Monday, July 25, 2016

Salted Egg Chips Craze: Stella Wood Fired Bistro

I am a big fan of salted eggs. I would go crazy every time I see some in bazaars and end up buying at least half a dozen of these delectable poultry goods and enjoy it with tomatoes. I'd also order any dish with salted egg in order to satiate my undying desire for it. Unfortunately, not a lot of restaurants carry salted egg dishes. And so when Mela of Raintree Group posted Stella's newest salted egg creation, my tastebuds clamored for it and I can't let a week pass by without giving in to my tummy's desires.

Hello, Stella Wood Fired Bistro
No heavy rainfall can come in between me and my salted eggs! Okay, fine. I was just so lucky that the rain stopped by the time I clocked out of work. 
I managed to get to Stella around 6:30 pm and there were only a few tables occupied. I figured the heavy rain earlier and the fear for carmaggedon scared the bistro's regulars and potential customers. (I was wrong though as more diners came in past 7 pm.) 
The restaurant has a chill vibe and seems like a perfect place for friends to catch up or a casual date over a few cocktails and light dishes.
I was quickly ushered to my table and I ordered a plate of Salted Egg Chips (PHP220). While waiting, one of the staff noticed that I put out my fan as I was feeling a bit hot. She quickly adjusted their small electric fan and pointed it towards me. I was impressed with her proactiveness. 
My plate was served in a jiffy and Chef RJ who prepared it took some time off to explain the dish to me.

This version of salted egg chips is the creation of Chef Kalel in response to the increasing demand for the addicting savory snack that you could buy from weekend markets. The great thing though about this one from Stella is that you could control the richness of your chips. Unlike the ones from weekend markets, Stella's version is not coated with salted egg but comes with a dip composed of salted egg and maple butter creating a lovely contrast of sweet and salty flavors. The chips were also topped with basil leaves for a nice refreshing taste. They also made the potato chips ridged so that it'd be crispier. 
The trick to enjoy these chips is to make sure that you let the chips soak in the delectable dip for a minute or two. I was very conservative at first and only put a bit on my chips and felt like I was eating usual crispy ridged potato chips. I was blown away though when I ate the chips soaking in dip. Forget control or being stingy! Let those chips drown in the oh-so-yummy sauce! 
Oh and for all those salted egg lovers out there, Stella and Rocketroom is already thinking of selling their salted egg dip for us to enjoy at home with whatever... May it be chips, pasta, chicken fillet and whathaveyou! I can't wait to grab a jar or two of that! 

While indulging on the superb chips, Mela suggested that I try Cha Cha Chia (PHP225), a refreshing combination of passionfruit syrup, chia seeds and lime soda. 
It sure was a thirst quenching drink! It was slightly tangy because of the passionfruit syrup and the chia seeds added texture and character to the beverage. It also gave me an impression that I was drinking something healthy. I'd definitely order this again! 
See you again, Stella! Thank you so much, Mela for being such a nice host! 

Stella is located at Ground Floor, Bonifacio High Street Central, 7th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City.

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