Food Trip: Bawai’s Vietnamese Kusina, Tagaytay

Bawai’s Vietnamese Kusina, Tagaytay


Vietnam has been known as an amazingly exotic tourist spot known for its breathtaking natural beauty and astonishing Asian cuisine.


Vietnamese cooking remains as a fascinating draw for tourists. Traditional Vietnamese cooking is immensely admired for its fresh ingredients, minimal to nil use of oil, and dependence on herbs and greens. With the balance between fresh herbs and meats and a selective use of spices to reach a fine taste, Vietnamese food is considered one of the healthiest cuisines worldwide.


For Filipinos who do not have the luxury of time to go and travel to Vietnam, the second closest thing to tasting a healthy authentic Vietnamese cuisine is to visit Bawai.


Bawai means grandma in Vietnamese.


Yong and Virgilio Tatlonghari opened their cozy home for weekend dining.


Bawai Hiden Restaurant is a Vietnamese restaurant in Tagaytay (and they now have a branch in White Plains too) which serves authentic home cooked Vietnamese food. This refreshing restaurant which sits beside a cool green garden, is located at the second floor of Bawai’s house.
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Bawai Yong is the person behind this refreshing restaurant. When we visited her, Bawai cooked the healthy meals herself and she imported the ingredients straight from Vietnam.


Our meal starts with tea.
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Goi Cuon (P195) Vietnamese Fresh Lumpia – fresh noodles, fresh caramelized pork and steamed shrimp roll wrapped in Vietnamese rice paper, served with special Vietnamese sauce. Highly recommended.
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Food Trip: Oakroom, Oakwood Premier

“The Oakroom is Oakwood Premier’s signature restaurant, rendered in sumptuous browns and earth tones with views to the city.


It offers a fine selection of international cuisine by French Executive Chef Jerome Cartailler who uses natural and the freshest seasonal ingredients to present an excellent range of choices, from Filipino and Asian favorites to gourmet classics and healthy options.


Popular dishes include Seared Tuna Loin, Braised Sea-Bass Fillet, Chicken Tikka Masala and the famous Choco Lava Cake.


The Oakroom has three private rooms that can accommodate six up to 15 persons for dining. It is open 6:00 am to 11:00 pm daily.” –


Oakroom restaurant – with its dark wooden furniture, white linen, and brown leather chairs – is very cozy, elegant and inviting.

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Food Trip: Cafe Sabel @ BenCab Museum, Baguio

Cafe Sabel is the in-house restaurant of the BenCab Museum. For more details regarding the BenCab Museum, please click here (


Cafe Sabel is named after BenCab’s famous muse in his paintings. Sabel is BenCab’s famous subject that recurs through his works, inspired by a real-life scavenger from Tondo whom he photographed and sketched in 1965.

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