Foodie Vid: ‘My Joy’ Mexican Taco Review – Philippines

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  2. It’s hard to find good food places.
    Then you find great spot and then they have to move or relocate .
    I love spicy food can’t wait to make it out to the Philippines.

  3. Hello Reekay, what was that shipping co. You vlogged about before. I have to send some documents from Guam to Manila

  4. I been trying to buy tacos and find taco shells, or corn tortillas in Santa Rosa Laguna PH, with no luck.

    1. Bambi makes corn tortilla shells but you have to look well. Most are make of flour. They make flour tortillas. Stat away from them. Mission (made in Singapore) has good flour tortilla wraps we use for burritos. When we can’t get them, my wife makes homemade. Look in Robinsons, S & R,, Metro, and Landers.

  5. The dressing looks Philippine style on the first look. It always has to be too sweetened (i.e. spaghetti, burgers, tacos, etc…). Philippines has historically struggled as a market of Mexican style cuisine.

  6. Hows Vi ? When I come to the Philippines my plan is to travel Island by Island month by month can you possibly make a video on how to travel focusing on budget around the Philippines concentrating on sites Beach/ Paradise locations

    1. @Reekay’s LifeBeyondTheSea Really only with the look of that’s TACOS i pass 1 mile away much more with that salsa on top jajajajajaj

    2. she wasn’t with me, but she had previously told me she didn’t think they would be very good, when we saw the poster at the mall earlier together.

      she prefers the tacos at Army/Navy much better. 🙂

  7. Spicy sweet sauce should never be on a taco. I don’t understand why they can’t seem to replicate the amazing Mexican food we have here in California in other countries. It really wouldn’t be that hard for them to learn authentic mexican cooking.

  8. There used to be a nice Mexican restaurant there at Ayala Mall some years ago, over on the far side. Seemed to be very authentic and the food was great. Wonder if it’s still there?

    1. @Reekay’s LifeBeyondTheSea That would be it! It had the unusual shaped/cool looking ceiling fans. A few local girls I took there weren’t all that keen on that type of cuisine. 1 girl I met walking through Ayala one afternoon took my eye and I asked her and her friend for a coffee. That was 2008. We Skyped for a year and got married in 2010. We live in Sydney and she runs a childcare centre now. Lovely girl. I’m 55 she’s 40 now.

    1. Sorry, but my wife and I went there ore-pandemic in SM mall. I ordered tacos, she ordered burrito. We will never go back and make them better at home.

    2. yes, and good burritos. but they’ve been closed (and still closed) since march/covid hit here at ayala mall.

  9. Try Maya! Their tacos are really good, my favorite is the quesadilla. They don’t have corn tortillas only freshly made flour tortillas.It’s close to IT park.

  10. Henry you should try armynavy the burritos are good, they have different tacos and soft tacos. The burgers are pretty damn good too. They make a salsa that is awesome. It’s near you too.

    1. yes, vi and i love the tacos and breakfast burritos at army/navy. their Calif Burger is really good too. although the salsa they make is really weak, but the food is good.

  11. Fun fact:
    MyJoy used to be MacJoy. Then McDonald’s sued them. They decided to just change their name than go through all the litigation.
    And that’s why I hate McDonald’s.

    1. yes, i’d say about 30% of the dishes i like. chicken lugaw, pork sisig, boneless lechon, chicken adobo being among my favorites.

  12. I ate at the Pancake House here in Manila over the past weekend. They have an ongoing weekend all you can eat special, it’s called “all you can weekend” tacos and spaghetti for p349. They were really good and they have cholula hot sauce. I ate 8 tacos and 2 spaghetti.

    1. wow, that’s a pretty good deal. they have one here at ayala, but not sure if they do the allyoucaneat here.

  13. We buy Mexican taco mix, ground beef, corn taco shells, Iceberg lettuce, Salsa sauce, ripe tomatoes and cheddar cheese locally here on Mactan. And make our own tacos at home. We often invite our expat friends for taco dinner and karaoke. Oh the good life.

  14. Hey.. if you can find a taco here that is a plus! lol. Good review. I’m like you.. I miss Rubios (Like you) and Wahoo’s Fish taco back home in Southern California! Real tacos! 😉 I have found a pretty good taco though in San Juan La Union! It is in a restaurant called Papa C’s right on the main highway. It’s a new restaurant. I vlogged it when it opened. They have wine tasting sometimes too! 😉

  15. On the subject of food. What country does Philippine food taste closets to?. I love Thai and Chinese but I’m not crazy about rice or pork. Chicken, beef or fish for me.

    1. A buddy of mine said Filipina’s pretty much eat like a 10 yo would if given the choice. Everything either really sweet or really salty. Gummy bears and sour patch kids I guess…hehe.

    2. it’s an odd-blend all it’s own really. it’s not like thai or mandarin chinese food at all, to me.

      PH food often relies on soy sauce and vinegar for many of the dishes. not really into vegetables like viet or thai food. always rice, with everything. and noodles such as in pancit. also, the PH food tends to either be very salty or very sweet. they make spaghetti but even the sauces from the store geared to filipinos are “sweet sauces”.

      i’d say my favorite dishes are the rotisserie chicken and the pork sinigang soup. chicken lugao soup is another favorite of mine.

    1. Del Taco isn’t a bad choice at all. Here in Phoenix, just like in SoCal, there are so many choices for Mexican food. In fact there are 5 or 6 Mexican food places 1/2 mile of where I live. Including a full fledged Latino grocery store 1 block away. Taco heaven!

    2. @Reekay’s LifeBeyondTheSea oh yea , Chipotle is pretty good too.. 100s of other mom and pop mexican food restos all over.. this area, great places to eat

    3. @Reekay’s LifeBeyondTheSea Rubios Tacos Rock! but my fav is Wahoo’s Fish Taco .. There is one near your mom’s in Temecula! 😉 great review!

    1. @Reekay’s LifeBeyondTheSea can you find like jarred salsa, tortillas, or hard taco shells etc from the united states or mexico in any stores there?

    2. it was more of a beef-like substance in a bbq/sweet sauce. between that and the sweet-thai chili sauce… tacos are not meant to be ‘sweet’. but nobody here makes a good salsa. not even army/navy. well.. except for Maya’s, they have a decent salsa.

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