How to Eat Around the World During the Quarantine
You may be cooped up in your house, but you can still travel through the world via your taste buds. These restaurants and food purveyors will be the perfect cure to keep the travel bug away.
Southeast Asia/China: Wah Liao Kwe (P680 to P1,200)
When the La Spezia boys realized that their pasta and steaks weren't holding up in the delivery format, they rushed their second project Wah Liao Kwe for the new take-out market. Wah Liao Kwe was their planned Hainanese chicken spot in Banawe until the lockdown cut it short. This time, however, their juicy, perfectly fatty Hainanese chicken can withstand the commute. Each platter of the OMG Chicken comes with beautiful naturally yellowed chicken rice, garlic ginger sauce, and chili sauce.
For orders, visit @wahliaokwe.
India: Hainan Chicken Rice (P750)
Okay, don't be confused by the name. Hainan Chicken Rice did start by serving some stunning chicken rice, but it's recently branched into spicy and flavorful butter chicken. Beautifully tender chicken swims in a pool that's just the right balance of tomato, heat, and butter. With a sauce that's just as good as the chicken itself, each order comes with fragrant biryani rice and is good for about three people or two big eaters.
For orders, visit @hainanchickenriceph.
Korea: This Kimchi (P120-P390)
Patrick Go of The Grid's Gochu-gang has decided to share his kimchi with the rest of the world by offering it in tubs so you can make everything you eat taste a little bit like Korea. This Kimchi has two varieties: the usual beloved spicy goodness and the white kind for those who aren't too impressed by heat. The latter, which is usually how Korean children get into the fermented side dish, is fresh-tasting and tart. Both are all-natural and vegan.
P.S. He's also coming up with a ready-to-cook version of Gochu-Gang called Gochu-Ran.
For orders, visit @thiskimchi.
Japan: Ebi Hayashi (P395)
The underrated Japanese restaurant Ohayo has been a reliable source for all things Japanese this quarantine. One of chef Jorge Mendez's newer creations is this shrimp and rice dish that just hits the spot. Hayashi is a popular Japanese rice dish using demi-glace as its sauce. It usually comes with beef, but the good chef decided to stir things up with chunks of fresh prawns.
For orders, visit Ohayo Maki and Ramen Bar.
Filipino: Lechon Diva (P6,350)
It might be hard to finish an entire lechon these days, even when it's lechon de leche, but the Lechon Diva has a few other non-bovine options that are nonetheless sinful. The laing na alimango, for example, is yet another showstopper. It's exactly how you'd picture it: succulent crabs swimming in a delicious coconut sauce that will make you want to lick your plate. Treat yourself and go for the himay version.
For orders, 0917-866-0662.
Indian: Ricksha Streetside Tandoor
It took its time, but Ricksha Streetside Tandoor, purveyor of modern Indian eats, finally reopened for pick-up and delivery at Kapitolyo. Husband-and-wife team Cyril and Pierre Addison are back to offering samosa chaat, bhelpuri, and curry.
For orders, 0917-637-2113.
Filipino: Sarsa Batchoy Kit (P680)
If you follow chef JP Anglo on Instagram, you know that he's busy cooking up a storm for frontliners, but that's okay. He's leaving you to your own devices, giving you every tool you need to replicate his best-selling batchoy. Each order comes complete with miki, liver, lechon kawali, spring onion, garlic, and even eggs. If you're feeling a little festive, Sarsa also has boodle kits (P2,450 for four to six people)!
For orders, 0906-208-2759.
USA: Shake Shack DIY Burger Kit (P1,600)
If you've been looking for a foolproof way to make burgers, look no further than Shake Shack's ShackBurger Kits, which has everything you need to stack four of this international chain's signature product. Where do we even start? The gorgeous sesame buns? The flavorful patties? The beautiful vegetables, everything from the lettuce to the tomatoes to even the pickles? It even comes with ketchup, relish, and mustard.
For orders, bit.ly/ShackBurgerDIYKitsAdvanceOrderForm.
Spain: Gallery at Home
Last year, Chele Gonzalez and his Gallery by Chele pushed toward becoming a more sustainable restaurant. This year, as it shifts toward packed dining, it continues with that philosophy, veering away from single-use packaging. The menu is a curated and more casual version of the team's award-winning food. It's not exactly Spanish (limiting Gallery's cuisine with geographic borders is pretty unfair), but you can see where the chefs trace their influence.
For orders, gallerybychele-athome.com; 0917-546-1673.
Chinese: East Ocean Palace
Missing Century Seafood? Try its swankier younger sister East Ocean Palace. Known by Chinese food lovers as the most luxurious Chinese restaurant in town, East Ocean Palace may have been removed from its fancy three-storey gilded venue, but its takeout menu continues to be topnotch: Imagine having abalone, roasted goose, and suckling pig to comfort you as you count the quarantine days away.
For orders, 0917-569-2233; 0999-880-2984.