10 Great Plates for People Who Always Go for Steak
Because deep in your heart you know you need to eat veggies.
(SPOT.ph) It’s the beginning of a brand-new year and what better way to greet it than by finally fulfilling your new year’s resolutions? (Yes, the ones you didn’t stick to last year...and the year before that). By now, you must have had a hunch that this isn't any gratuitous list about steak, which we all know you've had a lot of in the past year. Although attempting to achieve rock-hard abs may sound daunting and impossible, you can always try living a healthier lifestyle simply by eating your vegetables! We promise, they're good.
Common Table’s Korean Fried Cauliflower (a.k.a. KFC)
If you can’t resist Korean food, or anything deep-fried for that matter, here’s one dish that will make you eat your vegetables—The Common Table’s Korean Fried Cauliflower a.k.a KFC. Its name is just as appetizing as the cauliflower masterpiece itself, with a crispy coating that’s infused with a spicy kimchi purée adding a kick of spice and tanginess, and topped with toasted sesame seeds and coriander for that earthy-fresh flavor. Although it’s a far cry from chicken, trust us when we say it’s still finger-licking good.
Common Table is at 162 Valero Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City.
Flatterie’s Jalapeño Poppers
If you see eating vegetables as just another item to tick off your new year’s resolutions list, these Jalapeño Poppers from Flatterie by Todd English might just turn you into a veggie-loving convert. Think of it as spruced up dynamite rolls—these spicy, golden poppers are filled with gooey cheese and flavor-rich pepperoni slivers. The combination of flavors are an explosion in your mouth, especially after you pair them with the creamy aioli dip served on the side.
Flatterie is at G/F South Arcade, SM Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City.
26th Street Bistro’s Shrimp and Pomelo
The thought of having a salad is bewildering to your carnivore self, especially during the holidays—but it’s the New Year and we’re sure it wouldn’t hurt to change your eating habits, even just for a bit. For vegetable noobs, why not familiarize yourself with this colorful Shrimp and Pomelo starter from 26th Street Bistro? The greens in these dish are laced with a savory and creamy Thai-inspired dressing made of coconut milk, lime, and fish sauce. Not only that, but sweet pomelo slices and crunchy fried-noodle bits add a variety of delightful textures to the dish. If you’re going to eat salad, make it a good one. This will not disappoint!
26th Street Bistro by The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf has branches at 26th Street, Bonifacio Global City and Shangri-La Plaza, Mandaluyong City.
Ping Pong Diplomacy’s Crispy Eggplant with Fragrant Sauce
Can’t stand the taste of vegetables? We know one veggie hack that’ll make you want to lick your plate clean: Drown it in some hella tasty sauce! This particular eggplant dish at Ping Pong Diplomacy highlights a lip-smacking sticky and smoky-sweet glaze that works perfectly with eggplant slices that are fried in a crisp, golden batter. You’ll rethink your relationship with vegetables after this.
Ping Pong Diplomacy is at 3/F SM Aura Premier, Bonifacio Global City.
Tendon Kohaku’s Original Kohaku Tendon
Not all vegetables can give you that savory satisfaction only meat can offer, but try deep-frying them in a golden, crisp tempura batter and maybe, just maybe, it’ll help. After all, most Japanese fried foods are comfort on a plate. Take, for example Tendon Kohaku’s Original Kohaku Tendon that uses a variety of veggies such as green beans, shiitake, young corn, and pumpkin, as well as your usual tempura suspects like prawn and crab stick, to create a simple but soul-warming rice bowl.
Tendon Kohaku is at 3/F Uptown Mall, Uptown Bonifacio.
Elote Con Chicharrones from Alegria Conzinha Moderna & Sangria Bar
What’s a better introductory vegetable than corn? It’s sweet, tasty, and very versatile. Alegria Cozinha Moderna & Sangria Bar plays with the veggie and adds a bit of flair to their elotes, a popular street food in Mexico. The Elote Con Chicharrones features grilled corn on the cob slathered with fresh cilantro cream sauce, kesong puti, and coated with highly addictive adobo pork bits made into crispy chicharon. Partner it with one of their signature sangrias to find out what we’re talking about!
Alegria Conzinha Moderna & Sangria Bar is at 4/F Uniqlo Building, 7th Avenue corner 30th Street, Bonifacio Global City.
Fried Pickles from 8 Cuts
Sure, 8 Cuts is known for their no-frills cheeseburgers and glorious, glorious onion rings, but there’s one item on their menu that deserves more attention: Fried pickles. Think sweet and tangy pickles coated in 8 Cuts’ signature crunchy batter and served with a spicy, rich Bleu Cheese Sriracha dip. It’s every pickle lover’s fantasy, and one that might just make a lot of pickle haters change their minds.
8 Cuts’ fried pickles are only available at 8 Cuts Greenbelt 2, Ayala Center, Makati City.
Char Siu Roll from Phat Buddha
Fresh cucumber, lettuce, and spring onions all wrapped up in a rice-paper roll may sound intimidating to non-veggie eaters but Phat Buddha makes it more appetizing by adding decadent chunks of grilled pork belly, glazed in a sweet and salty hoisin sauce. Its festive colors are also an enticing feast for the eyes—next thing you know, you’ve left the entire dish spotless.
Phat Buddha is at 42 Katipunan Avenue, White Plains, Quezon City.
Café Enye’s Pollo Croquetas
These Pollo Croquetas at Café Enye will make you doubt you’re really eating vegetables. Newsflash: Potatoes are, technically, veggies too! Blended with secret spices, these fried potato balls are packed with an oozing and creamy chicken béchamel to make it all the tastier and filling. Don’t forget to dip each croquette in Café Enye’s special salsa verde for that punch of heat and freshness!
Café Enye is at Mezzanine Floor, Citi Plaza 34th Street, Bonifacio Global City.
Vengo’s Shiitake Mushroom Tostada
Vengo in Makati tries their hand at creating one-of-a-kind taco flavors that you won’t be able to resist, even though they are, well, full of vegetables. The Shiitake Mushroom Tostada is one you shouldn’t miss, with a mixture of earthy shiitake mushrooms, sweet fried shallots, bell peppers, and a dash of lime all laid in a toasted mini tortilla.
Vengo is at C. Palanca Jr. Street corner Dela Rosa Street, Legazpi Village, Makati City.