Chef Arch’s Lime: Streetfood na Pinasosyal

Our favorite streetfood was made “sosyal” by Chef Arch and gave it a modern twist that will not break your wallet. Some of the classics that we’re able to try were the Embotido Stuffed Crispy Pata, Creamy Garlic Tuyo Pasta, Balut in Red Wine Sauce, and a lot more.

 

For appetizer:

Balut in Red Wine Sauce – Chef Archie came up with this idea thinking how he can serve balut (fertilized duck’s egg) in the most sophisticated way, which people will not be afraid to try it. The balut actually looked like meatballs with sauce so, you might be able to trick your friends who don’t eat balut to eat this. 😅 Instead of using vinegar for the sauce, they used red wine, some aromatics and spices, and the duck’s au jus.

Price: Php 220
Table for: 3-4 persons
Food Rating: 4/5

Street Style Barbecue Platter – the platter consists of isaw (chicken intestine), chicken feet, betamax (pork’s blood), chicken ass, and pork barbecue. Everything on it was already flavorful on its own but you can still dip it in sinamak (Iloilo’s version of spiced vinegar) or peanut sauce. The use of the latter was inspired by Thailand’s satay where they serve it with their skewers.

Price: Php 250
Table for: 2-3 persons
Food Rating: 5/5

Deep Fried Tuna Skyflakes – a mix of spicy canned tuna and skyflakes which Chef Archie and his friends call “Pedigree”. This was new to me but he said that it was their barkada’s favorite pulutan back in his High School days. Now, he took it to the next level by making it into a deep-fried ball shape and serving it with a mayonnaise-ketchup dip.

Price: Php 160
Table for: 3-4 persons
Food Rating: 3.5/5

Silken Tofu Crispy Tenga – instead of the usual tokwa’t baboy, Chef Arch up his game by covering the silken tofu with breading and using tenga (pig’s ear) instead of the usual pork. I really love the breaded silken tofu but I am still looking for pork since I am not a fan of tenga.

Price: Php 250
Table for: 3-4 persons
Food Rating: 4/5

Hot Spicy Chicken Wings – this chicken wings were served with binatog on the side, though, I don’t really understand why. Chef revealed that binatog was his favorite and thought that adding the chicken will give it a twist from the usual and make it a complete meal. This was very innovative! Now, you can enjoy your favorite binatog with chicken wings. Yum!

Price: Php 250
Table for: 4 persons
Food Rating: 4/5

Quail Egg Tempura – I have never seen a quail egg this sophisticated. This quail egg was cooked tempura-style instead of the usual orange batter and served with sinamak and home-made soy mirin sauce. Well, who doesn’t love quail eggs?

Price: Php 150
Table for: 2-3 persons
Food Rating: 5/5

For the main dishes, we’re able to try the following:
Four Cheese Caldereta – not just one, not just two, and not just three-cheese but four cheese was used in making this addicting Caldereta. Need I say more? This is our favorite!!!

Price: Php 320
Table for: 2-3 persons
Food Rating: 5/5

Embotido Stuffed Crispy Pata – this innovation was the bomb! I really love the traditional embutido, but this was way so much better with crispy pata. I love the contrast on its texture – crispy and soft from the pork pata embutido. You should not miss this one as well!

Price: Php 450
Table for: 3-4 persons
Food Rating: 5/5

Aside from that, they also have pizza and pasta dishes. What really caught our attention was their Chicharon Bulaklak, Isaw Pizza and their Creamy Garlic Tuyo Pasta.

Chicharon Bulaklak and Isaw Pizza – if you are someone who loves chicharon bulaklak, pork isaw, and pizza, this one is for you! The chicharon bulaklak may not be as crispy when deep-fried but this one complemented the pizza well. But, if you don’t want to be that adventurous, you can have their All-Meat Pizza which has bacon, ham, beef, and longganisa or their Four Cheese Pizza.

Price: Php 290
Table for: 4 persons
Food Rating: 3.5/5

Creamy Garlic Tuyo Pasta – creamy, garlicky, and flavorful tuyo pasta. You won’t actually see the tuyo except for the one on the center, but its flavor was there.  Make sure not to miss this out when you visit them!

Price: Php 250
Table for: 1 person
Food Rating: 5/5

Flourless Chocolate Chocnut Cake – beautifully presented with chocnut bits on top at a really affordable price.

Price: Php 125
Table for: 1 person
Food Rating: 4/5

Salted Caramel Cake – this moist Salted Caramel Cake is our favorite! Simply the best!!! If I will be looking for a Salted Caramel Cake, this will be on my top list.

Price: Php 125
Table for: 1 person
Food Rating: 5/5

For the drinks, they have Sola Iced Tea, Stellinas Lemonade, Pepsi products, Scramble, Juice, Brewed Coffee, Shooters, Wine, Beers and Cocktails.

Chocnut Martini – a mix of vodka and mudslide with chocnut.

Price: Php 100
Table for: 1 person
Food Rating: 5/5

Frozen Margarita – a mix of tequila and lime which you can have for a chill night.

Price: Php 100
Table for: 1 person
Food Rating: 5/5

Dietitian’s Corner:
1. Balut or fertilized duck’s egg with premature embryo is a well-known Pinoy street food which is usually sold at night.
2. The duck’s egg was incubated for 14 to 21 days depending on the local culture. After the incubation period, it is then boiled or steamed.
3. Balut contains beneficial nutrients to your body and is high in protein.
4. A balut has 188 calories.
5. Tuyo or dried fish is made by removing the water in the fish and letting it dry to inhibit the growth of microorganism and preserve it.
6. Chicharon Bulaklak is known in english as deep-fried pork mesentry. It is the fold of tissue which anchors the small intestine to the back of the abdominal wall of a pig.

Disclaimer: We’re invited to taste their food but this review was written with my honest opinion.

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