Monday, February 4, 2008

Busy Busy weekend

Wow our weekend was packed. After picking up my aunts from the airport Friday midnight, we drove them straight to my mom’s condo for a night (morning?) or conversation, kesong puti and asado rolls.

A few hours later, my nephew Jay-jay has a family fun day event at his school. His team won in one of the relay games. I came in late but I did still see some of the kids in action. Mostly, playing in the playground and gobbling plates of spaghetti.

After a hot morning under the sun, hubby treated me to a Japanese Lunch at Rai-Rai Ken in the newly built Pergola Plaza in BF Homes. We both ordered bento boxes since both of use were starving. A bento box is a wooden (or plastic nowadays) box, divided into several compartments. In Japan, the bento box is used for storing small portions of different dishes that compromise a full meal, usually lunch. A Japanese lunch box, if you will.

For this particular lunch, I got the Rai-Rai Ken Bento (P255). A meal consisting of miso soup, chicken lollipop, fried pot stickers, sautéed bean sprouts, beef teriyaki, 2 pieces of shrimp tempura and rice. Quite filling but highly unsatisfying. The tempura tasted like it was rolled in kropek bits and then fried. The chicken and pot stickers were much too dry yet oily, the dipping sauce was even worse. The beef teriyaki was good though.

Hubby ordered the 3 Kinds Bento (P270). His meal consisted of miso soup, a seafood stir fry, sautéed bean sprouts, beef teriyaki, 2 pieces of shrimp tempura and rice. Needless to say (but I’m gonna say it anyway), hubby wasn’t very pleased with how his meal tasted. Even the futomaki that he ordered on the side, failed to impress him.

The most anticipated on weekends of course is the Sunday lunch at LP. Since it’s a welcoming party for our aunts and an uncle (who flew all the way from Canada, Las Vegas and China respectively), we had crabs and some staple Filipino food: Sinigang, a pork dish stewed in a tamarind broth (not photogenic, hence the absence of a photo), Daing na Bangus (milkfish marinated in tons of calamansi juice, soy sauce, garlic, whole pepper corns and some vinegar then deep fried in oil). For dessert we had Brazo de Mercedes ( a meringue roll with a sweet and creamy egg yolk filling), yummy! It’s a light dessert if you forego the yellow stuff in the middle but then, why should you? It’s the best part of the Brazo.


Daing na Bangus

Brazo de Mercedes slice

Welcome home, balikbayans!


ericbau said...

The Rai Rai Ken food just looks Japanese! Nice presentation, needs improvement in the execution.

LP is still the place to eat! Crabs! As in!

Toni said...

oh wow, those crabs look so TASTY!!! yum!