Caiisarap sa Caiisian

Recently, a new Asian food stall opened at The Hub Food Park at R20 in Mindanao Ave, Quezon City. Caiisian opened its windows last August 8, 2018 and I got a chance to be one of the first ones to try their explicitly delicious homemade Asian cuisine.

Carol Castro, the owner and cook, is a frequent traveler. She envisioned a food project that will not only serve delicious and healthy food but also fulfill one of her passions – cooking.

Tara! Travel na po!

Did you know that every purchase of any meals at Caiisian will help a lot of Filipino youth? Ten pesos per plate will be donated to the school supplies fund of each chosen deserving students. Every student gets a five hundred gift certificate from National Bookstore every start of the semester. Talk about good food and charity at the same time!

Select your own cravings!

Here are some of the mouth-watering dishes I tried during my three visits:


Cebu Bellychon

Cebu Bellychon was very crispy and it was paired with special sambal vinegar. Tomatoes and lettuce were also served on the side. This is the perfect pulutan and rice meal for Pinoy loving foodies out there. My score? An ACE!

Pinaputok na Tilapia

One of the most fragrant dishes served was Pinaputok na Tilapia. It was cooked in butter and special herbs & spices. It is a perfect for sharing viand for your friends and family. My verdict? A HIT for me!

Crispy Boneless Dilis with Sambal
Crispy Boneless Dilis with Sambal

Crispy Boneless Dilis with Sambal was a sure winner during my visit. Yes! It was boneless. Can you imagine that? It was also not too salty. Perfect for any time of the day. It has a touch of chili spiciness because of the sambal sauce. This dish is definitely an ACE for me. One of my favorites to be honest!

Fried Chicken Pinoy Style with Sambal Rice

If you’re not too exploratory with food, you can try Caiisian’s Fried Chicken Pinoy Style with Sambal Rice. It was the remake of the classic Pinoy chicken. It was complemented with tomatoes, banana leaf and sambal rice. My score? A HIT!

The Beef Pumpkin Rolls will also capture your hearts. It’s a good appetizer during your meals. You’ll be less guilty since it’s a healthier version of our lumpiang shanghai. My verdict? ACE!

Beef Pumpkin Rolls

Who doesn’t love a good Grilled Stuffed Squid? It’s another good addition for the menu and it gives customers to have a seafood option. My score? A HIT.

Grilled Stuffed Squid

I really love fish balls but I was able to try the homemade version from Caiisian. It was a bit thick but still got the crunch on the side. It’s Average for me but can still be improved.

Homemade fish balls

Lastly, I tried their Pork Isaw Barbeque. I was surprised how clean it is and how crispy it is. I just love grilled food. A HIT for me.

Pork Isaw Barbeque


Lemon Grass Chicken

If there’s one dish that I really love about Caiisian, it will be the Lemon Grass Chicken from Vietnam. It was so refreshing and lite. The chicken’s bones were removed and complemented with fresh cucumbers. If I have to give a Golden ACE, this is the dish!

South Korea

I’m a big fan of South Korean food so no doubt that I really appreciate the Pork Kimchi Rice. It’s a HIT for me.

Pork Kimchi Rice


If you want a chicken with a twist, try their Spice Fried Chicken. This Singaporean dish is very simple and straight-forward in terms of taste. No fuzz. I love the texture and the juiciness of the chicken. It’s a HIT for me.

Spice Fried Chicken


Chicken Rendang really takes a while to cook but it was worth the wait. It got the right balance of spices of the ingredients. I even took out another order! My score? ACE!

Chicken Rendang

They also have the perfect hangover dish. Caiisian’s Langkawi Japanese Salmon Head soup will definitely remove those worries away. The secret is with the broth. It warms your soul on every sip. It’s definitely a good for sharing option as well. My score? An ACE.

Langkawi Japanese Salmon Head


BBQ Spare Ribs Laos version is also tasty. It was very fragrant because of the lemon grass scent. Not too oily and it is also tender. My score? HIT!

BBQ Spare Ribs


Gen. Tso Lollipop Chicken also captured my heart (and tummy)! It was a bit spicy but it was really pack with flavor. The wok-inspired dish really explodes in every bite. One of my to-go order for sure! ACE for me!

Gen. Tso Lollipop Chicken


If you’re looking for a sweeter dish, you can try the Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce. This classic dish is one of the safest to order if you’re not very adventurous. The peanut sauce is homemade and freshly made on a daily basis. My verdict? An ACE since it’s one of my favorite dish whenever I travel.

Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce

Yes! Three visits because I keep on coming back to their super affordable and yummy healthy selections. My verdict overall? An ACE! I love the concept of bringing the best Asian dishes in one store. You have more options to try and to share with your friends & family. Definitely worth visiting!

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26 thoughts on “Caiisarap sa Caiisian”

  1. What an amazing variety. It all loomed lovely and succeeded in making me hingry. If I am ever in the area I will certainly check it out.

  2. I love cooking like this that looks and (probably) tastes so authentic to the areas it originates from. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I’ve never been to Manila, but I do have a bucket list, so I’m definitely adding this place and eat.

  4. Yum! This looks so good, never been to Manila but love the food from there hopefully I get to go one day

  5. Love how you really tried a bunch of stuff, and I like most of them, would love to try it out sometime. 🙂 Great review!

  6. This is quite the comprehensive list of all the most delicious food around Asia. I can’t wait to try some of these.

  7. It looks like a really good compilation of places to eat and lovely dishes too. This is a really good roundup.

  8. Wow a lot of interesting dishes here! I love seafood so many of these will work for meeee. yum. got hungry!

  9. There are some really great looking dishes there. The fact that they also give back to the community is also a plus. I wish more businesses did that.

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