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It had been a while since visiting one of the local Vietnamese places in town, the Rau Ram Café, down a side street, a few meters from the Marapara Golf and Country Club in Bacolod City. Ever since the first visit, always ordered a big bowl of phở, a traditional beef noodle soup.

Arriving at the table, the steaming bowl comes with a plate full of fresh herbs, including basil, cilantro, and sawtooth coriander; along with hot sauce and hoisin sauce, in order to customize each individual bowl.

With ever bowl prepared, tore up various herbs and threw them in before adding in the soup. Once the hot broth makes contact with the leaves, the aromatics consume the table and before taking one bite of the soup, the impression the smells leave is already remarkable.

Even though this place does not serve it with the traditional thin slices of beef that cook quickly in the hot soup, instead its small cubes of beef, the dish is still delicious.



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Wandering around Raffles City Shanghai, the pangs of hunger started and seeking food with a multi-lingual menu and/or with illustration began. Not one to frequent fast food establishments on vacation, tried to steer clear for the time being. Walked down a small street and found the place.

Opening the menu pointed to a page featuring a large bowl of dumplings in soup. It looked like just the thing for lunch and it was less than US$5.

The order arrives and it is beyond expectation. Having lived in the US for years, ordering a family sized wonton soup, this was exceptional – especially the price. There had to be, at least, 15 meaty wontons floating around a huge bowl of delicious, hot broth. Everything about it was delicious and satisfying; with the taste amplified because of the amazing deal.


Written by Paulo Loreto

April 17, 2015 at 5:12 AM


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Shops throughout the province of Negros Occidental serve a rich soup dish called Cansi. Cansi consists of tender beef shank, with a soft marrow hidden within the bone, served alongside vegetables in a flavorful broth. Cansi may appear similar to other beef soups in the Philippines, but what sets it apart is batuan. Batuan is a local fruit, native to the region, which is super sour and adds an extra element to what is served as bulalo in other regions, but also, adding a sour element is what makes it fundamentally Filipino.

Local chef JP Anglo offers his spin on the dish by serving it sizzling. Essentially, it’s cansi without the soup. The tender beef shank is served piping hot on a cast-iron plate with the marrow serving as the dish’d centerpiece. The dish is also served with a sauce consisting of batuan.

Cansi is relatively inexpensive, this version was found at Careyn's Cansi House in Silay City.

Cansi is relatively inexpensive, this version was found at Careyn’s Cansi House in Silay City.

Written by Paulo Loreto

February 26, 2015 at 5:49 AM

Hot and Sour

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Arrived in Hong Kong mid-afternoon and, after a short break, went wandering for the first meal of the holiday. After walking up and down streets, scoping out menus, and (typical tourist) looking for bilingual menus or ones with pictures, stopped at a place called Greenland Taiwanese Cuisine.

Looks like your typical roadside stop in HK, brightly-lit, offering a big menu with lots of pictures. Picked a few things but had the Hot and Sour Soup with dumplings as a main course.

Have had Hot and Sour soup before, but those were of the takeout variety, their soup was rich, delicious, and (as the name says) hot and sour. The dumplings were full of shrimp and the soup was just what was desired.

Along with the soup, ordered fried oysters and pan-fried dumplings – all of it contributing to a warm welcome to the big city.

Hot And Sour

Written by Paulo Loreto

November 2, 2014 at 6:09 AM

Ginseng Chicken Soup

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Believed to be a good way to build up immunity, the elements that go into Ginseng Chicken Soup are said to help prevent illness. The common adage says chicken soup is good for one’s health, but adding in elements like ginseng and jujubes brings the benefits to a new level.

A warm and hearty start to anybody’s day, the soup is available at many stands around Singapore. Both Chinese and Korean cuisines have similar soup dishes that combine chicken and ginseng.

Jujubes, or red dates, are said to help alleviate stress, prevent ulcers, and act as an antioxidant. It is also believed that jujubes also have wound healing properties. Ginseng acts as a stimulant and is also used in type II diabetes treatment.

The chicken is tender and with every bite of ginseng or jujube explodes with the delicious broth.

The chicken is tender and with every bite of ginseng or jujube explodes with the delicious broth.

Written by Paulo Loreto

December 31, 2013 at 5:18 PM

Posted in Chicken, Food, Singapore, Soup, Travel


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An evening out for dinner brought along a surprise at Soigne Restaurant & Wine Bar (486 6th Ave, between 11th St & 7th Ave / Park Slope, Brooklyn).

Split Pea Simplicity












A beautifully simple Split Pea Amuse-Bouche, served chilled, was a refreshing start to a delicious evening.

Written by Paulo Loreto

July 8, 2011 at 9:53 AM