April 20, 2012 at 12:22 am | Posted in FOOD TALK, PLACES I'VE BEEN TO | 6 Comments
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We stopped by one of our favorite Oriental restaurant, Chowking, for a quick snack. Nice to see a branch in Dubai Outlet Mall.


We had Halo halo and Butsi. Have you tried them?

Halo-halo (from Tagalog word halò, “mix”) is a popular Filipino dessert that is a mixture of shaved ice and evaporated milk to which are added various boiled sweet beans and fruits, and served in a tall glass or bowl.

So what’s inside Halo-halo? Ingredients include boiled kidney beans, garbanzos, sugar palm fruit (kaong), coconut sport (macapuno), and plantains caramelized in sugar, jackfruit (langkâ), gulaman, tapioca, nata de coco, sweet potato (kamote), pounded crushed young rice (pinipig). In terms of arrangement, most of the ingredients (fruits, beans, and other sweets) are first placed inside the tall glass, followed by the shaved ice. This is then sprinkled with sugar, and topped with either (or a combination of) leche flan, purple yam (ubeng pula), or ice cream. Evaporated milk is poured into the mixture upon serving. (Thanks, Wiki)

Butsi is the Tagalog term for MOCHI. Mochi (Japanese: 餅) is a Japanese rice cake made of glutinous rice (not to be confused with gluten) pounded into paste and molded into shape. In Japan it is traditionally made in a ceremony called mochitsuki.While also eaten year-round, mochi is a traditional food for the Japanese New Year and is commonly sold and eaten during that time. Similar snacks are prominent in Hawaii, South Korea, Taiwan, People’s Republic of China (where it is called 麻糬, Hokkien môa-chî or Mandarin máshu), Cambodia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Indonesia. (wiki)



Weekly Photo Challenge: INDULGE

February 25, 2012 at 1:12 am | Posted in WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE | 18 Comments
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I’m officially joining the bandwagon. I’m joining the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge starting this week.

This week’s theme is INDULGE. I couldn’t help but think about food when I hear this word. So here goes my post –

One of my parents’ favorite Chinese restaurant in the Philippines is CHOWKING. It has branches around the world, and so they were glad to find one inside Dragon Mart in Dubai.

Sleepy waiting for the food 🙂

Wakey, wakey… the food is here!

Pancit Canton, Spring Rolls, Chicharap,  Siomai and Rice

Braised Beef Rice Topping


 Some more Siomai!

Sago Gulaman

Iced Tea Milk

Mouth-watering! Delicious! I’d love to come back 🙂

Dragon Mart

February 24, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Posted in PLACES I'VE BEEN TO | 4 Comments
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It’s the year of the Water Dragon!

And because of this, we visited DRAGON MART!

Dragon Mart is a huge shopping complex located in Dubai. The 150000 square meter dragon-shaped structure has 3950 shops engaged in the wholesale and retail trade of a variety of Chinese products.

At 1.2km long, Dragon Mart is the largest Chinese trading hub outside of China. Built like an enormous pink dragon, it includes showrooms, shopping areas, restaurants and warehouses that house no fewer than 4,000 enterprises dealing in Chinese products. Although it’s divided up into various sections such as clothing, hardware and furniture, often these are quite mixed up and you never know when you may stumble across a ridiculously cheap pair of comfy shoes, a slinky silk embroidered gown or an authentic-looking set of pearls. (

The Dragon fountain by the entrance

 …some more water dragons!

Some red Chinese lanterns will welcome you when you enter the building. Notice the huge UAE and China flags.

We came here for cheap toy cars. But we also found these… vintage toy cars!

… Dad said they are NOT for playing! They are intended for display only. I don’t like them then 🙂

Checking out CCTVs. Hey, is that us? 🙂

Lunch at Chowking

A quick stop for Gelato-Divino ice cream.


I loooooooove toys !

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