PROFILE: Philly Luncher “Eileen”

As is customary at Philly Lunch, every Tuesday we turn over the site to a different lunch’er for his or her recommendations for the best lunch in Philadelphia. This week it’s Eileen, who proves that age aint nothing but a number when it comes to knowing about good food. Check her out at Munchi Monster.

Name: Eileen

Age: 18

Occupation: College Student

Where in Philly do you Work?: Currently I have a summer internship at an immunology lab at Drexel

Favorite Kind of Food: I am a die-hard for dessert, in particular those made with chocolate or matcha green tea. I enjoy macarons, cupcakes, brownies, froyo, gelato, just to name a few. I also like eating freshly baked breads, scones, and muffins in the morning. As for cuisine, my favorite is Japanese although Malaysian is a close runner-up.

Least Favorite Kind of Food: I always pick onions out of my food, can’t stand the smell of mutton, and boycott mayo. Oh, and I absolutely despise school cafeteria food and most processed meats.

Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch in Philly: I can’t say I’ve been to enough places yet to deem a favorite. I really like eating Malaysian food at Banana Leaf and Lemongrass’s lunch specials are pretty good deals. I absolutely LOVE Naked Chocolate. Its sophisticated European hot chocolate beats out Max Brenner by far.

“Go-To” Lunch Place You and Your Coworkers Eat at Too Often? My friends and I love hanging out at Kiwi, this self-serve pay-by-the-pound froyo shop in University City. It was formerly known as Sprinkles, and a great place to just chill (literally and figuratively) during the summer. Flavors acai berry pomegranate and Irish Mint are particularly good. They also have a new red velvet flavor! We also frequent Koreana for cheap authentic Korean food, run by a Korean family, and Sang Kee Noodle House for noodle bowls when I miss my mom’s homemade noodle soups.

Place you discovered thanks to Philly Lunch (if any) There’s tons of places I’ve wanted to try on Philly Lunch, but I haven’t gotten to it yet. Sakura, Shiroi Hana, Le Bus to name a few.

If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why? Born in NYC, always an NYCer! After all, there’s so much variety for all sorts of cuisines and where many food trends start. Plus, it’s where I started blogging. Of course, I’d love to go to Tokyo to eat street food (takoyaki and such) and fancy-pants sushi, Paris for bread and classy desserts, Belgium for chocolate, China for fresh and flavorful food (I can vouch for that since I’ve been there), or LA, froyo central!

Is there anything you’d like to ask the Philly Lunch readers? Who’s going to open a legit bubble tea place? All the bubble tea I’ve tried in Philly is crap so far, so the person who opens a real bubble tea joint is going to get all my money! ¬†And what type of writing style would you prefer us to use? (food review, blog-style, meaningful narrative?)

What style of writing? Ummm whatever mine is? Right guys??

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    What do you mean by legit bubble tea place? Where have you tried bubble in philly that you didn’t like?

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    Do people really think Naked Chocolate is great? I mean, it’s ok, but they don’t use a premium chocolate like Valrhona or Cluizel. It’s better than most, but let’s not make out like this is Maison du Chocolat or Fauchon.

  • I liked the bubble tea at Pho Saigon on 43rd and Spruce (after a huge bowl or cheap and delicious Pho!)

  • Why is she sniffing mutton?

  • @mbuu258: No I haven’t found bubble tea to my liking in Philly. Most of the time I find the bubbles to be too hard, too chewy, or too tasteless. Other times I find the tea to taste artificial. People have told me Bread Top House was good but I mostly like it for the smoothie not the bubbles. If you ever get the chance to go to NYC, go to Ten Ren on Mott Street in Chinatown.

    @arjay: I’ve never been to Valrhona or Cluizel as I haven’t lived in Philly for long, but based on my experience Naked Chocolate serves extremely rich, ganache-like hot drinking chocolate (which I love). I didn’t like their frozen chocolate though.

    @MWinston: Thanks for the recommendation! I will definitely check it out and let you know what I think =]

    @steveroller: What are you talking about?

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    hmmm. I’m don’t care much for bubble tea anymore… My g/f is a bubble tea addict… She even started making it on her own. There’s a place on…10th street, between arch and race, closer to race. I don’t remember the full name but it has K O K Bakery as part of the name. The reason I like this place is because, my banana shake, have really banana… and they offer Conjac/Konjac jelly if you don’t want the bubbles..or combine.

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    I too am a bubble tea junkie and munchimonster I agree there isn’t a place here in Philly that does it as fancy smancy as Ten Ren/Saint Aps (the closest I’ve found is Zen Tea House on 11th near Vine and Bubble House on Sansom up near Penn).

    However, if you’re into the cheapo bubble tea like Lollicup/99 Ranch any chinese bakery in Chinatown does a solid job. You said you didn’t like Breadtop, perhaps check out KC’s Pastry (mbuu258 I think this might be the place you’re thinking of) or Hong Kong Bakery on Race between 9th & 10th.

    Me, I just want to know how long is it before all the asian food fads converge and we can get our Bubble Tea, Frozen Yogurt, and KFC in one place…

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    HELLLLLLLLLLLL-O NO to KC Pastry! One time I was there, they had a trash bin next to the meat bread stuff. Flies were around the trash and all over the bread. I never set foot there again….

    I love Zen because they had the lychee tea with lychee jelly. I use to go there every night after biking around Kelly drive. I haven’t been there in a long time, I heard they close…the owners also own a business in NY. They also had green bubbles once in awhile, it was a little softer than the black one.

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    The bakery at 9th and Race that had “yogurt pop” boba. Little white hollow balls that gushed yogurt into your mouth when you chewed them. They don’t have them any more!

  • @mary, whatttttttt I have never heard of such a thing! I loved bubble tea as a kid, but not so much anymore. But yogurt balls sound so insane. What a shame they aren’t available. Everyone should keep a look out!

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