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Lit: A perfect spot for a quiet drink



The night began at Phat Pho in Serendra. This is my favorite Vietnamese spot in Manila and I really need to do a go-to feature about them soon. I am always on the lookout for great authentic Vietnamese food so if you know of a place please lemme know! we tried the fish sauce chicken wings and they are on point. They have really great flavor and I highly recommend trying them!

Here is the info for Phat Pho, if you have a craving for authentic Vietnamese give them a try because everything I have tried there is fantastic!

Phat Pho:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PhatPhoMNL

Phone Number: 02 8430820


Bonifacio Global City, Ground Floor, Serendra, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City


After a “smallish” meal, we stopped by a new Japanese Whisky bar in Serendra called Lit.  Now you may be thinking to yourself “whisky, doesn’t he mean whiskey?” Well, since we are talking about the Japanese  variety it is spelled whisky. Check out this link to find out more interesting facts about Whiskey vs. Whisky.

If you can’t find them keep an eye out for this sign.

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Good food, good friends, some wine and lots of laughs.

IMG_1807 We had a couple of friends over for some wine, cheese and very random finger food. All the photos as well as the beautiful table layout are thanks to Ange de la Cruz. All I did was a little cooking for this one. 🙂 The food was great and all very simple to make. If you would like the recipe for anything just let me know. IMG_1788   Continue reading Good food, good friends, some wine and lots of laughs.

Go-To Restaurant: Ukokkei Ramen Ron

 Go-To Restaurant: Ukokkei Ramen Ron

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One of my favorite all-time guilty pleasure meals is traditional Japanese Ramen. But, I didn’t fall in love with Ramen until I moved to Los Angeles just a few years ago. LA had a much bigger Japanese culture than the previous city I had lived in, Houston.  Houston seemed to have a much bigger Vietnamese influence versus Japanese, so I spent years diving into the Vietnamese savory noodle soup called Phở. But that is another story. I have always loved Japanese food, so it didn’t take long until I had discovered several tasty Ramen places in Los Angeles.  It was very trendy in LA to eat Ramen, and some of the more popular joints would have lines for a block of people waiting for their bowls.

Well it wasn’t until I arrived in the Philippines that I really experienced Ramen perfection in my first bowl of Tantanmen from Ukkokei Ramen Ron. Just call it Ukokkei. It sits quite high on my list of go-to restaurants. My list of go-to restaurants are the few places I can always eat at that are consistently delicious. They are the  kind of places easily recommended to a friend and serve as a fail-safe spot for those moments when you just can’t decide where or what to eat. I am not a food critic, I am only writing about Ukokkei because I love their Tantanmen. I won’t go into the history of the restaurant, the “ramen nazi” era, or even their other two locations.  The San Lorenzo Ukokkei is king of Tantanmen in my book. I love Ramen of all types and there are certainly a lot of varieties of Ramen, but if I had to choose one bowl over all, Ukokkei Tantanmen is it.  Not everyone agrees with me on this, and that’s ok. They are idiots. 🙂


The soup broth itself is oily, creamy, and spicy all at the same time. It’s a secret  mix of chicken broth, pork broth, miso broth, and chili oil that never quite emulsifies into blended broth. The richness is crazy; crazy like it’s only served in limited quantities per day (60 bowls), after certain times of night (6 PM), and after cooking for days (2). Yea, it’s that level of crazy. It has thick, curly noodles and ground pork throughout and is topped with green onion.  And that’s it. No frills, plain-as-day soup and that is why it is the best. Here are some pictures to do the rest of the talking. But heed my advise and if you crave Ramen, go to Ukokkei.












By the way, their gyoza is also my favorite gyoza in the city. Not everyone’s favorite but for me, it’s simple and always cooked well.


They do serve other things beside the Tantanmen, and if you can’t handle spicy things try out the Miso Butter Corn Ramen.
Here are the locations and contact details for Ukokkei:
Ukokkei sanlo
San Lorenzo Location Phone Number 02 8564588
Ukokkei mhill
Mckinley Location Phone Number +63 9394737105
Ukokkei malate
Malate Location Phone Number 02 5165511