Cagayan De Oro Goes Global With Delicious Thai-Inspired Dishes
Ida Damo | Jul 26, 2017
When you say Thai food, your taste buds oftentimes scream for water because initial reaction would be hot and spicy. But at Thai Me Up, you can ask for the chef to temper it down to suit your level of spiciness and heat.
Cagayan de Oro City is the center of commerce in Misamis Oriental. It has also become a haven for foodies, especially for those looking for home-cooked Filipino dishes, or those looking to try and explore different cuisines.
So when you’re in the city and you want to have Thai and other Asian food, go to Thai Me Up. Finding it would not be hard either since it is conveniently located at a mall.
What are the dishes that have become familiar, and even Kagay-anons have come to love them? Here are a few:
Let’s start with the appetizer of Pomelo Salad. The tangy citrusy taste of the pomelo blends well with the crunch and spiciness of the bell peppers making it a good opener for the taste buds.
I am allergic to chicken and other poultry but I just had to taste the Chicken Satay since it was a best seller and I was wondering why. Maybe it’s the combination of peanut butter, lime juice, and soy sauce that’s put into its marinade that makes it interesting plus the smokey taste from the grilling that made me appreciate it. It was good!
Tom Yum Goong is one Thai dish that I always order whenever I get to eat in a Thai restaurant. There’s something comforting about its sour, sweet, spicy and hot broth.
Together with the Tom Yum is my fondness for Pad Thai. The peanutty and sweet sauce in bean sprouts and noodles just complements the hotness of the Tom Yum.
The Deep-fried Lapu-Lapu with Lemon Grass was crunchy on the outside and yet the fish meat inside remained juicy. The lemon grass added a tang to the otherwise common or usual “fried” taste.
After eating a lot of meat dishes, I was on the lookout for vegetable dishes. Seeing that they had Sauteed Morning Glory, I requested for this one. For those who do not know, Morning Glory is Kangkong in Filipino and this dish is what we call Ginisang Kangkong.
As if all the tastes of the dishes are not enough to satisfy your craving, the Thai Bagoong Rice blends it all deliciously in your mouth.
To end the meal with a flourish, try the dessert that the Thais are famous for--- Sticky Rice with Mango. The gooey, sticky and slightly sweet and salty taste of the sticky rice is the perfect partner to the sweet mango.
Throughout the meal, sip on Thai Me Up Cooler which is so refreshing and would also prepare your palate for the next dish.
With dishes ranging from Php150-400 good for 2 to 3 persons, eating at Thai Me Up can be relatively inexpensive but filling and delicious.
How to get there:
Major airlines fly daily to Cagayan de Oro City from Manila, Cebu and Davao.
From Laguindingan airport, take the LAX Express Shuttle to bring you to Ayala Centrio Mall for only Php 150 where Thai Me Up is located.