It’s the third week of January 2017 and I missed blogging big time. Sorry I had to put writing to the back burner for the last couple of weeks due to other pressing priorities but now that everything seems almost settled down. I’m going back to my usual routine of watching my favorite Korean dramas and pouring out my thoughts once again in this blog before I venture off again to another adventure. 🙂
So for my first entry I would like to recount the Christmas party that we had last December 2016 with my blogger friends from Team Aldous held at the Z Square compound in Banawe.
To be honest, I had a lot of activities going for me that day I had events from opposing sides of the metro (North to South) to head off to so let me start with my first event of the night which was the Christmas dinner with my blogger friends from Team Aldous. 🙂
I wasn’t really familiar with the slew of restaurants in Banawe since it wasn’t really my turf so I decided to Waze my way once again to the Z Square. Upon getting there a couple of my other blogger friends were already seated and were done taking photos of the meals to be served to us that night but since we were still waiting it out for the others I decided to take photos as well in the meantime before everyone started digging into the sumptuous dishes.
According to the owner, Xiao Nan Men had its roots in Taiwan. They took over the Philippine branch and served the favorites that was so well loved by the Taiwanese. It was actually the family business of his wife’s family which started it all. They used to own a small stall in Manila which eventually grew a following since the dishes were not only authentic Taiwanese cuisine dishes but they were also priced affordably.
There were a lot of dishes which was served to us that night but since I was quite enamored with exchanging stories with my blogger friends and having too much fun. I just enlisted here the dishes which made an impact to me that night. 🙂
We started off with the Deep Fried Pork Belly. This is the Taiwanese version of the Asado. It consisted of deep fried reddish meat with a crusty breading. It came with its own special sauce, though I liked it better with chili. The meat was pretty crisp yet a bit tough. (I wasn’t able to snap a good photo of this since this was quite the crowd favorite aside from the dumplings and it was already gone with a bat of an eyelash)
Deep Fried Stinky Tofu was definitely an original for me since it comes with quite a pungent odor which will surely permeate your nostrils. This Taiwanese favorite was a fermented tofu slab that was served after a few months in preservation. To be honest it wasn’t really my cup of tea but then again other people might fancy this dish especially for those who has a penchant for original and odd smelling dishes. It tasted better for me when I dipped it into their special sauce which was I think vinegar mixed with something else. For me it helped me balance the strong taste and smell of this dish.
This one takes home the cake for me, Xiao Long Bao was pretty tasty. This broth dumpling has been usually served with ginger and black vinegar. This long-time favorite is excellently served at this place piping-hot and in big numbers. I enjoyed savoring every bite of this dish. In fact, I think I had one too many of this dish that’s why we had to refill it once again soon after the others arrived. 🙂 A lot of other enticing dishes were served that night like their Fish served with sweet and sour sauce and some noodles which came in with egg pancakes and a pasty topping which reminded me somewhat of our usual “Giniling” at home.
The Taiwanese/Chinese mix of dishes were a sight to behold. The presentation of their dishes were quite original and the taste of their cuisine was also one for the books. We exchanged gifts, sang a Christmas carol and most of all had a great time that night bonding over food and snapping photos here and there. Merry Christmas Team Aldous! 🙂 Looking forward to attending more events with you guys in the coming years.