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SM Megamall's Mega Food Wok with Jin Loves to Eat!

It was really a blessing for me to have a fun-filled and tummy-busting day just before I venture into another world (i.e. the world of working). Together with one of the prominent food bloggers here in the Philippines, Jin of jinlovestoeat, and many fellow bloggers, I was able to explore 6 restaurants in SM Megamall. This food adventure was marked as the SM Mega Food Wok, a special food tour in honor of the Mooncake Festival.

September 10, 2014 Mega Food Wok
The participants of the Mega Food Wok for September 10, 2014
Photo grabbed from Kenny Ngo of lifeiskulayful.com
Upon learning about my invitation for the food tour, I felt so euphoric, flattered and honored! Yeah, I was really excited for it because it was my first time which turned out to be really memorable, just like other first times (no pun intended).

Note: You may want to check out the stories of others who joined the food tour through this hash tag #MegaFoodWok

Mega Food Wok

1. Tim Ho Wan
The first stop was the famous Tim Ho Wan wherein I got reunited with the uber tasty Baked Pork Buns! They were really so good that I had 4 of them, disregarding the fact that I should have eaten moderately to save space for other dishes we would try in here as well as the other 5 restaurants.

Tim Ho Wan's first restaurant in the Philippines - SM Megamall
Tim Ho Wan's Baked Bun with Pork BBQ
The food that fell from the sky - Tim Ho Wan's Baked Bun with Pork BBQ
Vermicelli Roll with BBQ Pork of Tim Ho Wan
Vermicelli Roll with BBQ Pork of Tim Ho Wan
I am suggesting that you choose this over the Vermicelli Roll with Pork Liver because of a more familiar and friendly taste. However, if you are really adventurous, you should give both of them a try and see for yourself.

Steamed Egg Roll and Beancurd Skin Roll with Pork and Shrimp
Steamed Egg Roll of Tim Ho WanBeancurd Skin Roll with Pork and Shrimp of Tim Ho Wan

I was already able to blog about this even before this food tour; hence, if you want to read more about this restaurant as well as my insights about it, you may do so here: Tim Ho Wan hits the Philippine Food Scene

Food highlights: Baked Pork Buns (P145 for 3 pieces), Steamed Egg Roll (P85), Beancurd Skin Roll with Pork and Shrimp (P120) and Vermicilli Roll with BBQ Pork (P160)

2. Chez Karine
The next stop was a short but definitely sweet one in Chez Karine where we had an awesome unique creation called Macaron Ice Cream!

Chez Karine Bakery for Macarons and More!
Incredible pastry shop called Chez Karine in SM Megamall
Surprisingly even if this dessert shop is located in a mall, Chez Karine offers great-tasting delights at competitive prices!

The various creations of Chez Karine (left) and Black Seasame Macaron Ice Cream
The various creations of Chez KarineBlack Seasame Macaron Ice Cream of Chez Karine

Black Sesame Macaron Ice Cream
Macaron Ice Cream, a unique dessert of Chez Karine
A closer look of the unique dessert of Chez Karine
This amazing dessert was able to get the best of both worlds (i.e. that of the macaron and that of the ice cream). It was such a sweet treat that attempted to change how you look at desserts!

Food highlight: Macaron Ice Cream (P70)

3. Lugang Cafe
The third stop was the Lugang Cafe which is one of the great homes of Xiao Long Bao. Actually, I've been reading and hearing about this place so much before that my expectation about the greatness of the food sharply increased. However, the dishes we tried fell a little short from that high expectation (in my personal gauge).

On the other hand, I have to admit that if I removed that expectation from my mind, the dishes would become more than satisfactory!

Lugang Cafe in SM Megamall
Lugang Cafe in SM Megamall
Lugang Cafe also featured in this Mega Food Wok the amazing Arabian Coffee made using a "Siphon". It was really bitter, which I believe coffee lovers will adore!

Arabian Coffee using a Siphon - Lugang CafeChopped Shrimp in Lettuce Cups of Lugang Cafe

Furthermore, what somehow surprised me was the simple yet tasty Chopped Shrimp in Lettuce Cups! It was pure madness for me, and thankfully Lugang Cafe served this!

Kung Pao Tofu of Lugang Cafe
Kung Pao Tofu - potently sweet and savory taste! 
Another dish that tickled my taste buds was this Kung Pao Tofu! It had a sweet and chili flavor mixed with a hint of peanut essence!

Kimchi Xiao Long Bao of Lugang Cafe
Kimchi Xiao Long Bao of Lugang Cafe
Last and perhaps the least among the 3 dishes we tried was this Kimchi Xiao Long Bao. Honestly, I'm not quite sure why I didn't enjoy this. Maybe I just didn't like the blend of the kimchi, and that I just prefer the original Xiao Long Bao.Well, that's just a maybe, since other bloggers enjoyed it.

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Food highlights: Kung Pao Tofu (P280) and Chopped Shrimp in Lettuce Cups (P360)
Note: I'm excluding the Kimchi Xiao Long Bao because it didn't appeal to my taste buds

4. Linguini Fini
What struck me upon entering Linguini Fini was the artsy interior as well as its shade of secrecy. It just reminded me of the hideouts I see in the movies -- it was really fascinating! I also feel like this place is good for barkada pig-outs!

Linguini Fini opens up in SM Megamall for the first store in the Philippines
Linguini Fini opens up in SM Megamall for the first store in the Philippines
The artsy interior of Linguini Fini makes the place seem like a "hideout"
The artsy interior of Linguini Fini makes the place seem like a "hideout"
Hey guys, meet the executive chef of Linguini Fini, Chef Vincent “Vinny” Lauria:
The Executive Chef of Linguini Fini
The Executive Chef of Linguini Fini in first store in SM Megamall
Longganisa and Scamorza Pizza (left) and Pappardelle (right)
Longganisa Pizza of Linguini FiniPapardelle Nose to Tail Bolo Pasta

Although the dishes in Linguini Fini are generally expensive, we are assured of the freshness and top-quality of the food they serve. This was evidently shown in the pasta and pizza they showcased to us.

Food highlights: Papardelle "Nose to Tail Bolo" (P430) and Longganisa & Scamorza Pizza (P755)

5. Mochicream Cafe
The second to the last stop was this Mochicream Cafe which is a Japanese-inspired cafe serving pastries, beverages and desserts!

Mochicream Cafe - house of authentic matcha drinks and desserts
Mochicream Cafe - house of authentic matcha drinks and desserts!
Overall, what I practically liked about this cafe was the authenticity of the matcha they used for both the Matcha Dacquoise and Matcha Latte Espresso.

Matcha Dacquoise of Mochicream CafeMatcha Latte Espresso of Mochicream Cafe

Among all the dessert food stops we had, this is my favorite! I just loved how comforting the pastry and the beverage were!

Note: The actual size of the Matcha Dacquiose is almost double; however, they just served this one half the size specifically for this food tour.

Food highlights: Matcha Dacquoise (P170) and Matcha Latte Espresso (P155 for 12 oz)

6. Kool Kidz
The last stop was the Kool Kidz which is an ice cream store that isn't a regular one you are used to seeing. It creates ice cream on the spot as if done by magic, but the spell used is Liquid Nitrogen which solidifies the liquid to an ice cream!

Kool Kidz Ice Cream Store in SM MegamallPouring nitrogen in making the Ice Cream at Kool Kidz

Hmmmm, I won't say much about the taste since I sensed that my judgement was impaired due to my fullness and bloatedness; however, I sensed some plainness and uniqueness both at the same time in the Mooncake-inspired Ice Cream we had, which may suggest that other flavors maybe awesome here in Kool Kidz.

Liquid nitrogen mooncake-inspired ice cream of Kool Kidz
Liquid nitrogen mooncake-inspired ice cream of Kool Kidz
Note: Prices of the ice cream range from P120 to P150 for regular size and P150 to P230 for large

Before I end this blog post, let me share this photo of me together with Jin! It was really a Kool experience!
A Not-So-Popular Kid with Jin of Jin Loves to Eat
A Not-So-Popular Kid with Jin of Jin Loves to Eat

An Adventure-packed Food Tour
This Mega Food Wok was definitely one jumbo gastronomic adventure all in one place! I didn't realize that there are a lot of food options in SM Megamall, and sometimes too much. Competition is definitely deadly, but at least we customers are the ones reaping out benefits from it. Before I end, let me ask you which of these restaurant stirred your curiosity the most?


Be informed of future food tours by liking the Facebook Page of SM Megamall here: https://www.facebook.com/smmegamall




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