Set Meals Galore: Botejyu MOA Review

In my last post, I mentioned that we had dinner before Britney’s Concert here in Manila (still trying to recover from this once in a lifetime experience). We dined in at Botejyu. The Botejyu branch in Mall of Asia is located at the Galleo Wing. It is near IMAX for easier reference.

I didn’t really have any special reason as to why I chose Botejyu for dinner. It was between Basil and Botejyu, the latter won because E said so. Really, he did in a not so direct way.

See, the day before Britney’s concert I was looking at possible restaurants where I can treat my brother. I checked Booky.Ph and saw that they had a special deal for Basil.

While strolling around the Galleo Wing of MOA, sipping on Mango Slushie Tea, I chanced upon Botejyu. I told E that it was between the two. He looked at reviews for both restaurants, then shared that Botejyu had better reviews, and the food looked better.

Good for Your Tummy and Your Pocket

So here’s my short Botejyu MOA review!

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While we were waiting for my brother and for his partner to arrive, I snapped photos of their rice bowl and set meals. Most are priced just below P400 (USD 9). The price can be a bit too much for a daily meal but for a special date or occasion, the price is just right. You can check out their menu here.19401197_10213129403732413_265764815_o

 

 

We ordered a total of five dishes. I chose the Beef & Tamagotoji Egg Rice Bowl (P365 or USD 8).

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The serving size was good enough for sharing, to be honest. I wasn’t able to finish off everything in my bowl! The dish was delectable. Something I imagine myself craving for over and over again. I have to credit it all to their special sauce!

E ordered the Pork Cutlet Curry Rice Bowl (P395 or USD 8.5).

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As all married couples do, we shared our dishes with each other. In this case, though, I only had a bit of his because I loved mine so much! From what I can remember, E was very much fulfilled with this dish. As he shared, the curry flavor blended well with the pork cutlet and sticky rice.

Aside from our two rice bowls, we also ordered their Premium Moonlight Yakisoba (P375 or USD 8).

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It was just okay for me, maybe because we didn’t mix it as soon as it was served. It was a little on the dry side. Taste wise though it was still good.

My brother ordered their Garlic Rice with Bacon & Egg Set and Kushikatsu Platter (P370 or USD 8), while his partner ordered their Beef Sukiyaki Rice Set (P395 or USD 8.5). I can’t really give you any feedback for their dishes but they did say that it was okay.

Post for Free Ice Scream

What I love about Botejyu MOA is their special promo. I wasn’t able to take a photo of the mini-standee but you get a free Ice Cream (match/vanilla/sesame flavor) when you post about your Botejyu experience.

I had poor signal that night but I was able to charm my brother’s partner to post on his Facebook. True enough, we were given a free serving of ice cream!

Final YUM Verdict

For my final YUM verdict for Botejyu MOA, I give it a yum factor of 4 out of 5 stars. I love their rice bowls and I honestly think that their set meals are worth it. I will definitely come back for more! The ambiance was good and the staff were so nice too.

Do make sure that you post about your experience when you dine in so you can get a free ice cream too!

Motorino MOA Review

Last week E and I tried the newly opened pizza store in MOA. Motorino is still in its soft opening but I’ve been hearing great feedback about it.

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Location

It is beside Recovery Food and KFC near Hypermarket in MOA. It is very accessible for E-com employees, just a 5 minute walk from Five E-com. For normal customers though placement is odd since it won’t be seen immediately versus if it is placed inside the mall or in between the malls (like other restos).

Menu

Their menu features Pizza, Pasta, and Hotdog Sandwiches. Since it claims to be a New York Style food hub emphasis is really on their Pizza offerings. Think Sbarro but cheaper.

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What I personally like in Motorino is the fact that I can order a complete meal for under P150! Yup that cheap for a slice of pizza, drink, and ice cream. They also have other set meals that feature their pasta and sandwiches.

Taste

Yummy! The first time E and I ate there we tried out the carne trio and four cheese pizza (which were their best sellers). Carne trio was so yummy I finished my big slice immediately. The right combination of meats plus cheese was what I needed that Friday evening to cap off my work week. E’s four cheese pizza was just okay for my taste. When I ate there for lunch with my officemates I tried pepperoni and it is now one of my favorite pepperoni pizzas next to S&R’s.

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I was able to taste as well their Zitti pasta (thanks to Reggie and Cath). Don’t be fooled by the small container the dish was good for sharing if you also have pizza. It was so creamy and way better than Sbarro’s Baked Zitti.

To top it all off I got a cone of chocolate ice cream! Yummy!

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Tips

If you are going there with a friend I suggest you order one pizza meal and ask them to half the slice and order a pasta meal for sharing. You will pay around P320 for that and both of you will have drinks already!

The Halal Guys at BGC

A little birdie asked me if I wanted to try out Halal Guys after our morning meeting. At first I was a bit hesitant especially because I wanted to stick to my budget. I gave in eventually because it’s food and I usually don’t tighten my purse strings when it comes to food.

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The Halal Guys at High Street is fairly new. Anj (the little birdie) was influenced to try it out after seeing a post from Andi Manzano and her hubby.

Since this is my first time ordering there I wasn’t fully aware of the sizes they had and which one would satisfy my grumbling belly (I skipped breakfast today so you can just imagine my stomach churning out loud noises). Of course I asked the difference between the small and the regular (I even considered the New York size) but I was extremely hungry that time that I ended up getting the regular one.

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I was like a little kid looking forward to the day after Halloween when it came to opening up my order from The Halal Guys. When I saw my order immediately I regretted getting the regular size. Why? Even if I skipped breakfast my hunger earlier is not enough to finish a meal that is good for two! For the price that I paid it was a good deal!

Taste wise, I like their white sauce! The consistency for me was just right, not thick nor watery. It also had the tangy taste that is not overpowering (had I known that you can request for an additional sauce (P25) I would have gotten one!

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Together with this they also give chilli and barbeque sauce. Both sauces complement the white sauce so I highly suggest you throw everything in before you toss and mix your meal (of course lesser chilli sauce if your not a fan).

I tried as much as I can to finish my meal, but I stopped midway through. I still have the leftovers and I’ll probably have it as dinner. Don’t expect your plate to be filled with too much meat though because what they give is a perfect balance of veggies and meat. I give this a 4.5 out of 5!

 

For a guide in ordering (size wise) here is my pov

Normal Person Appetite – go for small

Hungry (Hunger Games type of hunger) or Big Appetite – go for regular

Carpintero level- go for New York

My Take on Beef Lasagna

I am not a cook, E can attest to this. I do try to whip up a few recipes here and there especially if I am in the mood. For Christmas and New Year, E had a special request for me. He wanted me to make Lasagna and Baked Macaroni (next post will be my Baked Mac recipe). I have not cooked/baked either of the two EVER in my LIFE so I had no clue as to how I would go about it.

For Baked Lasagna, I checked numerous websites and was able to come up with this recipe. Most recipes that you would see online would ask for 2 or 3 or more cheeses. I didn’t have access to that so I just became extra crafty and made use of the ingredients that I can buy at the local market. Based on what I have read, the key to Lasagna is the special Bechamel Sauce. What exactly is the Bechamel Sauce? It’s that creamy cheese sauce in between the meat sauce and the next lasagna layer. In other words, heaven! In other countries there is an over the counter tub that you can buy, but of course it would be best if you just make your own from scratch!

So here’s my Baked Lasagna Recipe!

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Ingredients:

  • 500 g cooked Lasagna (in boiling water just like how you cook ordinary pasta)
  • 1 quick melt Eden Cheese
  • 1 ordinary Eden Cheese/ Ques-O

For the Meat Sauce:

  • 500 g Ground Beef
  • 1 can (big) Jolly Mushroom
  • 1 big Italian Spag Sauce of Del Monte
  • 2 cans of Vienna Sausage
  • Half of any Christmas Ham
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste
  • Oil
  • Garlic
  • Onion

For the Bechamel Sauce:

  • 1/3 bar of Dairy Creme Butter
  • 1 bar of Eden Cheese Quick Melt grated
  • 2 All Purpose Cream Nestle
  • 1 Three Cheese Sauce of Clara Ole
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste

Procedure:

  1. In a sauce pan, heat oil and saute onion first. Once translucent saute garlic as well.
  2. Add in the ground beef and wait until it browns (stir occasionally)
  3. Saute mushroom with beef
  4. Add the Italian Spag Sauce and wait for it to simmer
  5. Once it simmers add the sliced up Vienna Sausage and Christmas Ham (cubed)
  6. Add salt and pepper to taste
  7. Set aside – Note don’t add water.
  8. Cook lasagna noodles while you make the  bechamel sauce
  9. For the bechamel sauce, in another sauce pan pour in one All Purpose Cream and the pack of Three Cheese Sauce.
  10. Simmer and add the butter (slice it up)
  11. Grate the Eden Cheese Quick Melt
  12. Add the other All Purpose Cream
  13. Add salt and pepper to taste

Now for the fun part! Layering the Lasagna!

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  1. In an aluminum pan pour a bit of meat sauce
  2. Arrange one layer of lasagna
  3. Put meat sauce and then bechamel sauce
  4. Do this alternately
  5. After the last layer of bechamel sauce grate the Eden Cheese Quick Melt and Ques-O
  6. Cover the pan with foil and bake for 30 – 45 minutes until the cheese on top completely melts

 

 

My Take On Beef Kaldereta

Last Sunday, I felt this sudden urge to cook. I don’t really cook on a daily basis, usually when I’m just in the mood or when E requests for it. In a week I usually cook once to twice, mostly on weekends pa.

Before we went to Puregold for our bi-monthly (yes it is scheduled and has a fixed budget) grocery I checked the Del Monte Kitchenomics Site. I wanted to cook something yummy and tomato based for bunny. After 10 minutes I decided to cook Beef Kaldereta. The recipe I chose looked simple enough, but of course knowing myself I usually change it along the way. This is my way of personalizing recipes I get online, to make sure that it has a distinct and unique taste.

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After our trip to Puregold, I began prepping the ingredients. Unfortunately, I cut my thumb ( a bit) so E stepped in to slide and dice the ingredients. Here is my tweaked recipe of Del Monte Kitchenomics Beef Kaldereta:

Ingredients:

  • Half a kilo of Beef Cubes
  • 2 Pouches of Del Monte Filipino Style Tomato Sauce (1 200g and 1 smaller)
  • 1 Pouch of Del Monte Tomato Sauce
  • 1 can of Argentina Liver Spread (the small one)
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 3 -4 pcs. of potatoes
  • 1 medium onion
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1/4 block of Eden Cheese Quick Melt
  • 1 pc siling labuyo
  • 3 cups of water
  • salt
  • pepper
  • oil
  • 1 can of greenpeas

Cooking Procedure:

  1. Saute onion first, when it is translucent add garlic
  2. Add beef cubes and wait for it to brown
  3. Add liver spread (I used up the entire can for this recipe)
  4. Add 2 cups of water, and add on a cup or two along the way so that it won’t dry up (simmer until beef is tender)
  5. Add tomato sauce, salt and pepper
  6. Add potatoes (cubed) and siling labuyo (for a spicier kick add 2-3 pcs instead of 1) simmer for 10 minutes
  7. Add greenpeas and sliced bell pepper simmer for 10 minutes
  8. Add grated cheese and salt and pepper
  9. Serve

Beef Kaldereta

This recipe is good for 5 – 6 people, double it up to serve 14-15. Based on bunny’s reaction, this was a yummy take on Beef Kaldereta. Spent around P350 – 400 for this recipe.

Cebu’s Original Lechon Belly: Best Lechon in Cebu City

Before we went to Cebu, E had one request. His request was if we can have lechon everyday. In the end, that request didn’t happen, just because there are a lot of other amazing places to eat at in Cebu. Of course, it is mandatory or well it is best if you eat lechon (roasted pork belly) in Cebu compared to eating a re-heated lechon from Cebu.
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Rosewil’s SuTuKil: Fresh Seafood cooked the way you want

I was a bit more prepared for our Cebu trip compared to my first trip there. Before, I just wanted to go to the top recommended places in Cebu. This trip however is a bit different, for starters I have more money to spend so I can really go all out an enjoy eating without worrying to much about money. Aside from that, I also have 3 people with me who LOVE to eat. We are not certified foodies, but we do have a passion for eating food.
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Stove Top Macaroni and Cheese

Apologies, I forgot to take a photo of my Mac & Cheese creation. The recipe below is very easy and can be done in 10 – 15 minutes, promise!

Ingredients:

250 g elbow macaroni

1 can of luncheon meat/canned meat loaf (you only need half)

1/2 stick of butter

1/4 cup of flour

Cheese (whatever type of cheese you prefer)

1 pouch of cheese spread

1 cup of milk

salt and pepper to taste

 

Instructions:

  1. Cook elbow macaroni according to the instructions in the packaging
  2. On another pan cook cubed canned meat (slice ’em up in tiny cubes)
  3. Melt butter and mix flour
  4. Add milk and cheese spread
  5. Add grated cheese of choice
  6. Add cooked canned meat
  7. Add salt and pepper to taste
  8. Add cooked macaroni and mix!