Mooon Cafe-Mexican Inspired

Mooon Cafe
When you talk to expats in the Bacolod Area, you will get mixed reviews about how they deem Mooon Cafe. I think some are disappointed because they are expecting authentic Mexican food, however, Mooon even says they are only Mexican inspired! Personally, I have enjoyed every time we have eaten at Mooon Cafe and we have taken a number of our American friends and family members there during their visits to Bacolod. All enjoyed their dining experience. Mooon Cafe is located in Robinsons City Walk, in the back of Robinsons Mall.

The atmosphere and decor at Mooon Cafe remind me of Chili’s Bar and Grill in south Florida. It’s nice! The wait staff have always been very good, so no complaints at all. There have always been many other customers at Mooon Cafe during our many dining experiences there and that is always a good sign! Few or no customers are not a good sign!

The one Mexican inspired dish that I really enjoy at Mooon Cafe is Tostaditas. This dish consists of 3 crispy corn tortillas that are topped with lettuce, ground beef, a small amount of refried beans, salsa, a little sour cream and shredded cheese.

Mooon Cafe also has the standard Mexican style dishes, aka Tex-Mex, in some parts of the USA. Tacos, burritos, chimichanga and quesadillas, together with a few other Mexican inspired dishes that are not so well known.

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Last weekend, I ordered the Mexican baby back ribs at Mooon Cafe and they were awesome! The ribs were a small rack with five bones intact! The ribs were very tender and had been marinated very well. The BBQ sauce was a little sweet but not overly powering. Without mentioning names, Mooon Cafe ribs were better than a few other restaurants in Bacolod which specialize in ribs! Seriously!

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Blue Lemonade! Wow! It not only looks fabulous but the taste is also fabulous!

Mooon Cafe has a large and elaborate menu. There is also pizza, pasta, seafood and Filipino dishes available. Their crispy pata is highly regarded by locals. Cold beer is served! The Mooon Cafe bar staff can also whip up a few cocktails for you.

Just remember when you go to Mooon Cafe, you are not going to Senorita Conchita’s Cantina, as found in the Mexican-American communities in the USA! Authentic Mexican food, no, inspired Mexican food, yes, at Mooon Cafe in Bacolod City. They also have branches in other cities in the Philippines. The food and drink prices are affordable. Between the hours of 2pm-5pm, you may choose 2 items off a 5 item Mexican inspired menu for only P125. Non-alcoholic drink included.

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Rice Is Nice!

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As many already know, rice is the staple food in the Philippines. Many eat rice 3 times per day, day in and day out! I am not so fond of rice on such a regular basis but I do enjoy rice from time to time, just not every day.

I do like rice because we grow it! We have 3.1 hectares of rice and we have 2 harvests each year. We do not have irrigation or otherwise, we would have 3 rice harvests each year. Currently, an un-milled sack of rice sells for P585 in our area of the Philippines. We sell as much of our rice as we like to one rice trader and we do not sell it by the kilo, which is a long, drawn out affair.

Rice Dishes

For breakfast, I can enjoy rice, with two over EZ eggs and I mix the eggs with the rice. It is actually yummy. But other mornings, I enjoy grits, with over EZ eggs. I also enjoy biscuits and gravy, so I have a good variety to choose from.

Spanish Rice! I love Spanish Rice! Tomato sauce, bell peppers, onion, and crispy bacon all mixed together in one rice dish.

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Chicken and Rice. I take any cut of chicken I am interested in on that particular day and make one of my favorite dishes that includes rice. I cook this dish in one pot. The chicken, the rice and grated ginger. I get a good boil going with a homemade broth, add the chicken, the rice and the ginger, lower the fire, and let it simmer. Wow! It is fabulous. The rice really soaks up the taste of the chicken.

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Dirty Rice. This is very simply made and the rice dish will be brown in color, so this is why it is called dirty rice! Chopped chicken livers, chicken gizzards and rice, cooked in one pot. Flavorings according to taste. Dirty rice is well known as a Cajun dish down in Louisiana but you can prepare it right here in the Philippines. Ayee!

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Stir Fried Rice. This is one dish in that you can really let your imagination run wild! The sky is the limit. I lived in mainland China and in Hong Kong for 9 years but nowhere could I find the fabulous fried rice dishes that I ate in Chinese-American Restaurants back in the States. There was chicken fried rice, shrimp fried rice, pork fried rice, beef fried rice and pretty plain egg fried rice. But, wow! So delicious. I am sure you can kick up some fried rice at home using your own imagination. Don’t forget, you must use cold rice when making stir fried rice and you must cook it in a wok or skillet! Don’t forget the soy sauce seasoning!!

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Beans and Rice. My favorites are black eyed peas and rice, red beans and rice and black beans and rice. In the Philippines, black eyed peas in our area are known as white sitao and black eyed peas over rice is known as Hoppin’ John!  Both black beans and red beans are available in the Philippines but make sure you are not using the Chinese black beans with this dish, otherwise, they will be far to salty to eat! Yes, Chinese black beans are salted beans. All bean and rice dishes are 100% better if you add sausage! The local chorizo and longaniza will work but I prefer Kielbasa, Italian or the Portuguese Linguica Sausages. Yes, they are all available here in the Philippines!

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Rice does not sound so bad after all, now does it? You can really do a lot with rice and it does not have to be eaten plain!

Rice is really nice and you can kick it up a few notches right here in the Philippines.