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Royal Thai Cuisine at Red Ginger Restaurant, City of Dreams

Any chance I get to dress up & go on a romantic date with my ruggedly handsome better half, I’d jump at the chance. As you already know, Kap is the down low to my high roll. :P Where I like to spiff up & primp, he likes our dates to be ultra chill & comfy.

After 30 years, we’ve come to that stage in our “dating” life where an exciting night out consists of a casual dinner & movie in rugged & ragged t-shirt & shorts, lol. So this was my chance to wear one of the cutesy outfits hidden at the back of my closet, collecting dust, begging to be worn.

I’m so loving Georgina Wilson’s latest style which consists of floral prints in flowy materials now that she’s in that interesting stage. So in love that I bought a few similar items which have remained in the shopping bag, untouched for a while now.

Perfect opportunity as an invite to Red Ginger Restaurant, City of Dreams Manila came up. So I asked my knight in shining armor if he wanted to be my date.. on the condition that NO wearing of SHORTS was allowed! After mulling it over, and with a well-orchestrated mention by Moi that a special international guest chef was cooking for us, he gave a resounding “YES!” :)

Red Ginger Restaurant

Upper Ground Floor, City of Dreams, Aseana Avenue corner Roxas Bvld., Baclaran, Parañaque (02) 800-8080


Rare occurrence to see my Kap in long pants haha. Red Ginger Restaurant is casual enough that he can wear a comfy collared shirt & jeans. Loving my flowy, floral top & strappy sandals from Zara.


Award-winning Thai Chef Aek Charttrakul helms Red Ginger Restaurant’s kitchen from September 15 to 25, 2016 as the Southeast Asian restaurant’s guest chef, serving royal cuisine from Thailand during lunch 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm and dinner 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm. This is something you wouldn’t want to miss. ;)


Amuse bouche, crackers specially flown in by chef Aek.


Special thai concoctions to get us started. Cheers to young old love, sweet love! :P

From September 15 to 25, 2016 an exclusive a la carte menu will be available at Red Ginger Restaurant showcasing appetizers such as Crispy Vermicelli Tossed in Sweet and Sour Sauce (Mee Krob), Rice Cracker with Peanut Sauce (Kao Tang Na Tang), Spicy Herbal Shrimp Salad (Pla Kung), and Spicy Pork Rib Soup (Tom Klong Kradook Moo).

Thai entrées include Green Curry with Chicken (Kaeng Kew Wan Gai), Deep-fried Fish with Sweet and Sour Sauce (Pla Rad Prik), Roasted Pork Neck with Spicy Thai Dipping Sauce (Kor Moo Yang), Stir-fried Crab with Egg and Yellow Curry (Poo Pad Pong Karee), Steamed Fish Souffle (Hor Mok Pla), Stir-friend Beef with Hot Basil (Pad Kaprao Nua), and Stir-fried Thai Noodle (Pad Thai), while desserts offered are Coconut Sticky Rice with Mango (Kao Naew Mamuang) and Rice Flour Ball Dumpling in Coconut Milk (Bua Loy).


MEE KROB. Crispy Vermicelli Tossed in Sweet and Sour Sauce. This crunchy dish reminds me of catfish salad. Definitely one of my lunch faves. <3


TOM KLONG KRADOOK MOO. Southern Thai Pork Rib Soup. Kap said the soup was spicy, but it tasted pretty mild to me.


KAENG KEW WAN GAI. Green Curry with Chicken, and PAD KAPRAO NUA. Stir Fried Angus Beef with Hot Basil. Sooooo tender & filled with exotic flavors! <3 Pasok sa top 3 ko! Most Thai dishes are stir fried or grilled and served with rice. Fish, pork, beef, and chicken are all prepared in a variety of ways, though typically cut into bite sized pieces and stir fried with various spices, such as garlic, chili, and basil.


KOR MOO YANG. Roasted Pork Neck With Spicy Thai Dipping Sauce.


POO PAD PONG KAREE. Stir Fried Crab with Egg and Yellow Curry Sauce. Omnomnom.. CURRY! Need I say more? Make sure you have plenty of rice to go around. Remember, ang tunay na lalaki ay laging may extra rice! ;P So go ahead & order one more cup for your man.


PAD THAI. Thai Style Stir Fried Rice Noodles.


Guest Chef Aek Charttakul began his career in 1999 cooking royal Thai cuisine in Benjarong, Dusit Thani, Bangkok. He likewise expanded his expertise by occasionally working in Le Toit du Monde Restaurant in Val d’Isere, France. After five years, he moved to Swissotel Le Concorde Bangkok where he managed the banquet kitchen until 2008. In 2013, Chef Aek joined the Suan Dusit Rajabhat University & International Culinary School and has since represented his country in various national, regional, and international competitions, garnering gold, silver, and bronze medals. His most recent accolades include receiving a silver medal at the 2015 Philippine Culinary Cup, a gold medal 2nd prize at the 2014 Villeroy & Boch Culinary World Cup in Luxembourg, and a gold medal with distinction at the 2014 Salon International de L’Agroalimentaire (SIAL) International Top Chefs in China.


It’s always a delight getting to pick the brains of interesting people. It was truly a fun lunch. Many thanks to the lovely ROMINA GERVACIO, Director of Public Relations City of Dreams Manila, for the thoughtful invitation. <3


And finally, this sweet ending. KAO NAEW MAMUANG. Coconut Sticky Rice with Mango. Yaaaas, I’m one of those peeps who NEEDS dessert after a heavy, satisfying meal.


Hot Ginger Tea to help everything go down. ;))

Red Ginger Restaurant also highlights Peranakan cuisine with an all-day a la carte menu from today until October 31 so you still have plenty of time. Dishes include Nyonya Fried Chicken marinated in shrimp paste and fermented bean curd with pineapple acar (Indonesian pickle) and curry mayonnaise; Lam Mee noodles in rich prawn gravy, char siu (Chinese barbecued pork), fish cake and hard-boiled egg served with homemade sambal; Babi Asam pork belly stew with tamarind, sticky turmeric rice, and prawn crackers; and Bubur Cha Cha sweet potato with taro and sago in pandan coconut milk.


Do try the Royal Thai Cuisine food festival at Red Ginger Restaurant, available only until TOMORROW! For inquiries and reservations, you may call + 63 2 800 8080 or e-mail or visit

Before I bid you sà-wàd-dee, allow me to give a shout-out to these 2 adorable ladies whom I now consider to be my favorite twinnies! <3 Hello ADRIELLE & ADRIANNE!


Thank you so so much for taking the time to come see me at City of Dreams. :-* I really had fun with the short time that we got to spend. Hoping for longer chika next time! Again, wearing what is now my favorite accessory, the KYLIE uber exclusive Birthday Edition Lippy in Leo from these lovely girls. <3

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