seeps in along the cracks. The eggs end up with a rich flavor and an intricate, delicate spider-webbed pattern emerged.

Eating tea eggs also had some medicinal and therapeutic effects too! The tea egg can be eaten anytime of the day, hot or cold.

It is quite popular in Taiwan (ROC) and there were restaurants in 168 Mall, Divisoria,Guillermo Masangkay street, Ongpin street within Manila Chinatown which sells these eggs. But Ama’s Recipe would win hands-down since they use quality ingredients.

Adobo Peanuts are sold separately if you want to add more toppings to the kiampung / kiampong/ kiampeng. (Php200 per 300 grams). What is different from their adobo peanuts from the rest of the pack is that they are not greasy and are only roasted upon order. So it does not have a soggy or rancid after taste.

The Kiampung was delivered thru Grab delivery within 45 minutes from the place of origin to the northern outskirt of Quezon City. We will surely order again and highly recommend their short list of menu. We think that there are still more hidden recipes by their ama, still waiting to be shared by Ms. Alexsis Nicole and Ms. Abigail Sze in the near future.

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Mr. Crisanto Laurente of Grab holding the kiampung meal pack

How to Place an Order

For weekdays- Mondays to Fridays – They are open for a minimum order of at least 3 Kiampung / Kiampong meals.

Saturdays and Sundays- No minimum order for their Kiampung/ Kiampong meals.

They also accepts bulk orders at least 2 to 3 days advance notice and are subject to the availability of the menu.

One can contact them on Facebook and Instagram for deliveries which can be done through Grab, Lalamove,  Mr Speedy, R&R express and will be charged to the buyer.

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Ama’s Recipe

Contact Persons: Ms. Alexis Nicole Sze and Ms. Abigail Sofia Sze

Contact : 0917-5765855

Facebook: Ama’s Recipe

Instagram: @amas_recipe

New Location of Sashi Takoyaki

 Sashi Takoyaki had been a small scale takoyaki stall located along Katipunan Avenue, Goodwill Homes 1, Barangay San Bartolome, Novaliches, Quezon City.

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Sashi Takoyaki

Goodwill Homes 1  community had several food stalls and restaurants. Business had been around for at least a decade and their customers came from many parts of the community to as far as General Luis street, Torres Village,Kingspoint Subdivision, San Pedro IX, Kasiyahan Village,California Village, Sierra Vista,Vista Verde even those living in Barangay Talipapa and Barangay Nagkaisang Nayon.

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Sashi Takoyaki stall- old location

We would make a point to buy some takoyaki at least once a week. They would have a generous toppings of mayonnaise, bonito flakes shavings and chili powder for the extra spice. The business came a long way since they already branched out to Susano road, Novaliches, Quezon City.

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Shawarma King and Mi Chi Fried Noodles stall

The food stalls beside Cherie’s Bakeshop about a month before the clearing operation by Goodwill Homes 1 and the barangay.

New Location

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Since early part of January 2020, local community leaders even the barangay had been strict in clearing the sidewalks. Some of the most affected were the small stall owners.

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The proprietors of the stall were able to find a suitable place beside the Ocampo Bakery.  We will surely missed Shawarma King, Mi Chi Fried Noodles stalls which never reopened.

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Celebrity Clientele

Among the celebrity customers includes comedian Pooh, Katrina Velarde and her friends, Maine Mendoza among others.

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Takoyaki – 100pesos 6pcs Spicy Takoyaki Negi – 100pesos 6pcs Yakisoba – 150 Yakiudon – 150 They also have also milkteas ( flavors: watermelon,chocolate, okinawa Php 50.00) cheesecake milktea Php 70.00 , lemonade Php 50 and blue lemonade Php 50

Father’s Day Promo

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Sashi Takoyaki also had a limited time offer for father’s day

Prices posted as of June 2020 ( note prices posted at this blog are subject to change without prior notification)

Address: Katipunan Avenue, Goodwill Homes 1, Barangay San Bartolome, Novaliches, Quezon City.

Contact : 0930-1596183/ 0951-744-2940 /0945 580 1188

Operations: Monday to Saturday from 12:00 noon to 8:00 pm

 Try to visit them on their FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/Sashi-Takoyaki-373733289325820/

Special Father’s Day Treats from Manila Hotel

Father’s Day is a special tribute to all father’s in the world.  During this trying times show your him appreciation with an exceptional family lunch or dinner with his favorite dishes at the historic and national heritage site.

Father’s Day Special Treats

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During Enhanced Community Quarantine or General Community Quarantine any family celebration is incomplete without special treat coming from Manila Hotel.

Manila Hotel is an iconic five star hotel which is world re-known. Because the best dad deserves only the best, let him indulge with an enticing main course of any of the new Sous Vide Steaks offerings.

Eating steak is a sensorial gustatory experience: from the visual delight of seeing the marbling on your steak to the sizzle you hear as it cooks to the sensational smell of grilled meat.

Dads will surely delight the special imported meats. It’s value-for-money, too. The cuts are enormous, good enough to share for the entire family and even friends!

Easy to Cook

* U.S. Beef Rib Steak, 500 grams – Php 2,300 nett
* U.S. Beef Tenderloin with Black Peppercorn Sauce, 180 grams – Php 1,500 nett
* Prime U.S. Beef Striploin, 280 grams – Php 2,100 nett
* Black Angus Beef Rib Eye, 340 grams – P1,900 nett

Please try to call 8527-0011 or SMS/Viber 0998-950-1912 for your pre-orders.

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How to Order and Payment Options: 

With a minimum pre-order of only Php2,500 of SOUS VIDE STEAKS (vacuum-sealed, pre-cooked steaks), a set from our HOME BUFFET selections, or your favorite items from A LA CARTE MENU, you can enjoy a 20% discount on your food bill. You can also get a 10% discount on any of the CAKE CREATIONS if you order one with this promo.

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

Pre-orders are from now until June 19, 2020 (Friday). Orders for pick-up or delivery (separate fee) on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 21, 2020.

Payment options: Online bank transfer; online credit card; cash or credit card upon pickup.

Chedy’s Budbod Resto in Kingspoint Subdivision

Chedy’s Budbod Restaurant recently held their soft opening last February 11, 2020. This was just a month before the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) was imposed on March 15, 2020.

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For those unfamiliar with the term “Budbod“. It is a Tagalog word which is to sprinkle the viand on rice. Another term is to distribute or lay over the viand over rice. Budbod meal combination is common in many restaurants in Tanay, Rizal province.

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Chedy’s Budbod restaurant facade along Katipunan Avenue

Tanay is popular go to place among sightseers, local tourists, motorcycle and car groups while visiting the town’s rugged landscape, river, pilgrim and heritage sites.

We would join several road trips organized by car club on a road trip to the province. Our group have eaten before budbod meals in Tanay, but this restaurant offers something different for city folks.

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Chedy’s Budbod was named after the son of the proprietor. The place had a sitting capacity of between 40 to 50 customers at any given time with small parking area in front for motorcycles.

The Kingspoint subdivision restaurant is the first within Novaliches area. The seats were made from split bamboo, the tables are from ordinary wood, giving rustic ambiance to the place.

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Chedy’s Budbod restaurant menu and prices ( subject to change without prior notice)

For those unfamiliar with the exact location, The place used to be a branch of Bypass Burger then an unlimited Samgyupsal restaurant before Chedy’s .

Chedy’s Budbod Restaurant Specialties

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Chedy’s Budbod Liempo

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Sizzling Sisig

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Chicharon with vinegar

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Pancit Canton and Bihon mix with fried pork liempo topping

We were quite surprised with the generous toppings of fried pork liempo and the amount of noodles – This only cost Php 150 per order and good for sharing between 4 to 6 people!

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Celebrity Clientele and Customers

There is a growing list of customers since they had their soft opening this February. This list included Team Mio4 Philippines Novaboys, G Clown of Flip Flop, Gwapulis contestant among others.

Aside from their noodles, we like the way they marinate the beef tapa, longganisa and tocino. For those living near Kingspoint Subdivision, Barangay Bagbag, Novaliches, Quezon City. One must try to order from them.

Since the IATF guidelines, Dine-in is still not allowed, only take away.

( photo credit  from Chedy’s Budbod and the author)

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

Address: Unit C, Lot 2 Block 37 King Henry corner  #60 Katipunan Avenue, Kingspoint Subdivision, Barangay Bagbag, Novaliches, Quezon City 

Operations : 8:00 am to 6:00 pm ( TAKE OUT/ Delivery within Kingspoint Subdivision, San Pedro IX, Kasiyahan Homes, Goodwill Homes 1, Barangay San Bartolome)

Cellphone : Smart – 09213134475
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Mother’s Day Treats from Manila Hotel

The Manila Hotel which is known for its five star ambiance and historical nostalgia pulls all the stops to still be able to give her a memorable celebration of  Mother’s Day this sunday May 10, 2020.
In this new normal, one way to celebrate the special day is by placing an order to commemorate such momentous occasion.
Aside from the special day, Manila Hotel also plays a role in the annual Flores de Mayo celebration in Manila.

Mother’s Day Special Treats from Manila Hotel

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different kinds of cakes to order

The Manila Hotel’s Mother’s Day Surprise gives you discounts when you choose to
order the food-and-cake bundle and pay online on or before May 8, 2020 (Friday).
You
may choose items from the A La Carte Menu or Home Buffet sets (Filipino, Italian,
Korean, Japanese, and Chinese favorites , as well as Certified Halal items) and get a
20% discount on your food bill, and a 10% discount on the cake of your choice.
Because mothers deserve the only the best, you can choose from our awesome
selection: our decadent Opera Cake; Ohaina Chocolate Gateau, a Lifestyle Inquirer
Best Dessert Winner; the mouthwatering Trio of Chocolate Mousse, and their amazing
Mango Cheesecake.
To order or for more information, please call 8527 0011 or message 0998-9501912.