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Are YO hungry for FALAFELS?

I’m always hungry, and with Yo Falafel! sprouting in the Greenbelt cinema area… I was suddenly hungry for… you guessed it, falafels!

Because the Falafel Yo! branch in Vertis North may never open, so I had to succumb to Makati cravings. I trekked over 1 km, under the near-summer heat just to get to Greenbelt on a random Monday, have my falafel to go, and walk back to work for another 1+km.

I suppose that day, I was far from being my usual lazy!

Enough with the chatter, and on to the main menu.

I had ordered the Original Falafel Yo at P159, and since it was a moody Monday, my order came with free Pita Fries. How cool is that?


My walk back to the office did not dislodge any of the falafels or fries – yes I walk fast but careful – so I was still take an awesome photo.


The Original Falafel Yo was filled with about 6 falafels, fried eggplants (I counted 2), pickled onions, cabbage (a kind of coleslaw) and a Mediterranean flavor coming from onions + tomatoes.

I took out the chili because it scared the hell out of me. The entire thing was difficult to eat it without getting my hands really messy!

Every bite was bursting with flavor, and being the neatness freak, I’d have a difficult time eating this inside a movie theater!

The pita fries was a gigantic serving and came with hummus that was topped with what seemed to taste like barbecue sauce. I’m not a fan of the barbecue powder (maybe garlic or garlic and cheese would go better with the falafel) and the barbecue-y sauce. The fries were totally filling; I couldn’t finish them on my own!

I’d say the walk was worth it, and the presentation was perfect. I love how my random Monday walk rewarded me with free fries!

The flavor, in my opinion, would be very appealing to the Filipino palate that loves sweet and salty and “barbecue”.

I however would favor more greens and hummus, in the future, and less of the salty Pinoy tang. If there would be a dominant flavor, oh please let it be garlic, tomatoes and let those falafels shine! Oh and lastly, wheat pitas! =)


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Fa-fa-fa-falafels for #MeatlessFridays

Homemade and partly handmade, my first endeavour at creating falafels was admittedly (and expectedly) disastrous.

The mixture simply would not blend properly, while the hard headed chickpeas decided to revolt and remain hard as ever. The egg and olive oil were not enough to bind the batter, so I considered blood but settled with more oil.

Still, I persevered with a fork and this decided to have a crack at this virtue called patience.

After an HOUR (I thought I could do it in 15 minutes) the patties were shoved in the freezer and later deep fried to tropical tan and uneven crisp proportions.
homemade falafel

Thanks to taste.com.au for the recipe, sans the coriander. I will improve upon the many flaws for the next version!

On a final note, I forgot to make any kind of dipping sauce. Good thing, it goes well with mustard!

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