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Saturday, August 29, 2009


Friday, August 28, we were stranded at Quezon City, particularly TAPE office because of heavy rains and BAHA! Major baha talaga because it flooded INSIDE our office ha ha ha so we waited until the waters cleared up. It was still very chilly because of the rains that we decided to warm ourselves up with a bowl of hot noodles... we saw North Park and knew this was where we will slurp our shaking selves away.

Oh North Park! Will you be our savior this chilly night and stormy night?

Because if not, I will just settle with hugging this guy. Though it will not be as tasty. Ha ha ha ha!

We already knew what to order when we stepped inside the restaurant. But it's good to see what other options we could have the next time when we are here :)

For now though, we will warm ourselves with some soup. My husband cannot wait and immediately ordered bowls of their free broth. 

My husband may be Chinese but he sips his soup the Japanese way... VERY noisily! Sometimes I mistake his slurping sound with waves crashing in on the shore. The only thing worse than his slurp is his snore.

Okay... back to North Park. H aha ha ha! I love you Yub!

They have complimentary hot tea to melt away the cholesterol in your veins. I'm not really sure if that is the purpose of it. But I'd like to think so :)

Ebony and Ivory, Peanut Butter and Jelly, Champorado and tuyo.... Now we cannot have NOODLES without it's trusty side kick, the SIOPAO right? It would just be violating the natural laws of grubbin!

I love how this bowl just glistens with all its beauty and glory...

Like I said, I already know what to order... and it is my usual favorite of BEEF TENDON with LITID in FLAT NOODLES!

I love how the noodles are very long and chewy. It just gives me extra enjoyment in slurping it away in one gulp. Besides, if it was my birthday, this would have given me such a long life! 

Oh and it WAS extra long. Now if I were to eat this on my birthday, I would add about a hundred to my present age... So that would be 125? Tee hee!

Their broth was very piping hot, beefy, and oily!!! JUST the way I like it to warm me up on a very stormy night.!

I hate pictures of me eating! 

I am such a fan of MA MON LUK, and though North Park's Beef Noodles is not as good (and smelly) as what the iconic resto offers, the use of the flat noodles is somehow reminiscient of it's "master". :) 

The family that slurps together, stays together. 

One of their popular dishes is the PINSEC FRITO. I tell you, these are very addicting. It may be already a meal in itself but it is one helluva complimentary siding for my noodles! If you're face is getting all to greasy from the soup, take a bite out of this crunchy and delectable "frito" and you're good for another slurping session!

Hating magkapatid with the Siopao!

Can't talk (munch munch)... eating...

Their siopao has just the right amount of sweetness in their asado sauce and I love that the dough is firm but still chewy to the bite. Such a perfect accompaniment to our noodles!

Why the face you say? As always, my husband is done eating while I'm still at it! he he he he!

From TEAM YAP to you... LET'S EAT!!!! (Yub is finished though...)

Finished! As always, I have to have my trusty COKE ZERO with me to cap my meal.

Ha ha ha! Call us losers or what, but after every meal, my husband and I would usually discuss the food that we ate. It is a very meaningful (and tasty) discussion, believe me. 

Done! Burp!


NORTH PARK noodle house
329 P. Guevarra St. corner V. Cruz St.
San Juan, Metro Manila, Philippines

Phone Number
(+63 2) 725-9439, (+63 2) 721-2759, (+63 2) 721-3413

Sunday, August 23, 2009


My little Yap family just has to have Shabu Shabu EVERY WEEK! Yup you saw that right... EVERY WEEK!!! Every time I ask Mati where he wants to eat on our usual Sunday dinner, he always shouts SHABU SHABU!!! Because we are such regular customers, we are very good friends with the Managers and waiters of the branches we usually go to.  Those guys saw Mati and Andrei grow up.... really.

We go to Podium every Sunday while in Rockwell on special whims. If your kids love noodles, we strongly recommend you have dinner at shabu shabu. The kiddies will have fun cooking and slurping all the soup and noodles. I'm sure they'll love the squid balls! Mati grew up on this while I was pregnant with Andrei when we started becoming "addicts" of this restaurant! Try it! It's very healthy too! He he he!


The first time we ate in HEALTHY SHABU SHABU was in Power plant mall. Mati was about a year old and we were curious at the long line of people during a rainy night. We were entranced with the people slurping over boiling pots of soup and dipping their fresh meats in it as well.

While eating, WOW! I was so happy that HEALTHY SHABU SHABU was very kid friendly. Mati, who used to be a picky eater, he's a foodie now, LOVED their noodles and their squid balls. For an OC Mommy like me, I was relieved that their soup base had no msg and was nutritious because of all the vegetables cooked in it.

After that first meal, we never looked back. We ate at HEALTHY SHABU SHABU, on a MORE THAN regular basis! Ha ha ha ha! 

Before it was only the vegetable set for us which consisted of vegetables, squid balls, meat balls, crabstick, taro, glass noodles and udon noodles. But like I said, I was OC so I often requested for ALL udons, ONLY taiwan pechay, and JUST crabsticks.
He he he! You could say that Sally's character was based on me. Tee hee!

Now, we would order more meats and seafoods since the kids were growing up and growled for more. 

Sometimes they would eat everything that I am just left with the vegetables... I kid you not.

Our favorite bottomless Iced Tea!

See? Even the red Power Ranger loves HEALTHY SHABU SHABU!

This is my dipping sauce... I mix a big portion of their sate with green onions, lots of garlic and loads of chili. I love drenching all of my grub here. Sometimes I would even put this on my rice! YUM!

Did I say SHABU SHABU heat? he he he he!

Now THIS... is all mine....

Little Mati is tickled pink that we are eating once more in his favorite restaurant!

I love this picture of Mati and Yub....

Even Red Power Ranger agrees as he photobombs!

Check out Mati sneaking a bite out of his noodles from the pot. He's so eager that he ate it even if it is not yet cooked!!!

Naks! My pogi chef!

Andrei gets fussy in his chair if he is made to wait a long so we just call him when all is cooked and his food is ready on his plate. 

Mati slurping away....


This is the only time my husband agrees to cook since it is so easy. You just dump everything and wait till the soup boils!

While we wait for everything to simmer down to perfection, of course, we take pictures!

If I may correct myself, when you eat at Shabu Shabu it would be better if you don't just dump everything into the boiling pot.  It takes TECHNIQUE!

Of course you put in the ingredients that take longer to cook like the taro, corn, carrots, and noodles. These items need to be simmered for 15 minutes...

Seafoods only need to change color while the special meats should be dipped in the boiling soup for 20 seconds. 

Follow these simple steps for a superkalifragalisticespialidocious meal in HEALTHY SHABU SHABU....

If you can't wait and still dump everything in, you'll still have a delicious experience.

So it is a win win situation for patient (Yub) and impatient (me) people! Wohooo!

Is it done yet??

Peek-a-booing onto my soup!

Grub is finally cooked! TIME TO EAT!

While waiting for Andrei's soup to cool down, I take some bites of my food since I was so hungry already.

My crummy hubby took pictures of me without me knowing it. 

Oh I hate shots of me eating....

He said he was so amused that I kept on talking... and eating... and talking... and eating...

... and talking... and eating... and still talking....

Andrei's food is ready and now the "adorable" cutie is going to eat!

Mati is a fast eater like his Daddy that he is already finished when it is Andrei's turn to eat. He patiently waits for us to finish by exploring the nooks and crannys of the restaurant.

On another day, October 2009, we again took pictures of our meal in HEALTHY SHABU SHABU....

For those who know Andrei, they would agree when I say he has an AVERSION to food. Yup! You read that right. If he gets his way, he does not want to eat at all. 

Sometimes elders would say, just don't feed him and he will eat when he's hungry.

I tried that ONCE and he did miss 2 meals. Ngiii! That will NEVER happen again.

That is why it is such a relief that he loves HEALTHY SHABU SHABU. He eats with gusto their noodles and drains the soup from the bowl. 

I would sometimes sneak in tofu and egg in his soup base for a bit more nutrition in his diet. 

Would you believe that my choosy baby would have 2 bowls of noodles in HEALTHY SHABU SHABU? Afterwards he would ask for his favorite dessert which is often free for every set meal... the black gulaman!

Now what Mom in her right mind would NOT want to eat here with her choosy kids? 

Yup! As long HEALTHY SHABU SHABU would not change their recipe and maintain its delicious but nutritious grub, then we will be here... always...

Here's me and Andrei for a Mommy and Baby date last February 2013...

... here's TEAM YAP on Easter 2013.

Told yah!

If you eat there, you might just see us! He he he he!


Healthy Shabu Shabu
The Podium
2/F The Podium, 18 ADB Ave
Wack Wack, Mandaluyong
(02) 914-1028

Power Plant Mall
G/F Power Plant Mall, Amorsolo Drive
Poblacion, Makati
(02) 898-3979

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