Food shorts: Unli ribs, beer and pancakes; Mr. Ube's salted egg bun


Posted at Mar 01 2017 09:13 PM | Updated as of Mar 03 2017 11:28 AM

MANILA -- Here are some of the latest happenings, offers, and promos in the food scene. 

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1. All you can eat ribs, free-flowing beer

Baby back ribs and wine. Photo by Vladimir Bunoan

Here's the perfect way to start your week. Every Monday, The Fireplace of New World Manila Bay Hotel offers free-flowing Crazy Carabao Kalinga Kolsch and all-beef burger for P1,700 per guest. The refreshingly ice cold locally crafted beer goes perfectly with the all-meat burger, cutting its richness and intensifying the flavor in every bite. Each order is served with fries and coleslaw.

Then on Sundays, feast on free-flowing wine and baby back shortribs served with rich truffle mashed potatoes for P2,500.

2. Unlimited buttermilk pancakes

IHOP's buttermilk pancakes. Photo by Jeeves de Veyra

Love Pancakes? All branches of IHOP in the Philippines will be offering unlimited buttermilk pancakes for P250 to celebrate National Pancake Day on March 7.

National Pancake Day is an annual event started by IHOP in the US 11 years ago. It is now an annual tradition for IHOP restaurants around the world to give back to their partner charities raising $20 million for various causes. The mechanics are the same globally with the local IHOPs choosing their own advocacy.

Global Restaurant Concepts, the local partner of IHOP, chose the Kythe Foundation, which gives assistance to kids with chronic diseases and pediatric cancer. Of the P250 for the unlimited pancakes, P200 will go to the Kythe Foundation to support initiatives such as providing learning and play opportunities in hospital environments.

IHOP Branches can be found at Bonifacio High Street, UP Town Center, Century City Mall, SM Mall of Asia, and Araneta Center.

3. Pedro launches first Indian pale ale

Pedro's Wandering Wonderer. Photo by Jeeves de Veyra

Pedro Brewcrafters has launched the brand's first Indian pale ale (IPA) called the Wandering Wonderer. 

A welcome taste to Filipino pale drinkers, this brew comes at a moderately strong (for IPA) 6.2 ABV% with caramel and peppery notes, and that trademark IPA bitter finish albeit relatively milder.

“We at Pedro love IPAs in all shapes and forms. They are always very exciting to drink because of their dominant bitterness and intense aroma, which can go from grassy and spicy, to fruity, and everywhere in between. So it ticked the box on the 'brewing what we would like to drink' requirement," said Jaime Fanlo of Pedro Brewcafters.

"We also started to get a lot of requests from craft beer drinkers asking us to make an IPA. It was a combination of going with a style we have been itching to brew, and acknowledging that the timing was right as shown by the interest from the community.”

Pedro Brewcrafters will will be playing around with spices and fruit, and a bunch of new beer styles. It also plans to have limited edition brews, as well as summer and Christmas seasonal beers.

Wandering Wonderer and other Pedro Brewcrafters Beers are available in major supermarkets

4. What's new from Mr. Ube

Mr. Ube's Lava Pao. Photo by Joko Magalong

Mr. Ube introduces the Lava Pao, the restaurant’s take on the salted-egg bun craze. This version has a sweet custard filling, lightly tinged with salted egg flavor. 

The Binondo shop also serves other dimsum like xiao long bao and radish cake, as well as noodle soups like the classic beef wanton noodles, and Singaporean laksa, and rice meals featuring lechon Macau and the Pride Chicken. 

Mr. Ube’s restaurant also has a takeout counter featuring some Eng Bee Tin items (as they belong to the same company) like the new Golden Pork Floss Hopia, and the Ube Tikoy. 

5. Villa del Conte gift boxes

Thank You Chocolate Box. Handout Photo

You can now have Villa Del Conte’s imported chocolates in chic congratulations or thank you boxex. 

The Thank You Chocolate Box comes in gold or black and contains 18 pieces of 5-gram dark chocolate squares. The Congratulations Chocolate Box, on the other hand, contains 200 grams of either the Praline Balls or the Bonta Dark Chocolates.

The Congratulations Chocolate Box is priced at P880, while the Thank You Chocolate Box is at P480. 

Villa Del Conte has stores in Greenbelt 5, Century City Mall, Shangri-la Mall, Resorts World, Alabang Town Center, SM Megamall, and Robinsons Magnolia.

6. Cucina’s new signature dishes

Braised Beef Roulade. Handout Photo

Cucina in Marco Polo Ortigas Manila has unveiled new signature dishes with surprising flavor twists, like the Filipino favorite crispy pata, which has been stuffed with foie gras and topped with pineapple salsa. The Braised Beef Roulade, on the other hand, was stuffed with cream cheese, shrimp, fish, and shellfish meat.

The Surf and Turf Blanket, meanwhile, features salmon and minced beef with dundried tomato.
3. Seafood Festival at Modern Shanghai

Fried Shrimp with Salt and Pepper. Handout Photo

Ongoing at Modern Shanghai is a seafood festival, featuring new dishes like seafood spring rolls and the deep-fried squid with tentacles. 

Other dishes include the fish fillet with black bean sauce, Hong Kong-style fish fillet, braised fish fillet, basic steamed shrimp, deep fried shrimp with salt and pepper, and shrimp with preserved egg yolk paste.

Modern Shanghai is located at SM Mall of Asia.

7. Sweet afternoons at Costa Coffee

Brookie. Handout Photo

Make your afternoons sweeter with Costa Coffee's sweet, moist and dense brookies and crusted cheesecakes. These are best paired with the intense Corto drinks available in classic and mocha flavors. 

Also new on the menu is the hazelnut crossini with banana and cream cheese melt. 

8. Taken, Single, It's Complicated cups at 7-Eleven 

Handout Photo

7-Eleven is joining the "hugot" bandwagon by releasing different designs of coffee cups -- "Taken," "Single," "It's Complicated."

Apart from these cups, the convenience store chain also offers different strawberry-flavored snacks and desserts: Rocket Berry Slurpee, Strawberry Fundae, Strawberry Taho, Strawberry Cake Wedges to Strawberry Donuts.

9. Meet the Bacardi Legacy finalists

The search is on for the country’s representative to the 8th annual Bacardi Legacy Cocktail Competition. This year’s, competitors were asked to create a legacy cocktail that will stand the test of time and represent Bacardi’s rich heritage. 

From Buddha Bar, Alliuss Abrazado made the Rosa De Ron, while Kenneth Bandivas from Prisma created the Sonreir. Larry Guevarra from Alley entered the La Mision. The competitors’ pool was rounded out with the Rain or Shine cocktail from Orman Bag-ao from the Raffles Hotel's Long Bar, while the Bitters’ Ralph Allen Santos made Nos Unimos.