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Jul 14, 2017
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It’s time to stop asking women the proverbial question “Saan mo gusto kumain?” Because they’re always going to say, “Kahit saan okay lang ako, ahihihi” to show that they’re a low maintenance date. We’re definitely not complaining that these modern and practical women show mercy toward our wallets, but that shouldn't stop us from cooking up something unforgettable. So why not take things a notch higher by treating her to these all-time favorite Filipino dishes—with a twist. It’s a unique combination of change and the familiar, which is just the kind of quirk you might need to impress the lady you're with, and possibly win her over.

1) Street Style Barbecue Platter With Peanut Butter Sauce

Chicken feet, ears, isaw, and barbecue. If your date is craving these ihaw-ihaw favorites, Chef Arch’s Lime 88's Street Style Barbecue Platter with Peanut Butter Sauce is the answer to her longing. Every meat on the platter is grilled to perfection—no kunat factor here. But what makes it truly special is the secret peanut butter sauce that comes with it. Trust us, it’s a match made in heaven.

Address: Chef Arch’s Lime 88, 160 San Rafael St. Mandaluyong City l (02) 775-5428
 

2) Grilled Chicken Blood with Cacao

Bloody, chocolatey, crunchy—sounds like food is murder, but this three-hit combo describe this dish perfectly. Bloody, because, well, it’s the classic Betamax; chocolatey, because of the locally sourced cacao nibs; and crunchy, because of the crushed bucheron and mixed local nuts. And the sauce? It’s strong, sharp, and gives a salt-of-the-sea taste, is creamy in texture, and complements the Betamax’s distinct flavor. This is for the woman who dares to take the relationship further.

Address: Alamat Filipino Pub & Deli, 2/F 5666 Don Pedro St. Barangay Población, Makati City l 0917-626-6866

3) Balut with Red Wine Sauce

Lime 88’s best-seller, Balut with Red Wine Sauce, is something locals and foreigners alike should try. The balut is dipped in batter made with flour and spices, fried until golden brown, and afterwards, smothered in rich duck broth and topped off with a velvety red wine sauce. The result? A crunchy, creamy balut that changes flavor as you devour it. It’s so tasty you won’t notice you just finished off three duck fetuses in one sitting. 

Address: Chef Arch’s Lime 88, 160 San Rafael St. Mandaluyong City l (02) 775-5428

4) Salted Egg Chicken Skin with Pinoy Salsa

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Crispy chicken skin is already sinful, but how about doubling the temptation by dipping them in salted egg yolks before frying?  Salty and juicy, Alamat Filipino Pub & Deli’s Salted Egg Chicken Skin is great on its own as pulutan, but can be eaten with rice, too. And the Pinoy Salsa that comes with it? It’s chopped itlog na pula whites, making this dish the ultimate treat for egg lovers.

Address: Alamat Filipino Pub & Deli, 2/F 5666 Don Pedro St. Barangay Población, Makati City l 0917-626-6866
 
5) Halo-Halo Cake

If your girl is still longing for our summer dessert staple, then this one’s for her. One bite of UCC Vienna Cafe’s Halo-Halo Cake is an explosion of tastes in your mouth: the creamy leche flan, the caramelized banana, langka, macapuno, and red beans, all sandwiched between layers of soft ube chiffon. The cake is then topped with cornflakes, with nangkasuy ice cream on the side. Fruity, creamy, and surprisingly not strong on the sweet, we say this is the perfect slice of cake to go with coffee that’ll hopefully spur more meaningful conversations.

Address: UCC Vienna Café, 59 Connecticut St, San Juan City l (02) 726-1728


6) Taho Cheesecake

Taho as cake? Yes. Spoil your woman with this childhood favorite. Alamat Filipino Pub & Deli’s Taho Cheesecake perfectly captures the character of this Pinoy comfort food and made it into something that you could actually sink your teeth into. The cheesecake is as sweet as the taho you remember manong used to peddle. Topped with a generous serving of arnibal and sago, this treat will send you both on a nostalgia trip.
 
Address: Alamat Filipino Pub & Deli, 2/F 5666 Don Pedro St. Barangay Población, Makati City l 0917-626-6866
 

This feature originally appeared in the June 2017 issue of FHM Philippines.

Photography Jonathan Baldonado 

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