Category Archives: Beverage

Juice Drink Stall

Juice drink vendor at Roxas Night Market in Davao City

Fruit Combinations

All possible combinations of fruit to make fruit shake

Universal Drinks Menu

Language is not a barrier in ordering a particular beer at a non-English speaking restaurant if the photographs of the actual bottles and cans are in the beverage menu. Quite logical.

Malay Iced Coffee

Malays make the best iced coffee.

Marble in Soft Drink

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This is a soft drink that I often see in North Taiwan. Its look and taste appeals the young though it’s hard to open it without adult assistance. The pink contraption on the lid is what you’ll use to open the bottle by pushing down an embedded marble to make a hole. So it’s like this, while guzzling , you’re fully aware that there’s a marble moving around the liquid inside.

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White Ampalaya Juice Stand

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One of the many ampalaya juice stands in Taiwan

Only in Taiwan where I have seen the ampalaya being sold widely as beverage. The physical appearance of white ampalaya in its relatively considerable size is such a curiosity. With honey or sugar added, the ampalaya juice is refreshingly good because of its clean taste and with no overpowering bitterness.

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Another white ampalaya juice stand

Hot Weather Solution

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Obviously there is market for assortment of cold drinks in Malaysia’s hot weather but it’s interesting to note that the beverages are quite exotic, not like the usual soft drinks or flavored fruit drinks one can just easily buy and sell. Except for the coconut-based and sugar-based ones which have Philippine counterparts when it comes to roadside drinks, they have syrup-based drinks. The pink one known as bandung is quite popular. It tastes creamy floral syrupy sweet and refreshing though I’d prefer the a la gula Melaka drink, an improved taste of the Philippine palamig – must be the type of sugar used.

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Then of course they have cendol drinks.  I’ve had cendol in various preparations from drinks to alphabetic desserts in Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand, must be a Southeast Asian thing except that it’s unknown in the Philippines – which is unfortunate. My Malay blood responds very well to it. In short, I love cendol.

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Thai Yakult Lady

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Izakaya

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An izakaya somewhere in Saitama. A down-to-earth typical drinking place in Japan.

The Instant Jamu in Zambo

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This medicinal drink tastes like coffee says the writings in red background at the upper right corner

At the barter centers in Zamboanga City, one can most likely notice the presence of this particular jamu. Jamu is a traditional Indonesian medicinal drink, a herbal concoction of whatnot. 

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Jamu at the barter (and Duralex glassware)

From what I understand of the writings at the back of the carton, Sehat Badan treats varied ailments such as arthritis, asthma, heart disease and more. There is local demand said the Muslim lady tending the stall in the pictures, and she even ships this to a customer based in Leyte. I’ve seen plenty of jamu shops in Yogyakarta, and when I go back, I’ll document more about jamu (and Malay medicine in general). It seems fascinating.

Zamboangueña Yakult Lady

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Cebuana Yakult Lady

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Japanese Yakult Lady

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Barako Guy

In Lipa City, I spotted this peddling guy with several jugs of hot brewed barako coffee and a chest containing local bread. He is a traveling coffee shop.

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A traveling coffee shop

As I observe him, I saw a customer handed a mug to be filled straight from the jug. It’s highly likely his regular customers do that.

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I wanted one but I don’t have reusable cup and so the barako guy poured my drink in a disposable plastic cup. His coffee tasted simply of brewed barako sweetened with white sugar. A little bit sweet for me but I think it’s the general preference of his market. It was a good sweet hot barako brewed coffee and it calmed my ‘lomi stuffed’ tummy.

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A small serving in plastic cup cost 5 pesos like those cheap coffee vendo machines that have proliferated all over the country and where some are even strategically placed beside a panaderia. I tried but never liked it and barako guy’s native coffee is far more superior than those sweet 3-in-1 like coffee of unknown origin that came from those five-buck machines.

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I'd rather wait for the barako guy

LJ’s Ice Cold Tuba

I’ve drank about 500 ml of cold tuba that’s sold per liter in 7-Up reused bottle at 50 pesos in this carinderia somewhere in Nueva Ecija. I don’t have a snapshot of it but this sweet liquid looks like sugarcane juice and sort of a cross between sugarcane and coconut water in taste.
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Wonderful Indonesia

Teh Botol (bottled tea)
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Indomie
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Indonesian Yakult Lady

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Yakult

Philippine version of Yakult in 80ml bottle.

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Probiotic drink in its signature bottle

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5 in a pack

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Off the store shelves instead of the Yakult lady system

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Yakult lady

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