“I’m lucky enough to have a colleague who, on a bad day, is easily 100x the chowhound that I am,” says ipsedixit. That colleague brought ipsedixit some takeout from Pondahan. It’s a tantalizing introduction to Filipino food, including deep-fried pork leg that’s almost caramelized and a tasty beef dish. The star of the show, however, is kare-kare: a sort of Filipino paella, with oxtail and tripe. It’s a bit oily but has a robust, peanutty flavor.
Pondahan Restaurant [San Gabriel Valley]
535 S. California Avenue, West Covina
Board Link: Pondahan Restaurant (West Covina)