This tidy and compact Filipino grocer tucked into the corner of the mall next to Princess Garden added a steam table about six months ago. The owners and cooks are Pampangan, and their style of food has a bit more finesse and detail. In addition, the offerings include a number of Chinese pastries (e.g., pork buns, egg custard tarts, steamed sweet rice cakes, siu mai).
A rice plate with two choices from the steam table is $3.99. I liked both my selections. Guisado Upo is a sauté of upo squash, actually more like braised until soft and seasoned with a bit of fatty pork and small shrimp. Binagoongan is a pink-tinged stew of chunks of pork belly and spareribs with shrimp paste. I also bought some hot peanuts boiled with a bit of salt for 75¢ a pound.
956 Admiral Callaghan