Masarap ba?: Good food on social media

Published July 22, 2018, 7:25 PM

by Francine Ciasico


“Masarap ba?”


It was in early 2017 when I came across an Instagram user making food reviews. What caught my attention was Instagram user named Masarap Ba?’s straightforward review of food she has sampled.

It’s either masarap or hindi masarap.

Username Masarap Ba?, with 198,000 followers on Instagram and 168,000 page likes on Facebook, goes by the screenname Katrina Abaan Jr. or Kat Abaan.

She branded Masarap Ba? as “the most honest food review account in the history of mankind.”

With all her followers sharing also their food adventures, Katrina recently started creating a community group in Facebook which, so far, has a 46,224 members.

“Nakakaaliw basahin mga reviews nila sa totoo lang. The best talaga ang mga taong mahilig kumain!”
“Educate yourself. Stay hungry. Never lose that appetite for life,” she said.

High Blood Pares

As a member of the Masarap Ba? Community (MBC), my wall was always filled with foods and their reviews, and it really helped me on choosing where and what to eat next.

One of the gems I found in MBC is this humble small pares store hidden along Shorthorn Street on Congressional Avenue in Quezon City.

Shorthorn Pares is the name, the home of HB (High Blood) Pares.

I ordered, of course, the HB Pares, the most unique meal I have ever tried.

It was just a cup garlic rice, a bowl of their famous sweet beef pares paired with a sinful beef bone marrow torched to perfection.

I rate it “Highblood sa sarap!”

Crunchy lugaw

One of the best lugaw I have ever tried in Metro Manila is Lugawan sa Tejeros in Barangay Tejeros, Makati City. Thanks, MBC!

In their Lugaw with Lechon Kawali, you can never go wrong.

The crispy, crunchy deep-fried pork belly goes well with the comforting hot lugaw, a match made in heaven this rainy season.