Kusina Maria

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Category : Starters

Amuse-Bouche at The White House Fusion Cuisine and Wine Lounge

“Mouth amuser”… this is what “amuse-bouche” literally means. And my mouth was certainly amused by this delectable dish served by The White House Fusion Cuisine and Wine Lounge.

Amuse-Bouche at the White House Fusion Cuisine and Wine Lounge

Amuse-Bouche at the White House Fusion Cuisine and Wine Lounge

Amuse-bouche is a French term for a complimentary bite-sized hors d’oeuvre served by a chef to his VIP patrons. This is not offered on the menu and cannot be requested or ordered. It is served by the chef to his selected guests. It serves to showcase the skills and expertise of the chef and whet the appetite of his guest in a single bite.
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Crazy Maki by Tsuru Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar

Japanese food is not Japanese food without the raw seafood, right? Hmmm… not really. If you want to try some maki without venturing into the “scary” world of raw seafood, give the Crazy Maki a try.

Tsuru Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar Crazy Maki

Crazy Maki by Tsuru Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar

Maki” is a type of sushi. It is a cylindrical piece composed of rice with meat, vegetables, or fruits, usually wrapped in nori (seaweed) and covered in sesame seeds or fish roe.
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Teriyaki Boy’s Tebasaki

Are you as crazy about Japanese food as I am? Here’s a new one from Teriyaki Boy: TEBASAKI!

Teriyaki Boy's Tebasaki: Japanese Style Double Fried Chicken Wings

Teriyaki Boy’s Tebasaki: Japanese Style Double Fried Chicken Wings

Tebasaki is Teriyaki Boy’s take on the current chicken wing craze. It’s Japanese style double fried chicken wings. And it’s a great way to start your Japanese meal at TBoy.

Teriyaki Boy’s Tebasaki has a sweet and garlicky glaze with a the flavors seeping in to the tender chicken wings. It’s something I would gladly devour with my fingers. It’s delicious.

You can eat it as a appetizer or as your main course. I suggest you order it with one of their soups or salads to balance the savory taste of the wings. Maybe a bowl of steaming Miso Soup or my favorite Crunchy Salmon Salad. Or you can eat the tasty Tebasaki with some rice.

The Tebasaki is just one of the not so common Japanese dishes you can enjoy at Teriyaki Boy. So if you’re craving for a different kind of wing, head over to Teriyaki Boy.

In Davao City, Teriyaki Boy is located at the Second Floor of the Abreeza Ayala Mall, along JP Laurel Avenue, Buhangin, Davao City.

Crunchy Roll by Nonki Japanese Restaurant

One of the dishes I might never get tired of is the Japanese Crunchy Roll.

Crunchy Roll by Nonki Japanese Restaurant  in Davao City

Crunchy Roll by Nonki Japanese Restaurant

Crunchy Roll is quite a common roll sold by Japanese Restaurants. It’s an inside out roll made with sushi rice, nori (seaweed chips/sheets), and tempura batter, with some sesame seeds on the sides, and a generous dollop of kani with Japanese mayo and some egg roe on top.

It’s quite a delight to eat. It sounds simple but the contrast of textures from the soft rice and kani versus the crunch of the tempura batter is a nice surprise. All the flavors of the sushi roll components are subdued but the textures more than make up for it.

It’s a great sushi pick for those who don’t like eating raw food. It’s not recommended for dieters though, as it’s carb on carb. But it’s definitely a great appetizer or snack idea if you’re craving for something Japanese. Generally, it’s cheaper than other sushi rolls since it doesn’t have any fish, fruits, or veggies on it.

My favorite Crunchy Roll is by Nonki Japanese Restaurant here in Davao City. One serving can be just as filling as one full Japanese meal.

The Crunchy Roll is one item we always order when I’m there with my cousins or my friends. Try it.

Nonki Japanese Restaurant is located along F. Torres Street, Davao City.

Lumpiang Sariwa

Lumpiang Sariwa by Fiesta Sorpresa

Lumpiang Sariwa by Fiesta Sorpresa

For those on a diet, there’s no better treat than Lumpiang Sariwa or Fresh Lumpia. It has veggies all bundled in a flavorful delicate egg wrap.

Fresh Lumpia is a Filipino Spring Roll consisting of lightly seasoned sauteed crisp vegetables, some shrimps, and maybe some ground meat. The sauteed mixture is then laid out with a fresh green leaf, usually lettuce or cabbage. Then, wrapped with an egg wrapping which is usually homemade. It is usually served with crush peanuts and a dipping sauce usually made with garlic, soy sauce, and cornstarch. It is called a fresh lumpia as opposed to other forms of Filipino lumpia (spring rolls) because it is not deep fried.

Growing up, I tried to stay away from Fresh Lumpia. It seemed like a dish for the adults. It is, after all, mostly veggies. But once I got to try it, it became one of my favorite party dishes and I always took one piece even if there were more heavy, temptingly good dishes on the spread. The crunch of the vegetables, the fresh green leaf, and the soft egg wrapping, along with peanuts and a thick sauce was a combination of flavors and textures that always make me happy.

It seems like an easy dish to serve, but the different layers of ingredients and flavors make it a tricky vegetable dish to perfect.

Fiesta Sorpresa serves up one unforgettable Lumpian Sariwa in a portion that is more than enough to satisfy one’s cravings. The vegetables are seasoned well, everything is crisp, and the wrapping balances the flavors well. Plus, it has a generous topping of crushed peanuts and some sauce that gives a layer of sweet salty flavor with a hint of garlic.

One serving is enough to be shared for two or three persons as an appetizer. But it’s so good, you probably wouldn’t want to share a piece.

When you’re passing by or staying in Digos, drop by Fiesta Sorpresa for some delicious Lumpiang Sariwa and other delicious Filipino dishes.

Fiesta Sorpresa is located at Rizal Avenue, Barangay San Jose, Digos City, Davao del Sur. It is beside Hotel Crisabelle. They are open from 11 am – 2 pm and from 5 pm – 10 pm. For more information, like their page at this link.

Teriyaki Boy’s Crunchy Salmon Salad

Teriyaki Boy's Crunchy Salmon Salad Japanese Food

Teriyaki Boy Crunchy Salmon Salad

During my last visit to Teriyaki Boy, I decided to try a dish I haven’t tried yet, the Crunchy Salmon Salad. The salad is composed of cabbage, salmon, Japanese mayonnaise, salmon roe, nori flakes, and crunchy salmon skin. It’s a delicious mix of flavors that blend perfectly well to create a delicious and memorable salad.

As a fan of salmon, the three different kinds of salmon in the salad, made me absolutely happy. I still love salmon best when it’s raw, but this salad was more than enough to answer my salmon craving.

Who could say no to anything with Japanese mayonnaise? Not me. It tied up all the components of the salad together, with the greens giving a freshness to the salad, and the nori flakes adding a bit more Japanese flavor into the mix. And one serving is enough for me as one whole meal.

If you like salmon or anything Japanese, you must try the Teriyaki Boy Crunchy Salmon Salad.

In Davao City, Teriyaki Boy is located at the Second Floor of the Abreeza Ayala Mall, along JP Laurel Avenue, Buhangin, Davao City.