Celebrating Cruising Magazine’s 16th anniversary at Bawai’s Vietnamese Kitchen White Plains

by Carol Ranas
6 minutes read
Cruising Magazine, Manila Bulletin’s travel magazine is celebrating its 16th anniversary with a bang. Partnering with leading restaurant finder, Zomato, Cruising Magazine launched “Taste: Travel for Food” as their main theme for their anniversary. They invite their fans and readers for dinner to share their excitement for this milestone.

“Taste: Travel for Food” aims to create awareness that there are a lot of good restaurants within the Metro that you never thought of. They originally planned to visit 3-4 restaurants, but with the overwhelming success, they decided to go with 16 restaurants since it is Cruising Magazine’s 16th anniversary.

On their 13th restaurant stop, we were invited to Bawai’s, a Vietnamese restaurant in White Plains. Bawai’s is a homey and somewhat garden-type restaurant hidden in White Plains.

Bawai boasts of their home cooked Vietnamese fare that started way way back in their first branch in Tagaytay. I didn’t know what to expect because I’m not so much into Vietnamese dishes. Here are some of the dishes we feasted on that night:

Goi Cuon (Php255)
These are fresh spring rolls that consists of greens, pork, shrimp and rice vermicilli. Vietnamese food are mostly made of fresh ingredients with a lot of greens.

Bawai’s Salad (Php335)
As I was munching this refreshing salad, I was under the impression that it was pickled raddish. But I was wrong. This salad is made of coconut sprouts with herbs, pork and shrimp drizzled with their house dressing. I enjoyed eating this refreshing salad.

Pho Ga (Php200)
In a Vietnamese restaurant, you can’t miss their version oframen/noodle soup called Pho. We requested to try their Pho Ga which is made of clean tasting noodle soup with shredded chicken and herbs, served with sriracha if you want added heat.

Con Suon Cha (Php420)
Vietnamese also have their own version of roasted pork belly. Con Suon Cha is a succulent double grilled belly with a very tasty marinade. It is served with mushroom egg pie which I did not dig much and a bowl of rice.  I highly recommend you order this dish because it is really delicious.
Che Bap (Php65)
For dessert, we had the Che Bap which is a corn sticky rice with coconut milk. It remiinds me of Sapin Sapin. 
Overall, Bawai serves good Vietnamese dishes. I liked how fresh and healthy the dishes were (well, except for the pork belly). You may think it won’t be as filling because majority of their dishes are vegetables, but you’re wrong. I got filled up real quick (because I ate too much Bawai’s salad, ;p)
Thank you Cruising magazine, Bawai’s and Zomato for the invite. It was one fun and filling dinner. Check out their Facebook page for their next restaurant stop. 

What is your Favorite Vietnamese Dish?

Bawai’s Vietnamese Kitchen

Bellitudo Lifestyle Strip, Katipunan Ave,

White Plains Quezon City.

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