Let them eat (unli) rice!

Backstory: My friends and I meet every two weeks. I usually meet them on a Friday to avoid the extreme Manila Traffic Experience. And every time we meet up, I beg and cry for us to eat in “unli rice” places. Cos extra rice in BGC is 45-95 pesos. YES, Fucking bite me. I miss Jolly Jeep in Makati.

In my quest to provide a competitive list to make meet ups with friends EPIC, I have done my research to further support the ideology of “LET JOANNA EAT UNLI RICE”, hence the title of this piece.

Aside from the economic theory governing this escapade, there are several theories why Pinoys like Joanna crave rice despite it being deviant to her “AFAM ONLY” appetite.

THEORY 1 – We are Pinoy-Bred Rice Eater.

Our culture comprises Chinese, Malay, Spanish and other indigenous influences. As a result, our taste in food is a bold combination of sweet, salty and sour flavors. Also Filipino cuisine is constantly prepared and served with the use of dipping sauces such as fish sauce, soy sauce which amplifies the need for a neutral flavor to balance the robust taste.

Rice is indeed the perfect side dish. Another factor would be the fact that we Filipinos grew up eating rice.

THEORY 2 – Rice is Ohana, Ohana means no rice will be left uneaten or forgotten.

Apart from the previous statement being 100% witty and corny, this supports a psychological theory. There is nothing more disheartening than having an unjust ulam to kanin ratio. Who wants to see ulam left over and  no more rice to balance it out with? As my beloved grandma would say it, QUE HORROR!  Thus, availing unli rice ensures satisfying rice to viand ratio.

Below are the restaurants that offer unli rice in Makati and BGC.

In Makati

Establishment Location Price Range (per person)
Mang Inasal Glorietta, Dela Rosa, Market Market 150 – 200
Tokyo Tokyo GB 1, Glorietta, Market Market 150 -250
Sinangag Express Makati Cinema Square 100 -150
Karate Kid Waltermart, Market Market 150 -200
Bacolod Chicken Inasal  Glorietta 200 – 350
Chicken Bacolod GB 1 200 – 350
Giligans GB 1 100 – 250
Yoshinoya Glorietta 150 – 300
Yabu: House of Katsu Glorietta, SM Aura 500 – 700
Kanin Club Ayala Triangle 200 – 400
Tokyo Tonteki GB 5 250 – 500
Saboten Glorietta 500 – 600
Tonkatsu by Terazawa GB 2 600 -800
Simple Lang Ayala Triangle 400 -600
Tonkatsu Maisen GB 5 500 -700
Urameshi – Ya Yakiniku Little Tokyo 600- 700
Chef Lau’s Pugon Roasters Ayala Triangle Gardens 250 – 400

In BGC, Taguig

For souls like me who love rice but BGC is expensive AF.

Establishment Location Price Range (per person)
Abe Serendra 400 – 700
Wang Fu (highly recommended!) Serendra 250 –500
La Creperie Burgos Circle 250 – 500
Sariwon High Street 400 – 700
*Restaurants in the first table are included because of close proximity to the office location of Joanna’s friends
*Second table was created in case friends decide to visit in BGC
*Values are in Philippine Pesos
*Prices are based on Zomato/ Munch Punch prices

Remember, too much of anything can kill you, except rice. And if someone ever defies that concept, hold my rice bowl as I kung fu that person’s ass.

Sources:

http://www.pepper.ph/let-them-eat-rice-exploring-the-pinoy-unli-rice-obsession/

http://www.spot.ph/index.php/eatdrink/53492/unlimited-rice-restaurants

https://www.zomato.com/manila/restaurants/dish-unli-rice

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. Nakakaloka! Unli rice pa more. Hahaha

    Sent from my iPhone

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    1. Joanna L. says:

      Inspired by you guysss ❤

  2. Love 2 Type says:

    Rice picture looks inviting.

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