The first time I heard about this was when I received a very cryptic invite two years ago. Well it had the date, time and meeting place but that was it. No description of what was to happen, no photos, nothing. As much as I am a control freak, the invite surely got my attention and curiosity. Sadly, I received the invite when Paul and I were having our vacation in California so with a heavy heart and an extremely curious brain, I had to send my regrets. It was only a few days after that I began seeing photos shared by fellow food bloggers and food lovers on what the dinner was all about.
As it turned out, it was a mystery dinner for a cheese brand and all the participants were asked to go to a meeting place. Little did they know was they were about to be "kidnapped" and to be whisked off to another place. It was a good thing that the whole thing was legit or else it surely sounded closely similar to a kidnapping plot, doesn't it? Well, luckily for the "captives", they feasted on a full course meal that evening. Upon hearing about it, I really thought the concept was brilliant. Manila is one of Asia's food destinations where people love eating out, cooking and going on food trips. However, what sets this apart is you have no idea what you'll be having for the meal and all you have to do is to give your full trust to the organizers and most especially to the chef. The group who conceptualized these mystery dinners is Pinoy Eats World. A group of food loving individuals who have been hosting dinners after dinners under different themes. They rarely repeat themes which means, you're assured of having a unique experience every single time you join them.
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Once again, I was in heaven. I love how tender the meat was and even Paul was happily nodding and eating and nodding again. I'm so happy that we finally can have real homemade corned beef in Manila which definitely has pulled the mark way up up and away from the usual canned versions. This is not saying that we have now turned our backs at the canned ones as they will always have a soft spot in my heart but fresh homemade corned beef has brought our taste buds to a different gastronomic level and we're so glad we had the opportunity to be able to try it. Do be ready to pay a premium price for this delicious piece of meat though but let me share with you one of my mom's favourite Chinese saying that goes like this: 一分钱一分货 (yi fen qian, yi fen huo). This means, you simply get what you paid for. Fresh homemade corned beef takes a great deal of time to cure and the quality of the meat is definitely of a different level. Thus, you can't expect it to taste the same as the mass produced ones. Mr D, in particular, makes use of top grade Kitayama Wagyu Beef thus you are assured of getting fork tender beef all the time.
|That's JJ Yulo of Pinoy Eats World!|
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