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Friday, March 24, 2017

BKK Express in Up Town Mall BGC - An authentic Thai food in fast food style

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Im surprised that I haven't posted a blog about my food adventure with BKK Express. Im glad that I stumbled to see my food photos album from my old laptop and when I realized about the non blog post yet, I got the energy to write my food tasting experience with BKK Express.

BKK Express is a Thai food concept at the Food Hall of Up Town Mall in BGC, it is the one of the many restaurant that is under the Cabalen restaurant company that features a foreign cuisine that are offered in food hall style.

Thai restos here in Manila are all in resto and fine dining format, its so rare to find a Thai resto that sit in the middle of the Food Hall or food court. Its so easy to order because you just have to stand infront of the counter, pay as you order and wait for a couple of minutes for your food to be freshly prepared and ready for pick up by your food tray.

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When I got a chance to try BKK Express, it is the moment that I learned that Up Town Mall in BGC have its own food court that they call it Food Hall.

BKK Express is one of the food stalls that offered foreign cuisine, and in rare occasion to offer Thai food as a fast food concept.

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BKK Express head chef - Chef Thea was there to manage the food and taste of BKK Express, he's based in Thailand and he is here to personally manage the original Thai food taste in several of Cabalen's group of restaurant --- I learned that they have 2 more Thai restaurants that I usually visit because I love the taste of their food, so it means that when a restaurant is managed by one head Thai chef, this means that BKK Express wont give any disappointments to me because the Thai food taste will be as good like the other Thai restaurants that Cabalen is managing.

I got a talk to the Cabalen manager and I learned that their ingredients and spices are directly imported from Thailand. So that's the reason why their Thai food tastes so good, it is close and considered authentic.

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One of the main influencer of Thai food to me is my wife Lace, she's more into these kind of food, because she likes the veggies, leaf and spices of Thai food. Because of her I converted to love Pad Thai and their iced tea.

I brought my son Ashton and my wife Lace to let her judge if the taste of BKK Express is good like the Thai restos we visit.

After some chomps and bites, she gave a thumbs up!
Wow!!! pasa kayo sa taste namin.


Here's the menu of BKK Express

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just click the photo to view large version


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BKK Express kitchen has a see through glass, so that customers can watch and see how their food is being prepared. Its a way to show that BKK Express kitchen is clean and food organizers are working professionally.

good job guys!


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After placing an order at BKK Express, they will hand over this wireless alarm to let you know if the food you ordered is ready.

The red lights will blink and it will also vibrate to alert you that your food is ready for pick up


So here are the food that were presented to us for the taste and try session with BKK Express.

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GRILLED THAI ISAN SAUSAGE
PHP 350

The Thai Isan sausage is much a like with our local longganisa. The different is that it comes with some veggies and peanuts to add more Thai flavorings.  I  know it tastes weird...but the weirder the taste is a mix of peanuty, salty, to sweetness and leafy flavor.


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FRESH NODDLES WITH ROASTED PORK
PHP 160

I haven't tried any Thai noodles on a pork broth. But its like your ramen, but it has more veggies and thick roasted pork on top. You mix the toppings together and its up to you if you want to add hot sauce to add more flavors.

I heard adding hot sauce is good. But I didnt get to try it.


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PAD THAI TOFU
PHP 190

When I tasted this, it reminds me of their other Thai restaurants hahahah
super love this!


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CHICKEN CURRY RICE TOPPINGS
PHP 170


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BAGOONG RICE TOPPINGS
PHP 190


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CHICKEN SATAY
PHP 320

Their chicken satay is good too!


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CHICKEN SATAY
PHP 320


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PAD THAI SINGAPOREAN
PHP 250

I didnt get to try this, but I'll just stick to the original one.


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THAI ICED TEA
PHP 55

Its good!!!! bitin lang if one glass


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WATERCHESTNUTS AND TODDY PALM ON ICE
PHP 125

I didn't know that Thai offers good desserts. You can grab this anytime at the BKK Express counter.

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STICKY RICE MANGO SUNDAE
PHP 135

My son loves it. Also we tricked on him because the dessert contains sticky rice, its so heavy and it left my son so tummy full.


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My son Ashton enjoying the sticky rice dessert


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My wife Lace.... ready to try their noodles


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I wish that BKK Express expand its branch around the metro. I super love their food because its all authentic, thanks to their resident Thai chef who manages all the Thai restos of Cabalen group. If you are into Thai food,  I suggest you visit BKK Express and give it a try.


BKK Express
4F, Food Hall
Up town Mall BGC

FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/TheOriginalBKKExpress/


Azrael Coladilla is the blogger and founder of Azrael's Merryland Blog. This blog started as a personal blog in 2003, and then converted the blog into a lifeblog about his interest and reporting about pop culture, lifestyle, entertainment, technology, food, travel, toys, outdoor adventure, internet and social media. Awarded as the 2009 Most Influential Blogger for Luzon, Philippines, awarded by the Philippine Blog Awards. He is the founder of several online communities - Manila Bloggers Network, Philippine Bloggers Network, Oh My Food! community, Cavite Bloggers, Travel and Blog Community, and Philippine ToyCon. Azrael's Merryland Blog is included in a list of top 50 Blogs in the Philippines , ranked 65th at the Top 100 Blogs that Matter and 49 must read lifestyle blog in the Philippines.
He loves to travel, explore, discover, eat new food, document and record his life, meet new people, do photography and collects Transformers toys.
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