Friday, January 22, 2010

Assad Mini Mart Grocery Stores


1268-IJK Midtown Hotel Executive Homes
United Nation Avenue
Paco, Manila
(632) 5261349 / 5265034

Eurocrest Building
Jupiter Street, Bel-Air Village
Makati City

Open 10am - 7pm

This is a Middle Eastern/Indian shop, and carries all kinds of spices, rice, lentils, halal products of different sorts, frozen (fresh) meat - whole chicken, goat, mutton kheema and on occasion beef and lamb. Also available are different teas, coffees, henna color (hands and hair), soaps, etc.

The prices vary, reasonable spices in big quantities but somewhat pricey meat. Chicken ranges from P150 - P250 per pack, one pack (500g) mutton P275.

Shawarma Snack Center 2

484 Salas St., Ermita, Manila

(02) 521- 2121

Open Lunch-6am

Price Range: PP-PPP

Across the road from its original counterpart, is the higher-end Shawarma Snack Center 2. Now in business for 4 years, SSC2 offers higher-end dishes with a wider variety of Middle Eastern dishes in a more authentic setting. More seating is available here, indoors, outdoors, downstairs, upstairs or on the patio or balcony. SSC2 also carries some groceries and serve desert.

A mixed grill including hot fluffy pieces of ‘khubz’ (bread), salad, humus, motabel, good for five people costs P1,200. Prices are higher than SCC1. Both restaurants will have a 10% service charge for dining-in.

Read reviews about the SSC:

Shawarma Snack Center

485 Salas St.,
Ermita, Manila
(02) 525- 4541

Open 24 Hours

Price Range: P-PP

Touted to be the best “hole-in-the-wall” authentic Middle Eastern restaurant in Manila, the original Sharwarma Snack Center or SSC as it is known, is continually bustling. Owned by a Jordanian and his Filipina wife, SSC is a veteran of Middle Eastern restaurants having been in business for over 25 years, and its success is evident from the constant stream of customers, both local and foreigners.

Famous for their prized shawarmas (your choice of chicken or beef), the menu is typical Middle Eastern Cuisine, with items such as mixed grills, kebabs, middle eastern stews and typical Lebanese mezze such as humus, motabal or baba ganoush, and foul medames.
Prices are affordable and the serving sizes are decent.

Seating is available either non-air-conditioned open to the street, or indoors with air-conditioning. SSC also sell a modest selection of groceries such as canned olives, humus, foul beans, halal hot dogs, bread and even the house chilli-sauce!

A Halal certificate and is on display and verbal assurance was given that the meat is halal. The servers also wear buttons proudly stating they only serve halal meat. The meat supplier is Al-Amin Halal Meat Products.

SSC is open 24 hours a day, and even has special offers – 3 shawarmas for P100 between 2-6am!!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

A Muslims Guide to Manila, Philippines

As-Salaamaalaikum Warahmatullah Wabarakatuhu

Dear brothers and sisters

This is a blog for muslims near and far staying in Metro Manila, and is in need of some essential information in regards to food, clothes, mosques and so on. This website should then be a good place to get started on your islamic journey into Manila, inshaAllah.

Should you have any comments, questions or want to add/correct information on this blog please feel free to contact me on:

We would love to hear from you

Fee Amaan Ilah

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