It was in October 2013 when I first had the Pampanga Foodtrip with 7 others where we ate at 4 restaurants and went to 2 other destinations. Read more here: Pampanga Foodtrip Part 1
Last week of October 2013, the date for Pampanga’s Giant Lantern Festival was known and a friend was so enthusiastic of witnessing it. So, came about the plan to include some foodtrips prior to the event which happens at 6:00PM. The search was officially on. Days before December 14, most of those who said to be coming backed out including my friend who brought about the idea because she was down with flu.
December 14, we pushed though with the trip even if there were only 4 of us. But really glad we did.
We arrived before 8:00 AM, and food is still not ready at the San Fernando Public Market, so we went on with the Church Hopping as suggested by Den Lim.
The churches we visited were: Metropolitan Church (San Fernando), San Guillermo Church (Bacolor) and Sta. Rita Church (Sta. Rita). For pictures click here
BREAKFAST: OLD SAN FERNANDO PUBLIC MARKET WITH CHEF DEN LIM
After visiting 3 churches, we went back to San Fernando for our breakfast with Chef Den Lim which was already 10:00 AM. Hungry we were, we munched some bread at the L.A. Bakeshop near the market while we wait to be fetched to lead the way to the eatery in the public market.
Den Lim recommended us the following food to try. Thanks for the treat.
Kilayin is a kapampangan dish which is combination of pork and liver and maybe other pig parts as well marinated in vinegar and braised to ternderness and full flavor. It is comparable to bopis which is another Filipino Dish.
Lastly, are the Banana’s heart (Puso ng Saging) and Sisig.
We were asked by Chef Den if we have eaten in public markets, I answered: “In provinces, yes I have tried eating in public markets but have not yet done in Manila. As far as I know, the market in Manila is dirtier than that of the provinces and there’s no eatery inside.” The eatery in San Fernando Public Market was clean and I did not see any flies around so you can be comfortable to eat and need not worry of the safety of taking in the food.
Amongst the food served to us, my personal favorites are:
– Okoy, it was not too oily and the shrimp are big compared to the usual one.
– Lechon kawali and pititian were really crunchy and does not have unwanted smell or taste.
Location: San Fernando Old Public Market
SIDETRIP: DENLIM’S KITCHEN AT SINDALAN
After having our meal at the public market, Den Lim invited us to his Kitchen at Sindalan. The said kitchen was previously the main branch / factory outlet of LA Bakeshop where their breads are baked.
We had a site visit of DenLim’s kitchen where preparation, cooking and dining all happen. DenLim’s Kitchen provides private dinner for groups with his signature dishes such as Pugon Liempo Wrap, Beef Ala Dione, Shrimp Elena, Pasta Negra among others.
DenLim’s Kitchen is fully-booked until February 2014, hopefully I will be able to try it sometime in 2014 as I have seen the mouth-watering pictures of the food he serves which I highly think are relatively delicious as well. You may checkout his facebook page: http://facebook.com/denlimskitchen for more details and to see the pictures that I am saying.
Location: Regina Building, Maharlika St., Sindalan, San Fernando, Pampanga
Telephone Number: +63 (45) 435-0067
MORNING MERIENDA: BANH MI NGON
Our next stop is for Vietnamese food at Banh Mi Ngon which has just opened in September 2013.
Their bestseller obviously is Banh Mi, which is made from sliced roll resembling a miniature baguette that has light and crunchy exterior that complements its zesty moist interior. Inside the bun is everything from liver pate, sliced ham, grilled pork loin, chicken lemongrass, roast beef etc. Lots of vegetables are included in the sandwich as well such as pickle carrot, daikon raddish, fresh cilantro, homemade mayonnaise and optional hot chili pepper to add some spice. The sandwich bun itself can be requested to be spicy or not.
It is recommended to eat the Banh Mi while it is hot just right after it has been prepared to have the freshness of the ingredients. However, I ate mine the next day for breakfast. Good thing it still was able to maintain the crunchiness of vegetables and the other ingredients are still tasty. It comes in regular (Php120) and large (Php150), we only ordered the regular and for me it can actually be shared by 2 as it was full of ingredients thus really filling to the stomach.
We initially planned to just try the Banh Mi for takeout as we were scheduled to have our lunch at another restaurant in Angeles. But since we were already there, we tried their pho (noodles) as well as the shrimp spring rolls and shared amongst us.
We were lucky to meet the owner of Banh Mi Ngon, Nilo Reyes, and so we had a little chitchat with him regarding his restaurant.
Thank you for the complimentary Nuoc da chanh (freshly squeezed limeade), it was so refreshing.
I consider Vietnamese food to be a healthier way of living with the vegetables as part of every meal. The beef pho had beef and noodles cooked just right. The spring rolls had fresh ingredients and the sauce added taste. I loved the banh mi beef which still tasted great even if it had to be eaten the next day already, the flavor and texture of each of the ingredients complement one another and the vegetables are still crunchy.
The Nuoc da chanh (freshly squeezed limeade) was so refreshing.
Location: Stall G 2513 Don Juico Avenue, Malabanias, Angeles City, Pampanga
Telephone Number: +63 (919) 466-7992
Store Hours: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
LATE LUNCH: K CAFE
We arrived at K Cafe at 1:30 PM already. I already had a glance of the menu prior to coming to the restaurant, and it made me curious to try their food. K Cafe offers fusion of food from the following cuisines: American, Mexican, Japanese, and Italian. They also are known for their desserts.
The 3 of us were already on full stomach, I was the only one who was still hungry after having gone to two food destinations. So I just ordered 2 meals: Norwegian Salmon Terriyaki with rice and Creamy Pesto Pasta. For desserts, ordered their bestsellers, Turtle mousse, and Sizzling Apple Cheesecake.
While waiting for our orders, took pictures of the cakes.
The server first laid on our table was the K Supreme Pizza Roll-ups (Php420) with toppings of Italian sausage, bacon, ham, caramelized onions and mushrooms. All pizza roll-ups served with arugula and alfalfa sprouts.
Next came our Creamy Pesto Pasta (Php195) which had shrimps and hungarian sausage. All pastas served with garlic herbed focaccia.
Then my salmon cravings as usual, Norwegian Salmon Terriyaki (Php300) in orange terriyaki sauce with rice and veggies.
Vietnamese Spring Rolls (Php180) deep fried and served with Nuoc Nam Sauce, greens and vermicelli.
After the meals, came our desserts for the sweet tooth. The first one was the Sizzling Apple Cheesecake (Php175) which made us curious upon seeing in the menu, then the Turtle Mousse (Php130) and lastly but not the least was the Red Velvet Cheesecake (Php120).
The Pizza Roll-ups was actually one of my choices to order but then had second thoughts because we might not be able to finish. But blessed we were, Caren (owner of K Cafe) maybe read my mind and gave it to us as a complimentary.
The Norwegian Salmon Terriyaki was cooked right meaning it was not dry and it does not have that unwanted fishy taste.
The Creamy Pesto Pasta was just the typical one and the pesto was quite light which was unnoticeable to the taste.
The Vietnamese Spring Rolls was quite different in its presentation because the greens and vermicelli were outside of fried spring rolls itself which tasted like Lumpiang Shanghai. We had this as complimentary as well.
For our desserts, the Sizzling Apple Cheesecake which had the interesting contrasts of the hot apple cheesecake and the cold ice cream on top of it. A must try for a different type of dessert. The turtle mousse which was one of K Cafe’s bestsellers and thus a must try was indeed delicious with its moist chocolate cake and the mousse to have variety of texture. It was not that too sweet as well. Lastly was the Red Velvet Cheesecake which again was one of choices to order as a fan of Red Velvet and Cheesecake, blessed again because we were given with it as a complimentary. As I told Caren, it had the right texture, tastes not too salty and not too sweet. The Red Velvet Cheesecake was actually my favorite amongst these three desserts but the two are as well delicious and highly recommended.
The menu had a wide variety of choices, thus really hard to choose from which only means that more than one visit to this restaurant is a must with the results of our overall experience with the food we have tried makes me interested to try the others in the menu.
K Cafe Balibago
S.R. Lim St. Diamond Subd. Balibago, Angeles City
Store Hours: 6:00PM – 2:00AM
K Cafe Nepo
Plaridel St. Nepo Quad, Angeles City
Store Hours: 11:30AM – 11:30PM
Telephone Number: +63 (45) 322-9191
TAKE-HOME CHEESEBREAD: LA BAKESHOP
We dropped by LA Bakeshop Angeles Branch to buy boxes of cheese bread for home as well as for the office. I highly recommend their cheese bread to be really good especially when hot.
This was not my first time to take home these cheese breads so I have brought boxes of cheese bread to the office and they all loved it. I was really glad that I did not fail with my recommendations.
L.A. Factory Outlet
Accepts Private Dinner Reservations, Food Orders and Specialty Bread Orders
L.A. Bakeshop and Deli
MacArthur Hwy, City of San Fernando
Store Hours: 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM
L.A. Bakeshop (Main)
#792 Sto. Rosario St., Angeles City, Pampanga
Store Hours: 5:30 AM to 8:00 PM
Telephone Number: +63 (45) 304-1382
AFTERNOON TEA: DENLIM’S KITCHEN AT SINDALAN
After eating much, we accepted Den Lim’s invitation for some afternoon tea in his kitchen. It was not any other tea but an organic one which was a combination of leaves that he himself takes care of in his garden at the third floor. The organic tea includes the following leaves: tarragon, mint, lemongrass, lime, and ginger.
The tea was so refreshing and really much needed after having eaten lots of food
Location: Regina Building, Maharlika St., Sindalan, San Fernando, Pampanga
Telephone Number: +63 (45) 435-0067
MORE DESSERTS: TEASPOON DESSERTS
Des of Teaspoon Desserts was kind enough to have us try his home-based pastry creations: Queso de Bola Cheesecake (Php220/4 pcs. 2”, Php380/6” inches, Php790/8”, Red Velvet Mini Bites (Php180/dozen) and Cashew Petit Fortunes (Php270/30pcs, Php430/48pcs).
The Queso de Bola Cheesecake was quite a surprise as it was not salty as I expected which is actually a good thing for me because I am not allowed to take in so much salt. It was not that too sweet as well. The taste was just right.
The Red Velvet Mini Bites was as well good. The Cashew Petit Fortunes was like mazapan that is a delicacy of Bicol.
Telephone Number: +63 (932) 878-2039
MORE DESSERTS: MR PARK’S BREAD & CAKE
Den Lim recommended us to try the cream puff of Mr. Park’s which is on our way to Robinson’s Star Mill’s for the Giant Lantern Festival, which I will writing in a separate article. He told us to just buy one each and eat inside the van. However, lucky us, we were given a free taste of the creampuff thus made us to buy 1 box of 20s each instead. Each creampuff costs Php8, and we had a discount of Php10 for the box of 20s.
Indeed, it was yummy! Tastes like the pricey cream puff from beard papa and just a smaller version.
(Main Branch) PARANAQUE:
200 Aguirre Ave., BF Homes, Paranaque City
#37 Polaris St., Bel-Air, Makati
Unit 1, C&C Plaza Bldg., Friendship Hi-way cor. Volga st., Anunas, Angeles City, Pampanga
Ground fl., Eton Emerald ave., cor. Garnet st., Brgy. San Antonio, Pasig City
SM Sta. Mesa:
Basement fl., near Hypermarket, Ramon Magsaysay Boulevard cor. Araneta Ave., Brgy. Dona Imelda, Quezon City
There are still lots of restaurants to be tried. More Pampanga foodtrips coming up in 2014. Just let me know should you be interested to join.