You are currently browsing the category archive for the ‘Food’ category.

Week-Ender #79

Macdy_RmnTpe_005

Macdy_RmnTpe_001

Macdy_RmnTpe_002

Macdy_RmnTpe_006

Ramen (ラーメン, rāmen?, IPA [ɽa̠ː.me̞ɴ]) is a Japanese noodle dish. It consists of Chinese-style wheat noodles served in a meat- or fish-based broth, often flavored with soy sauce or miso, and uses toppings such as sliced pork (チャーシュー, chāshū?), dried seaweed (海苔, nori?), kamaboko, green onions, and occasionally corn. Almost every locality in Japan has its own variation of ramen, from the tonkotsu (pork bone broth) ramen of Kyushu to the miso ramen of Hokkaido.

Macdy_RmnTpe_007Ramen is of Chinese origin, however it is unclear when ramen was introduced to Japan. Even the etymology of the word ramen is a topic of debate. One theory is that ramen is the Japanese pronunciation of the Chinese 拉麺 (la mian), meaning “hand-pulled noodles.” A second theory proposes 老麺 (laomian, “old noodles”) as the original form, while another states that ramen was initially 鹵麺 (lǔmiàn), noodles cooked in a thick, starchy sauce. A fourth theory is that the word derives from 撈麵 (lāomiàn, “lo mein”), which in Cantonese 撈 means to “stir”, and the name refers to the method of preparation by stirring the noodles with a sauce.

Tonkotsu (豚骨, “pork bone”; not to be confused with tonkatsu) ramen usually has a cloudy white colored broth. It is similar to the Chinese baitang (白湯) and has a thick broth made from boiling pork bones, fat, and collagen over high heat for many hours, which suffuses the broth with a hearty pork flavor and a creamy consistency that rivals milk or melted butter or gravy (depending on the shop). Most shops, but not all, blend this pork broth with a small amount of chicken and vegetable stock and/or soy sauce. The noodles are thin and straight, and it is often served with beni shoga (pickled ginger). Currently the latest trend in tonkotsu toppings is māyu (マー油/麻油), a blackish, aromatic oil made from either charred crushed garlic or Sesame seeds. It is a specialty of Kyūshū, particularly Hakata-ku, Fukuoka (hence sometimes called “Hakata ramen”).

Source- Thank you Wikipedia!

This bowl of ramen was devoured at The Mall in Taipei at the basement food court but don’t let food court turn you off this chasyu ramen was NTD250 (approx. PHP375 or USD8.50) The Mall is at the Shangri-La Hotel on Dun Hua South Road, Section 1, Lane 236, #26 (106台北市大安區敦化南路一段236巷26號).

Macdy_RmnTpe_008

國際金融中心商場 International Finance Center, Hong Kong

The IFC in Central, Hong Kong serves as an early check in for your flight. Get there a few hours early as there is a huge mall at the finance center just an elevator ride from the check in counters. Have a good meal, shop for gifts and then hop on the train to the airport for your flight. The place is huge so make sure there are hours to spare.

Tasty Congee & Noodle Wantun Shop 正斗粥麵專家 (Shop 3016-18, IFC, 2295 0101) first opened in Hong Kongs Causeway Bay area and has been preparing it’s traditional congee and noodle dishes for the last 60 years. Apparently, the stirred fried noodle with beef is the ‘best in the world’, according to one famous Chinese food critic. There was much more food at the table but my stomach got the better of me…

Tasty is open daily between 11:30am and 11pm.

MacDy_TastyIFC_0014

Behind this sign is the glass enclosure for the elevators to take you to Tasty

MacDy_TastyIFC_0011

The sign that greets the casual diner outside the restaurant and left over Chinese new year deco's inside

MacDy_TastyIFC_0009

House tea serviced by the busy wait staff

MacDy_TastyIFC_0006

Dry wanton noodles with soup on the side-excellent and authentic

MacDy_TastyIFC_0004

Pig trotters braised in light soy sauce-if you're a fan this is it

MacDy_TastyIFC_0008

The so called 'best in the world' stir fried noodles with beef. Yes, it was superb but not sure about 'best in the world'...

MacDy_TastyIFC_0007

Abalone and prawn congee-goodness in one bowl. It's big and filling comfort Chinese food

MacDy_TastyIFC_0012s

Exterior facade of Tasty

MacDy_TastyIFC_0005

The accent piece under the chairs and foyer that greets the hungry or the stuffed

All photos captured with Canon EOS 7D+ EF 85mm f/1.8. Shot in RAW and converted to tif with Digital Photography Professional and finally to jpg in Photoshop.

Week-Ender #75

Mac_Dy_9412

A few Sundays ago, the family got in the wagon and headed to one of the foodies markets on the other side of town. It’s a foodies haven except you couldn’t really sit down and eat as a good size crowd were all looking to eat. Yes, there were sandwiches and hand-held food items you can eat on your feet but for most of it you need to sit. Get ready to wait.

One I had to try on my feet, even if it wasn’t so good for the health was Offbeat’s burger. It is not any ordinary burger and believe me I’ve had my fair share. This one has a good size beef patty with a slice of cheese, a slice of ham and a sunny side up egg all squished together in an original Krispy Kreme doughnut. Oh, it was frightening to look at but good for the soul.

The patty was flavorful with the ham and cheese adding that extra layer of savory with the soft texture of the sunny side up egg. All the savory culminated in the sweet burst from the doughnut and that is a whole meal-appetizer, mains and dessert all in one go. Hats off to Offbeat (no pun intended) for the unique yummy item in that big white tent.

Good on you for giving us humans another way for quicker extinction. Below are more photos from the weekend market.

Mac_Dy_9475

9489_Mac_Dy

9484_Mac_Dy

9462_Mac_Dy

9424_Mac_Dy

9431_Mac_Dy

Sincerity

8528_Mac_Dy

The very polluted Pasig River that runs through the Binondo area

Binondo aka Manila’s China Town akin to the dirtiest parts of the world. Where trash is controlled chaos, where the Chinese underworld operates, where wholesalers call home and where food is always a comfort.

One restaurant that stands out is Sincerity, already an institution serves up Chinese food from the Fujian Province of China. This is real, unadulterated Chinese food. On a diet? Skip this place. The closest thing they have for dieters is the Coke Zero. Armed with an 85mm f/1.8 and an empty stomach, for an hour and a half, the place gets shot with a Canon and a healthy bill at meals end.

The EF 85mm f/1.8 on a x1.6 crop sensor DSLR like the Canon EOS 7D goes all the way out to 135mm in full frame numbers. It is a great walk around lens even if zooming in and out takes a bit of walking. This is one lens where it can reach the good stuff-like say in a car, roll down the window and bang, you have the shot. Streets in downtown Manila are one way and narrow. The 85mm f/1.8 also one of the sharpest, cheapest and lightest in Canon’s lens collection. Short enough as well not to cause too much undue attention.

8526_Mac_Dy

Remnant from the last Chinese new year

8524_Mac_Dy

Admist controlled chaos

int_sincerety_macdy

Interior views of Sincerity

8507_Mac_Dy

Tableware presentation the old way

8510_Mac_Dy

Kikiam- a roll stuffed with chicken, pork and other good stuff

8514_Mac_Dy

Ma-chang (肉粽) or zongzi (粽子)- gluttinous rice wrapped in lotus leaves and stuffed with pork, chicken, mushrooms and nuts

8518_Mac_Dy

Oyster omelet (蚵仔煎)- made with oysters, eggs, tapioca starch and eaten with a sweet chili sauce

8511_Mac_Dy

Stirred fry Chinese vermicilli with various meats and seafood.

8520_Mac_Dy

The classic and very tasty Sincerity fried chicken

8530_Mac_Dy

Lunch time traffic

Army Navy: Burgers + Burritos

A week and a half ago, the hard drive on my old trusty iBook had a sticky fit and finally crashed. The symptom was a very simple plain blue screen once it booted. Gone was the menu bar and solid medium gray color desktop.

Had to take the Mac to the doctor and on the way passed by this new place being renovated. Made a quick mental note to try it out. Fast forward to a new hard drive, a very clean software-less comp and dinner at the Army Navy: Burgers + Burritos. Will try their breakfast burrito on our next visit.

Mac_AN_5800

Street view of Army Navy Burger and Burritos.

Mac_AN_5766

The faux brass logo on the counter top- a very nice touch.

Mac_AN_5772

Order counter with a full view of the clean kitchen and very friendly staff.

Mac_AN_5773

The interior space-excellent attention to detail-like the food.

Mac_AN_5787

First up, the double patty cheeseburger. Liked the meaty flavor but too much fresh onions as it over powered the burger with every bite. Still a great choice though just ask the staff to hold the onions.

Mac_AN_5785

Nicely wrapped beef and cheese sandwich. It

Mac_AN_5789

A look inside reveals all the juicy goodness. The onions were just right.

ELEGANTLY SIMPLE

The design was surprisingly elegant and minimalist.

Another shoot with Vanilla Kitchen last week had a custom themed Angelina Ballerina birthday cupcakes and cakes. The clover/flower accents brought out the cake while the chocolate cupcakes framed the detailed toppings perfectly.

Caught a little torch action with another set of cupcakes as well (second to the bottom photo). The award-winning smoke still steaming from just torched icing shot-what did I win? A cupcake…

MacDy_VK03_004

MacDy_VK03_005

MacDy_VK03_007

MacDy_VK03_003

MacDy_VK03_006

Kelsey’s Chocolates

Once upon an afternoon, on location and surrounded by chocolates, we did a simple lighting set up. Photographed the small wonders the entire afternoon and finished just short of 7pm. Not only did we enjoy the shoot but came away with goodies from Kelsey’s Chocolates. Thereby making our wives happy for our profession.

MacDy_Kelsey'sChoco_005su

Kelsey’s Chocolates have a premium line of chocolate truffles at very affordable prices. Hand made from quality Belgian dark chocolates.

Dark chocolates are chock full of antioxidants called flavonoids that protect us from heart disease caused by free radicals. That’s a lot of scientific words for such a sweet little treat. All that means is have dark chocolates regularly to stay alive longer-no harm, no foul and very enjoyable. Besides, I heard somewhere that chocolates are an aphrodisiac.

Kelsey’s Chocolates, order some and try for yourselves.

Christmas is just around the corner. We offer decadent, hand-made, premium chocolate truffles, available in white and dark. Order now!!! For inquiries, please call Karen@975 6737 or 0917 848 0104 (Philippines Only)

KC has more products up their sleeves and watch out for more postings soon.

MacDy_Kelsey'sChoco_003

MacDy_Kelsey'sChoco_002
MacDy_Kelsey'sChoco_004

SANRIO STRIKES BACK

This ones for you Clang, my dear.

One more session with the folks from Vanilla Kitchen with a revival of Sanrio’s Hello Kitty, My Melody, Shinkanzen, etc. in the form of cupcakes and a cake. The cake (bottom photo) is so detailed you would need to turn it 360º for a view of all the candy decorations.

MacDy_VK04_006s

MacDy_VK04_008s

MacDy_VK04_009s

MacDy_VK04_004s

MacDy_VK04_003s

MacDy_VK04_005s

MacDy_VK04_001s

Enter your email address for a subscription to my blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 17 other followers

WELCOME

Welcome & enjoy your stay

Welcome to my blog.

Here is an easy access to my Portfolio site.

Portfolio

Contact

macdy88@gmail.com
+63 917 888 8069
+63 922 868 8069

© Mac Dy and MacPhotographyDy, 2009-2013. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited.
Featured Posts From the Past:

Total Lunar Eclipse: June 16, 2011

Total Lunar Eclipse: June 16, 2011

20th Century Lens & 21st Century DSLR Invades Chinatown

20th Century Lens & 21st Century DSLR Invades Chinatown

Kenko PRO1 Digital S Circular PL Filter

Kenko PRO1 Digital S Circular PL Filter

A Maze of People, Buildings and Public Transportation

A Maze of People, Buildings and Public Transportation

EOS 60D WHERE DOES IT STAND?

EOS 60D WHERE DOES IT STAND?

EOS 50D SHUTTER BUTTON FAILURE

EOS 50D SHUTTER BUTTON FAILURE

JOURNEY TO MT. PINATUBO CRATER LAKE

Mac_3482x Mt Pinatubo Crater Lake

Categories

June 2017
M T W T F S S
« Jul    
 1234
567891011
12131415161718
19202122232425
2627282930  

Monthly Archives

flickr ’06-’09

m dee- on & off.... Get yours at bighugelabs.com