We couldn’t resist a visit to the Mall of Asia- the third largest mall in the WORLD. Yes, world. It was definitely big, with an IMAX, movie theatre, Olympic-sized rink, and a Discovery Center.
Now a mall is a mall right? But the bigger the mall the more food options :O) We didn’t feel much like shopping, although Lil and I both bought a piece of clothing. We were hungry since it was lunchtime. We found a place with Filipino food and a menu we could not understand, but they had vegetarian!
After a delicious tofu meal we did some more exploring and came to the PB & Co. store! There is one in NY which Lili and I plan to go to, and even though we ate plenty at lunch we decided to split a PB & J shake- the best I EVER had. OK, the only PB & J shake I ever had but I bet if I tried it elsewhere it wouldn’t be as delish.
Our real intentions for going to the Mall of Asia was to see a movie. When my Momma would tell us stories about growing up in the Phils she would always talk about going to the movies. It’s a big thing especially with the hot weather and since the theaters are air-conditioned. The IMAX was only showing John Carter, no thank you. Instead we went to the regular theater and saw The Lorax.
Sidenote: It blows my mind how Dr. Seuss wrote The Lorax in the 70′s and it seems like we still aren’t getting his message. Don’t worry I won’t get all environmental activist on you… I’m just saying.
Think the MOA is the only mall in the Philippines- HA! There are so many others. In fact there is one connected to our condo and another right around the corner, literally. The SM Mega Mall is another giant mall in Asia…I think 13th or something like that in the world.
Well it was in the Mega Mall I found a rare precious gem- VEGETARIAN FILIPINO FOOD. Located right smack in the middle of the giant food court. It was if the Angel’s guided me to the gates of Heaven. Yes, it was THAT good.
Let me explain. There are times when being a vegetarian makes me sigh and wonder. My whole family eats meat, and all Filipino food is cooked with meat. My mom makes these amazing egg rolls & pancit, and on special occasions we have these delicious steaks my Dad perfectly grills up. I used to eat this stuff, and when I sigh it’s not about the fact that I can’t eat these foods it’s more about this feeling that I’m missing out on the social aspect that these foods bring. Filipino parties, family barbecues…food brings people together and sometimes when you’re the only one eating the tofu steak it makes you sigh.
So when I found this gem of a place and when I ordered lumpia and skewers- foods my Mom & Dad make- I felt as if a part of me came back to life. Weird, I know… but food is magical & apparently so are GIGANTIC malls!