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  • Writer's pictureMonch Weller

[10] On Quick Fixes: Triptych 3

Updated: Sep 28, 2022

(AUTHOR'S NOTE: This triptych was first published in January 2014, kicking off the new year. Sadly, mall-going will be a distant memory in this new normal post-Covid19.)

Let me start by telling you this one thing about me: I tend to visit malls whenever boredom strikes.

Any shopping establishment is fine with me, though I have a propensity to visit the malls in Ortigas (Robinsons Galleria, SM Megamall, EDSA Shangri-La Plaza, and The Podium) and Cubao (Gateway Mall, Farmers Plaza, Ali Mall, and SM Cubao) just to do some window shopping or actually buy something if I have money. Of course, it’s inevitable that hunger will strike during my visits to these three malls.

Luckily, these malls have affordable dining places that can satisfy your craving. Here are three.


Whenever I crave for authentic Taiwan-style chicken, there’s always these Pepper Salt Chicken Chops from Chatime. The crisp coating, tender chicken breast, and delectable flavor always leaves a mark with every bite. Their Annatto Rice Pilaf goes best with the chops as its subtle flavor is enhanced by the chicken’s seasoning. The rice is topped with toasted garlic and chopped parsley for a hint of texture. Pair your meal with Chatime’s wide selection of hot and cold drinks, and you’ll be sure to have “good tea” and a “good time”.


From the island of Formosa, let’s move to the island city of Singapore. Hainanese Delights is known for its affordable Hainanese chicken and other specialties with unlimited rice and soup. Their A Bite of Both meal headlines shrimp and pork dumplings go best with the unlimited rice and soup. The Tofu with Vegetables (as seen in that picture is also a noteworthy dish) Fried tofu, carrots, and cabbage mixed with a sweet-salty sauce provide a refreshing break from the savory overload.


It’s time now for dessert as the previous ones were heavy lunches. I usually buy from Bakers Fresh at EDSA Shangri-La Plaza, specifically their soft and silky egg tart that counteracts the sweetness of the macarons. The macarons from Chateau De Paris are a new-found treat of mine at P240 for a box of six, a price that doesn’t burn a hole in your pocket. Just a bit of toning down on the caramel flavor’s sweetness and all is well. Aside from macarons, I’m also a fan of milk tea like Chatime above – and Serenitea here is another favorite of mine. Their wide selection of flavors is also popular, however I learned that cold milk tea doesn’t go too well with macarons.


How about you? Where do you head over to have a quick fix and satisfy your craving?

Until the next review, bon appetit.

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