December 9, 2015

Fire In The Hole Spicy Noodles Pop-Up at Hole in The Wall Century City Mall

There is a new food concept that replaced Kwong's Provisions at the Hole in the Wall in Century City Mall. Fire In The Hole is a pop-up by Wrong Ramen specializing in asian spicy dishes and will be serving signature creations until the end of December.

The menu is limited to three noodle selections, one rice dish and one dessert. Customers can choose from three levels of spiciness: mild, spicy or flaming. 

Hot Prawn and Fish Head Laksa (P390)- prawn, salmon head, cockles, coconut milk, cilantro, chilies, hakata noodles, tonkotsu broth

Being a fan of fish head and laksa, ordering this bowl was a no-brainer. I enjoyed the huge chunk of salmon head in the rich and creamy laksa broth. The only letdown was the soft noodles perhaps overcooked in the kitchen. I forgot to ask whether the broth is refillable or not. It would be awesome if it is right?

Thai Red Curry w/ Braised Pork Rib (P390)- braised soft bone soy pork, red curry, galangal, chilies, hakata noodles, tonkotsu broth

We were torn between the Korean Army Soup and this Thai Red Curry w/ Braised Pork Rib, but since D is not a fan of kimchi, he decided to get the latter.

It came with the same hakata-style noodles which were again soft and soggy. The broth was a bit sweet, and lacked the Thai flavors we were looking for. The redeeming factor was the tender chunks of pork rib braised in a sweet and savory sauce. 

Korean Army Soup (P390)- stewed spam & sausage, fishcakes, tofu, kimchi, gochujang, onions, chilies, hakata noodles, tonkotsu broth

Spicy Dan Dan Rice (P290)- hot peanut sauce, chashu flakes, fried egg, crispy chicken skin, Japanese rice

I was able to taste this rice dish packed with textures and flavors- sweet, salty, spicy, nutty, savory. Each spoonful promises an explosion of flavors with various elements that go perfectly well together. 

Coconut Ice Cream in Shell (P290)

The perfect meal-ender after all those spicy bowls of noodles is Fire in the Hole's one and only dessert of coconut ice cream. It is basically home-made coconut ice cream topped with whipped cream and sprinkled with lime and chili powder. Being someone who doesn't like coconut very much, I was surprised seeing myself scooping out spoonfuls more than I expected. The coconut flavor was very subtle, light and refreshing. The price may set you back but serving is pretty good for sharing.

Do check out Fire In The Hole for their spicy noodle dishes, rice bowl and dessert. My favorites were the Hot Prawn and Fish Head Laksa and Spicy Dan Dan Rice. I personally like the pop-up concept of Hole in the Wall so diners can have something to look forward to whenever they visit the food hall.

Fire In the Hole
4F, Hole In The Wall, Century City Mall, Makati

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