Caramelized coconut, pineapple, kaffir lime. $17
1760, San Francisco CA
I think that this dish was pretty to look at, but it didn’t taste very good. I don’t think that all the tropical flavors really accentuated the lobster, and the sticky white sauce on the bottom was just weird and had a off-putting texture. I couldn’t even recognize some of the ingredients and was left wondering what exactly went wrong.
Cheese bites with sweet jelly, micro basil. Complimentary
Delicious creamy coconut milk, curry to taste and vegetables. 250 PHP
Paraiso Grill, Boracay PHILIPPINES
I think it’s funny when menus say things like “curry to taste”, as if they would add curry not to taste. Perhaps it’s just poor translation but it’s cute. This dish was ok, I wasn’t blown away or even impressed really. I did like that there were plenty of vegetables.
Fresh pomelo chunks with grated coconut and house dressing. 250 PHP
Mesa, Boracay PHILIPPINES
This was a very different dish for me. I liked the pomelo wedges and the toasted coconut was good, but I’m still on the fence regarding the milky dressing. It didn’t taste bad, but I’m not sure that it added to the flavors of the salad. Latik refers to solid coconut curds, by the way, but I had difficulty differentiating them from the toasted shaved coconut. I did like the presentation in the banana leaf!
Manhattan. 180 PHP
Sailing around the island.
Kalderatang baka (beef stew), pork pukyutan, kuhol sa gata (snails in coconut cream sauce), lumpia, mixed pancit, steamed rice. Buffet
DADS Kamayan Saisaki, Manila PHILIPPINES
Please don’t ask me what’s in a lot of these. I just know how to eat them, not cook them – lol! Even though this plate is like a heart attack about to happen, it was pretty tasty! I didn’t like the snails though. I liked the flavor of the coconut cream sauce, but the snails themselves had a texture that didn’t agree with me. They were tough, black, and a little slimy. I tried eating one and left the rest on my plate.
Lechon de leche (roasted suckling pig). He looks so cute!
Sidecar motorcycle taxis and jeepney.
Milk ice cream with toasted coconut. Complimentary
Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) to Manila (MNL), Philippine Airlines
I don’t know if this frozen dessert would technically qualify as ice cream, but it’s not a big deal. I still enjoyed eating it. It surprising didn’t have that much flavor probably because it was just milk flavored. The toasted coconuts were great for adding both texture and flavor though!
Betelnut and betel leaves, Cholon (Chinatown).
I both love it and hate it that not every coconut you get is gonna be sweet and delicious. I guess it depends on how developed it is (the younger the better) so it’s pretty much a crap shoot. The anticipation to see if you get a sweet one is exciting, but you’re very disappointed if you don’t. This particular one wasn’t very sweet. But on the flip side, I got a lot of coconut flesh.
Villa Escudero, San Pablo City PHILIPPINES
I was a little disappointed that the coconut didn’t come with a spoon stuck into the side (for eating the flesh). I think it’s a cool accessory and a nice touch.
Carabao pulled cart. This is how you get around the park.
Young coconut tart with crumble topping. 30 PHP
Rowena’s, Tagaytay PHILIPPINES
This tart was pretty good. Not too sweet and with large slivers of baby coconut in the middle. A great snack before a long drive back to Manila.
Boating it to Taal Volcano.