Getting fat at Fat Monk: Goin’ places

IT WAS our fourth day in Cagayan de Oro City and we were just biding our time, waiting for Friday to come.

So what do two women do? We sleep till noon and check out what's for lunch at the mall.

We chose to go to SM Downtown, remembering that it has some interesting restaurants on its top floor. True enough, there was a good selection there. We opted to try Fat Monk because its menu had what we wanted to gorge on.

It offers a fusion of Asian food, it made us smile, and drool.

Top of the list, “prawn laksa.” We also got the grilled pork ribs, and the “garlic bokchoy.” We wanted the chili eggplant, but it wasn't available.

I liked the grilled bokchoy best, but then, I love green and leafy vegetables so that's a biased assessment. The pork ribs can use a little bit more tenderness but the flavor is good, the sauce you can slather on your rice. The laksa didn't have a hint of spiciness to it, I had to ask for chili flakes, which too, wasn't hot. Anyway...

We were ready for dessert. I'm not a dessert person, but Fat Monk's menu would make you want to try them. We got the “ondeh-ondeh” (buchi with desiccated coconut) and the one that looked like halo-halo less the shaved ice, the name of which escapes me now.

We returned to our hotel room and slept the rest of the afternoon away.

Later that night, we ordered more dessert at Fat Monk, but this time at the Lifestyle District. We got the Oreo cheesecake and the stylized “pisang goreng.”

Over-all, the food is good. But I'd appreciate a spicy option, any time.
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