Siopao, anyone?

Meet the Philippines’ siopao. It’s a tasty bun that can either be steamed, baked or fried. It literally means “steamed buns”. A famous Chinese-Filipino snack that can be eaten on-the-go and without utensils. It is usually served with a dipping sauce. It comes in  flavors like asado or bola-bola (filled with either pork, chicken, beef or salted duck egg). When steamed, it usually has a soft, white dough. When fried, it has a light brown hue and has a slight crunch. Biting into a steamed siopao is quite an experience. Depending on how you like to eat it – either by taking a bite or taking off a piece for that first bite – the siopao is good with or without the dipping sauce.

Steamed Siopao (Php 25 per piece/ Php 65 for 3 pieces) LOCATION: The Park Restaurant, Ground Floor Crown Hotel, Naga City


It’s Panini Time!

There are lots of ways to serve and eat a sandwich.

Here is one way. Presenting, the panini! According to Wikipedia, panini is Italian for “small bread”, a sandwich that is usually filled with any kind of deli meat and pressed with a warming grill.

Take a look at this ham and cheese panini – bread sliced diagonally, pressed for those grill marks, filled with ham, cheese, tomato and lettuce. Comes with a serving of french fries. Cost: Php 150.00.

Take a bite into that warm crunchiness!

LOCATION: Red Platter (Cereza, Magsaysay Avenue, Naga City, Philippines.




Binu’tong for a Sunday Weekend Breakfast

One of the many Bicolano native delicacies is BINU’TONG, usually available either at the marketplace or near a church (specifically at the Penafrancia Shrine). It is made of glutinous rice, coconut cream, some salt and wrapped in banana leaves. “Maliputok and masiramon” (“creamy and delicious”) when cooked, it is perfect paired with either hot choco, coffee or dried fried fish.

The best way to eat binu’tong is by removing the string that ties the banana leaves together, open it to reveal the sticky-rice-drenched-with-coconut-cream, and then sprinkle a bit of sugar on top.

I dont exactly know how to make binu’tong. But I do enjoy eating it.

BINU’TONG, Php 10.00 per piece. Bought outside Penafrancia Shrine

A Plate of Spaghetti

Hello, everyone!

This is about one of my favorite comfort foods on a rainy day – spaghetti. There’s usually a lot of pasta choices in the restos here but for today, it’s spaghetti with garlic bread. This is a savory dish, a bit on the sour-y side but still yummy. The sauce is enough and the two slices of garlic bread complete dish. There is a dash of parsley on top, although the sprinkling of grated cheese seems to be missing. The noodles were cooked al dente. Flavorful and filling! Good for sharing, if you are watching your portions, even if it’s for a solo serving only. Price: reasonable.

SHAKEY’S Solo Spaghetti, Php 180.00

Location: SHAKEY’S, Ground Floor SM-Naga, CBD 2 Triangulo St. Naga City 4400 Philippines





from “An Maogmang Lugar”

Marhay na aldaw po saindo gabos! Greetings from Naga City, “An Maogmang Lugar”!

First and foremost, I would like to thank my BFF, the REAL Queen of Wishful Shrinking for giving me the chance to post here in her blog. Hope to be able to create note-worthy writeups and create nostalgia with food-adventures from my side of the world.


from, samantah




A long time ago, my husband and I were watching TV and having a conversation at the same time. In one of those breaks, I told him that I wanted to lose weight as per doctor’s advise. He was very encouraging (in fact we both did it together) and told me that if I got down to that weight, he’d get me a bottle of champagne to celebrate.

Guess what, he just did!

Celebrating an achievement with a bottle of champagne.

Celebrating an achievement with a bottle of champagne.

Thanks, yobo! Congratulations to both of us — and thank you for keeping your word.
It wasn’t easy dieting my way down to 55kgs for the past year (and to continue to do so/to maintain) but I, no, we, made it. We’ve achieved our goal… and so, let’s enjoy this milestone and start thinking about the next goal.

Grocery store finds: Patak’s curry paste

In one of our grocery trips, my husband got excited when he saw this familiar name: Patak.

I heard from my in-law that they always have this in their cupboard!

Patak’s is a household name in England and was a mainstay in the cupboards of most English families. My husband was happily surprised to find it here and so we tried it at home. It’s the bomb!

Found it at One-and-One Grocery Store, in front of Hope International School in Phnom Penh.

A jar of Patak’s costs $5.20. We got the Madras and Vindaloo pastes variety.

Weekend treats!

How are you these days?
We are on the cool-side of the weather here in Phnom Penh these days which is lovely, considering the heat in the past few months.
Hope all is well with you.

As mentioned in my previous post, my husband and I have embarked on a semi-paleo diet that began two months or so ago. From then on, we both lost 10% of our body body weights from this diet. And so, we’ve decided to treat ourselves for the weekend.

We began with a cheese sandwich for breakfast. Getting acquainted with my husband’s favourite fares, like this cheese sandwich with Branston pickle, is exciting.

Branston pickle relish - sweet and tangy, like an Indian chutney. Definitely livens up the cheese sandwich!

Branston pickle relish – sweet and tangy, like an Indian chutney. Definitely livens up the cheese sandwich!

Crusty bread, freshly-baked from Comme à la Maison, smeared with butter, cheese wedges, and a dollop of Branston pickle relish. To those who don’t know, Branston pickle is a sweet and tangy jarred condiment made from a variety of tiny-diced vegetables. It is the English’s answer to an Indian chutney. It serves as a brilliant support to the sharp taste of the aged edam cheese and for sure, to any other dishes. We found this jarred gem of a condiment (and even the Irish butter) in Phnom Penh’s Thai Huot Grocery, Tuol Kork branch.

And for supper, we had this delicious bacon pizza! Homemade, of course. When it comes to making pizzas at home, my husband takes the cake!


That’s my husband adding his special touch on the smoked bacon pizza – toasting the cheese.
The crust is wonderfully soft and light. I don’t know what’s his secret to a soft and light crust, something that I should find out if I were to make pizza myself. I also love the burnt taste of cheese.

Mmmmmmmmm. I can still smell and taste it!

Where was I?

Gone for a very long time.

A lot of things happened between my last post and this – a job, a house, quit job, crappy Internet service, back to old apartment, a part-time job, among many others. Now that things are settled, I can only hope I can blog from time to time, if not regularly.

Been reading up on healthy living lately.
It’s high time I switch to a healthier lifestyle after trying different things which aren’t healthy when I was younger. I’m feeling poorly most of the time even though I’ve done nothing heavy and laborious so I started looking into other food or other ways of eating. My husband joined in and we did some light research.

These veggies are basically what's in my food these days.

These veggies are basically what’s in my food these days. Image via Google.

As a result, we’ve embarked on a diet that still allows us to eat meat (my husband is a meat-lover). That means we are staying away from sugary, high-carbs, and fatty foods. Incorporating animal protein and good, healthy fats (ghee is our new bestfriend) and vegetables (no grains and other carbo-sources) into our daily meals is a challenge but we are doing good. Nearly a month now since we started our new diet, the general feeling of tiredness has gone away! I can’t believe I’ve lasted this long! In fact, I have more energy than before and my weight has dropped.

The challenge is also about being resourceful. Not all the veggies recommended in the diet regimen are available in the markets and shops here in Phnom Penh. The trick, I learned, is to just work with whatever is available at home and, with a little help from the Internet (yes, Manong Google, I’m talking about you), I can come up with a better, balanced meal for me and my husband.

We have a long way to go, for sure. It will take time, yes, but I think we’re on the right track.