First, allow me to thank Ganso-Shabuway for selecting me as one of the bloggers invited to their exclusive blogger event. I have just started blogging this year so this is really the first time that I received an invitation which is why I’m really happy and truly honored. Thank you! 🙂
Ganso-Shabuway held their blogger event last July 16 and 17, from 6PM-8PM at their branch in Shangri-La Plaza. This event gave selected bloggers an exclusive chance to taste their newest menu offerings. Yey!
Fortunately, I did not have any class bookings scheduled that time so I was able to attend. Weee!
In this event, Ms. Timmy presented us a total of 10 new dishes, each of which we got to try for FREE… so yah.. great food… all for free —> that’s like paradise for me. 🙂
You’ll be happy to know that Ganso-Shabuway will soon offer new selections of appetizers, seafood and rice bowls. Yes! Rice bowls. Ganso-Shabuway is known for their hot pot meals but now, luckily for us, they have decided to give us even more reasons to love them. 🙂
Let’s check each one, shall we…
Details: Miso glazed eggplant served on a bed of silky tofu and topped with sesame seeds
If you have read my previous posts, you won’t fail to notice the number of times that I have said “I hate vegetables! I don’t eat vegetables!” (LOL!). However, I wanted to give my take on their new dishes so I put on a brave face and tried each one. 🙂
This is my first time to eat an eggplant and I’m happy to report that it did not taste like any other vegetables that I have tried in the past that made me want to throw up. OMG! Imagine my excitement when I realized that not all vegetables taste awful – a realization that I could actually eat something healthy… for once. Haha!
Look at that! I was able to eat everything! Apparently, eggplant tasted like ‘kamote’ to me which isn’t a bad thing since I can handle that type of food. The tofu, which I normally find bland and unacceptable (except when I’m eating Taho) tasted really good too. From now on, if I feel the need to eat something healthy, all I have to do is head on to Ganso-Shabuway, my savior. 🙂
Details: Marinated fried chicken served over squash
This chicken was very tender and its taste was somewhat citrusy. The squash – also my first time to try – tasted like sweet potato to me. It was surprisingly good! But if I have to choose between Chicken Karaage and Nasu Miso Itame, I’d go for the latter because it tastes better.
Details: Pan fried dumplings stuffed with beef, pork, mixed vegetables, and mushroom
Just like the first 2 appetizers, this one also has vegetables and mushroom – I forgot to tell you.. I also don’t eat mushroom (except for the mushroom soup, which I love) – but, much to my surprise, it did not taste like vegetable at all. The ingredients worked so well together that I couldn’t tell them apart. It was so yummy!
Details: Deep fried wontons stuffed with beef, pork, mixed vegetables, and mushroom
This is similar in taste with Beef Gyoza. Both are delicious, with or without sauce. It’s just a matter of choosing your preference: pan friend or deep fried?
Details: Tuna belly glazed with a garlic butter yakiniku sauce
Of all the dishes I’ve tried, this is my favorite. How can it not be? Garlic?! Butter?! Yakiniku sauce?! You just can’t go wrong with that! It was sooooooooooooooo delicious. It did not taste like fish at all. Others said it tasted like chicken but, to me, it tasted like pork. Haha! It was just oozing with flavor – a lot of goodness in one bite.
Details: Crispy ebi tempura served with mixed greens and dipping sauce
The ebi tempura – cooked to golden-brown perfection – was really crispy. The dipping sauce included tasted like Tonkatsu sauce(?) which was a good match but I prefer the original Tempura sauce. As for those leafy vegetables, I only ate a very small piece because unlike the eggplant and squash, THIS actually tasted like the kind of vegetables I wouldn’t and couldn’t bear to eat (LOL!). I just had to stop and move on to the next dish. Hehe!
Details: USDA Choice Angus beef over rice topped with our homemade curry sauce
This is extra special compared to those curry dishes served in other restaurants because they use USDA Choice Angus beef for this one. The beef was very tender and perfectly cooked. The curry sauce was really good and was well-seasoned which is why even though I have already eaten a lot, I still couldn’t stop eating. I made sure that by the time the waiter takes my bowl, there won’t be anything in it except for some carrots (LOL!).
Details: Crispy ebi tempura over rice topped with our homemade curry sauce
***We no longer had a sample of this dish since it’s basically the same with the beef curry – same homemade curry sauce – and we already got a taste of their ebi tempura in their other dish – Ebi Fry. I’m sure though that this one tastes just as good or maybe even better. You’ll just have to try both to find out! ^_-
Details: USDA Choice Angus beef over rice topped with our homemade yakiniku sauce and sesame seeds
This was the dish that I’ve been looking forward to the most because beef yakiniku happens to be my favorite Japanese food. Just like the beef curry, this also comes with USDA Choice Angus beef so that alone should bring your dining experience to a whole new level. The only thing I did not like about the sample dish that I got was the amount of onions I had in my bowl – I don’t like munching over big pieces of onions. LOL!
At this point, I thought that the taste test is already over since they already covered all the new dishes that I saw on their menu but lo and behold… there’s one last dish for us to try…
Details: USDA Choice Angus Beef with noodles and mixed vegetables
By this time, I was already full but because I never turn down free food (hihihi), I managed to try some of it and I’m glad I did. It was very flavorful. It was like a whole lot of ingredients poured over a yakiniku-like soup. It was very yummy! It was almost like a continuation to the beef yakiniku that I ate – except that this is in the form of soup and that it comes with noodles and a variety of vegetables. If I wasn’t too full, I would have eaten more of this. 🙂
The picture above is not enough to describe how much food I’ve consumed that night. The only thing that’s clear is that I really enjoyed eating all those dishes – even those with vegetables in it. 🙂
Do you want to try all these dishes too? I bet you do! 🙂
Ganso-Shabuway will launch these new dishes next week but only at their Greenbelt and Shari-la Plaza branches – other branches… to follow… so stay tuned. ^_-
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