We've gone to different school, we were of different age, we grew up in our own familial environment, but one thing is for sure, food is our passion. It's just amazing how people are brought together by sharing the same virtue, the joy of eating. *smile*
My first meet up with Harris and Xinli, fellow foodies happened in a restaurant that's very close to my heart...a place serving Filipino cuisine. Just like my companions, it was also my first time to dine here at Bonifacio so we were all up for a nice treat. Harris, made the reservation and arranged the logistics (thanks). We met up at Outram Park station though I missed them when I exit the train station (I guess I was in a hurry as I was 5 mins late). Xinli had gone around the area and took some nice pictures check out: Kreta Ayer and Kheong Saik Road. Btw, he's also a walking GPS :D (you'll never get lost *wink*)
I've been hearing Bonifacio from my Filipino friends, but never got the chance to try it. The moment we enter the place, it feels like home.
With drops of soy sauce and squirts of lime, mixed together, ready to dig in
Chicken Inasal (4.5/5) - Xinli got this chicken and was surprise how this tasted so good and unique. It may look the usual roasted chicken you can get anywhere but making it says otherwise. A friend from Bacolod, a place in the Philippines where this chicken originated from told me the tales on how they cook the original chicken inasal. She mentioned that making it is not as easy as 1-2-3. Chicken is first marinated with garlic, vinegar or lime (giving its sour taste but not overwhelming), soy sauce and others. And it should be marinated not too long nor too short. Afterwhich, it's grilled while being basted with annatto sauce (which is another process of completing the best of this chicken). I was able to taste a portion of Bonifacio's version, and yes, i'm approving it! Check out an extensive review from Xinli.
Daing na Bangus (3.75/5) - It sounds complicated but basically, this is deep fried milkfish. I've been craving for this and have requested mom to cook it for me for my first dinner when i'm back in the Philippines. Bonifacio's version was well marinated and with the dip of native vinegar (pinakurat) completed the works. It was cooked the Filipino way, fried until it's crispy (see how the fish ends were curled), just the way i like it. It was air flown from the Philippines, thus, it's a bit on the pricey side. (craving costs a lot of money, tsk tsk :D)
a cup of adobo rice shared with Xinli, fulfilled our 'balanced' diet. (the rice according to XL and Harris, tasted like a good, oily duck rice)
*adobo - marinade with soy sauce, vinegar and basil
You might be wondering, we didn't order pork at all. What could be more enjoyable, if we are able to share our food with each other. That's what you called the 'love for food'.
Price Summary (SGD)
Tuna Sisig = $12.95
Himagsikan (seafood) = $22.95
Chicken Inasal = $11.95
Daing na Bangus (Fish) = $22.95
Mango Shake = $5.95
Sago't Gulaman = $4.95
Adobo Rice = 90 cents
*GST and Svc Chg apply