We’re baaaack! It was a fun 9 days in the land of Kimchi. Kimchi, kimchi day in & day out. I will never get tired of eating Korean BBQ & kimchi! <3 But Kap has had enough. Iba naman daw, suyang-suya na sya sa bibimbap atbp. Time for a change. ;))
Tried the Ultra Cinema at Uptown BGC. I gotta say, I can get used to this level of movie watching. Sarap matulog. Plus unli popcorn & unli drinks while you watch pa in comfy reclined seats. 520 per person. Kap, is this a one time thing? O mauulit pa muli? Whatchuguys think? ;))
One thing lang I didn’t like was the smell of the leather chairs. The “essence” of the previous occupants kinda stays. And it’s always summer in the Philippines, so go figure. Maybe next time I’d bring a shawl to cover it para more sanitary. :P Or maybe wipe it down with baby wipes coz the cleaning crew don’t bother to wipe down the seats after every show.
Bawai’s Vietnamese Kitchen
G/F, Uptown Parade 36th St. corner 9th Ave., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Metro Manila, Philippines (+63 917) 152-2924
Vietnamese Cuisine offered by restaurants like Bawai’s (meaning grandma’s) feature a combination of five fundamental tastes. 1) spicy/metal, 2) sour/wood, 3) bitter/fire, 4) salty/water and 5) sweet/earth which corresponds to the five organs of our bodies: gall bladder, small intestine, large intestine, stomach, and urinary bladder. (O ha, may natutunan na naman kayong bago sa akin, lol)
Each dish has a distinctive flavor which reflects one or more of these elements. Common ingredients include fish sauce, shrimp paste, soy sauce, rice, fresh herbs, and fruits & vegetables. Vietnamese recipes use lemongrass, ginger, mint, Vietnamese mint, long coriander, Saigon cinnamon, bird’s eye chili, lime, and Thai basil leaves. Traditional Vietnamese cooking is greatly admired for its fresh ingredients, minimal use of dairy and oil, complementary textures, and reliance on herbs & veggies.
With the balance between fresh herbs & meats and a selective use of spices to reach a fine taste, Vietnamese food is considered one of the healthiest cuisines worldwide. Just ask my girls & they’ll fully agree! ;P In fact, they were the ones who introduced the fambam to the healthier Vietnamese cooking & got us hooked.
Funny coz when the kids were younger, they preferred the more popular asian cuisines like the Chinese, Filipino & Japanese dishes. But now that they are older, I’m happy that they like to experiment & one of their favorite go-to meals are the light & fresh Pho Noodle Soup & Vietnamese salads. In fact at home, we are never without glass noodles for quick & easy to make noodle soups at home.
After the movies, yummy pho dinner atbp. at Bawai’s Vietnamese Kitchen. Light yet tasty & filling dishes, perf for a late dinner with the fambam. <3
Attention to detail is always appreciated. Make sure you visit the powder room to wash up before meals, be braced for a pleasant surprise. ;)
I so love the light & airy feeling at Bawai’s Vietnamese Kitchen. The ceiling is high, giving it a maaliwalas feeling & the resto is not at all crowded. Tables are spaced far enough apart to give you breathing space & some sort of privacy from your neighbors.
When in Vietnam.. (L) Saigon Special Lager. Specially sourced Vietnamese beer for that authentic feel. (Right, top) Bawai’s Iced Tea 105 php. Black tea and peach with syrup; and Ca Phe Sua Da 130 php. Trung Nguyen Iced coffee with condensed milk. (Right, bottom-middle) Nuoc Da Me 105 php. Tamarind iced tea with fully-edible tapioca-like tamarind beans, sweet & tangy to the taste. If you like sampaloc you will enjoy this drink.
Dishes at Bawai’s Vietnamese Kitchen you definitely need to try..
Vietnam’s most famous dish is the translucent spring rolls packed with greens, coriander and various combinations of minced pork, shrimp or crab.Then dunked in a rich peanut sauce – every bit as tasty as it sounds.
Started our dinner with these refreshing appetizers that is clean to the taste: Goi Cuon 320 php. Fresh garden rolls with caramelized pork, steamed shrimp and rice vermicelli, served with a rich peanut sauce. Chao Tom 325 php. Pounded shrimps on sugar cane skewers with vegetables & noodles. And Bawai’s House Salad 345 php. Fresh coconut sprouts with herbs, glazed pork and steamed shrimps. Kap especially liked the Chao Tom, something new & different.
These enormous and filling Vietnamese pancakes contain shrimp, pork, bean sprouts and egg, which is then fried, wrapped in greens and sprinkled with vinegar sauce before eating.
Banh Xeo 385 php. Savory crepe with beansprouts, turnips, onions, mushrooms, pork & shrimp. What a delight! <3
This was hands down, my favorite dish of the night. Just look at that beaut! <3 I must’ve eaten more than my fair share, teehee.
Vietnam’s national dish, the country’s great staple is pho (pronounced “fur”), a noodle soup eaten at any time of day but primarily at breakfast. The basic bowl of pho consists of a light beef or chicken broth flavoured with ginger and coriander, to which are added broad, flat rice noodles, spring onions and slivers of chicken, pork or beef.
Ate’sPho Bo 365 php (left). Traditional beef noodle soup with slim cuts of tenderloin and beef shank infused with herbs and spices, subtle and clean-tasting but served with hoisin and chilli to taste. My Babyson’s Bun Bo Hue 375 php (right). Southern Hue original pineapple and deboned pork knuckle noodle soup with mildly spiced slices of beef tenderloin and pork belly. And finally, my Bae’s Pho Ga 335 php. Traditional vietnamese chicken noodle soup with herbs & spices. Omnomnom! <3
This baguette sandwich filled with greens and a choice of fillings is so good it’s been imitated around the world.
Banh Mi 260 php. Classic vietnamese baguette with pork, vegetables, and pork pate. Can I just mention that the bread is oh so fresh & crunchy. It’s just love in every bite!
And you know what else is LHAV? Date nights! Date nights are the best nights. And banh mi’s are best eaten when shared with your #OTL #supermanngbuhayko
Com tam, “broken rice”, is a street-stand favourite. Recipes vary, but you’ll often find it served with barbecued pork or beef.
A meal is just not a meal without rice for Kap my Kap. Com Suon Cha 435 php. Succulent double grilled pork belly flavoured with a caramel-lemongrass marinade, served with mushroom egg pie and greens. And Ca Kho To 550 php. Braised salmon simmered with a sweet and savory caramel sauce and coconut juice, served with a side of salad.
And to make sure that we ended our dinner with a great big bang & go home busog-lusog, this Tom Rang Me House Special 590 php as additional ulam for Kap’s extra rice. Black Tiger prawns infused with a sweet tamarind paste, garnished with onions and sesame seeds.
Banh Da Lon 80 php. (Kap was more partial to this) Pandan and yellow mung bean cake with coconut paste and sesame seeds. Che Dau 80 php. (While I preferred this) Black beans and sticky rice with coconut milk. Vietnamese Ice Cream 90 php. (Why am I not surprised that the 3 kids favored this) Vietnamese coffee-flavored ice cream with coffee jelly.
It was indeed a fun & wonderful Mon-date filled with food, love & laugher. These 5 piggies happily went wee-wee-wee, all the way home.. TO THIS!!
Now that we traded in one of our old & battered jalopy for a spanking new van, expect more #TripNiKap series in the near future. :P