224 – On Asian Sensations: Triptych 34

I haven’t been writing something related to food since I reviewed UCC Clockwork at Vertis North last month. Life has been, admittedly, rather uneventful; still depressed yet still trying to keep up. Nevertheless, let me make up for that slump with this new triptych.

The restaurants I will be featuring here were originally slated to be full reviews. But given these factors – I’m rebuilding my savings, I’m still laptop-less after two years, and I’m still working on posts related to my Singapore trip with my younger brother earlier this year – full restaurant features would be an impossibility. Besides, triptych posts require the same amount of effort as entries focusing on one establishment. Finding a common theme that links three restaurants is equally challenging – and today’s entry links three Asian restaurants I’ve visited recently.

Without further ado, let’s proceed.

Gilmore Avenue is well known as a hub for computer parts and accessories. But tucked among the shops selling computer paraphernalia is a small, homey joint serving Chinese specialties that don’t burn a hole in the pocket. What’s more, this joint is but a stone’s throw away from Robinsons Magnolia.

The Big Little Store at the corner of Gilmore and 1st Avenue caters mainly to the Filipino-Chinese community in the New Manila area. Whether it’s a cooked meal or ingredients for the next banquet favorite, The Big Little Store never fails to deliver. It has specialties very suitable for both vegans and meat-eaters, with orders usually costing around P100-P120. (Each order can feed two people!) What I liked most about The Big Little Store, however, is its well-stocked array of Chinese cooking sauces and ingredients, fresh produce, even traditional medicines used by generations of Filipino-Chinese families!

The Big Little Store
G/F Gilmore IT Center,
1st Street cor. Gilmore Avenue
Brgy. Valencia, New Manila, Quezon City 1112

From its humble start at The Podium’s Corner Market Food Hall, Easy Tiger has now opened a full-service restaurant in Eastwood Mall. This sister restaurant of Jatujak and Tamarind serves Issan-style Thai cuisine, recognized for its rather fiery flavor.

Easy Tiger occupies what used to be Kettle’s old space at the mall’s ground floor. More dishes can be ordered here compared to the Podium stall, given that this is a full-service restaurant. The Knockout Specials (rice meals with free soup and green papaya salad) remain part of the menu – as these are popular lunch choices for the Ortigas crowd. I did not find out the Easy Tiger-Tamarind-Jatujak connection until I noticed two things: one of the kitchen staff was wearing a shirt with the Tamarind restaurant logo on the back, and the iced coffee looked similar to what I tried in Tamarind’s SM North EDSA branch!

Easy Tiger
G/F Eastwood Mall,
Eastwood City, Bagumbayan,
Libis, Quezon City 1110

Originating from Hong Kong, dessert place Hui Lau Shan generated a lot of hype with its entry to the Philippines in February of this year – courtesy of Josiah Versoza and his siblings (of Josiah’s Catering.) Hui Lau Shan’s claim to fame is its liberal use of Philippine carabao mangoes for its signature specialties like the mango sago, mango mochi, and mango coconut drink line.

Most of Hui Lau Shan’s initial branches were based in the central Manila malls, so I was relieved when they finally opened a branch in SM Fairview (which is nearer to me.) This northern branch is situated at the new Fairview Towers / Parkway building at the back of the main mall. It’s good that Hui Lau Shan opened up north to satisfy Northerners’ mango cravings! Here’s a little tip: when ordering their drinks, get 50% sugar (or less), as the mangoes they use are sweet in themselves.

Hui Lau Shan
LGF The Parkway, SM City Fairview
Regalado Avenue cor. Quirino Highway
Brgy. Greater Lagro, Quezon City 1100

I hope I whetted your appetites with this triptych. Until the next post, bon appetit!


4 thoughts on “224 – On Asian Sensations: Triptych 34

    • Indeed. A lot of new establishments have partnered with known names here in our shores, and existing ones have diversified their menus to fit the discerning taste buds of the new generation.

      Still, nothing beats the good ol’ classic restaurants and their time-tested recipes!

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