CHAMPION TACO LOCO

Food is a powerful binder- one reason why my family and I love to try out new food joints. Last night’s case was definitely a first. I’ve been married for over a year now and it was just last night that I’ve accompanied the husband to have the car washed. Yes, you got it right! There’s a powerful binder, a powerful taco place – CHAMPION TACO!

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As a frequent passer of Congressional Extension, we’ve always noticed Champion Taco. Finally, last night before heading home, we decided to try out the place and have a car wash too. Yep, beside it is a car wash.

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Being a small community food joint and all, we never expected anything special from the place. But to our surprise, there’s a reason why they named it Champion Taco. Goodness gracious! They serve 10-inch tacos!!! It reminded me of my childhood memories of our trips to Zambales and their jumbo tacos!

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http://www.kathcooksph.com

We ordered their best-seller of course, the champion taco! This 10-inch taco that’s generously filled with beef (choice of beef/chicken), salsa, cheese, and lettuce was served warm. The taco shell was warm too! Thanks to ate joy, the woman in charge of the place, for making sure that we’d love our first experience. That’s not all, a plastic glove was also served with the enormous taco for our eating convenience. Their tacos were actually good but if you’re a huge fan of the cilantro and jalapeños, then you’ll be longing for them. As a customer I wouldn’t mind paying a little more for those flavors that I was craving for (a good option maybe to add in the menu). All in all, it was a GREAT experience for P100 ($2.25 I Know right?)! Yes P100!!! We’ll definitely have a car wash there again and have our tummies satisfied!

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Here’s their menu:

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Champion Taco is raising the bar for other food joints in the area. Since the Congressional Extension Ave. is becoming a promising area for foodies, Champion Taco is definitely here to stay.

For more info about Champion Taco, you may like them on FB: www.facebook.com/championtaco or follow them on IG: @championtaco

A REAL TREAT FOR THE MEAT LOVERS

There are a lot of innovative kitchen tools and gadgets nowadays. But do we really need them all? Some of them are just trends or doing the exact thing that your existing kitchen gadget has been doing for the past couple of years. Its just that the new fancy name they call it today GOT YOU SOLD! That’s basically how I think before purchasing any new kitchen gadgets.

It was early this year when I got my hands on the Philips Airfryer. And boy, I just have to say that it’s such a lifesaver! Just to make things clear:  I AM NOT BEING PAID TO PUBLISH THIS. THIS IS MERELY BASED ON MY EXPERIENCE WITH THE SAID GADGET. Since I got the airfryer, I have been playing with it with different recipes. It’s so easy to use and it did lessen my kitchen clutter compared to doing recipes the traditional way. Of course there are still recipes better made traditionally, but there are also recipes better made with airfryer because of the use of lesser up to no oil at all! It makes your traditional cooking recipes healthier!

I am quite biased with the Philips brand compared to the other airfryer brands because of its stylish look. Also, it does not occupy that much counter top space compared to the other brands. Cooking time is lesser with the airfryer and I can just go multitask while cooking. 

The Philips Airfryer, photo credits -kathcooksph.com

I am going to share with you my husband’s favorite among my airfryer recipes. It is the Asian Roasted Pork Belly.

Ingredients:

Pork Belly

Rock Salt

Ground pepper

Onion leaks

Wansoy (cilantro, chopped)

Olive oil

For the sauce:

Vinegar 6 tbsp

Sugar 1tbsp

Salt 1/2 tbsp

Scallions (thinly chopped)

Chilli (thinly chopped)

Wansoy (cilantro, chopped)

Lee Kum Kee soy sauce 4 tbsp

Boil water in a pot. Add a tablespoon of rock salt and a dash of pepper in it. Make sure that the water will be covering all the pork belly. Put your belly (skin side down) in the boiling water. Let the belly in for 3-5 mins for the fat to cook. After doing so, drain your pork belly and let it rest for 5-10 mins for water to dry. While waiting for your pork belly to rest, preheat your Philips Airfryer to 160 C.

resting pork belly after boiling, photo credits- kathcooksph.com

After resting, add a little salt to the skin side of your pork belly and a few drops of olive oil, also on the same side. Place your belly in the airfryer, this time, skin side up, for about 30 mins in 160 C.

You may make your sauce while waiting for your pork belly to roast. Just mix all the ingredients of the sauce listed above. Just make sure that the sugar is completely dissolved.

After 30 minutes, your belly should be looking like this:

pork belly in airfryer for 30 mins, photo credits- kathcooksph.com

Put it in the airfryer again for another 20 mins and gear it up to 180 C. If you hear popping sounds coming from the inside of your airfryer, don’t be scared. The skin is starting to cook for crisp perfection! After 20 mins, it should look like this:

another 20 mins in the fryer for 180C, photo credits-kathcooksph.com

Start plating. Garnish it with your thinly sliced onion leaks and chopped wansoy. Easy peasy didn’t I tell you? 🙂

You will be surprised with how juicy it is! Okay…I think I’ll just catch you all later. This is making me hungry, I’ll pop in another one! Ciao!