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Kichi Kichitora (Ramen)!

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As much as I would relish the chance to whisper, “Winter is coming” the opportunity is close to nil. In this fair tropical hub, I have a better chance at “turning black” than experiencing that Winterfell chill.

Whilst the tempest named Glenda (typhoon) did manage to smash our windows and ceilings to leaky paperweights, this is the closest we could get to that so-called winter. More of Twister with a siding of damp clothing.

Enough with the #Glenda and #GoT talk though.

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Having eaten leftovers for the longest time, I have warranted the right to eat out and dine on something prepared elsewhere. This called for a long awaited TGIF at Glorietta, though of course reality came more like rush hour folks trampling on my vibe, embraced in darkness and devoid of any air-conditioning breeze. Rotating brownout and hungry employees never made a good mix, and I have the non-evaporating sweat to prove it.

Of course Yabu was crossed out the minute I said “7pm reservation” to the manager.

Many others were crossed off the list and I feared that we would end up in Heaven and Eggs, which was not really a Friday destination unless you had a sudden craving for that Baguio Country Club Raisin Bread, which really would not necessitate dining in being the to-go loaf for uncreative passersby.

 kichitora collage

Hence we ended up in Glorietta 5’s remote sectors or “posh looking joints”, or in Kichitora’s case, hard to pronounce and remember, you’re better off saying ramen.

Kichitora is actually beside Mad Mark’s Creamery, which is 2 stores away from Yabu. I can see the nodding heads. Thank God for popular competitor landmarks!

Kichitora is predominantly a ramen place that also serves tonkatsu meals and other combo platters that would make our Japanese nakama sigh in delight. From soup to salad to that sweet karaage, it’s a Japanese haven for proper meals and dim lighting.

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With several menu pages dedicated to ramen, first timers and slow readers will have to spend time lurking, gawking at the photos, reading out the names (there is a Jajamen, suited for the Jeje and a Paitan for Oy, paisan!) until finally narrowing down the choices to 2 or 3. There is also cold ramen to add in to the confusion so choose wisely.

Being the ever stranger to pork, my choices were narrowed down to ramen selections that had the phrase “pork or chicken”. Given a choice, I was safe, as other bowls purely suggested, imposed and necessitated pork as the topping—and I respect that. The waitress though secretly revealed that all their soup bases are “Chicken stock” so it’s just a matter of choosing which name (and price) you fancy.

Being a simpleton who wants chicken all the way, we settled for Paitan Ramen.

Paitan is rather simple and unappealing to the adventurous ramen seeker, but with menma (bamboo shoots), green onions and chicken slices topping the ensemble, it’s comfort food variety, enough for #Glenda post trauma.

The soup is gravely thick (not that hot though), even non soup lovers will spend considerable time sipping the soup. It’s a meal on its own! No need for embellishments and sauces, since the soup and noodle balance each other out. The noodles are chewy and thick, and upon the first bite, my instant worry was: Oh no, I might get so full and have no space left for dessert! (True, true.) Good thing, some people just have the habit of sharing, and so there was enough appetite spared for Mad Mark’s. 

If you manage to finish a bowl single-handedly and have enough room for ice cream, I salute you. #thegodsmustbeproud

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Out of curiosity, the Chicken Karaage was likewise ordered. Intended to be an appetizer, it came way later, so it was not enjoyed fully.I like the proper sequencing of food, especially in posh places that look like they can afford the service.

These 4 little crunchers were sweet, oily and had my mortal enemy, chicken skin! You can imagine that only half of the piece was made of the actual meat, which is a letdown for those who are not into chicken skin! Even that slice of lemon did no wonder and we are always better off with the likes of BonChon, I kid you not.

 glorietta makati ramen

The other ramen bowls were not mine and I could not indulge in them, since they were pork based. They made picture perfect photos though, complete with the tamago. Oh that egg is just screaming at me!

What is consistent though amongst the orders is that no single person—no matter how hungry or horizontally challenged—could single-handedly finish a bowl. While we did manage a scoop of Mad Mark’s after dinner, maybe finishing one bowl was too cloying or overbearing and a second dish is needed to get rid of the heavy feeling.

 kichitora ramen scrambled

Perhaps the next time around, share a bowl with a friend and order a neat little siding, chicken or katsu. No cloying feeling—just a perfect, full meal!

Still, with chicken on the menu and that warm cuddly feeling you get from slurping the noodles—it’s a satisfying thought to find a ramen joint, sans the queue, for that quick Friday fix.

My Mad Mark’s ice cream was a treat, so another successful #TGIF and #foodcoma.

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Are You Mad? (Mad Mark’s Creamery & Good Eats)

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With all the uproar on gelato, froyo and cronuts, we have been neglecting the ultimate and basic comfort food of all time, the real scene stealer, the bad-day-turned-good BFF and the tearjerker flick’s best companion. Simpletons will agree, ice cream rules—what more with homemade ice cream!

Mad Mark’s Creamery and Good Eats nearly rendered me mad with that outrageous tunnel hike to Glorietta 5! But still, my hunger and curiosity prevailed. To name an ice cream joint Mad Mark’s must mean we have a bizarre one in our midst—or that other synonym—furious? Furious Mark is just getting heated up with his ice cream and I like it!

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I wanted to eat a proper lunch at Mad Mark’s (like salad or chicken or both)  but staring at the chalkboard menu, my EQ for propriety diminished, and I had 2 scoops of ice cream for lunch. Bad girl.

It took me long to deliberate what 2 flavors to select with the long and delectable menu—because I wanted to try ‘em all. Hunger made me crazy-desperate though, and I settled for Half Baked Madagascar (first on the list) and Strawberry Cheesecake (last). First and last. Yin and yang.

 Mad Mark's ice cream yummy dessert

Luckily I had with me a third flavor diner (that does not even make sense), so I had a taste of the Chocolate Half Baked as well! This is the part where parents tell their children that ice cream is not proper lunch and this girl is more than mad, I know, I’m just.. a vampire. LOL.

Madagascar refers to the country but it’s Madagascar because supposedly the vanilla beans are sourced from there and they’re like fresh and the real deal. Whatever explanation there was on the wall, I only got half of it because I was already hungry, without a doubt, and can only process the word vanilla, which by the way was really lusciously concocted tasted like premium vanilla beans in creamy form.

As for the half baked cookies, I would like to bring home a batch and eat them forever. They were chunky and blended well with the ice cream. I admit, I love cookies, which is why I chose this chunky flavor and now I associate Madagascar with Cookie Madness, in a supremely positive way. Beat that Mrs. Fields.

The Strawberry Cheesecake was another wonder because the smooth strawberry ice cream received hints of chunky cheesecake that was really a dessert on its own. Unlike the faker cheesecakes they blend in other creamy desserts (cough cough DQ, and red mango), the cheesecake here was the scene stealer. Cheesecake bits were rich and chewy and could compete with the Madagascar Half Baked babies.

The Chocolate Half Baked is a “variant” of the Madagascar , in chocolate form if you have a wilder sweet tooth. The cookie-ice cream interaction is still the bomb and sweetness overboard. Love it if you’re looking for a chocolate explosion.

Next time though, I will have a proper lunch—and still 2 scoops of any flavor my darts shoot at. Please be Banana Oreo or anything with half baked.

Ah yes Mark you are mad, and keep on doing it, because so am I.

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Yabu: The House of Cat-su

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I can really think of a lot of jokes that revolve around Yabu. Add in the House of Katsu part and you’ve got yourself a comic fest. Bu-ya! Okay, I will stop now.

While I understand that Yabu: House of Katsu has been around for quite some time, I have never really visited the place because someone once told me:

“You have nothing to eat there! You don’t eat rice and pork—you’ll only eat the cabbage that’s free!”

Well partly true, but that’s getting ahead of my story.

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Yabu, true to its household name is a place for katsu. However, it serves other forms of meat and seafood and so, caters to a larger market base, including vegetarians, pescatorians and this new breed we call children. It offers katsudon and curry, kiddie meals and edamame!

Tempted to get Chicken Salad + Edamame for the appetizer combo, we ended up with nil because the Glorietta 5 branch apparently did not have edamame. And I thought Ayala Malls were going green. No more appetizer.

Being a glutton, I ordered my own set. I’ve observed couples sharing a set/meal—probably because they are rice eaters, rice eaters on a budget or are just on a diet—but I like to keep the bento tray to myself. #selfishglutton

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Of course that doesn’t mean my order was all that great. The Vegetarian Katsu Set is probably the last thing you will order in Yabu’s entire menu. Heck you’d probably stuff yourself with goma sauce than eat vegetables, which include a wee eggplant, a naked bell pepper and “where’d that tofu go?” silken tofu strips x 2.

Without the cabbage to fill me up, I’d say this vegetarian meal was not too great and quite a rip off for someone who’s used to eating vegetables by the hordes.

Let’s not forget the other components of the set: miso soup (not bad), pickles (eww), fruit (watermelon slices, so-so), unli rice (bye) and unli cabbage (Love it!).

I had 3 refills of the unlimited cabbage strips. 3 dressings are made available (goma, shoyu, and wasabi).  There was also a dollop of this spicy Japanese mustard on the katsu plate and the katsu sauce itself—and all these made their way in my nasty cabbage nest. This cabbage patch was what made my meal #awesomeandgreen and #totallysatisfying. Add in a #megaburp too!

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Perhaps next time I should really try its core meal like Chicken Katsu or Oroshi Katsu (in photo), huh?

Seeing how divinely full my companions were, I’d say I made the wrong choice (#feelingdiet). Should there be a next time, I’d go for chicken, dory and an egg.

I did say I was a selfish glutton.

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