Thursday, January 12, 2012

My First Bite: Jatujak

After a fun pamper me day that fattened our wallets… with receipts, my friend and I decided to have a not-so-heavy dinner as we were still digesting the food we ate from Mesa.
We were planning to eat at this Persian restaurant along Mega Strip but we got lazy after doing a quick grocery. We then decided to eat at Jatujak instead as it passed my one and only requirement: must be a restaurant I have never been to before. It was odd though as I am a frequent diner of Pho Hoa. I guess I have really not been fond of Thai food before. 
The place was quite small but you can’t deny the Thai ambiance with the purple motif of the restaurant. Service was also quick. The waiter gave us a menu as soon as we sat down. Perhaps, it was because we sat near where the owner was busy computing the day’s sales figures.

We were not very hungry then so we just ordered Fried Pork Spring Rolls (PHP135), Pomelo and Prawn Salad (PHP210), Mixed Balls Noodles (PHP150) and Sticky Rice (PHP90). I wanted the Tapioca in Pandan Cups but it was not available. :( For drinks, we ordered the Thai Iced Tea (PHP85) and Thai Iced Coffee (PHP75). Yes, we were not hungry at all.
Our drinks were served fast and we were surprised that the serving was pretty generous. Definitely worth every penny!!!
My drink was not something extraordinary though. It tasted a bit like the iced Nescafe served in convenience stores. My friend A on the other hand enjoyed Thai iced tea. In fact, she finished the whole glass even before they served our dessert.
The other dishes (except for the dessert) were served all at the same time and we were overwhelmed because we were “not very hungry”. We tried the spring rolls first and it was… filled with bean sprouts. It was weird that I didn’t get to taste the pork at all. It was also a bit oily. I can’t help but compare it with the oh-so-yummy Pho Hoa version.
Next dish we attached was the pomelo and prawn salad. The pomelo was sweet but the prawns were a bit small. The dressing was also a bit sweet but it was still very much delightful.
The mixed balls noodles on the other hand hit the spot. The balls—beef balls, chicken balls, shrimp balls, and squid balls were fun to eat with the noodles. The noodles were the somehow thick and chewy type that I like. The best part was that it was so cheap too!
As for the dessert, it was the good ‘ol sticky and chewyrice topped with coconut cream and mangoes. It was actually good as the rice was not hard and the mangoes were really sweet. But I was still disappointed that I wasn’t able to order the tapioca in pandan cups. (Spoiled foodie here.)
I’d definitely go back for the noodles. I also heard from my mom that they ate something there that they love. I just forgot the name of the food but seeing how excited she was when she shared it with me, it must have been one great tasting dish. 

Jatujak is located at Ground Floor, Building A, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City.

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  1. i wanna try that mixed noodle w/ assorted balls!! i havent been to jatujak.. boooo! :P

  2. ML, next time try the Satay, Bagoong Rice, Green Curry Chicken and Cuttlefish salad! Really good :)

  3. I've been wanting to try out Thai restos that I've never been to. :) I haven't been to Jatujak but I do see it around. Curiously, all in all, would you recommend it? :D

  4. Thai Ice tea tasted good. :D I liked it actually.


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