Chicken skin at Clucky’s

Clucky’s is one of our favorite go-to places for nice, affordable food; their kimchi rice is especially yummy. The last time we were there, we decided to sample their chicken skin, and we highly recommend it if you want a crispy, tasty treat.

Chicken skin, Clucky's

It’s a sinful snack that’s worth sharing. Or you could polish off the whole basket by yourself–we won’t judge.

Sick day soup: Pho ga at Pho Hoa

I haven’t been feeling my best the past couple of days and figured that a nice bowl of chicken soup might help. My friend recommended getting a bowl of pho ga (P250) at Pho Hoa. It was definitely worth the trip.

Pho ga, Pho Hoa

I ordered only the small bowl, but it was pretty big and filling, more than enough to warm me and make me feel better; I was actually sweating halfway through my meal. The noodles were plentiful, there was a generous amount of shredded chicken, and there was a nice sprinkling of cilantro, too. Best of all, it tasted really fresh and not salty at all. Highly recommended for days when you just need comfort food.

Healthy Monsters

I’m not much of a cook, mainly because I’m lazy, so I’m always looking for prepared meals. It broke my heart when Almost Gourmet stopped offering individual meal packs for pickup or delivery because it meant I was out of an option for healthful ready-to-eat meals.

But just recently, I stumbled upon Healthy Monsters (@healthymonstersph) on Instagram. They deliver fresh salads with homemade dressing in jars, and you have to order a minimum of six 720 ml jars at P190 each. Right now, four salads are available: Asian, Fiesta, Walnut, and Chia. They deliver only to Mandaluyong, Makati, Ortigas, San Juan, Pasig, and the Fort. Being from Quezon City, I naturally wondered how I could have some of these salads and was able to make an appointment to pick up them up in Greenhills.

And here are two of the salads!

Healthy Monsters salads

Healthy Monsters salads

I’ve only had the Walnut Salad so far, and I have to say that it’s pretty darn delicious–nice rich dressing, plenty of greens, a hearty amount of nuts, and a sprinkling of cheese. Given that first taste, I’m already confident that the others are great, too. I’ll definitely be ordering again. The distance is a bit of a drive, so next time I order, I’ll make sure to pick the salads up on a day when I’ll be in the area.

Minppy Japanese Hot Pot

For dinner tonight, I, Tj, and my sister initially intended to eat at Shakey’s in Pearl Drive, Fairview. However, Minppy Japanese Hot Pot caught our eye. Little did we know that we were in for a filling dinner. Hot pots are very cool, and Minppy’s no exception. Just choose the type of soup you want, choose your meats, choose your veggies, throw them into the pot of soup, then let everything boil until it’s cooked.

At Minppy, we chose the eat-all-you-can option, which went for P498 a person and allowed us to, well, eat everything that we can. The price also includes endless drinks. We chose sukiyaki and miso for the soups, and they were served in a divided pot.

The pork, chicken balls (chicken that has been rolled into balls, I mean), slices of beef, tofu, and squid soon followed, as well as a hefty array of vegetables, such as corn, pechay, cabbage, Baguio beans, onions, carrots, broccoli, and cauliflower, among others. At first, we thought the meat was pretty meager, given that the pork and beef were sliced quite thinly. Boy, were we wrong.

Minppy Japanese Hot Pot

Minppy Japanese Hot Pot

Minppy Japanese Hot Pot

We were also given a free taste of tempura and gyoza. I don’t eat shrimp, but I was told the tempura was nice. The gyoza was lovely, but then again, I’ve rarely met gyoza I didn’t like.

We managed to do quite well with the food even though there were only three of us. We even asked for more beef, cabbage, and broccoli, and were given extra cauliflower. With one more person, I think we would’ve wiped out the contents of the pot.

Dinner was a few hours ago, but we’re still stuffed–always a sign of a great meal.

Bodato Burgers

Sometime ago while driving along Visayas Avenue, the big green sign for Bodato Burgers caught my eye. You know what giant suckers we are for burgers, so I made a mental note to check them out when they’ve opened.

Bodato Burgers, Visayas Avenue, Quezon City

So a few days ago, Tj and I decided to have lunch there. Parking is limited in that you have to share the space with other establishments. Also, don’t make the mistake of trying to open the door to get in–you have to order at the window. We chose the Beef Burger Deluxe (P139) and potato wedges (P45).

Seating area’s in the back, where you share space with an eatery called Kainan ni Doc May. We saw that eating place a long time ago, and we noticed it because it said they welcome pets. Makes sense–Doc May is a veterinarian and her clinic’s in the back of the eatery. She chatted with us while we were waiting for our food, talking about her medical missions for pets in different parts of the country. We couldn’t help but admire her commitment to her work.

After around 10 minutes of waiting, our burgers finally came out.

Bodato Burgers, Beef Burger Deluxe

The Beef Burger Deluxe is a modest-sized burger, and it contains tomato, cucumber, lettuce, cheese, and chili. The chili is a welcome addition to the whole thing. We loved how the beef patty tasted–like real, honest-to-goodness beef. Mine got a bit too sloppy though, like the buns couldn’t hold in the beef, so I ended up with a chili-drenched plate and fingers. The potato wedges are wonderful, too. Nice, thick, and properly fried, plus they weren’t greasy and salty. We’re already looking forward to our next visit.