There’s chicken rice, and there’s authentic Singaporean chicken rice made by a Singaporean food enthusiast, who also happens to be a world-class aesthetic surgeon. During the lockdown, Dr. Z Teo honed his culinary skills as a passion project to create the heritage dish of his country. The quest to make the dish the way his mom used to prepare it for their family resulted in a stellar chicken rice that got the imprimatur of the Singaporean ambassador to the Philippines. That recipe is now on the Aivee Café delivery menu, a lockdown bestseller.
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2. Peking duck
Arguably the best Peking duck in the metropolis is now available for preorder. The whole duck of No. 8 China House can be preordered four days in advance at the Grand Hyatt Manila. This traditional Peking duck comes with cucumber, leek, soybean paste, pancake, chive, sugar, garlic sauce and hoisin sauce. It was consciously fed and bred by local farmer Myles Guillermo to support sustainability. Orders are accepted on Thursday, 1 p.m., and it’s ready for pick-up on Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tel. 88381234, 0908-8907752
3. Beyond Meat Burger
Other orders can now be made for all-time favorites from the different restaurant outlets of The Grand Hyatt Manila, including the Grand Kitchen Beyond Meat Burger (P500), the plant-based burger with tofu mayonnaise, tomato and pickles in a dairy-free bun. Food from other outlets include the Cellar Grass-Fed Rib Eye Steak (P1,660), with mushroom and sauce gribiche, and No. 8 China House Braised Crab Claw, Shrimp Mousse, Sweet and Sour Sauce
Tel. 88381234, 0908-8907752. Free delivery within Bonifacio Global City for orders P5,000 and above. Delivery and pick up, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Flavors of paella
4. Seafood Fideua
This Spanish dish has the flavors of the Valencia paella without using rice. Chino Hernandez delivers his Hispanic noodle dish in a paellera topped with freshly cooked seafood over fideua, the very thin pasta that resembles Chinese pancit noodles. Besides this festive one-dish meal (P2,200), he also prepares Chicken Galantina (P1,800) with sauce good for eight to 10 people, crab and cheese croquettes (P900.00/40 pieces), and party-size cheesy spinach and artichoke dip (P1,200) for 12-15 people.
5. Glutinous Rice with Lotus Leaves
It came in a box with other TimHoWan treats exactly when the hubby was having Chinese food craving. There was something for everyone in the Chef’s Basket C (P3,960) and the box was good for 10 people to enjoy a filling meal of dim sum that included Baked Buns with BBQ Pork, Beancurd Skin Roll with Shrimp, Prawn Sauce Fried Chicken Wing, Pork Ribs with Black Bean Sauce and Pork and Shrimp Dumpling.
Tel. 0945-3303314, 0945-3303317, 83742966
6. Banh Mi Sandwich
For a while, it seemed only the front-liners had access to Banh Mi Kitchen’s Vietnamese sandwich in a French baguette. When the enhanced community quarantine began, a couple of the outlets stayed open to prepare food for volunteers and hospital workers. Eventually the stores closed when transportation for staff became difficult. Last week operations began in some branches, and the crunchiest bite was back. Besides my personal favorite of Lemongrass Chicken (P169) with their signature pâté and cilantro, they also deliver the Classic with Vietnamese Ham (P169), Wagyu Tapa (P199), Protein Monster (P199), Samgyupsal Kimchi (P199), Vegetarian Satay (P249) and Vegan Fishless Curry (P249). Deliveries available through Grabfood and FoodPanda. Follow @banhmikitchen on Instagram
7. Kaffir Lime and Strawberry- Ginger Syrup over Savory
Cheese BundtI discovered Faye Cunanan through a village Viber group that started during the lockdown. Neighbors shared posts of different food offerings and the bundts were a find. It started with a banana bundt and progressed to different variants that included Tart and candied Green Apple Banana Bundt with Burnt Butter Ginger Syrup, Apple Studded Carrot-Banana Bundt, Bacon-Carrot and Green Apple Bacon Smothered Bundt with Kaffir and Ginger Syrup, Tart Apple Glaze Banana Bundt, and Banana Granola Bundt with Almonds, Raisins, Cranberries, Oats, Pumpkin Seeds and Honey. Prices range from P125 to P250. Tel. 0917-8335424Health-conscious
8. Roasted Cauliflower Rice
Our health-conscious children have been fans of cauliflower rice, which is on the menu of Nuthera.Ph, a food delivery service offering meal plans catering to persons with specific health concerns. The all-natural, low-sodium food are high in fiber, low-glycemic and customized for diabetics and those with hypertension. This sister company of Paleo Manila also has Paleo Manila Cheesy Squash Lasagna Tray (5-7 people, P750, and 15-20 people, P2,850), and Paleo Manila Veggie Rice Ready-to-Eat 500-g pack (5-6 people). Nuthera now offers grocery delivery services through NuGrocery for supermarket requirements as well as specialty health foods. Tel. 0917-7777657
9. Phad Thai
It was just a wish for the sweet, savory and sour combination of the Thai rice noodle dish that Nara made come true. Available in three sizes (P335/solo, P780/four people, P1450/10 people), the popular dish can be a complete meal in itself. The tangy flavor of tamarind pulp combined with fish sauce and dried shrimps with roasted peanuts can be enjoyed with other favorites like Yum Som O, the pomelo salad (P430/780/1,350), and Khao Pad Sapparod, pineapple rice (P285/525/950).
10. La Bistecca
The kitchen of Margarita Fores didn’t skip a beat, and a hankering for this Cibo bestseller was addressed by the Cibo Rapido service. The US Rib-Eye Steak has a beefy aroma, and comes medium rare with roasted vegetables and a side of pan sauce gravy (500g/P1,595, 1,500 g/P4,385). Other personal favorites available for delivery are Spinaci Zola, the creamy gorgonzola spinach dip served with crunchy crostini (P315); Penne Al Telefono, tomato-based pasta with creamy white cheese and mozzarella (P435/765/1,959); and Pizza Prosciutto Crudo, salty parma ham with tomatoes, mozzarella, parmesan topped with peppery arugula (P499).