I love, love, love Japanese food. I could survive on the cuisine for a whole month and would never grow tired of it. And I’m pretty sure a lot of Pinoy foodies would readily echo my sentiments once asked. I mean, just check out your Facebook feed. Everyone (and by everyone, I MEAN EVERYONE!) has been posting Japan travel photos for the past year or two. Filipinos are obsessed with all things Japan and I’d like to believe it is all rooted on our love for Japanese food.
So when the famous Bijin Nabe by Tsukada Nojo opened in S Maison, it came as no surprise that dozens would flock just to get a taste of the famous Beauty Pot from Japan 🙂 Here’s a bit of a backgrounder for you guys followed by photos from our visit from last weekend.
“A first of its kind in Manila, Bijin Nabe by Tsukada Nojo is a unique Japanese farm-to-table concept restaurant that is popular in the region for its signature Beauty Collagen Hot Pot, also known as Bijin Nabe.
Just like its overseas counterparts, the Philippine branch of Bijin Nabe by Tsukada Nojo uses the Golden Collagen Stock – a rich, exquisite broth that is specially concocted for the famous Beauty Collagen Hot Pot. To ensure quality, the broth is imported directly from the Miyazaki Prefecture in Japan, which is home to the Jidori chicken.
Considered as the “kobe beef of chicken”, Jidori is a special breed of chicken that’s meatier and more sinewy, making them tastier and richer in collagen. They are grown in the only privately owned free range farm in Japan, under constant care and with a closely watched diet. To produce the famous broth, they undergo a delicate, 18-hour stewing process until the essence of the bones and meat are completely dissolved into the stock.
The result? A delicately milky chicken broth that makes a delicious and enjoyable dish when combined with the freshest vegetables, seafood, and chicken. To add unique dimensions to the flavor the soup, Bijin Nabe is best paired with a selection of four condiments: the light soy sauce that is Shoyu, the flavourful Leek Oil, the zesty spice of Yuzukosho, and the aromatic chili layu sauce. To know more about the Bijin Nabe by Tsukada Nojo, visit the official website at http://bijinnabe.ph.”
Aside from the Collagen Hot Pot (which claims to infuse a lot of beautifying magic into your skin), I personally enjoyed the Japanese Caeser Salad, Maximum Fried Eggplant (I should get 3 orders next time!), Chicken Nanban, Niku Maki and the Sweet Potatoes and Ice Cream for dessert. Those would be my top recommendations to order on top of the superstar, Bijin Nabe. Thanks again Bijin Nabe for hosting us! You can find them at 2nd floor of S Maison Mall in the Mall of Asia Complex.