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DJ Bibingkahan - Filipino food that moved me

Sister Y | Feb 15, 200710:16 PM     11

I was unexpectedly called to Carson yesterday to help out with a sort of work emergency. After an incredibly long, uncomfortable, exhausting day that involved consuming nothing but candy hearts and coffee, I finally got a brief snack break at around 6:30 p.m. I walked across the street and scoped out the strip mall across East Carson from the Civic Center. There's your Subway, a pizza-by-the-slice place, a Filipino baker and a tiny Filipino restaurant, but set off from the strip mall in the place of honor near the street is DJ Bibinkahan Restaurant. I went in and looked around - no menu on the walls, people eating, and loads of really exciting food on the steam table. After convincing the server that I did, in fact, eat Filipino food, I used the point-at-stuff-that-looks-good method, and ended up with a beautiful chicken skewer, some deliciously fatty roasted pork (belly?), and a dish of greens.

(Before I ordered the greens, I pointed and asked the server what they were. She said, "staro lips." I had her repeat it and I think whatever it was sounds like staro lips. I said I would like to try it, meaning I wanted to buy some, but she actually gave me a tiny dish to taste! I ordered some immediately - the dish consisted of delectable greens, stewed with chicken, coconut milk, spices, and something (stock bones? okra?) that gave luscious, fatty body to the dish.)

The skewer was the thing that moved me. After my horrible day (one of my colleagues ended up fired, if that tells you the kind of day it was) I bit into this chicken skewer and tears welled up in my eyes, because it was immediately clear that someone loved me. Something about the slightly spicy, slightly sweet, sticky sauce, or the perfectly juicy chicken, made me instantly sure that there was still beauty in the world.

So I know that's kind of a personal story, but you should go there. They have several branches, though I can only vouch for the Carson branch. I used to think I hated Filipino food in general, because the only place I'd eaten was Barrio Fiesta (the only time I went there I had to spit things into my napkin so my companion wouldn't know I wasn't enjoying the meal). Then I tried Max's and realized I was an idiot, and that Max's is one of the best restaurants in Glendale and best source for fried things anywhere, and that Filipino food is one of the best comfort cuisines in the whole world. And that has been confirmed by this experience.

The website says that they have goat.

840 B. Carson St.
Carson, CA 90745
Tel: 310.835.9190
http://www.djbibingkahan.com/

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