It was showering and our initial thought was to find a shaded area to eat. We settled at the Thai restaurant Me Love You Long Time. The restaurant was the corner of the food park and within its three wooden walls were quirky decorations, from the multicolored bottle lights or the Buddha heads on the counter, that sets the atmosphere to relax. Our first order was the Beef Rendang (Php 159). We suggest you go early to this food park because the service is unbelievably fast when there are barely any people. When the dish arrived on the table, in record time of less than ten minutes, it looked amazing. One of us forgot that we had to take a picture first because she couldn't wait to try it and she just dug in. The rendang sauce is sweeter and nuttier compared to the normal rendang sauce, which usually has a mild spiciness. Sadly the sauce was a bit watery. As for the beef, it was easy to pull apart and super tender. Totally worth the price. Along with his dish we ordered a Thai iced tea (Php 49) that happened to be milk tea.
We left one of our companions to finish off the beef rendang to circle the rest of the place. We decided to order the Picnic Bucket Number 1 (Php 120) from Crazy Chef. This was four-piece wings in spicy sauce served with rice. The crispy, but somewhat small, wings were coated in sauce that was quite spicy, even to the numbest of taste buds, but also had a hint of sweetness. Apart from the heavy wings, we ordered a small cup of Kwek Kwek (Php 50) which seems a little pricey for a few pieces and a little splash of spiced vinegar that was barely there.
Next was a burger from G.R.E.A.T Burger Truck. You can't miss the bright red food truck near the entrance. We ordered the Flying Pig (Php 160) that was a burger that included bacon and fried egg. We hoped for more bacon. We also hoped for crispier bacon. But in the end, it was pretty filling and worth the price. On the side were crinkle fries (Php 100). Crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, just how fries are supposed to be. To wash it all down, we got a bottle of Homemade Raspberry Iced Tea. It was a bit too sweet for homemade iced tea, but hey, on a summer day it was definitely refreshing.
Mexikombi is the most adorable food truck there is so far. It caught our attention probably because it was one, a red Volkswagen van from the 70's (probably why the place is called Mexikombi), or the mustache painted on the face of the car. The booth was decorated to resemble a cute little backyard fiesta. We had the Chicken and Beef Soft Tacos (Php 130) with Blue Lemonade (Php 35). For the chicken taco, you could taste that the chicken was really marinated for a while. It's just a big explosion in your mouth. The spiciness is just right. The beef was saltier than the chicken but that wasn't technically a bad thing. However, we prefer the chicken because the beef taco was around your typical taco with a soft shell. Both tacos had a good meat and toppings ratio. The people in charge of the food truck just tempted us to buy one of their drinks because it was placed in a beautiful mason jar jug. We could see the lemon, and basil!, floating in the jug. The drink was subtle, refreshing and perfect for the humid and hot afternoon.
Round two was much sweeter and a lot weirder. We had the Swiss Missed (Php 120) from The Lost Bread. What was really cool about this drink was that it had this squirter filled with kalhua. The alcohol didn't overpower the drink at all, just gave it a little kick within all that creaminess. This drink should be shared with another person. If we had any significant others, this would be the drink that we would share with them.
Something we noticed that kept coming out of Me Love Me Long Time's kitchen were the spring rolls. On impulse, we ordered the surprisingly cheap dish (Php 99). A lot of people were ordering it probably because you would never get fresh spring rolls at this price anywhere else. Well, not anywhere we have been so far. It would have been better if it was served cold but there's no doubt about it that these spring rolls were fresh, from the shrimp to the mint used. We wondered if it would be better if it would fare better with that Thai fish sauce dipping sauce instead of the peanut dipping sauce they had.
Then things got weird when one of our friends brought to the table The Soul Food Truck's Fried Cheese (Php 70). Dont complain about it being only three pieces. Remember that this is pure unadulterated cheese deep fried to a golden crisp. After a few bites, you just want to call it quits. This snack was made for sharing. Definitely. What was scarier was its dipping sauce. The cinnamon flavor is strong in this one, very strong.But when we each took a bite of deep fried cheese dipped in cinnamon sauce, we all agreed that it actually worked. The sauce was sweet and the cheese was salty, plus this little spice from the cinnamon. A good snack after a few drinks. Or during a few drinks.
Speaking of drinks, Endless Summer has the best smoothies. Their Choco Banana (Php 80) and Strawberry Mango (Php 90) smoothies are just two of their long list of drinks. We wish could take 20 home for each drink.
To end the night, we entered Magpie Cafe's air-conditioned crate container. We ordered a Nutty Banana Bingsoo (Php 150). Bingsoo is Korean shaved ice. Just shaved ice. You could eat this dessert alone, when heartbroken especially, or with friends like we did. It's comforting in this summer heat since it's reminiscent of our country's own halo-halo. It had shaved ice with milk topped with bananas, chocolate, and crushed nuts. Except that the shaved ice wasn't as sweet and comforting as to the ice in halo-halo. Strangely the nuts tasted like the nuts they serve on airplanes, or Happy Nuts? Maybe if they didn't use peanuts that were a tad bit salty, or just used a different type of nut, it would have tasted better. There was also an out of place tube ice swimming with the shaved ice.