*If you haven’t read the first part of this Food Crawl series, click here.
Let’s round up the next four stops of our recently concluded SM Center Pasig Food Tour. I hope you’re not hungry! 🙂
5. The Original Savory (photos under Savory courtesy of Joy Wong-Sy)
Savory has been serving fried chicken since the 1950’s. From their humble place in Escolta to its numerous restaurants spread across the city, Savory has definitely succeeded in winning the hearts of a lot of Filipinos.
I remember my Mom ordering their Fried Chicken for us almost every other week whenever we were eating home for the weekend. I really liked how juicy the chicken meat was back then, and I’m glad it’s still that way until now. Just looking at this photo makes me want to call for delivery ASAP. :-/
Pancit Canton for long life! ^_^
According to their website, Lomi was the first product the proprietors of Savory sold when they were just starting out.
Yang Chow Fried Rice
6. The Burger Joint
Unlike other mainstream burger places, The Burger Joint isn’t afraid to incorporate unusual ingredients into their creations. I’ve long given up eating beef, but I had a hard time resisting temptation while we were at their store! Just check out the burgers in the photo below:
(From left to right, clockwise) Pulled Pork Burger (Php195.00), Baja (Php179.00), Bambino (Php169.00) and the Juicy Lucy (Php290.00). The Baja was the most interesting to me; American cheese, sour cream, salsa, jalapenos and cilantro in a burger? They just tug on my heartstrings!
Wash all those food down with their Vanilla (Php129.00) and Salted Caramel (Php145.00) milkshakes.
I got to try the Loaded Nachos (Php159.00) and it was so good! The watermelon chunks gave it a good twist.
The Buffalo Classic Wings (Php179.00) had just the right amount of heat to satisfy all diners. Not to mention that the sour cream dip provided did enhance the flavors of the wings.
Chili Dog (Php199.00)
7. Krispy Kreme
Krispy Kreme arrived in the Philippines several years ago and undoubtedly changed the doughnuts scene in this country. While there will always be loyalists to other local and foreign brands in the market, it’s still worth noting that Krispy Kreme has amassed a strong following here.
Look at this mesmerizing display of doughnuts! My Mom has a weakness for their Original Glazed ones. What’s yours?
One of the highlights of our food tour was when we had the chance to decorate our own Krispy Kreme doughnuts. I felt like a child let loose in a candy store! I think the Krispy Kreme staff member who assisted me had a hard time teaching me, thanks to my lack of creative juices. 🙂 If you’re interested, you can check out my simple “kreation” posted in my Instagram feed.
8. Kanzhu: Hand-Pulled Noodles
For those looking for hand-pulled noodles, Kanzhu might just be the place you’re looking for. They specialize in dishes found in Northern China, which has a slight difference in flavor from the Fookien and Cantonese dishes the Filipinos have grown to love.
One of the must-try items include these Special Lamb Dumplings (Php160.00), which can be ordered either steamed or fried. I enjoyed the steamed versions immensely, especially when dipped in the black vinegar provided.
Curry Beef Dumplings (Php160.00)
Their famous Braised Beef Dry Noodles is one of the most ordered items on the menu. The beef cubes are cooked until very tender and then paired with Kanzhu’s signature chewy, hand-pulled noodles.
Try their Chinese Olive Fried Rice (Php240.00) for something different.
Delicious Chicken with Chinese Pepper Gravy (Php280.00/order, photo above shows two orders)
Eight stops in and we’re not done yet! Watch out for the third and final installment of my SM Center Pasig Food Crawl series, which will be up in the next couple of days. I’m sure you’ll find something there that will make you hungry. 😉