Review of Alfonso’s Instant Chocolate Champorado

Having missed the screening time of a film I was meaning to watch yesterday, I ended up just buying groceries at Robinsons Supermarket. I was looking for breakfast food and saw this seemingly new item on top of the shelf: Alfonso’s Instant Chocolate Champorado. Yes, instant, as in no cooking required!

Alfonso’s Instant Chocolate Champorado (55g), Pack of 3, Php80.50

I bought the school promo with free pencil and sharpener for Php80.50. That’s more or less Php27 for each 55g champorado cup. You’ll find two things inside each cup: a sachet containing the chocolate porridge mix and plastic spoon.

Ingredients: Glutinous Rice (Malagkit), Ground Spanish-Style Tablea (Sugar, Cacao, Whey Powder), Modified Tapioca Starch

How to Prepare:
1. Pour contents of sachet into the bowl.
2. Put hot water and stir well.
3. Cover the bowl and wait for 2 minutes.
4. Add milk or use less water to make it creamier.

My son and I had this for breakfast today, and we really liked it! Here’s why:
• You can really taste the goodness of champorado because it has real malagkit rice and cacao tablets.
• It already has sugar, and the sweetness is just right.
• It has milk, too, from the whey powder.
• It’s filling.
• It’s delicious.
• It has zero trans fat.
• It’s so easy to prepare.
• It’s proudly Philippine-made.

Alfonso’s Instant Chocolate Champorado earned my son’s approval, and for sure, he’ll be having more of it when school opens in August.

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Bacolod Chicken Inasal at SM Megamall

My son and I have always enjoyed the pork barbecue that’s always served to us when he and his classmates would have group meetings/practices at Bacolod Chicken Inasal (BCI) in Greenhills, San Juan. First, the venue is near their school, and second, the owners of this Pinoy restaurant were my co-parents at La Salle Green Hills. The ever-generous Tanalgos would always welcome us (their co-parents) and our boys (their younger son’s friends and classmates) to their home and to BCI in San Juan, which is an extension of their lovely home.

Last April after Justin’s playtime at Timezone SM Megamall with his LSGH friends and classmates, we waited for his Dad outside BCI. Since it was already past 6:00 p.m., we decided to just have dinner there before going home. The first thing we noticed was that the staff were very welcoming and courteous. It didn’t take us long to decide what to order because at first glance on their menu, we already knew what we wanted. We tried their two “Sarap Meals”, their Porquito Trio and some desserts.

Sarap ng Buhay Meal, Php245

Hubby ordered the Sarap ng Buhay Meal which has Inasal na Petso or Paa, Eggplant Salad, Garlic Rice, Buko Pandan and 16 oz. Nestea House Blend Iced Tea. Between the two of us, hubby likes Chicken Inasal more than I do. I didn’t bother touching his plate because from the way he was enjoying his meal, I didn’t think he was open to sharing it with anyone. Lol! It was simot-sarap!

Buhay na Buhay Meal, Php235

The Buhay na Buhay Meal was mine. It had Grilled Pork Spareribs, 2 pcs. of Bangus Lumpia ni Mom, Garlic Rice, Buko Pandan and 16 oz. Iced Tea. I love anything bangus, hence this choice of meal. But you know what, I enjoyed the Grilled Pork Spareribs just as much because it was tender and really flavorful. I actually ate more of it than the bangus lumpia.

Porquito Trio, Php149

Quite naturally, Justin would look forward to having BCI’s pork barbecue, so we ordered Porquito Trio for him. It consists of 3 sticks of Porquito with Garlic Rice and 12 oz. Nestea House Blend. As expected, he ate the pork barbeque with gusto.

Turon (Regular), Php49.50

Despite already having Buko Pandan as part of my set meal, I still ordered Turon (Regular) because it’s also one of their food offerings that I love. They’re smaller than the usual turon which I like as it gives you the feeling that you’re not eating too much of it. Lol! They’re oh so crunchy and yes, they have sweet langka (jackfruit) inside, too, which makes me giddy with excitement! Turon with ice cream? No problem! They also have Turon Ala Mode.

Nestle Ice Cream with Barquillos (Supreme), Php85.50

Justin had Nestle Ice Ice Cream with Barquillos. He loved this strawberry-flavored ice cream. I think it’s also the first time he’s had Barquillos, and he said it’s fine.

Because hubby and I ordered extra rice, our bill totaled to a little more than Php800 which was quite affordable, considering that we ordered quite a lot. We also like the fact that there’s lot of food choices on their menu. On our next visit, I’d like to try their Mahabang Buhay Meal and Lutik.

Bacolod Chicken Inasal
Lower Ground Floor
SM Megamall
Mandaluyong City

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Pho Hoa at Robinsons Galleria

After our unfortunate family dining experience at Pho Hoa’s SM Megamall branch in 2010, I swore not to dine in this restaurant again. However, the newly opened Pho Hoa branch in Robinsons Galleria was simply so inviting that my son and I, together with a friend and her daughter, had lunch here last April. We have two bowls of Pho noodle soup, one rice plate and dessert.

Com Ga nuong Cha Gio (Grilled Chicken and Fried Spring Rolls with Rice), Php295

Of course, the rice plate was mine. I had Com Com Ga nuong Cha Gio. It’s Grilled Chicken and Fried Spring Rolls with Rice. I loved that the rice serving is huge. Two small but perfectly seasoned fried spring rolls is fine, too. The tender grilled chicken is soft and sweet, actually a bit too sweet for me. The solution is dipping it in the spiced vinegar. After finishing my rice plate, I came to the conclusion that I like the grilled pork version of this more.

Pho Ga (Chicken Noodle Soup), Php250 (Small)

My son settled for Pho Ga or Chicken Noodle Soup. It has rice noodles, boiled egg, chicken strips and veggies. It also came with a separate small plate of beansprouts, basil leaves and lemon wedge. Since my son is not too fond of veggies, he ignored these condiments on the table and simply ate the noodles, chicken and egg. He didn’t finish all of it, though, because the serving was big so I got to try it, too. The soup was delicious!

Pho Do Vien (Seafood Noodle Soup), Php380 (Large)

My friend and her daughter shared a large bowl of Pho Do Vien or Seafood Noodle Soup. I see shrimps and fish balls in their soup. There seems to be crab sticks as well from what I saw on the menu. Mother and daughter seemed satisfied with their order. This is something I’d love to order for myself on our next visit to Pho Hoa.

Mango Crepe with Ice Cream, Php185

Because my son was keen on having dessert somewhere else, only my friend and her daughter ordered dessert at Pho Hoa. They had Mango Crepe with Ice Cream. Oh, it looks so inviting! I assume it’s also yummy because they asked for another plate of this.

Pho Do Vien and Mango Crepe with Ice Cream are the two things I have to try when we visit Pho Hoa again.

Pho Hoa Vietnamese Noodle House
Level 3, Upper Veranda
Robinsons Galleria
Quezon City

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