Ooma at SM Megamall

We’ve eaten at Ooma in SM Megamall more than two months ago, but this busy momma had her hands full these past few days. Now that my son’s exam week is over, I can finally update my blogs. Yay! Our dinner at Ooma consisted of Buta Kakuni, Chicken Teriyaki, Scallop and Tuna Aburi Maki, and Ebi Tempura.

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Buta Kakuni, Php365.00

Slow-roasted pork belly, anyone? That’s actually the main reason why hubby ordered Buta Kakuni. He simply couldn’t resist the lure of the soft, tender meat topped with radish, scallion and pickled carrots. What he didn’t notice on the menu when he ordered this, however, was the coconut sauce which he wasn’t very fond of. I tried it, too, and we shared the same opinion. The pork belly was quite delightful, but the coconut sauce made it a bit cloying.

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Chicken Teriyaki, Php295.00

Our 10-year-old son opted to have Chicken Teriyaki, which he liked very much. He enjoyed every bite of this perfectly grilled chicken thigh with teriyaki sauce. This is served with vegetable salad with Miso vinaigrette dressing. But because he isn’t fond of veggies, he gave all the salad to his momma. Lucky me!

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Scallop and Tuna Aburi Maki, Php295.00

Need a little zing in your maki? I suggest you try Ooma’s Scallop and Tuna Aburi Maki. It has torched scallop and tuna with cucumber, sesame seeds, nori crumbs, scallion, teriyaki sauce, spicy mayo and kimchi aioli.

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Ebi Tempura (7 pcs.) Php385.00

Of course, we had to order Ebi Tempura, too. It’s a crispy tempura-battered shrimp sprinkled with aonori (powdered seaweed) and served with tempura sauce, aligue mayo and avocado mousse. Not bad!

I’d give Ooma a thumbs-up for their lovely food presentation! I so love that perfect balance of colors! Everything we ordered was okay. Hubby’s wish, though, was for the Buta Kakuni to have a different sauce.

3/F Mega Fashion Hall
SM Megamall
Mandaluyong City

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Casa Reyes Bistro Filipino in Greenhills, San Juan

We have recently discovered (through hubby’s friend and officemate) a quaint dining place at Greenhills Shopping Center that you can go to if you’re craving for Pinoy comfort food and/or Filipino dishes with a twist or even an all-day breakfast. It’s called Casa Reyes Bistro Filipino. Our early family dinner there more than a week ago consisted of Crispy Pinakbet with Crunchy Pork Belly, Chicken Inasal Sisig and Honey Fried Chicken.

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Crispy Pinakbet with Crunchy Pork Belly, Php300.00

Crispy Pinakbet with Crunchy Pork Belly, sounds interesting, right? It has all the ingredients of pinakbet (veggies, meat and sauce with shrimp paste) but prepared and served differently. All the ingredients, pork belly included, are breaded and fried to crunchy perfection with the pinakbet sauce placed separately on a small metal pot. To enjoy the crispiness of the veggies and meat, we had a bite of either the veggie or pork belly (or both) for each spoonful of steamed rice drizzled with pinakbet sauce. It was delightful at the beginning but the oil in both veggies and meat made it a little bit cloying (nakakaumay) in the end. It was an experience worth trying, though.

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Chicken Inasal Sisig, Php275.00

Can’t decide between Chicken Inasal and Sisig? Then give Casa Reyes’s Chicken Inasal Sisig a try. It’s soft and chewy, instead of crunchy. It’s also made not spicy perhaps to retain the inasal flavor of the chicken which is what’s unique about this sisig dish.

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Honey Fried Chicken, Php255.00

Our son ordered the slightly sweet Honey Fried Chicken that’s a combination of crispy (outside) and soft and juicy (inside). It’s an all-day breakfast meal served with garlic fried rice sunny-side up egg and atchara (pickled papaya). He liked it, but he wasn’t able to finish everything on his plate because he said his tummy was already full.

If you noticed, dishes at Casa Reyes are served on wooden plates lined with banana leaves, and rice is served in small metal pots. I love those details! On our next visit, we’d love to try their Buko Chopsuey, Aligue Rice and Arrozcaldo-Goto.

Casa Reyes Bistro Filipino
Ground Floor, Connecticut Carpark Arcade
Greenhills Shopping Center
Greenhills, San Juan City

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Kenny Rogers’ Unfried Fried Chicken Is OMG!

I was excited – well, intrigued, actually — to attend the launch of Kenny Rogers’ OMG Unfried Fried Chicken in their Katipunan branch last Saturday simply because it was the first time I actually heard of the phrase “Unfried Fried Chicken.” How can fried chicken be unfried? Well, that’s for us to discover and for Kenny Rogers Roasters to reveal.

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We Filipinos love chicken, fried chicken, to be more specific. The crispy skin that crumbles and crunches with every bite and the juicy, wonderfully tender meat are simply irresistible! Pair it with a spoonful of soft, fluffy steamed rice and what you have is the perfect meal to perk up your day.

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The lovely and vibrant host Ms. Rizza Diaz

But we also know for a fact that anything fried is not really healthy. While fried chicken is undeniably delicious, this comfort food that’s deep-fried in oil should be eaten in moderation because eating a lot of it is not good for our body.

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Ms. Mackis Tuazon, Marketing Manager of Kenny Rogers Roasters Philippines

According to the Harvard University School of Public Health, those who eat a lot of foods fried in oil are at a higher risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

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Ms. Lyka Caparas and Mr. Romar Padua, Marketing Officers of Kenny Rogers Roasters Philippines

Kenny Rogers Roasters now has a solution to this dilemma. With their newest product offering, we can now enjoy the delectable fried chicken without the guilt. OMG, really? Yes, it’s possible with Kenny Rogers’ OMG Unfried Fried Chicken!

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OMG Unfried Fried Chicken Plate

Kenny Rogers Roasters’ OMG Unfried Fried Chicken is an outrageously mouthwatering, guiltless treat for those who just can’t give up fried chicken. This next-level fried chicken is crispier, juicier, more delicious, and best of all, it’s not deep-fried.

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8 pcs. OMG Unfried Fried Chicken Bucket, Php465.00

Here are the reasons why you should try the new OMG Unfried Fried Chicken:
1. It has less oil because it’s not fried. The OMG Unfried Fried Chicken, unlike most fried chicken products in the market, is not deep-fried, but rather, cooked through circulating hot air. The result: crispy skin, juicier meat with the chicken’s natural oil, and no excess oil used in the cooking process. It’s pure fried chicken goodness minus the health-endangering oil and deep-frying!
2. It’s delicious but guilt-free. Now we (healthbuffs or not) can all enjoy our favorite fried chicken without feeling guilty. It’s pure flavor with every protein-packed bite, but with less oil and zero guilt!
3. It’s perfect for pairing with amazingly healthy sides. This healthy unfried fried chicken goes well with any of Kenny Rogers’ healthy, freshly cooked sides, like coleslaw, steamed vegetables and corn and carrots, among many others. Get 2 pcs. of OMG Unfried Fried Chicken with 2 regular side dishes, white rice, and a muffin for only Php215.00. That’s one healthy, balanced meal for you!
4. It’s good for sharing. Why not share the deliciously healthy love with the entire family, office, or barkada? The OMG Unfried Fried Chicken comes in a Group Meal with eight perfectly unfried fried chicken pieces, four muffins, four rice, four regular sides, gravy, and the customers’ choice of drink for only P730.00. You can also get pure OMG Unfried Fried Chicken goodness (8 pieces) for only P465.00.

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Let the eating begin!

The product launch was hosted by the beautiful and vibrant PBA courtside reporter and events host Ms. Rizza Diaz. Before the actual launch, the guests participated in the tongue-twister game for which they won Php1,000 Kenny Rogers’ GCs each.

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We also took part in a group game where each team was asked to prepare their own Kenny Rogers’ Unfried Fried Chicken plate. Php1,500 GCs were given to each of the member of the winning team.

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Visit Kenny Rogers Roasters’ FB page, Instagram and website to know more about this new and exciting product offering.

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