Yong Kang Beef Noodles, Taipei

It’s not everyday in your life that you will wake up in a different city with a different culture. Comes to that is also the food that the country has to offer for foreigners who visit their place and we were no exemption.

Upon research with my dear friends, one of the recommended restaurants in Taipei is the Yong Kang Beef Noodles. They said that follow where the crowd is. Well, that advice may not always be true but with food, I may say that it is right. From afar, we already saw umbrellas lined up like wet mushroom and yes, that’s where the restaurant is located. We’re accommodated by them right away since people just go there to eat and leave.
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I ordered the Spicy Beef Noodles with Soybean Sauce while my friends ordered the one with the cattle tendons. It was a fire in my mouth but hell delectable. The cold and rainy weather made it even more pleasing. The Australian beef is very tender and the noodles are just fine. It was brothy with a hint of star anise and worth a yummy hum in our table.

Spicy Beef Noodles with Soybean Sauce
Spicy Beef Noodles with Soybean Sauce
Half Kettle Tendon and Half Beef Noodle (Spicy)
Half Kettle Tendon and Half Beef Noodle (Spicy)

We also ordered the steamed hog large intestines as our appetizer. The flavor is also good.
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Menu here from foodiefc.

Funny thing that I asked for water and the attendant is talking to me in Chinese and I was dumbfounded. I only understood by her gesture and tone of her voice that this is a self-service restaurant and that the water is at the corner that she pointed out. Okay!

Yong Kang Beef Noodles is a two-story restaurant which can accommodate a lot of diners. The place is simple, and a little old because it’s been operating since 1963. The tables are very close to one another and because of the crowd, the table is well-moderated. If you come in solo or pair, you will be most likely be seated with other diners. The price is reasonable and the serving is generous. The service is fast, but I think the attendant just gave me a cold shoulder. The counter was nice, though. The taste is nice but I think that the spiciness of the soup is not tolerable for people who do not eat much spicy food. It was just a good thing that I get accustomed to eating Korean food.

Ambiance: 4/5
Price: 5/5
Serving: 5/5
Service: 3.5/5
Taste: 4.5/5

Yong Kang Beef Noodles
106, Taiwan, Taipei City, Da’an District, 金山南路二段31巷17號

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Chill Top Resto Bar, Cubao

Quezon City, though known as the most populated city in the Philippines, is not very much popular to skyscrapers as compared to Makati, the business district of the country.

For a person like me who is living in Quezon City, discovering Chill Top was a luck if I may say. I wouldn’t have to go in Makati or in Ortigas and brave myself to a 2-3 hour traffic just to indulge my eyes with the scenic view of the city because this roof deck resto bar is just located in Cubao.  In addition to that, the comfort food and the booze are budget-friendly to the locals so everything is very much favorable.
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We went there before sunset and it was just majestic. Tho the penthouse is just up to the 14th floor, there are not many neighboring buildings that would disrupt the 360 view of the city which truly makes the resto bar a good place to chill.

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At night, the view is more lovely because of the twinkling city lights.

Chill Top Cubao view at night

Most of the food served are “pulutan” or snacks for the alcoholic drinks but don’t worry as they serve rice. The chicken barbecute (P165)  is generously coated in sauce. It’s called “mini” but it still contributed to making my tummy full. The Hickory Dickory Pork (P254) has a sweet sauce yet I’m telling you not to expect too much of the tenderness of the meat.

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Hickory Dickory Pork

The newest addition to their menu, Flasher Squid (P320), is indeed flashy. It was served to us in its towering state where the squid is coated to add crispiness with the vinegar dip on the side. The flasher squid tasted great, seasoned well.
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During my first visit, I was able to get into their Chill Along, an amenity for people who wants to go singing. I have tried a lot of drinks that night but it is Choco Slush P205 (gin, vodka, rum, chocolate, and milk) that captured my taste buds. It is sweet but not too much and alcoholic but not quite. It’s a drink I got to enjoy the most.
Choco Slush

Going to Chill Top Cubao is not disappointing whether it will get crowded or not since it occupies two floors. The first floor of the penthouse is airconditioned but the glass windows still made us have a beautiful view. At night, it comes with the live band.
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Meanwhile, the second floor of the penthouse is the open air one with the 360 view.Chill Top (11)-2048x2000Chill Top (13)-2048x2000Chill Top (40)-2048x2000

And lastly, a Chill Along KTV Bar is located near the elevator and is also spacious. It can accommodate 30 pax plus it has own comfort room. The price as I have said is pocket-friendly and the serving is reasonable for the price. The taste is delicious but nothing exceptional. The waiters are polite but the food was prepared for a long time.

Chill Along KTV Bar

Ambiance: 5/5
Price: 5/5
Serving: 5/5
Service: 4.5/5
Taste: 4.5/5

Chill Top Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Wingman Collective, Makati

Team Aldous held its 4th year anniversary at Wingman Collective last October 7, 2017. Aldous Calubad, the man behind this group has always been active to try different food restaurants around the metro. Later, he realized that exploring restaurants would be more fun when he is around with people who also share the same interest.

With the power of the internet on this generation, everything comes easy. He was able to gather bloggers who are also strangers to one another yet, were able to become friends as the years went on. Some people come, some people go which I am quite guilty about since I’ve been MIA for some time, however fast forward today, we have reached Team Aldous on 4!

While we were waiting for the others to arrive, the waitstaff started serving us onion rings (P150) and the garlic parmesan curly twist fries (P175). I’m sure the garlic parmesan curly twist fries is the basket that was so in-demand at that time because of its binging flavor. A-must try!

onion rings
onion rings
garlic parmesan curly twist fries
garlic parmesan curly twist fries

Erik Waldie, the owner, along with the marketing manager, Benj, welcomed us that aimed to showcase the food they offer plus a quiz night to test out our memory.
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Erik hosted the quiz night perfectly mind-boggling but thanks to my teammates’ Joy and Tin for being so well-informed with the past and current events that we made to be in the second to the highest score!
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Quiz night is for FREE! It happens in Acacia Estates, Taguig every Thursday but as for this branch, the Collective, is still needed to be discussed when it should regularly happen. Meanwhile, we were munching these wings as we were answering the quiz.
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The Classic Buffalo Wings 6 pcs (P235) met my expectation on its sweet and tangy flavor.

HEADS UP! Every order comes with carrot sticks and ranch dip. Also, a dozen wings can be split into two flavors.wingman (5)-2048x2000

The Prairie Fire (P235) is also flavored like the buffalo wings but this time, the ranch dip is poured at the top and the spiciness can come from mild to extreme!
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The Moroccan Chermoula (P235) is an exotic spice blend of North African spices. It’s unique, I would say.wingman (9)-2048x2000

This one is called Hell Fire (P235) and yes, it was flaming when served to us. I love spicy food, to be honest, however I cannot stand the hot sensation in my mouth. Man, the spiciness of this one lasts long.

 

Here are their desserts but I was not able to try it because I was called to play beer pong. Anyway, here’s the picture of their dessert that is absolutely worth drooling.
The final part was capped by playing beer pong. You can play beer pong for FREE! Yes, they just want people to have a good time.
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I did not contribute too much score for this because I was having a hard time to shoot the ball (obviously in the photo) but Tin, my teammate was pretty good on this one. We were able to make it to the finals. 😀
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Ambiance: 4/5
Price: 4.5/5
Serving: 4.5/5
Service: 5/5
Taste: 4/5

Wingman Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post but not swayed to post positive reviews.