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Food Nostalgia: Chocfull of Nuts’ Cuapao

By Kitchyart on 9 July, 2012

I have seen the many faces of Greenhills Shopping Center since the 80s and it’s currently undergoing another facelift. The amount of traffic we are experiencing in the area is a sign that business is good, but a lot of my childhood memories of this place are nearly wiped out.

I remember the open spaces, where people used to go jogging or biking in the morning. The themed restaurants, where kids can run around and play. The little amusement park, where we can ride or go fishing in the little pond.

There’s one little place in Shoppesville that transports me back to those days: Chocfull of Nuts. The set up is simple, a counter of food to choose from with a small corner for customers to have a quick bite. They’re always busy and I’m very pleased that they’re still serving the same items since 1974.

My dad and I usually get the Cuapao, a steamed bun filled with shredded pork (the woman at the counter said it’s cooked adobo style), topped with mustasa (mustard) leaves and crushed peanuts. One bite, and I’m back to when my parents picked me up from school and went to Greenhills for a snack before heading home.


Chocfull of Nuts
2nd Floor, Unit 39
Greenhills Shopping Center
San Juan



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  • JULY 9, 2012 1:55 PM

    Mommy Marie said...

    Yum! I love Chocful! Their siopao, siomai, lomi and pastries are delightful too!

  • JULY 9, 2012 3:42 PM

    sanju said...

    Hi Kitchyart, I have never tried Chocfull as of yet. Hint, hint.

  • JULY 9, 2012 5:54 PM

    kitchyart said...

    Thanks for dropping by, Mommy Marie! I shall try their other food as well. Keep on eating!

  • JULY 11, 2012 2:53 PM

    Run Around Girl said...

    I went to school in Greenhills too. And just like you, Chocful of Nuts cuapao was my regular after-school snack. I've actually never found a cuapao I like as much as this!

  • JULY 11, 2012 10:44 PM

    jay said...

    I am glad to know that Chocful of Nuts is still around, I am definitely visiting them soon for the cuapao. I wonder if they still have the hotdogs and the pinwheel cookies. I hope they do.

  • JULY 13, 2012 4:49 PM

    Angie said...

    Fu Chi Dumplings along Banawe has a mean Cuapao. But Chocfull of Nuts'indeed elicits nostalgia :)

  • JULY 15, 2012 6:50 PM

    Ann said...

    i also love their lumpia :) remember they had another branch in virra mall where you can properly sit and eat your food ? :) it was near cora jacob :)

  • JULY 16, 2012 1:50 AM

    Katrina said...

    I rarely go to Greenhills, but many years ago, when I'd go Christmas shopping in the tiangge there (way before it became a year-round thing and air-conditioned), I would always make sure to go to Chocfull of Nuts for the cuapao and the freshly made, still-warm diced hopia (still the best I've had), then wash it down with those pre-bubble-tea-trend drinks from DEC right across it.

  • JULY 16, 2012 9:37 AM

    kitchyart said...

    Thanks for dropping by Jay, Angie and Ann!

  • APRIL 13, 2014 5:30 PM

    Noel Rivera said...

    Love their Lumpiang Sariwa

  • MAY 27, 2014 9:24 AM

    derdo said...

    They have lumpiang sariwa?