After my final day at work one of my colleagues met me for dinner in Greenbelt. We went to Namnam restaurant in Greenbelt 2, which specialises in Filipino food. I figured my final meal in Manila should be Filipino food because it could be a while before I have it again. We considered the menu before ordering some staples!
1. Ensalada. This is a fern salad with duck eggs. In New Zealand we don’t eat fern all that often – at least not at my house. This was a really crisp take on salad that I could definitely get used to.
2. I got to choose the rice dish. So I went for university rice which is fried rice, beef and a fried egg. Fried egg makes everything look happy!
3. Our other side dish was these spring roll type yums. Except they are filled with goat cheese and chorizo! I don’t know what they are called, but if you google goat cheese and chorizo rolls you will find the recipe.
4. Karekare with Oxtail. Karekare is a Philippine stew, but more like a satay dream. Everything, beans, eggplant, cabbage, and even tripe, is doused in this delicious peanut sauce that just goes with everything!
Earlier in the day, Sam and I received a farewell cake since we were both finishing up work today. It was delicious. In fact, we had two farewell cakes! One was chocolate sponge and one was a meringue, custard ice-cream cake. So good!
And if that wasn’t enough… Jovelle brought me Taho for breakfast. Taho is warm tofu with caramelized sugar syrup and tapioca (or sago) pearls. It’s a common street food in the Philippines – yum. When Tiernan and I visited Boracay there were taho vendors, magtataho, going up and down the beach yelling “Tahhhooooo.” That’s how you know how to find it.