Mandarin Sky Wok at Panay Avenue

Mandarin Sky Wok at Panay Avenue

In days when we are not quite sure what we want to eat, Jr and I would always tell each other we want something “light”. Something “light” is as vague a term as it can be, and it had since been a running inside joke between us. Through the years of wanting something light, we have crafted what light means to us: No rice. It may be sandwiches, or milk tea with appetizers, or even dimsum — just as long as we do not have it with rice. So basically, if we want kare kare, and we don’t have rice along with it, it’s still a ‘light’ meal.

Recently, something light has evolved into something soup-based. And over the course of our relationship, we have grown a fondness for shabu shabu. And shabu shabu is best eaten when there’s overcast — sweater weather. If there’s even just a cloud blocking the sun, and we’re eating out, we’ll probably end up somewhere where there is hotpot.

Lucky for us, our favorite hotpot place in Banawe opened up a branch in a location nearer us, like walking distance near. Mandarin Sky Wok opened in a dining compound along Panay Avenue, which is extremely convenient when we’re at a lost for where to eat.

That’s marriage for you. If you’re still single and have not yet taken the big plunge, here’s a news flash. Being married is mostly deciding where and what to eat. And if you do get married, get a guy or girl who looks at you the way my husband looks at shabu shabu.

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Mandarin Sky Wok
23 Panay Ave,
Brgy. Paligsahan, Quezon City
Opens from 10 am to 10 pm
022469069 ext:865

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CHEAP CHOWS | Panda Shabu Shabu

CHEAP CHOWS | Panda Shabu Shabu

I have a confession to make.

Obviously, if you scroll through this blog, you know we eat out a lot. We love trying out new restaurants in new malls, and going back to old familiar haunts that have been on our regular rotation in all the years Jr and I have been together. There are stand-outs now and then and thankfully a handful of misses. But few establishments have brought me more excitement and joy than walking to any SM food court.

SM food court is my happy place.

Since I’ve spent most of my waking days in Ortigas for the last 3 years, I am partial to SM Megamall food court. And as it lives up to its home mall name, the food court there is massive. I could eat there in one month and never repeat a meal for 30 days. Not only does it have a shit load of restaurants to choose from, in one restaurant, especially the “lutong bahay, turo-turo’ type, the combination you can eat for a 150 (tops!) peso meal is endless. I don’t go there often, but when I feel like eating ilocos empanada and sinigang na baboy in one sitting and don’t feel like cooking, I get off the train a station early, pass by the foodcourt at the basement before heading to work.

On one of these fateful occasions, I noticed something new in the many selections. There was a counter length line, which was pretty decent in a place where there are tons of options. It’s a personal size shabu shabu, boiled right off a hot plate. My interest was piqued.




For 135 pesos, I got the beef shabu shabu hotpot, which came with a couple of slices of beef, some processed meatballs, vegetables and vermicelli noodles. It also came with a cup of rice. It was hot, the soup was savory and though it seemed like a light meal if you don’t have it with rice, it was surprisingly filling. I was so shocked and amazed about this discovery I had to share it immediately. With Friendster-level testimonial.


One Saturday, we had to go to Megamall, something we dread and try not to do on a weekend. Good thing, we had something to look forward to: Japanese multiple entry visa on our passports which we have to pick up on Reli.

And then I dragged by husband to the basement and celebrated with a couple of hotpots.


Panda Shabu Shabu
Food Court, Bldg A SM Mega Mall
EDSA Cor. Julia Vargas Ave., Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong

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