Light Snack at Noodle King N.S. Amoranto Street

It was an overcast afternoon when our group decided visited the famed La Loma in Calavite street and N.S. Amoranto ( formerly called Retiro street).

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Noodle King Pares and Mami House

Rows of lechon restaurants, karinderia and pares houses were located within this street. The restaurants had their own share of loyal clientele tucked to its long and colorful culinary heritage.

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Quezon City and Manila boundary 

The area serves as a border between Manila North Cemetery and Manila Chinese Cemetery.

The group decided to have “Pag pagpag” which is a Tagalog word to ” shake off “or “loosen off” or “to remove”. It is a common superstitious belief that one can does not go directly to one’s home after attending a funeral, wake or cemetery unless they have done the pagpag.

It was a superstitious belief probably influenced by the Chinese and Malay, that one must visit a go-in between place after visit attending a wake, funeral or cemetery. ( Usually restaurant, church or convenient store).

This is to confuse any bad spirits or elements which can done harm to the immediate family or friends of the deceased person.

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rows of roasted pig on charcoal pits

One must spend time eating or doing something like changing clothes before going home. Just to avoid any mishap or misfortune to one’s family. Another common belief is that without doing the Pagpapagpag, death can come to immediate family or friend who attended the wake or funeral.

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The Original Pares

We decided to eat at the Original Pares House, Unfortunately the pares house is full and the group have to wait between 20 to 30 minutes before the group can eat.

Jonas Pares House is another choice, but a little further down the road.

Noodle King Pares and Mami House

Noodle King is known for their noodles, beef pares, siomai, siopao, chicken barbecue, rice topping, pork asado, sizzling meals, fried chicken, arroz caldo, tokwat baboy, chicken, wanton noodles, mami and silog meals.

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Noodle King menu board

The restaurant is well lighted, large signage. They also had an air-conditioned room good for 20 people and an area which can accommodate between 30 to 40 people at any given time.

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Halo-halo

Most of my friends and participants ordered their halo-halo. The halo-halo had a generous serving of ube halaya.

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complimentary soup

My fried ordered their pares meal and it comes with free soup. Their pares is presented in big bowl and with bigger portion compared to Original Pares and Jonas Pares. But taste different compared to the two pares house. Sauce is a little bit on the sweet side.

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siopao

Siopao is large, but there are other restaurants which had big portion of siopao and more tasty ones.

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Siomai is quite generic, some commercially sold siomai in packs taste more flavorful. The saving grace is the chili oil.

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black gulaman

Black gulaman is a bit okey, not too sweet compared to other black gulaman from other restaurants.

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mais con yelo

Mais con yelo is not too sweet, however we were quite disappointed that it was serve this way. One was serve with the halo-halo cup while the other one was serve using ordinary plastic cup. It makes us wonder that they must try to have more halo-halo cup.

The restroom is well lighted and clean. Which is a plus point for any restaurant.

Overall, They must try to improve their menus and service. It took us a while before they filled-up our orders.

Noodle King Pares and Mami House

Address: N.S. Amoranto street ( formerly called Retiro street ) corner Dr. Alejo Santos street, La Loma , Quezon City

Operations : Mondays to Sundays from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm

Halo-Halo with Kesong Puti at Sweet Bulakenya

Sweet Bulakenya food had a lot of innovative products to offer, One of their product is their halo-halo with kesong puti as topping.

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Sweet Bulakenya with topped kesong puti

Halo-halo had all the usual ingredients like the minatamis na saba among others, the shave ice is comparable to other commercial halo-halo restaurants in Metro Manila. What makes this special is the ingenious way of adding their kesong puti as topping.

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Ms. Lani Buencamino at the 1st Pista ng San Miguel de Mayumo tiangge ( photo courtesy of Mr. Rodel Carating)

Ms. Lani Buencamino is also a science teacher and proprietor of Sweet Bulakeny Among the well-known products includes their empanada with kesong puti, macaroons, chicharon among others.

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 empanada with kesong puti

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San Miguel de Mayumo, Bulacan province welcome arch

They also tried to produce Native Pork Sitsaron/ Chicharon which made its best at different class- A restaurants and hotels.

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Ms. Lani Buencamino together with media, bloggers and industry practitioners

Some of their clientele included Chateau (1771 Group of Restaurants) City of Dreams in Parañaque, Macau, Serye, Robinsons Supermarkets (selected outlets like Galleria, Ermita, Eastwood, Metro East, Magnolia ) and True Deli in Quezon City.

When you visit San Miguel, Bulacan, do not forget to visit this place !

Store and Restaurant: Maharlika Hi-way, Sta. Rita,San Miguel, Bulacan

Address: Sampaguita St, San Miguel, Bulacan

Contact : 0915 939 3526

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/SweetBulakenyaFoods/

Heirloom Family Dishes of Teresita’s Halo-Halo

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Teresita’s of San Fernando is known for their family heirloom dishes from Pampanga.

We visited Teresita’s -Waltermart branch which is near LRT Roosevelt station and near Muñoz public market. The restaurant had a sitting capacity of about 30 people. The branch opened in 2012.

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Pancit luglog

Pancit luglog noodles is thicker compared to the ordinary palabok. There is not much shrimps and the sauce is rather bland. The serving is large for its price. Overall, The taste is not bad.

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Halo-halo

Teresita’s own version of halo-halo is quite different from Razon’s of Guagua halo-halo.  This is much sweeter and the leche flan is more stiffer. The shaved ice is perfect.

There are two types of halo-halo in their menu, The ordinary which do not have sweetened jackfruit that cost Php99  and the one with sweetened jackfruit (langka/ nangka) which cost Php 115.00.

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Teresita’s menu board

One must try their all day breakfast value meal which includes skinless longaniza, garlic longaniza, tapa tocino, chicken tocino.

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pasalubong items

There are also pickled papaya ( atsara ), bottled sardines and bottled tinapa near the cashier.

Address: Ground Floor,Waltermart North EDSA, North Edsa 8001 A. Edsa Veterans Village Quezon City, 1100, North Avenue

Website:http://www.teresitasofsanfernando.com/

Operations: Mon – Sun
Operation Hours: 10:00 am – 11:30 pm

 

Dining at Grotto Pares in Quiapo

San Sebastian street, Quiapo , Manila -Philippines

It was past 1:00pm when we finished our tour at the San Sebastian Basilica , We decided to eat at the newly opened Grotto Pares shop at the Iturralde Mansion .

Grotto Pares

This is a newly opened pares and small eatery in San Sebastian street . We decided to try out this eatery and looked at the menu.

servers with red ice tea

There are 2 types of ice tea ( red and ordinary )  which sells for just Php 12 .00! We ordered red ice tea that the servers served in a mason jar with plastic  drinking straw.

Shangsilog Meal

The group decided to order different value set meals that the eatery serves at the menu. I ordered ShangsilogLumpiang Shanghai (spring roll )  , Fried Egg  and Fried Rice –  Php 35 with FREE beef stock soup . ( soup is made from real beef stock with 5 spice herbs) .

Mr. Allan Martinez , Ms. Lon Guevarra  and Mr. Ivan Sarenas

participants enjoyed the simple student value meal

Some of us ordered halo-halo and when the tour participants saw the size of the serving , They all ordered the halo- halo. There are 2 serving the small one in plastic which cost Php 20 and Php 30 in glass mason jars.

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I paid Php 77 for the value meal , plus Halo-halo and Red ice tea . The others ordered Php 50 value meal (chicken  or liempo)  , Halo-halo and red ice tea .

The eatery is open everyday from 7:00am until past 11:00pm , They are also open for catering and reservations . Their store is just located beside San Sebastian Basilica .

Contact Persons: Mr. Noel/ Ms. Aileen – 0916-5144064 / 0915-3021253