South Bay Food Crawl – The Wrap Up

 

Before we went to Tijuana Seafood Bar, we stopped by Hogetsu to get some mochi and to give our bellies a bit of a rest. I waited to take pictures when I got home, showing some restraint from schoffing these down just long enough to take a couple of pictures.

It was my first time there but this place has been on my list for a very very long time. What I got were similar to what CC had gotten, which you can read about here. I got a white with red bean and a pink one with white bean filling (my favorite), an orange one with white bean (which was delicious), a pink flower with white bean (it was pretty but I preferred the more plain ones), and a sweet potato with cream, which I wasn’t a fan of. It was just a bit too mushy for my liking. I also got one that had a powder, which I can’t remember what it’s called, with red bean filling, I think. (CC mentioned that the yellow powder is called kinako, which is soybean flour.) Overall, the pink colored and orange flavored with white beans are my favorite. Wish I would have bought a dozen of those!

After our last taco stop at TJ Seafood Bar, we decided to walk off our meal a bit by visiting Seafood City. I’ve never been to Seafood City, not even the on in Mira Mesa (even when I lived in MM) so this was quite fun for me and I learned a lot about Filipino food from CC (not that I can remember it all). I only took a few pictures but check out CC’s post here since she always has fun and informative pictures.

As our last stop of the day, we popped down just a bit further south to Teresita’s Fruiteria. I’ve read about their chamangos from CC (read her post here) and was eager to try one. It almost sounded like a li hing mui mango slushy.

I really didn’t need to look at the menu to know what I was getting. Here’s our order. I think these were medium sized.

Can I just say that I’m addicted to these things now? The chamoy is kind of like li hing mui powder I suppose as far as flavoring stuff. But chamoy is a paste where li hing mui powder is not (duh, CAB!). I love the saltiness of the chamoy mixed in with the slushy-mango-y flavor. The chamoy is the dark red stuff. Look at those chunks of mango on top! GAW I love these!

Not only did we enjoy some delicious food, I also received some wonderful stuff. Here’s a picture of the lovely cardamom braided bread that Cathy made for us. So good toasted and with coffee. The bread is sitting on a cake plate that CC made for me. I loved the retro Christmas pattern.

Here’s a shot of the bottom. Pretty cool.

And that wasn’t all. CC also made a smaller, more contemporary platter for me. Very elegant and I loved the candlestick bottom.

¬†And let’s not forget the remainder of the food. Well, at least the ones I remembered to take pictures of before I inhaled them. CC’s gift goodie packaged treats (those prawn crackers were gone in minutes). I also received some home baked goodies from CC, lemon cheesecake bar (oh they were so good!) and I think Magic 7-Layer Bars, which the Mister called dibs on. But uh, yeah, we kind of eat those before I remembered to take a picture.


I also got some calamansis oranges (these are not oranges but a hybrid of citrus fruits, thanks for the correction, CC)! I’ve used some in a roasted chicken the other day.

Not a bad haul, huh? It was a great day of good eating with good friends. Can’t really ask for much more than that. Well, maybe just to do it again in the new year.

 

8 Comments

  1. hi c – the chamangos were the small size ($4- 12 oz). they are addicting!

    the calamansis aren’t really oranges but they look like tiny oranges with a very thin rind. i just squeezed the last few ones i had left and froze the juice in ice cube trays.

    glad you liked the plate stands! :)

    • Hi CC! Yeah, those damn chamangos are like crack to me. I got the large and would you believe I drank a whole large in one day?

      Thanks for the clarification on the calamansis. I had to look it up and it’s a hybrid “citrus”. I’ve made the correction in the post. They are good.

  2. Too bad I was way too full or I would’ve ordered one of them chamangos myself.
    Btw, I was at Marukai today and saw for the first the wrapped variety of spam musubi. I wonder if someone there reads my blog!? haha. Hope you’re having a good weekend so far. Cheers

    • Thanks Dennis! I was pretty full too so that chamango lasted quite a while.

      That’s funny you saw the wrapped Spam musubi. I don’t remember if I’ve ever looked for musubi there but I’m going to now!

      Hope you’re having a good weekend too!

  3. I’m just now catching up and need to do my posts also. This was a nice memory jog. I crave the Chamango and have tried the Mangonada beverages at three Fruiterias already; all in the name of ‘research for a post’. {Chamango is different and I think I need to do a side by side.} I’ve also returned to almost every place we went, with The Mister in tow. This was such a nice post.

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