Sunday, March 25, 2018

Weekend Food Trip at: Mazendo + The Dessert Museum

I have been to Taiwan and tried their food, so when I saw Mazendo Restaurant, hailed as Taiwan's Best Beef Noodle soup, I had to drag my family to dine there after The Dessert Museum family bonding.  

If you are on a rush, yes, it is worth the visit!  And double yes, it is authentic!

Let's start with the appetizers that makes people come back for more!

Pan-Fried Pork Dumplings

Though the bottom side was up when it was served, I had this clueless look, why would they offer me a paper?

Thankfully, it wasn't a paper, the bottom side is made of "wrap" fried neatly so you can actually eat it together with the dumplings! Yummy as you get an extra crisp!  Extra will always be good!

Boiled Dumplings in Sesame Sauce 
Pork or Vegetarian
This is truly authentic, with peanut sauce and sesame oil!  We find the sauce overwhelming as I can only appreciate peanut sauce on Kare-Kare!  If you like uniqueness, give this a try!

Matsusaka Pork Jowl
Php350.00 a la carte
A thin strips of pork that tastes really good even without sauce.  It comes with a serving of beef soup which I extremely LOVE!

I originally wanted their bestseller Braised Beef Soup but it was out of stock.  So I opted for this because most of their other noodle dishes are spicy and my stomach won't be able to take it (ulcer issues!)

Roast Beef Noodle Soup
Really tasty and delicious.

I can't seem to find this on menu and it has a spicy version but I opted for non-spicy and it is really delicious.  Love the fresh noodles and the beef is actually tender and delicious.

Zha Jiang Mien with Minced Pork and Fried Soybean Sauce
To those who know me pretty well would understand that in any Noodles restaurant that offers "dry noodles" as I like to call it, I will definitely order them because I fell in love with Zha Jian La Mien when I worked in China.  This is a Taiwanese version so it coes with thick soybean sauce.  To those who haven't tried this type of sauce will take a bit of time for their taste buds to get used to this, but I highly recommend to mix the sliced cucumber as it counteracts the strong taste with a refreshing crunchy texture!

Pork and Egg Fried Rice
A small serving of fried rice that is yummy but I wish they offer bigger serving because a rice eater may eat this all alone!  :D

S Maison, Conrad Manila, Seaside Boulevard
 Corner Coral Way, Mall of Asia Complex (MOA)
Pasay City
Tel. No.:  (632) 824 7834


Since we're at S Maison and you are into taking good-looking photos, you may want to visit the newest photogenic place in town!  The Dessert Museum (Php699.00 online rate, Php799.00 walk-in rate)

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"The Dessert Museum is 8 mouthwatering rooms of sugar-filled happiness. This is the only museum you’ll ever slide into! Follow our Candy Rabbits through our Donut Hole and slip down our sprinkle slide. "
Most of my friends went with friends or with fellow adults as for me, nothing beats taking your son who loves looking at giant candies and enjoy the view of colors - he saw The Dessert Museum weeks ago but the place was closed so he just stood there outside waiting for them to open *awww*

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You can actually walk-in but I highly recommend to book online as they can get really full especially on weekends.

Please keep in mind that you don't just enter into this museum of sweets and explore on your own.  There will be a one-two hour tour of the museum that starts every 15 minutes beginning from 10:15am to 8:30pm.  

It was difficult for me to go through the "tour" and explanations by the guide if you have an active toddler who is on sugar rush and can't stand/sit still!  But I tried my best to listen but they weren't that strict.  I actually liked the time frame given on each room at least it won't get crowded!

We started off with the room of Donuts!  It was the first room we visited, you'll see a slide, loads of hanging "hard" donuts.  I originally worry Kyle may ruin these donuts but they are extremely sturdy hanging from the metal string!  

You just have to be careful as I hit my face with donuts so many times!

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Then comes the next room - The Marshmallow Room.
This time, the mallows are soft to touch!  

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There's even a huge rainbow where you see big mallows as the "pot of gold"!  You can pick your huge mallows with 3 different foundues --- Chocolate, Strawberry or Caramel.

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Then you go into the Naughty or Nice Room which, by the way, whatever your choice is will lead to the same room!  A room split with 2 colors - Blue and Pink (the same color we used on our wedding day!)

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Yes, I have a naughty little boy there!
Naughtier with sugar rush! 

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This is actually my favorite room because you get to play with seesaw and swing!

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And there's also shelves of balls!  Colorful balls!  If that can't make you happy, I don't know what would!

And why this is my favorite room?  Because they got my favorite desserts here!  The Macarons!  They tastes really yummy!

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The Ice Cream Room is my next favorite because it is indeed photogenic!  You get a Hot Air Balloon with tons of colorful balloons which reminded me of the lovely story of UP!

The room offers various flavored ice cream sticks - get the Cookies and Cream or Strawberry ones!  They come in big and small sizes! 

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Then comes the Gumball Room.  There's a huge gumball machine where you can get in and have balloons fly all over!  I enjoyed it a lot but my son didn't!  Natakot siya hahahah!  Don't worry, it's not really scary, my son was starting to get hungry!

Loving how visually cute this place is!  Gummy bears, more balls and balloons everywhere!  I even liked the Gummy Bear drawings on the floor!

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The Cotton Candy Room is the most difficult part for my to control my son!  He started touching and picking the fake cotton candy!  I mean, seriously, they look so real!

Of course, at the end of the room, you get - what else?  FREE COTTON CANDY!

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The last room is the Cake Pops Room!  You get true-to-life looking cake pops and they look so yummy I feel myself salivating!  You get cake pops at the end of the tour and you also get a balloon with a piece of chocolate inside - so you obviously need to pop it!

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Overall, I had fun because I was able to take a lot of great looking family photos!  Here are some tips that I would love to share to you!

  • The Dessert Museum doesn't have A LOT OF DESSERTS as you would expect.  This is more of a photographic-friendly place that you can post on your social media account - even print it out to hang on your walls if you use a good camera.
  • I'm not sure but I don't see water in the museum?  You can actually by them maybe at the end of the tour or maybe ask for assistance, I'm sure they sell it there.  
  • Try not to bring a lot of stuff, they don't have a locker for you to store your things so it is a bit difficult to tote huge items while you try to take good photos.
  • Dress up!  It pays to dress up really nicely - something that would match the colorful rooms!  Wear something pastel maybe? 
  • Bring a camera, I mean, phone photos are great but if you wanted to print them out or really use it as a momento, bring a good camera with you ... PLEASE.
  • If you are taking along your kids, make sure they don't touch or pull anything - it is really tricky for me to try to divert my son's attention from the fluffy cotton candy -- maybe get him the real one once you enter the room so he starts eating instead of pulling?
  • Do not loose your arm band - this band is what you use to get desserts inside each rooms.  It tends to get loose while you play and have fun!
  • 2 hours may not be enough if you take gazillion photos, so make sure to plan ahead, maybe...3-5 good photos each area (1 room may have 2-3 areas) and for the rest of the time --- HAVE FUN!  Don't stress too much on taking good photos for the "gram" as at the end of the day, the bonding time is the most priceless of them all!

G/F, S Maison Mall, Conrad Hotel Manila, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City
Store Hours: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM (Last tickets sold by 8:00 PM)
Mobile: +63 917 506 2670
Facebook: The Dessert Museum

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