Earth Hour

Monday, February 27, 2012

Jollibee's Chicken and Mushroom Pasta

I passed by a Jollibee store this afternoon and I couldn't help but notice something new on the menu: The Chicken and Mushroom Pasta.

It has chicken, mushroom and a spicy sauce topped with cheese in a platter of spaghetti.  Sounds yummy? No.

One spoonful of this new dish and I immediately noticed a peculiar taste.  Maybe it's the herbs and spices in the sauce but it didn't taste natural.  It tasted more like chicken cube or bouillon.  In fact my initial reaction was, "Hello Maggi or is that you Knorr?"  Maybe it would taste better if they put a slice of bread or a bread stick to go with it. Just to neutralize the saltiness and spice of the dish.

What saved the afternoon from becoming a total disaster was the appearance of the Jollibee mascot who greeted the people in the store and even entertained us with a dance number.  

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Chowking Chef Bowl Specials

I tried the new Chowking Chef Bowl Special last weekend while on a road trip.  I ordered for the Oriental Beef variant (the other variant is Honey Garlic Chicken) which looked really good on their poster.  It was also reasonably priced at PhP79.

Unfortunately, the actual product was does not only look far from what's on the poster but was also not as tasty as I hoped it would be.

The meal, which is actually a rice topping, consisted of beef in teriyaki sauce, stir fried vegetables and two thin slices of egg in a bowl of rice.

The beef is not so tender. It has those ligaments we call litid in Filipino.  There's also very little sauce and the picture above would show that.  The vegetables were done right though as they were crisp and not over cooked.  The rice was just enough for me though the other guy in our group who ordered the same dish said that it was not enough.

Honestly, I ordered this dish to try it and see if it's going to be a favorite.  Well, it's not going to be one of my favorites.