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Noodle festival at EDSA Shangri-la

The following entry is a story I wrote for the lifestyle section of abs-cbnNEWS.com. I will write a separate entry to talk about the food that I ate during the press lunch held to promote this festival. The festival runs until November 27, so noodle fans, you have a couple of days left to catch it.

Chinese chef demonstrates art of noodle-making at EDSA Shangri-la


By ALEX ALIKPALA, abs-cbnNEWS.com | 11/23/2008 12:18 PM

Noodles are a ubiquitous presence in Filipino culture, from noodle dishes served on birthdays to symbolize long life, to instant noodles that now make up a big part of the busy Filipino’s diet.

Noodles in hot soup (or cold, if one prefers) certainly qualifies as comfort food, to be eaten plain or fancy, depending on one’s mood.

There is much more to the common noodle; for example, the way it is made. Although a lot of these are now factory-made, Filipinos can witness the art of making noodles by hand.

EDSA Shangri-la’s Heat Restaurant is paying homage to this comfort food by h…

Crispy Bangus at Jollibee

There are limited choices to be had for pescetarians in fast food chains. This is why it's not very hard for me to decide what to order in these places. At McDonald's, I have the Filet O' Fish; at Burger King, I have their Big Fish sandwich, at Wendy, I order the Shrimp Sandwich and at Jollibee, I have their Tuna Pie. (At KFC I have to content myself with mashed potatoes and coleslaw.)

I was recently pleasantly surprised to see that Jollibee had another fish offering, and this is their Crispy Bangus. You can order this as a one-piece or a two-piece meal. During breakfast hours, the one-piece bangus meal (with fried egg, garlic rice, and sliced tomato) costs P64.00.


During regular hours, the meal is priced at P62.00 for the one-piece version, and P99.00 for two pieces of fish. It doesn't come with the egg after breakfast hours though, and the rice served with it is plain, not garlic.

The fish is very tasty. Although the piece of fish is not very big, its taste will be eno…

Antonio's in Tagaytay is #10 Asian Restaurant in "The Miele Guide"

The Miele Guide describes itself as "the first authoritative and independent restaurant guide to Asia’s finest restaurants". Antonio's Fine Dining in Tagaytay was the only Philippine restaurant to make it to the guide's top 20.

According to The Miele Guide's website, "Thousands of people from around the world cast more than 75,000 votes for restaurants in 16 countries. Despite the intense competition, there were some restaurants that garnered significantly more votes (from both the voting public and our Special Jury) than others—which mean the restaurants at the top of our list truly stood out against their peers."

Here is their first-ever list (The Miele Guide was just launched a few days ago).

1. Iggy’s, Singapore
2. L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon, Hong Kong, China
3. Les Amis, Singapore
4. Gunther’s, Singapore
5. Mozaic, Bali, Indonesia
6. Robuchon a Galera, Macau, China
7. Garibaldi, Singapore
8. Yung Kee, Hong Kong, China
9. Hutong, Hong Kong, China
10. Antonio’s…