Foodie Review: Mouthwatering Asian Comfort Food at Fika

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Hello dearies!

Last week I was invited by Zomato Philippines for another foodie meet-up. The foodie meet-up was held at Fika in Capitol Greenstreet Building in Quezon City. The name Fika is a Swedish word which means “coffee or tea break”. According to Mr. Mats Loo, Owner of Fika and Director of First Gourmet Academy, the restaurant is a project of the culinary school (First Gourmet Academy) which is also in the same building. Fika serves as a training ground for students to showcase the skills they learned from the academy. These students were properly guided by the academy’s experienced faculty in preparing the dishes.

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Fika started out as a coffee shop then later transformed into a restaurant that serves asian comfort food. The restaurant can accommodate 36 to 40 guests. It has an ambiance that is cozy and calm. They have a nice veranda overlooking the pleasant view of Capitol Hills Golf Club.

image The relaxing view of Capitol Hills Golf Club.

image View of the scenic sunset while dining.

Me and my fellow Zomato foodies were able to try some of their bestsellers. Here are the dishes:

Appetizers:

image Filipino Pork Crackling. Made from oven roasted salted pork rind sticks served with vinegar dip. This dish is sinfully delicious. The pork rind sticks are super crunchy. Perfect to eat with beer on the side.

image Chinese Fire Cracker Shrimp. Spicy crispy fried shrimps wrapped in rice paper. Another beer-perfect dish. The shrimp is juicy and not that spicy.

image Dynamite. Made from long green chili and cheese wrapped in rice paper then deep-fried. This dish is literally “the bomb” spicy level is 4.5/5. I love that it’s oozing with cheese. Also goes well with beer.

image Cantonese Pork Siu Mai. Made from steamed minced pork dumplings drizzled with sesame oil served with soy sauce and chili oil sauce. I love pork dumplings. Their dumpling has an authentic Chinese taste. The meat is juicy and goes well with the sauce.

image Indonesian Chicken Satay. One of their bestsellers. Grilled seasoned chicken breast in cube skewers served with peanut sauce. The chicken meat is luscious. The peanut sauce goes well with chicken meat.

Salads and Soups:

image Japanese Crab stick and Mango Salad. Mixed lettuce, shredded crab stick and diced ripe mango served with wasabi vinaigrette dressing. The lettuce is fresh and crispy. The wasabi dressing creates a burst of flavor that is fresh, light and zesty.

image Japanese Shoyu Ramen. Made from own-made egg noodles with seafood, vegetables in a dashi broth seasoned with Japanese soy sauce. The soup/broth is made from scratch without any artificial flavorings.

Mains:

image Malaysian Fish Sambal. Crunchy deep fried fish fillet with chili and garlic sauce. A thin layer of sweet and sour sauce is applied on the fish before coating it with bread crumbs. This dish is their version of fish fillet but with a twist. I like how it was cooked, juicy and yet crispy.

image Korean Spicy Stir-Fried Squid. Squid sliced in thin strips then stir-fried in Korean chili bean paste. This dish is loaded with spiciness. Spicy level 5/5. If you like spicy dishes then this one is for you.

image Thai Chicken Curry in Peanut Sauce. Chicken and vegetables simmered in Thai curry paste cooked with coconut milk and peanuts. This is my favorite among the dishes I’ve tried. The chicken meat is tender. The Thai curry and coconut milk creates a creamy flavor that goes well with peanuts. A must try dish! ♡

image Vietnamese Pork Stewed in Honey and Herbs. Pork slices braised for hours seasoned with curry sauce, honey and herbs. This is actually a sweeter version of our pork binagoongan. The meat is soft and juicy. The spices blended well with the meat.

image Cantonese Barbequed Pork. Pork roasted in oven for hours then grilled and simmered with Chinese barbeque sauce with sesame seeds. The pork meat is super soft it actually melts in your mouth. A must try dish. Goes well with Chinese yeung chow fried rice.
image Chinese Meat Balls. Pork meat balls and cabbage simmered with Chinese soy sauce. The meat is tender but a little bland.

image Pork Sisig. Their version of pork sisig uses pork rind. I suggest they use a little amount of mayonnaise in this dish because it tends to overpower the rest of the spices used.

image Tofu Sisig. I like that they serve a healthier version of the pork sisig.

Vegetable Dishes:

image Chinese Styled Stir-Fried Vegetables. Mixed sliced fresh vegetables stir-fried with garlic, chili and chinese soy sauce. My second favorite dish. The vegetables are crunchy to bite. The mixture of chinese soy sauce, garlic and chili creates a unique burst of flavor. A must try dish.

Rice and Noodle Dishes:

image Chinese Yeung Chow Fried Rice. Chinese-style fried rice with roasted pork, vegetables and egg. Their yeung chow rice is kinda heavy in terms of ingredients. You can actually eat this on its own.

image Chinese Chow Mien. Stir-fried noodles with chicken, seafood and vegetables then they added home made broth. This dish is another bestseller. The noodle is not soggy and is packed with flavour.

Breakfast:

image Beef Tapa with Garlic Rice, Fried Egg and Atchara. Their tapa is home made and it has no preservatives. The meat has this sweet and salty taste that is just right. Their atchara is also good.

image Omellete with Toast. Their omelette is cooked according to your liking. It is served creamy with cheese and vegetables as filling or just plain. This is perfect to eat with coffee.

Drinks:

image Iced Cafe Latte.I love their cafe latte because it’s creamy and not too sweet and bitter. It has an appealing aroma that will give you an instant perk.

Desserts:

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Thai Coco and Pandan Cooler. Coco and pandan jelly with sweetened coconut cream. The coconut cream goes well with pandan.

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Cantonese Mango Pudding. Hong Kong style pudding with mango purèe. The cream is flavored with vanilla then set overnight to develop taste.

image Filipino Leche Flan. Steamed egg and milk custard. It’s super creamy. Sweetness level is just right.

image Malaysian Pandan Cream Pie. Pie filled with a layer of pandan custard and sweetened cream. Malaysian version of leche flan. This is my favorite among the desserts I’ve tried. The pandan custard is cooked just right. It’s firm and creamy. I’ll give double thumbs up for this dessert.

I will give Fika a rating of 4/5 because they serve good food at an affordable price. Thank you again Zomato Philippines for inviting me!

Fika
Ground Floor, Capitol Greenstreet Commercial Center, Capitol Hills Drive, Old Balara, Quezon City

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