Cover Photo: Instagram/Khao Khai

Welcome to Foodie Finds! This is an article series by Tatler, chronicling where and what to order according to the food-obsessed.

I myself have never understood non-foodies. How can one not love flavours, spices, aromas and all the cultural nuances and memories that come with every bite? Dining is an experience meant to be savoured and is even more fun when shared with loved ones. Dining around a table means sharing, conversing, bonding and learning. A dish can tell you so much about a person, a culture, and a country. It speaks volumes of a nation's history and is an art form on its own. Skilled hands are trained over the years or are born out of pure passion and practice. Professional chefs and home-cooks alike, from young stars to grandmothers, have been cooking up meals filled with emotion and have truly made us foodies, happy.

Through Foodie Finds, we ask our epicurean friends to share their favourites. In this feature, we tackle takeout and delivery. Hear what chef consultant Jorge Miguel Mendez of Ohayo Maki x Ramen, Tadeo Fil-Mex, Byrdtubs, and Okbob has to say about his go-to shops for takeout here:

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1. Grace Park

@graceparkdining

The best authentic batchoy is in Bacolod, no doubt. But when I tasted Grace Park’s batchoy. . .to me it’s batchoy on steroids, what more can I say?

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2. Khao Khai

@khaokhaiph

Personally, my fried chicken cravings are not your typical fare. My go-to would be a really good Thai fried chicken, and Khao Khai’s Gai Tod (with sticky rice) is my favourite. I just love how it retains its crispiness, and the level of umami it delivers is quite hard to beat. You can’t ask for anything more than that.

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3. Eat Fresh

@eatfresh.hkstreetfood

These days the hustle gets very real, and sometimes you just have to do what you have to do. On those days that I feel I’ve worked really hard and I know I deserve a really good cheat meal, I go to Eat Fresh and I order salt and pepper intestine. It’s a not-so-guilty pleasure of mine.

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4. Krung Thai

@KrungThaiMooBaanMarikina (FB) 

It’s one of those places that you probably won’t know about if you’re not from Marikina, but it is an institution by our standards. Pre-pandemic, our family would go to Bangkok at least twice a year and by far Krung Tai’s seafood rice and seafood tom yum is the closest to the real deal for me. Do yourself a favour and go to Bangkok. . .or visit Krung Thai (1 W Paz, corner M C Cruz Street, Marikina) and have a [food] trip.

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5. Molly’s

@mollysdonutbrunchcafe

This was quite a surprise since this was just shared with me, their dough is seriously one of the best I’ve ever had, and the different flavours are just the literal icing on top for me. Take your pick!

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6. El Union

@elunion

These past years, we’ve been going up to La Union (LU) rather frequently. I for sure am not alone in saying that this is one of the best-grilled cheeses ever—everyone who has been to LU has made the trip to El Union, and those who have stayed loyal customers to them always make it a point to grab their signature grilled cheese before heading back down to the city. I am one of those people!

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