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It’s been a couple of months since we had our (early) dinner at Wooden Spoon.  Although a bit delayed, I felt that that unforgettable Wooden Spoon dining experience last October still deserved a little write-up.

It was word of mouth and a few thumbs up from some close friends that brought us to Wooden Spoon at Katipunan Road , QC last October after my daughters’ recitals at UP College of Music.

Personally, I wanted to see what Chef Sandy Daza has up his sleeves these days.  You see, we were acquainted in the 1990’s when I was Brand Manager of Lee Kum Kee , which sponsored his show, Cooking it Up with Sandy Daza. At some point, I even found myself cooking with him on a few episodes at his home in Magallanes.

It was a time when chefs and cooking shows were not as common as today  on television,  and sponsorships were hard to come by.  SySu International, where I had worked, and whose brands included McCormick, Clara Ole, Kellogg’s, Kikkoman  and Lee Kum Kee, appreciated the potential of cooking shows early in the game.  My company’s involvement  with Chef Sandy Daza led to an unforgettable encounter with the distinguished chef.

IMG_2139These days, chefs do not have it as tough. Considered  celebrities on mainstream media, sponsors and opportunities are plenty.  Chef Sandy Daza, being one of the veteran chefs who  paved the way for the  culinary industry’s success on mainstream media, deserves a huge credit.

Reading Wooden Spoon’s menu is like reading  a diary of the good chef’s culinary conquests. Each dish  offered on the menu speaks of the chef’s personal experience—and it kinda draws you in.

IMG_2123The appetizers included Lumpiang Sotanghon, Crab Pancit  and Wansoy  Shrimp Nugget.

We ordered the latter two. The crab pancit was excellent. It was a combination of scrambled eggs, crab flakes and light crispy noodles.  It was all that my 4 year old daughter had that afternoon.

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The pork dishes include Bicol express, Adobo Flakes, Tostadong Adobo, Binagoongan, Lechon Kawali, Dinakdakan and Dinakdak na Lechon. Beef Dishes include KareKare, Kaldereta, and Beef Stew.

Among the chicken dishes, we ordered  Baked Chicken, Lemon Grass Chicken and Wooden Spoon Crispy  Chicken.

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We also had Squid with Chili and Mushroom and Shrimp Pampango. The Squid with Chili dish was a traditional dish, that one might also find in Chinese restaurants. The sauce is so good that I had more of it with rice after all the squid was gone.

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My personal favorite was the  Stuffed Pechay , inspired by the chef’s imagination, which had pechay stuffed with tinapa, and spicy coconut sauce. It’s another “lick the plate ’til all the sauce is gone”  kind of dish. Haha, I hope you don’t think I actually did!Photo 3

The Fiesta Rice  made me feel like my mom was personally cooking in   the kitchen. It seemed  meticulously prepared. It had Chinese chorizo, red eggs, and tinapa. I could eat it with nothing else.

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For dessert, we had pandan crepe and sago cake.

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Wooden Spoon serves students and families in the Diliman area. Thus , it is reasonably priced. Our party of seven spent around P1,800, an average of  P257 per person.

It is the heart and talent of veteran Chef Sandy Daza that one experiences at Wooden Spoon. Just like its chef, it  has humble beginnings, but  is destined to carve a strong name in the  industry.

It’s all thumbs up, for Wooden Spoon……and my kids are harsh critics….

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