12 Well-Loved Dishes at Calle Real in Tanza, Cavite

Calle Real is one iconic restaurant in the old poblacion area of Tanza, Cavite province. It is at least 1 hour drive from Cavite City and one bus ride from PITX in Parañaque City in Metro Manila.

Calle Real is an art deco style architecture ancestral house built in the 1920’s. The house was then converted into a restaurant and venue place. Currently the restaurant had 4 branches within Tanza and Cavite province.The town is also known for notable historical events and Kaibigan Bakery.

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ancestral house converted into a restaurant

Calle Real specializes on Spanish, Filipino, heirloom and contemporary dishes.

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newspaper feature

It used to have a pastry restaurant on the second floor but the proprietors decided to focus their attention to the main restaurant.

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signage and parking area

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interior

The restaurant had a sitting capacity of between 70 to 80 with a special function room which can handle at least 100 person.

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12 Well-Loved Dishes at Calle Real

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The group was fortunate to met the proprietor of the restaurant. Although i met her several times before.

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12.) Crunchy Pork Binagoongan – Deep fried pork cooked in bagoong paste ( Php 245 per order).

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11.) Crispy Pata – The deep fried crispy pata comes with a dipping sauce with a combination of soy and vinegar with chopped chilies and onion.

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10.) Tokwa Sisig– The tofu sisig had a combination of fried tofu, chopped cucumber and chopped onions. ( Php 160 per serving)

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9.) Cheesy Beef Kaldereta– Another nice dish to try at the place is their version of beef kaldereta with bell pepper, carrots and well seasoned. The meat of the beef is tender and topped with cheese. Ideal for sharing between 2 to 3 persons. (Php 245 per order)

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8.) Pork Sisig– This is another favorite dish at the restaurant. This is best paired with rice.

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7.) Callos – Another nice dish, with with sliced olives, chorizo, garbanzos and chopped tomatoes. (Php 245 per order)

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6.) Breaded Fried Chicken– Another well -loved dish which can be shared between 2 persons. This had a nice dipping sauce.

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5.) Chicken Teriyaki with vegetables and rice- ala carte meal which can be ordered anytime of the day. (Php 140 per order)

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4.) Calandracas/ Kalandracas – This is an heirloom dish which had sotanghon noodles, banana blossom, string beans,chopped eggplant or any vegetables seasoned with the famous patis de Tanza. Commonly served during funeral wakes in the province of Cavite.

Vegetables used in the noodle dish were normally given by visitors attending the wake. ( Php 170 per order) Can be shared between 3 to 5 persons.

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3.) Sotanghon Negra- The sotanghon noodles dish is cooked with squid ink, squid, pork meat, carrots, cabbage, sugar peas/ chitsaro and topped with fried garlic.  (Php 260 per order) can be shared between 3 to 5 persons) Php 1,500 bilao ( 10 to 15 persons)

The town is in the coastal area of Cavite and squid is one of the popular seafood produce.

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2.) Paella Jambalaya– The paella jambalaya consist of generous topping of mussels/ tahong,  green peas, chorizo, sugar pea/ chitsaro, bell pepper and hard boiled eggs.  ( Php 290 serves 2-4people, Php 950 serves 5 to 10 people, Php 1,150 serves 10 to 15 people) .

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1.) Paella Negra – The paella had squid ink with toppings of bell pepper, squid,  pork meat, chorizo, sugar peas/ chitsaro. ( Php 320 serves 2 to 4 people, Php 1,050 serves 5 to 10 people, Php 1,600 serves 10 to 15 people). This is another well-loved dish of the restaurant.

The restaurant also have dishes good for small group and ala carte meals.  Other highly recommended dishes that are worth ordering are Pollo Frito, Lengua Con Cetas, Chicken ala Pastel.

Desserts

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Churros with Chocolate

Another popular desserts of the restaurant was S’Mores with Skillet cost Php 120 per order and Churros at Php 60 and comes with thick chocolate.

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Note: prices quoted are by the restaurant during the time of the visit.

Calle Real Restaurant

Address: 8 Sta. Cruz Street Brgy. Poblacion 2, Tanza, Cavite 4108

Branches: Puregold, Tanza / The Square, Lancaster/ Robinson- General Trias

Landline: (046) 505 2836

Operations: Daily from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm

Chinese New Year Celebration in Quezon City’s Chinatown

Big celebration were held at the intersection of Banawe street corner Calamba street which highlighted the countdown to the Chinese New Year 2020 celebrations in Quezon City.

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Mayor Maria Josefina “Joy” Belmonte-Alumurong together with PROC Ambassador Huang Xi Lian, councilors and federation officers.

This was held last January 26 Sunday from 3:00 pm till past 8:00 pm where fireworks display and a concert was held.

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Filipino Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc (FFCCCII) members, Quezon City Association of Filipino Chinese Businessmen Inc. ( QCAFCBI), Quezon City Chinatown Development Foundation (QCCDF)

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Mr. Joseph Lim Bon Huan waves his hand ( President , QC Association of Filipino-Chinese Businessmen Inc.) before the parade started

Chinese New Year Celebrations

Special guests includes Chinese ambassador Huang Xi Lian of People’s Republic of China, Quezon City councilors, barangay officials from different districts, Filipino Chinese

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Quezon City’s councilors

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Quezon City Association of Filipino Chinese Businessmen Inc. ( QCAFCBI) officers and PROC Ambassador His Excellency Huang Xi Lian

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Mayor Maria Josefina “Joy” Belmonte-Alimurong along with Quezon City’s Barangay officials and well wishers

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program emcees Ms. Candice Tan and  Mr. Giru Mercado

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 Quezon City Association of Filipino Chinese Businessmen Inc. members

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Before the program started, Mr. Vince Gordovez of Quezon City Tourism office had a short trivia contest were lucky participant won tikoy and charms.

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Mr. Wilson Lee -Flores of Kamuning Bakery

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lion dance performed by jing Shen Wushu Dragon and Lion Dance Group

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Shou La Mien and Fruitas stall

The event had about 20 stalls selling different kinds of street foods, noodles, hopia, tikoy, cookies, moon cakes, milk teas, pork barbecue, rice, snacks, hand pulled noodles among others.

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Doña Maria Rice Puff being sold for Php 35 per pack

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cultural dance

Cultural dances were performed by students and alumni of Philippine Cultural College Dance group, Philippine Cultural College Alumni Association and Philippine Institute of Quezon City.

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Among the cultural dances came from Uyghurs and Tibetan group performed by the two Filipino-Chinese school based in the city.

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Rev. Father Wong Seng Tian gave a general predictions for the metal rat

The evening also capped a presentation of musical rendition performed by Ms. Maria Teresa Tirona and a representative from Filipino-Chinese association “Yue Liang Dai Biao Wo De Xin” or ” The Moon Represents My Heart ” which is a popular love song by Filipino-Chinese and Chinese all over the world. First sang by Teresa Tang.

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live concert

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fireworks display

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jam packed place

The crowd seems very happy and elated with all the freebies and happening within Chinatown Quezon City.

Special Chinese New Year Tour 2020 (Part 1)

Royal Postal Heritage Tour in partnership with WalkwithChan, heritage advocate group bloggers and social media influencers conducted a guided tour within the heart of the Chinatown’s Manila district.

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photo collage courtesy of Ms. Lin Deres

Unlike other guided tours, The tour focus on the vast Chinatown district which encompasses part of Santa Cruz, Tondo, San Nicolas and Binondo.

Special Chinese New Year 2020 Tour

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early bird participants

 We met at the Carriedo fountain within Plaza Santa Cruz around past 6:00 am. Ms. Melody Abuan was the early bird and won 2 gift certificate from Yakikai restaurant worth Php 1,000. followed by Mr. Ray Ong, Philip Reyes and Ms. Lin Deres among the early participants who brace the overcast saturday morning. Slowly followed by two  participants who came all the way from San Pedro, Laguna province to join the fan fare.

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Kim Sha Temple

After the short tour of the Santa Cruz church, We went to have a blessing at Kim Sha Temple located at 1021 Ongpin street which is part of Santa Cruz district.

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breakfast buffet selection

buffet dishes consisted of fish with tausi, noodles, fried rice, pechay, hotdog, raddish, scrambled egg, tasty bread, two kinds of soup and bottomless ice tea and brewed coffee.

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Chinatown LaiLai Hotel Buffet

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We arrived past 7:00 am at the Chinatown Lailai buffet area, Compared to the previous year, there were fewer dishes offered at the buffet area. While Ms. Rebecca Bucad and her companion followed.

Address: 801 Ongpin Street corner Sabino Padilla Street (aka Gandara), Santa Cruz, Manila

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different kinds of ornamental and flowering plants for sale

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Chinatown Arch

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Manila Chinatown -Welcome Arch

The mood was festive, but fewer crowd on weekend. The threat of the novel corona virus may have affected the crowd participation.

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Chinese New Year revelers in costume

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parade

We spotted group of mendicants asking for cash or donations. Some are dress in ati-atihan costume and darna giving the Chinese New Year celebrations new type of entertainment.

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mendicants giving some envelope

Salazar Bakery

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zesto cola flavored tikoy (nian kao)

The group then decided to visit the famed Salazar bakery and bought some popular pastries like hopia, lao po pia ( sweetheart pastry), mamon and tikoy at the bakery before walking along Ongpin street.

Address: 783 Ongpin St, Binondo, Manila

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children imitating a dragon dance

Santo Cristo de Longos ( Popular Shrine)

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 Santo Cristo de Longos shrine along Nueva Street ( aka Yuchengco Street) corner Ongpin street is the most popular shrine of the holy cross. This shows how Catholicisim, Taosim, Buddhism syncretize and create a unique harmony between these major religion.

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Mr. Ray Ong together with some of the participants

Carvajal Street

We went to Carvajal street also nicknamed the umbrella street alley of Chinatown and bought some hopia and pastries from Holland bakery.

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home cooked meals sold in one of the stall within Carvajal street

Mr. Ray Ong gave a short talk on the interesting fruits, vegetables and food found within the street alley.

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Minor Basilica of San Lorenzo Ruiz de Manila

We spend about 20 minutes inside the minor basilica and pointed out the important religious images and the real Santo Cristo de Longos which was located in the baptistry of the church.

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Lucky Chinatown Mall

Lucky Chinatown Mall is one of the posh mall located within the district. it is site for various event in the Chinatown Manila. It is like a one stop shop for everyone.

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dragon dancers in front of Lucky Chinatown Mall

The group arrived about 10:00 am. There was a lion and dragon dancers outside the mall.

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bright lantern

Chinatown Museum

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Ms. Beverly Ann Tan ( curator)

Chinatown Museum is located 4th level of the mall which showcases 18 galleries.  A visit to the museum is a MUST for those keen to learn history, heritage, heroism and anything about Chinatown’s -Manila.

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well-loved Chinese foods in the Philippines

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The group was greeted by Ms. Beverly Ann Tan (museum administrator) who gave an interesting history behind some of the practices of the Filipino-Chinese community.

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panaderia ( bakery)

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local produce

For those planning to visit the museum, Do not forget to pre-reserve in advance especially in big group.

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candid shot with some of the participants

A minimal entrance fee of Php 150 for the general public, Php 100 students with valid Id’s,Php 80 for senior citizens, people with disabilities.

Address: 4th Floor Lucky Chinatown Building- A, Reina Regente Street, Binondo, Manila

Operations: Everyday from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm

Contact: (632)8293-2584/ (0917-1164047)

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Ilang-Ilang Restaurant

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appetizer meal which consists of kikiam ( ngo hiong), sliced century eggs, pork asado, radish cake and pickled raddish.

We ate at the famed Ilang-Ilang restaurant. Some of the famed dishes includes the appetizer meal, pata tim, shanghai fried rice, nido soup, fried buttered chicken, birthday noodles, buchi/ botchi, braise steamed fish, almond fruit cocktail.

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pata tim

Ilang-Ilang Restaurant is one of the oldest restaurant in the district, established in 1910. The restaurant is open daily from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. and closes only during Holy Week.

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steamed fish fillet

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buttered fried chicken

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birthday noodles

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For dine-in services, the restaurant can accommodate up to 180 persons on ground floor and 400 persons on 2nd floor function hall.

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Address: 551 Ilang-Ilang Street, Binondo, Manila

Operations: Everyday

8:00am to 11:00 pm

(02) 241- 9297, 241-9298, 242-3266

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Chinese New Year 2020

The group got a hearty Chinese lauriat style lunch and spend almost two hours at the restaurant.

Delightful Meal at Samgyup Master in Yarda Food Hub

Samgyup Master specializes in Korean style samgyupsal marinated meat with as much as 18 side dishes. We decided to try their weekday promo which started last December 2019.

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marinated pork and chicken with side dishes

We arrived past 5:00pm at Yarda Food Hub located within Katipunan Avenue within Kingspoint Subdivision in Barangay Bagbag, Novaliches.

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Yarda Food Hub

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Mr. Del Sanchez was the first to arrived followed by fellow blogger Paulo Ortega then Mr. Darwin Arnuco was the last to arrive. The attendant seems busy and took at least more than 40 minutes before we got our first orders.

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We have a get together last January 16 and took some time to eat at the  Yarda Food Hub.

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The marinated pork, chicken is soft and like tocino. It is best cooked only for few minutes.

Samgyup Master Promo

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We ordered the Php 199 promo which used to be at Php 249.00 before the food stall that their month -long promo.

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dishes

In general, we liked the side dishes like fish cake, egg roll, lettuce with mayonnaise, sweetened anchovy with peanuts, tofu gochujang sauce, kimchi, cabbage salad,braised potato marble. The squid ball , marinated chicken wings and pork siomai seems to be out of place in the side dishes.

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The discount promo is from Monday to Thursday and is valid until January 30, 2020. They also have Php 399 and Php 499 which is not included in the promo.

The team was allotted only two hours to finished all the food. We were given a bowl of ramen before we end food trip.

Note: The author is not part of the management of the Yarda Food Hub and Samgyup Master.

Samgyup Master

Address: Yarda Food Hub

Contact: 0933 822 6798

Katipunan Avenue, Kingspoint Subdivision, Barangay Bagbag, Novaliches, Quezon City

Operations: Sundays to Thursdays – 4:00 pm to 12midnight , Fridays and Saturdays 4:00 pm to 1:00 am

Heirloom Culinary Delights at Bernie’s Kitchenette in Cavite City

Exploring Cavite City is fun and exciting when one visits Bernie’s Kitchenette. The home- cooked style dishes were the specialties of Ms. Bernadita Rojas-Fontanilla, She is called Bernie. She believes that one does not have to be a trained chef or a good cook just to present good food.

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Bernie’s Kitchenette dishes

We met Tita Bernadita Rojas- Fontanilla few years ago during an organized tour of the city by Mr. Jhon Gorme in October 2016.  Whenever have a chance to visit the city. We always make a stopover at this place.

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She was the granddaughter of Leopoldo Salcedo, who is famous Filipino celebrity and had been cooking traditional dishes for over 30 years.

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l-r Mr. Philip Reyes, Ms.Vonnette Fernandez, Mr. Paulo Ortega and Ms. Lin Deres

Most of which are heirloom family recipes and popular dishes. They opened the place in 2015.

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Manila Standard article, newspaper clippings and photo gallery

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Dishes at Bernie’s Kitchenette

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popular tourist spots in Cavite

The restaurant had a sitting capacity of between 100 to 120 people at any given time.

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popular meal combination were the TAPSILOG meals, which never fails to satisfy one’s palate.

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different kind of dishes

Another plus point were historical photos , batibot chairs and large wooden tables.

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The atmosphere is like a fiesta with festive buntings which decorates the dining area.

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restaurant interiors

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menu board

The restaurant also sells Sukang Cavite ( Cavite vinegar), coffee and other specialties

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heritage advocates, culinary walkers, bloggers and friends

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Pancit Pusit or sometimes called Pancit Choco en su Tinta, Pancit Negra, Pancit Itim

Among the popular dishes served at the restaurant includes, Pansit (noodle dishes): Pansit Pusit, which includes rice vermicelli / cellophane noodles which incorporates squid ink in its savory sauce. There are bits of squid and it is topped with crushed chicharon (pork rind), kinchay (coriander), diced mangoes and deep fried garlic. (completing the terno-terno [matching] concept of mixing food of the same color). ( Php 250 good for sharing between 3 to 4 people).

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deep fried lao-lao

These were complemented with crispy lao-lao (fried fish) best dipped in Cavite vinegar or Sukang Cavite. (Php 80 per order) Morcon (a savory meat roll), Bacalao (sautéed salt cod), a dish that is usually served on Good Friday or during fridays.

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Beef Kaldereta with a lot of sauce is only Php 80 per serving . The meat is tender and mildly spiced.

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Pork Asado is well seasoned and the meat is tender. It is also best paired with white rice . The serving only cost Php 80.

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Bernie’s Kitchenette facade

For large group, it is wise to pre-order some of their well-loved dishes, since the dishes are limited. The place is also an ideal spot of events and venue place.

Bernie’s Kitchenette

Address: 843 Midtown Bldg., Molina Street, Caridad, Cavite City

Contact: (046) 431 2088