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J&J Turo-Turo, Quincy


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J&J Turo-Turo, Quincy

Aromatherapy | | Mar 22, 2009 07:54 AM

Six of us met up for lunch yesterday (Saturday). We ordered:

Pinakbet (mixed vegetables in shrimp paste)
Laing (taro leaves in coconut milk w/chilis)
Sisig (grrilled and chopped pork, pork’s ears, and liver, seasoned with onions, hot peppers, ginger and lemon juice [menu description])
Lumpiang Shanghai (egg rolls)
Sinigang (pork & vegetable soup w/tamarind)
Crispy Pata (chunk of pork shoulder deep-fried and cut into pieces, w/vinegar dipping sauce)
Pork adobo
Deep-fried pork belly with sweet liver paste dipping sauce
Pancit (noodles with vegetables)

Yes it was a pig-centric selection. That’s only partly because we like pork; it’s mostly a function of what was available that day (they feature a rotating selection of dishes from the menu).

I’m pretty much new to Filipino food and I didn’t think there was a clunker in the bunch. Personal favorites: sinigang, pata, laing, sisig. (The latter was a mix of soft and crunchy textures that I would not have appreciated before Chowhound broadened my palate, although no arguing with the taste.) The pork belly and the pata were too similar, I wouldn’t order both again (the sweet liver paste wasn’t nearly as weird as I expected but I liked the vinegar dip better).

This place has been on my list for years and now I’m kicking myself for not going sooner. Just the sort of friendly, homey hole in the wall I like. Two tables for six and 4 or 5 high two-tops, and it was fairly busy (also a big takeout business). IIRC the printed menu of possibilities is slightly larger than the one on their website.

I know there's a Place link but it's not working, grrr.

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