Asian street food trip

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Friday, May 16, 2014

PEOPLE don’t have to buy a ticket for a trip to Singapore or Japan to taste its cuisine. For those who have no car, a jeepney ride will do.

Ulli’s Streets of Asia is the latest food venture of the Urbina family, after Café Laguna, Café Laguna Garden, Lemon Grass, U Kitchen and Café Laguna Catering.

This time, the family offers street food from Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan in a restaurant named after the Urbina matriarch who started it all, Julita Urbina. She is fondly called Ulli by her grandchildren.


Ulli’s is located at the rooftop of the latest expansion of Ayala Center Cebu. At the heart of its kitchen is chef Raki Urbina, who has followed his mom’s footsteps in the culinary world. It has an open kitchen where one can see how one’s food order is being prepared.

The place is perfect for chilling out, for light snacks after shopping or going to the movies. Here diners can have fish balls, prawn balls and taho—after all, the resto is all about Asian street food.

It also offers a variety of fresh fruit juices, served in glass jars, a signature ice tea blend, and a yogurt-ice cream concoction and a yogurt fruit cup confection.

For more filling items, there are various noodle dishes, salads and popiah (similar to the Philippine lumpia), and grilled foods like chicken wings and yakitori-style barbecues. Also available are stone-pot dishes like patatim. There are also soups and a must-try are the Causeway beef noodle soup and the bean curd skin with veggies soup.

Ulli’s has a take-out counter, which makes it easy for people who prefer to eat at home. For in-house diners, it might not be easy to get a table during peak hours, but do be patient. Ulli’s food is worth waiting for.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 17, 2014.


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