FOOD REVIEW: Wild Ginger at Rockwell Makati


If you want to get a taste of food from British India and the rest of South East Asia, then Wild Ginger is the place to visit.  I am not a fan of any particular South East Asian food since I would admit I do love Japanese and Filipino dishes the most, however, by visiting this place you will discover the hidden taste of food you never thought existed.

I am lucky to once again be invited by Zomato to be one of the foodies to try out this place at Rockwell in Makati City.  The place is not hard to find and is with other food establishments at Power Plant Mall.

The most controversial food perhaps which some would thought is not authentic is the "Gula Melaka" served by Wild Ginger.  Why?  Well, by searching online you will usually find a brown circular chocolate like thing which is similar to what we know as "Pakaskas" in the Philippines.    Gula Melaka in effect is also Pakaskas,  both of them is the sugar from a coconut tree. 

What is Gula Melaka then served by Wild Ginger?  The proper name of the dessert should have been SAGO PUDDING.  It is made when Gula Melaka is combined with coconut milk and poured over a sago pearl pudding, make this dessert a true delight.

Now on to the other food which we have tried during our visit to Wild Ginge.  Let me arrange it according to what I like the most:

1.  Beef Rendang - This is Indonesian Beef Stew, which is indeed very tasty.  It might be similar to another Filipino dish but this one is more delicious than that.



2.  Thai Green Chicken Curry -  This is also very good and is better than our local chicken curry.  I think this one is less oily than the dish we commonly known locally.  Very tasty and worth experiencing.



3.  Roti Plata with Curry Dipping Sauce -  this is an Indian dish which is very popular in India.  It is very tasty specially if you dip it in the spicy sauces provided for such a great food.  The dips are a bit spicy but what would you expect from an Indian food right?  Enjoy Roti Prata and the dip as is to experience its truly authentic taste.


4.  Spinach and Dhal Chapati - I had been looking online for a reference to this and the closest I get is something which looks like a curry, however, Spinach and Dhal Chapati from Wild Ginger is more like a sandwich which could be dipped in a Yogurt Sauce.  I do not know if what I have seen at Wild Ginger is different from what I saw on other sites.  The food is good and mixes well with the dip.  Again this one also has spiciness in it. 



5.  Pad Thai which is the National Cuisine of Thailand is also one dish that is worth trying.   It is a stir-fried rice noodle dish commonly served as a street food and at casual local eateries in Thailand. It is made with soaked dried rice noodles, which are stir-fried with eggs and chopped firm tofu, and flavored with tamarind pulp, fish sauce (nampla น้ำปลา), dried shrimp, garlic or shallots, red chili pepper and palm sugar,  There you go, another good food that is to be discovered.



6.  Sticky Toffee Pudding - this one is sweet and blends well with all the spiciness in their other dishes.  Although it taste good, I am sure that one serving will be enough to make your meal complete.



7.  Crispy Veggie Spring Rolls - I am not a fan of this one but I would say this is also worth trying.  I did not find it very tasty though but some said that it is delicious.  Well, perhaps I just get used to seeing so many variations of spring rolls.



If there is one thing that I should have asked for more that would be their very good preparation of Lemon Grass Tea.  It is for me one of the perfect renditions of this highly healthy tea.  You can taste both the ginger and the lemon grass.



Wild Ginger despite being located at a prime spot in Makati offers a very affordable and descent pricing.  This place is even more affordable than one restaurant we tried which would cost too much just for one dish.  A place worth visiting indeed.

Have you been to Wild Ginger too?  Comment your experience below.

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