Stopped by this Filipino spot finally today to pick up some lunch. I liked it. They have a steam table with about eight or nine different offerings and they charge $4.95 for two and a huge, heaping, helping of rice. Most of the dishes were beef, including a chopped beef heart dish and a tripe dish, for those interested in such things. My wife being along, we stuck with the more conservative dila-mechado and some BarBQ pork.
The stew was good--very tender beef in a paprika-y sauce with olives, peppers, and potatoes. A bit salty but still quite tasty. It sort of reminded me of a Guatemalan stew I've had at El Tinajon.
The pork was served on skewers and had a decent, but not great flavor and seem as though they might have been better fresher. Still decent though.
The best part was the value--the amount of food for $4.95 served us both (a little light) lunch. Though not necessarily a destination spot, it's certainly an attractive option in the area, and could easily move in to our takeout rotation.
I also tried my first-ever halo halo. I didn't even remember what this was when I ordered it, I sort of thought it was a pastry of some sort. My wife, amazed I'd ordered something having no idea what it was, made me ask. The young man behind the counter gestured to a large shelf of unidentifiable colored bottles and said, "All that mixed in with crushed ice and milk." For the unititiated, "all that" turned out to be two varieties of preserved, sweet beans (red and white), some plaintain, cocunut, and some green gelatinous thing I didn't recognize--some jellied, tropical fruit (jackfruit?) I suppose, and condensed (or evaporated? can never remember which is which) milk. Quite an interesting combo, though quite difficult to figure out how to eat, and not really to my taste. My nearly two-year old son liked it until he got a big mouthful of beans.
I'd be curious to know how this stacks up to other halo halos if anyone's tried it. It was not topped with ice cream, as I have since learned it often is.
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