“Anything that’s instagrammable!” was what I told the very helpful and informative staff of Rainbo Food in their Boxpark Shoreditch branch when he asked me what I would like to try from their menu. He immediately suggested all his personal favourites, it’s a good thing I’m not fussy with food at all. I eat everything and anything, it may be a curse and the reason why I’m not losing weight.
His first suggestion was the Shiitake Mushroom Gyoza because of its green wrap which pops out in any photos. He wasn’t wrong, it’s a photogenic dumpling. My favourite among all the gyozas he gave us was the Prawn Gyoza, I have an affinity to anything prawny that’s why. 🙂
We also had a Katsu Sweet Potato Fries which I found weird at first because I’ve never eaten sweet potato fries with katsu sauce before. I thought the flavours will clash but surprisingly, it worked so well together. I think you can basically put katsu sauce on anything and it will taste great! As you can tell, I’m a big fan of katsu sauce. 🙂
They’ve also given us Pumpkin Katsu Bao as well as Chicken Katsu Bao. I made my friend C choose which one she’d like to have since we can’t really share a bao for obvious (covid-19) reasons. She mistakenly took the pumpkin one which she wasn’t a big fan of. She told me that she generally don’t like the texture of pumpkin as a filling. I, on the other hand, enjoyed the chicken katsu bao immensely! The bun was so fluffy, the chicken was crispy and the katsu sauce added some more oompf into it! I loved it! 🙂
And just because all those weren’t enough for us, my friend C bought a Slow Cooked Pork Belly Rice Box which ultimately became the highlight of our meal (thank you C!). The pork belly was soooooooooo tasty and if you’re a Filipino like us, you’ll love the fatty bits of it. Oh how I have missed those pork belly cuts that we havve in the Philippines. I’m always very disappointed that the pork belly cuts in supermarkets here in London are quite lean with the fatty bits removed. This dish definitely brought us back to the good (unhealthy) meals we’ve had in the Philippines. Thinking about it now makes my mouth water!
Will I ever go back? Oh yes! I couldn’t find fault in any of the dishes served and I’m curious to try out more. 🙂
Note: I was invited to try Rainbo Food. Except for the Slow Cooked Pork Belly Rice Box that my friend C bought, everything else was provided on a complimentary basis.
Special thanks again to C for being my model in this blog post. 🙂