Tagaytay Food Adventure- Part 1

A few weeks ago, me and the gang of Pambansang Almusal, went on a food adventure in Tagaytay City. Tagaytay is always a perfect getaway for it’s only an hour and a half drive from the city. It has so much to offer aside from its cool breeze and beautiful scenery. The restaurants and the food there make the people come back.

Our first stop was at the Loumar’s Cafe. As soon as you enter the restaurant, you’ll get to have a feel of the classic Tagaytay. This place offers great food all day. Want to try the classic tapsilog (beef, fried rice and fried egg) and bulalo (beef soup)? They’ve got it alongside with various pasalubong items that’s perfect to bring home with you. The best that they offer is their Buko tart! It was just so heavenly! Too bad I wasn’t able to take a photo of it ’cause we were all too excited to try it! It was so good!

loumar’s cafe, tagaytay- kathcooksph.com

Next stop, The Silver Bucket Seafood Dining! This restaurant is located at the newly opened Twin Lakes by Mega World in Tagaytay City. If you still do not know, I am all about seafood! Crazy over them! And chef Francis of the Silver Bucket just made sure that every seafood lovers will have the best dining experience here!

 

I loved how they serve their seafood-on a silver bucket! It was a little spicy with a hint of sweetness in it but just enough to boost the flavor of the seafood. It was so good!  
 

This is their version of the shrimp cocktail. It has a little bit of a kick in it. Just enough to still taste the shrimp. If you’re a sucker for shrimp and chilli, then you gotta have this one for appetizer. 

 

Their paella is TDF! Please give them time as they cook this to perfection. It’s serving size is good for sharing.   

Not only they serve good food, they also serve very delicious and refreshing signature drinks! My favorite is their apple juice, it’s so refreshing and just perfect thirst quencher after munching on some seafood! 

from L to R: ze husband, moi, our Executive Producer-Ning Conde, Chef Francis, kuya Alvin, and my co hosts- Bobby and Apple

I’ll definitely come back and visit this restaurant again and I’ll make sure to bring the family. This is such a perfect place to enjoy with the them. ❤️

That wraps up the first part of our Tagaytay food adventure. I’ll keep you guys posted for the second one! It’s gonna be mouth watering!

Toddler & Child Friendly Nilagang Manok (Chicken Soup)

I love having guests at home. I love being the host and the cook. Last week, I had the most difficult guests. Difficult because they have different food preferences. One does not eat meat and any processed foods, while the other can’t have seafood. They both are even not a fan of any greens!!! Now, tell me if that’s not a challenge. Please don’t hate my guests, they are the cutest little kids you’ll ever meet:

(Photo courtesy of my sister)

These two are my sister’s adorable kids. It has always been a delight having them around but preparing food for them is another. Francesca, the toddler,can actually eat anything except for seafood. Evan, on the other hand just had his 2nd open heart surgery (yes he is a CHD baby) so his diet is a little more strict. He can’t be eating any processed foods, anything too salty, and meat because he’s never a meat-eater. Well as kids, they won’t eat any leafy vegetables, so it was so hard preparing something nutritous that they will still love. So I took it as a challenge to cook one dish that the three of us will love, yes including me. So I asked myself “what was our common denominator?”. We all love soup! So I decided to make a nutritous child-friendly classic Filipino dish–nilagang manok (chicken soup)!

These are the things you’ll need to prepare:

  1. Canola oil
  2. Salt
  3. Pepper
  4. Garlic (5cloves)
  5. Scallions (1 medium-sized)
  6. Ginger (half a teaspoon)
  7. Tomato (2 medium-sized)
  8. Potato (2 medium-sized)
  9. Carrots
  10. Pechay Tagalog (bokchoy will also do)
  11. Half spring chicken (spring chicken are tastier than the regular-sized ones)

Preheat your pot before putting your oil.

Make sure that your oil is hot enough before start to sauté your garlic. Put fire to medium to make sure that you won’t burn your garlic. If you burn your garlic, you have to start all over again or else it will ruin the whole dish. Make sure it is cooked though.  We need all the flavors to come together since we will be only using salt and pepper for seasoning.

After putting the garlic, throw in the scallions…

then your tomatoes and ginger. Stir it.

The traditional nilagang manok does not have carrots in it but I’m adding them for the kids to enjoy. Potatos may not also be common for other nilaga recipes but since I’m dealing with a non-meat eater, I need to put in more solids for them to eat that will also compliment the chicken. Fry the tomatoes and the carrots.

Add the chicken. Fry it a little.

Add water a little more than half of the pot.

Put fire to medium and cover the pot. Let it boil for 20-30 minutes.

If your chicken is staring to look a little like this, put your fire to low. You may now start seasoning the soup with salt and pepper.

Let it boil again for another minute then your soup is ready to serve.  This is best served with rice.

The kids loved them!! I mashed the carrots and potatos and added small bits of chicken meat.  I mixed them with a small amount of rice and chicken soup.  They both had two servings!

I’m so delighted that my kitchen magic works on kids! Does this mean that I’m ready to have my own?!  Hmmm…let’s just cook for now!

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