Showing posts with label food. Show all posts
Showing posts with label food. Show all posts

Sunday, September 17, 2023

SOBRANG SARAP | Trying Silantro Fil-Mex Cantina in Baguio City | Fusion of Filipino-Mexican Cuisine Restaurant Food Vlog

 If you are looking for a Mexican dish to satisfy your palate, Silantro is one of the Restaurants that I can recommend when you are in Baguio City. The name of the Restaurant is "Silantro Fil-Mex Cantina", which I discovered has multiple branches across NCR, Central Luzon, and Northern Luzon, Philippines. The location is on the Ground Floor of Summer Pines Residences, along Marcos Highway, Baguio City.

The place is smartly located in a spot where you can enjoy the breathtaking view of Mount Santo Tomas Volcano if you choose to sit on the veranda area. However, when the weather is rainy, you have no choice but to take your seat inside for your health and safety.

In this blog, I will be making a food blog rating based on what I experienced firsthand during my visit to the place as a first-time patron. My rating will be based on the ambiance of the place, the service of the staff, the quality of the food, and the price. 

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The Ambiance: 9.5/10

The rating is almost perfect. The remainder is due to the weather factor. You will be the luckiest person if you happen to visit the area when the weather is fair and sunny. This will be the best opportunity for you to enjoy the relaxing view of Marcos Highway, the southern portion of Baguio City. You can enjoy Al-Fresco dining with your loved ones if you opt to have a breath of fresh air.

The Service: 9.5/10

What I love about is the fast service. The average serving time is 5 minutes and it is considered super fast. I also noticed that the staff were all welcoming upon entrance until exit with their warm smile. All staff are approachable and always initiate all your needs while making sure you will get comfortable and relaxed. 

The Price: 9/10

Most of the prices are reasonable and affordable if you compare them on the menu. There are foods that anyone can avail of without worrying about their pockets. Some specialties are worth the price, given the trademark of the restaurant's high-quality Filipino-Mexican dishes. We should thank the chef for their unwavering talent for keeping our palate satisfied with these unique flavors. 

The Food: 9.5/10

I must say, I can't get enough of the 5-course meals that we availed during the visit. The chicken burritos are so good that I can eat more than I can chew. My favorite Silantro Paella Fajita never failed to amaze my palate. Good thing we ordered a high-fiber Lucha Nacho Completos. I also can't stop eating Beef tacos, which are undeniably indeed their best-selling food. But I am surprised by the cheesy Quesadilla as the underrated course.


Overall, I am satisfied with my visit to Silantro Fil-Mex Cantina, Baguio City Branch.  The staff made us all feel comfortable during our stay and made sure all our needs were met. We felt safe while enjoying the sumptuous food available in the place and enjoyed each flavor. The staff always initiates if we need something, which is an impressive way to entertain guests. 

I definitely will recommend this place as I never felt any signs of uneasiness. Upon my return, I will try other menus that I have yet to devour and satisfy my stomach in the future. I am grateful to have restaurants in our area serving dishes from other cultures for the locals to try.

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

How to make a Tasty Pinoy Ginataan Recipe

The Philippines is rich in natural resources such as coconuts as one of the main sources of food supply. The coconut tree is so abundant across the archipelago that made its inhabitants create numerous versions of coconut-derived recipes. People wouldn't notice that several Filipino recipes contain coconut ingredients. Examples are Bicol express, Binakol, rice cake derivatives, pastries, and other desert varieties. One major interesting Pinoy snack is Ginataan, which is the Tagalog term for mixed fruits in coconut milk.

From the word gata or coconut milk, Ginataan is a famous Pinoy Food made up of different variants of fruits and root crops in a coconut milk base. When you mix all the ingredients all together, you will enjoy tasting a sweet delight that is different from other parts of the world. The enzymes that the ingredients release makes a different sweet flavor that is good for the health. Aside from having a tasty meal, there are beneficial effects that this snack can offer to anyone who wants to taste Ginataan.

Description of Ginataan

Ginataan is a delightful snack that everyone in the Philippines love to eat while spending their time with their loved ones. The most common appearance of this delicious food is white in color due to the thick presence of the coconut milk. The whitish color indicates the natural color of the coconut milk and other milk derivatives of the snack. One of the most interesting features of this snack is that you can see small specs of coconuts within that sweet soupy snack that you can feel it in your tongue whenever you make a spoonful meal.


  • 1 cup of Coconut milk or scrape the meat of two Coconuts
  • 2 cups of Banana cuts
  • 2 cups of Sweet potato cuts
  • 2 cups of Glutinous rice (Tapioca)
  • 1 cup of corn kernel
  • 8 cups of Water
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
Alternative or Additional ingredients:
  • 2 cups of Cassava chops
  • 2 cups of Ube (Purple Yam) Chops 
  • 1 cup of Sago (small mealy pith)
  • 1 cup of Coconut meat
  • half cup of evaporated milk
  • half cup of condensed milk
  • Always wash your hands before starting the procedure. 
  • Using the traditional method, scrape the two coconuts using the electric coconut scraper
  • Extract the juice of the scrapped coconut and then place it in a container, preferably in a drinking glass, a cup, or small bowl.
  • Chop the banana and other root crops (sweet potato, banana, cassava, etc.).
  • Make at least small balls of glutinous rice like the size of small marbles until filling it in 2 cups.
  • Boil the sago until they expand in a small container for at least 30 minutes. 
  • Using another pot, start to pour 8 cups of water and wait for 20 minutes until it starts to boil. 
  • When the water starts to boil, mix the coconut milk until it reboils. 
  • Start to pour the 2 cups of chopped sweet potatoes or the cassava into the pot and wait for five minutes. 
  • Pour the rest of the ingredients (banana, balls of glutinous rice, purple yam, corn kernels and the sago) and then simmer it for ten minutes. 
  • Pour 1 cup of sugar then mix it thoroughly. 
  • Simmer it again for another ten minutes until all the ingredients naturally mix together. 
  • Then you may now serve and enjoy it with your company. Enjoy!
*Some people make this snack as their breakfast every morning or as their evening diet routine. This depends on how the person balances their diet in their own unique way. 

Saturday, May 18, 2019

ASMR BUKEL WITH WATWAT | Mukbang tayo ng Beans with Pork Stew

Have you heard about Watwat? Probably not, especially if you are not from the Cordillera region and nearby areas where they are aware of this sumptuous dish. This region in the Philippines loves this delicacy because it is tasty and easily satisfy your palate. For me as a Cordilleran, we love this food because there are multiple ingredients that you can add in this type of recipe. Apart from that, it is a food that you can take pride to represent your culture to other parts of the Philippines or even to other countries.

Wat wat alone is boiled pork meat from a newly butchered livestock product. The newly butchered meat can be from either pork or a beef derivative. When you are preparing either pork or a beef-based dish, watwat is one of the best ingredients that you can add to your existing recipe. As you may know, food is already boiled and ready to eat. If a person can no longer control their hunger, they can just devour the food after looking for a place to sit and enjoy their meal.

The Bukel Recipe

Let's talk about this food that I just prepared and cooked. This is a soupy dish or a stew that contains watwat or boiled stew and kidney beans. In our place, we literally call this dish "bukel" and it is one of the most delightful recipes here in Cordillera region and nearby areas. However, other places in the Philippines have similar preparations but different names because of cultural uniqueness across the archipelago. The only thing about this dish is that it can always fill your tummy with a satisfied palate.

The taste of this recipe is more of a garlicky or a slight salt in taste. The best part of this dish is its ability to replenish your body with fluids. That is why most people recommend this dish during the cold months because most of the Cordillera is living in a cool climate. Feasting on a meal with a bowl of hot soup on it relieves yourself from a cold environment. No wonder this dish is popular during the cold months from November to March. Bukel is also popular during the rainy season where people always look for a soupy dish.


  • 1 kilo of Bukel or Kidney beans (any variety in red, black, or white).
  • 1 kilo of watwat (boiled pork).
  • 6 cloves of garlic for mincing into smaller pieces. 
  • 1 bulb of onion to chop. 
  • 1 teaspoon of ground pepper
  • 1 pork cube
  • 8 cups of water
  • 5 pcs of onion springs or scallions
*Optional: Some add the following ingredient, but not necessary:
  • vinegar to further improve the flavor.
  • Laurel Leaves or bay leaf.
  • sugar or honey for a sweeter taste.
  • chili for a spicy flavor (However, not all want spicy flavor)
  • olive oil 
  • sesame oil

* You can either use the traditional pot, electric pot, or clay pot, depending on your preference while cooking this recipe. 
* Depending on the size or the number of people who will consume the dish, you might either add or limit the volume or the serving size of your recipe. 
* Some prefer fresh meat and fry it rather than directly adding it into the boiling pot. 

  • Pour 8 cups of water into the pot and boil it for two hours until the beans expand.
  • While boiling the beans, chop the watwat or the boiled pork into small cubes or any shape according to your preference and begin to chop the onion, mince the spring onions and garlic cloves into smaller pieces. 
  • If you prefer fresh pork meat, chop it into smaller pieces and then fry it before mixing it in the boiling pot. 
  • When the beans expand, it is time to mix the other ingredients together with such as the watwat, onions, spring onions, garlic, and pepper and wait for 15 minutes. 
  • Add 1 pork cube for a better flavor. 
  • Wait another 15 minutes until all the ingredients release their natural flavor and allow each main ingredients to absorb its natural taste. 
  • Once cooked, you may now serve it in a bowl and enjoy your feast. 
  • You can make a separate chili sauce for dipping the food before consuming it.