Kusina Maria

Food Blog + Food Shop

Category : Asian Cuisine

Angeles Fried Chicken

Angeles Fried Chicken by Angeles Fried Chicken

Angeles Fried Chicken by Angeles Fried Chicken

It’s a fact that fried chicken makes people happy. Well, it makes me happy. Anytime. All the time. Imagine my happiness when I found out we’re visiting Angeles Fried Chicken (AFC), a restaurant dedicated to fried chicken. And it’s not fastfood. I wasn’t disappointed at all.

Angeles Fried Chicken is the oldest restaurant in Angeles, Pampanga. Over the years, the family that owns the restaurant has added menu items that have pleased the taste buds of their loyal clientele, young and old. They have an extensive menu dominated by Filipino and Chinese dishes. Their dishes have a home-cooked quality that makes anybody feel right at home.
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Thai Me Up Restaurant in Cagayan de Oro City

Tom Yam Goong Hot and Sour Shrimp Soup by Thai Me UP

Tom Yam Goong (Hot and Sour Shrimp Soup) by Thai Me UP

Craving for Thai food? In Cagayan de Oro City, Thai Me Up is the restaurant that will satisfy your Thai cravings.

Thai Cuisine is one of the most interesting cuisines I have tried. It’s similar to Filipino cuisine but not too similar. Although Filipino cuisine and Thai cuisine mostly uses the same ingredients, Thai cuisine has more heat and spice and uses more herbs. Most Thai dishes are composed of many components, each one providing a different flavor. And all combine to produce a well-balanced and flavorful dish. Like Filipino dishes, Thai dishes are usually served “family style,” with one serving good for 4 or more persons.

There are two Thai dishes that I love Tom Yam Goong and Khao Klug Kappi. I order at least one of the two whenever I eat at a Thai restaurant. Better yet, I order both as they complement each other well.
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Miso Butter Corn Ramen by Ukkokei Ramen Ron

Miso Butter Corn Ramen with Ajitamago by Ukokkei Ramen Ron

Miso Butter Corn Ramen with Ajitamago by Ukokkei Ramen Ron

In the past year or so, everybody in Metro Manila has gone ramen-crazy. And I just had to be part of that. Happily.

Arguably, Ukokkei Ramen Ron is one of the most popular of the many ramen shops around the Metro. It has been consistently serving delicious ramen since 2008, even before the ramen boom.

I finally got to eat at Ukokkei Ramen Ron early this year. As recommended by cousins and friends, I ordered their much hyped Miso Butter Corn Ramen. Why? Why not? Miso… likey. Butter… likey. Corn… likey. All three must definitely be great together. Yes? YES!

Miso Butter Corn Ramen by Ukokkei Ramen Ron

Miso Butter Corn Ramen by Ukokkei Ramen Ron


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Pizzas by the Historic Camalig Restaurant

Armando's Best Pizza by Historic Camalig Restaurant

Armando’s Best Pizza by Historic Camalig Restaurant

The Historic Camalig Restaurant is also known as the “Home of Armando’s Pizza: Ang Pambansang Pizza.” When I read this quip online, I was immediately intrigued by Camalig, the famed Armando’s Pizza, and why it is the Pambansang Pizza (National Pizza).

After skimming their menu, I immediately understood why Armando’s Pizza is the Pambansang Pizza. The Historic Camalig Restaurant uses pizza as a canvass to highlight Filipino flavors and tastes.
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Durian Sans Rival by Lachi’s Sans Rival Atbp

Durian Sans Rival by Lachis Sans Rival Atbp

Durian Sans Rival by Lachis Sans Rival Atbp

Davao is a haven for fruit lovers. And one of the most popular fruits that Davao is known for is of course, Durian. Durian is the “King of Fruits,” it has a creamy flesh, a bittersweet flavor, all masked by a funky smell. Depending on the variety, the flesh can be milky, sweet, bitter, or any combination of the three. It’s deliciously decadent, but most people are turned off by its strong pungent smell. As some people would say, it “smells like hell but tastes like heaven.”

Durian is one of the things most Davaoenos love and would of us would try to convince most tourists to try. Undeniably, the strong smell is offputting for a lot of people. Love for durian isn’t exactly an “acquired taste,” but more of an “acquired smell.”

Enter Durian Sans Rival.
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Balik Bukid Farm and Kitchen

Kinulob na Pugo by Balik Bukid Farm and Kitchen

Kinulob na Pugo by Balik Bukid Farm and Kitchen

One of the trends in the Davao food scene right now is serving healthy and farm fresh dishes. This is no surprise with the abundance of deliciously fresh produce and meats in Davao. One of the restaurants in the forefront of promoting healthy, farm fresh, and chemical dishes is Balik Bukid Farm and Kitchen. They use only chemical free and farm fresh ingredients. And they make most of their dish components from scratch… from breads to ice cream.

Balik Bukid literally means “back to the farm,” and this is the starting point of the conception of the Balik Bukid Farm and Kitchen Restaurant. Most of their dishes are designed to highlight the produce of their own farm. The availability of their menu items depend on the availability of ingredients from their own farm and their handpicked suppliers.

The Balik Bukid experience is one of going back to the roots of Filipino cuisine… fresh abundant produce and various meats prepared and cooked in a different cooking processes with indigenous, Spanish, Chinese, and Western influences.

Start off your Balik Bukid experience with some freshly baked bread paired with locally-made cheese.

Cheese and Bread Platter by Balik Bukid Farm and Kitchen

Cheese and Bread Platter by Balik Bukid Farm and Kitchen

Balik Bukid’s centerpiece, I think, are their salads. Each salad is different with different fresh veggies, meat, and doused with healthy, wholesome, and delicious dressings.

Chef's Salad by Balik Bukid Farm and Kitchen

Chef’s Salad by Balik Bukid Farm and Kitchen


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