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5.090 Claypot Chicken

-Cycle 5, Item 90-
5 (Sat) April 2014

-Singaporean-
Claypot Chicken

3.75

at Sta. Elena Golf & Country Estate

-Santa Rosa City-

with various Korean staff members of WHO and visiting faculty from Yonsei University, including Y Lee

Sta. Elena is a country club.  Located in Santa Rosa City, about 1 hour south of Metro Manila.   Members only, plus guests.  For whatever reasons, a lot of Korean WHO staff have memberships there.

Tonight was my second visit.  The first time, a Sunday afternoon back in January, no special occasion, we had lunch in the clubhouse, after which Yuri and I sat around* for a couple hours while the others played 9 holes.  This time, the occasion being a welcome gathering for the visitors from Yonsei University, including Yuri--five of the six people at a dinner in Seoul on one of my trips in February (see generally 5.047 Assorted Sashimi) were again on hand here--currently in town to attend the public health law consultation next week, Yuri and I arrived just before dinner, after the others had finished their round.  

*I was invited to play, but I'm not a big fan of golf, so I haven't really played since college, though I may consider taking it up again (see for example 5.056 Dubu Jjigae).

The view from our table.

Our table.

The clubhouse offers a full service restaurant.  Extensive global menu, offering Filipino and other Asian dishes, such as stir-fries and noodles, and European fare, such as pastas and sandwiches.  Across the board, the food is consistently good.  Supposedly, the guy in charge is an actual chef, from Singapore, so that would explain it.

And the prices are ridiculously cheap, around 200 to 300 pesos per item, cheaper than most places on the outside.  The corporate policy is to generate profits from the memberships and the yearly dues, so that members don't worry about the cost of incidentals once they're paid up and on the premises.  

Yuri's contribution: Ballantine's 2014 Golf Limited Edition--nice touch.

The best dish of the evening was the claypot chicken.  Singaporean, so no wonder.  The chicken was exquisitely seasoned and cooked with a touch of char.  The rice was nicely crisp from the hotpot.  The fresh bean sprouts and scallions added a fresh counterbalance in both taste and texture.  Although I hesitate to confer upon it a perfect 4.0 rating, it came very very close--maybe next time.

Assorted tapas (clockwise from bottom left): gambas al ajillo (3.5)--excellent; chicken wings (3.5)--something about them, I dunno what; calameres al ajillo (3.5)--the real kind (see for contrast 5.089 Calameres al Ajillo); sweet & sour fish cakes (2.25)--neither sweet & sour not fish cakes are my thing, but very well done here.

Kangkong in bagoong sauce (2.5)--a bit too salty.

Mapa tofu (2.5).

Stir-fried beef & cabbage (3.0).

 Nasi goreng (3.0).

Deep-fried bangus (2.0)--confirmed, I do not like this species of fish (see for example 5.051 Inihaw na Bangus).

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