Yes, the list is still on for the restaurants and food to try in Pampanga. I, together with 5 other food enthusiasts, have completed the Pampanga Food Trip Part 3 which included 6 food destinations and 3 churches.
BISITA IGLESIA: METROPOLITAN CATHEDRAL, SAN FERNANDO
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BREAKFAST: MAGG’S CANTEEN, SAN FERNANDO OLD PUBLIC MARKET
Yes! You read it right canteen at the Public Market. With the thought of Public Market to be dirty, some of us are not welcome with the idea of eating inside of it. But Magg’s Canteen will prove it wrong. The area is clean and you will feel safe to eat the food they serve
Rice for breakfast is not a thing for everyone but when you see the viands served infront of you, you won’t be able to say No!
It’s my comeback to this eatery for a breakfast meal (included in Pampanga Food Trip Part 2) but first time for majority of the group.
What we ordered:
(1) Kilayin – pork and liver marinated in vinegar and braised to tenderness and full-flavor
(2) Kamansi – also known as breadfruit and cooked in coconut milk
(3) Lechon Kawali and Chicharon – crunchy and no bad smell or taste
(4) Okoy – best so far and the shrimps are big
(5) Sisig – boiled and chopped pig ears and cheeks seasoned with vinegar, calamansi juice, chopped onions and chicken liver and served in hot plates
(6) Swam – Pampanga’s version of corn soup (no picture)
(7) Sinigang sa Bayabas – soup or stew characterized by its sour and savory flavour from guava
With budget of less than 1000 pesos, we were able to have a tummy-filling rice meal for breakfast of 7 people. Personal favourites are lechon kawali, chicharon and okoy. Sinigang sa Bayabas was not for me as I am not a fan of guava.
Location: San Fernando Old Public Market
MORNING DESSERT: L.A. BAKESHOP, SAN FERNANDO
We got a cheese bread treat from Den Lim to complete our morning meal. Den Lim is the man behind the creation of this cheese bread when he was just 17 years old.
BISITA IGLESIA: BETIS CHURCH, GUAGUA
When visiting this church be sure to be in your proper church attire as they are strict with this and will not allow you to come inside. I was wearing shorts and was refused entry, but with proper request to the guard, he gave me a cloth to wrap around so that my legs will be covered.
Betis Church is known for its wall and ceiling paintings as well as wood carvings.
BISITA IGLESIA: SAN GUILLERMO CHURCH, BACOLOR
This church is where the Television Series “May Bukas Pa” was shot.
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MORNING SNACK: AURELY’S BAKESHOP, SAN FERNANDO
On our way back to San Fernando for our next meal, we lost our way and were almost back from our first destination. We saw a bakeshop which I read previously to be known for the braso de Mercedes, so we stopped over. Too bad, though, it was already sold out. We were left to try whatever is available – our choice was a box of caramel pineapple bars.
The caramel pineapple bars are too sweet for my taste, thus not something for me to be craving for. Hopefully to try their braso de Mercedes.
LUNCH: DENLIM’S KITCHEN, SAN FERNANDO
Our supposedly snack turned lunch, Super Thanks to Chef Den Lim, owner of Denlim’s Kitchen (Sindalan, San Fernando, Pampanga) for granting my request for us to be able to try some of his menu. Finally! A sample of what can be expected when dining at this kitchen.
Hopefully, I would be able to set a schedule for the 7-course dinner someday soon.
(1) Basil Loaf with Roasted Capsicum Antipasto + Ricotta and Caviar Canapes with Eggplant Cheddar Dip
(2) Shrimp Elena
(3) Summer Salad (with organic yoghurt personally made by Denlim’s Kitchen)
(4) Nutty Pesto with Roasted Tomatoes
Till our comeback to your kitchen!
Indeed, it was not just deliciously-looking pictures but in reality! We loved the homey feeling at the second floor with antique theme. I highly recommend Denlim’s Kitchen for your gatherings with family and friends.
Location: Regina Building, Maharlika St., Sindalan, San Fernando, Pampanga
Telephone Number: +63 (45) 435-0067
AFTERNOON DESSERT: RFW, ANGELES
It was such a hot humid afternoon; everyone was searching for something cold to take in to ease the hot weather. We’re in Pampanga and that would be Halo-Halo. As suggested by Caren of K Cafe, we tried RFW.
The secret is with the ice and the milk used, aside from this, ingredients include macapuno, corn and leche flan. It was just right for me as I do not want too much ingredients for my Halo-Halo
Location: Infront of Carmelite Monastery
Telephone Number: +63 (946) 247-2160
DINNER: ABE’S FARM, MAGALANG
I under-estimated the distance from Angeles to Magalang, it took us almost 1.5 hours to reach. We first had our 1 hour massage before having our dinner to allow more time for food we have eaten during the day to be digested.
What we ordered:
(1) Binukadkad na plapla – deep-fried fish
(2) Crispy pata – deep-fried pork knuckles
(3) Kare-Kare – a traditional Filipino stew complimented with a thick savory peanut sauce
(4) Gising-Gising – ground pork and green beans cooked in coconut milk
(5) Dinuguan – pork blood stew
Some Night Shots:
Ambiance was relaxing for a garden environment, recommended for overnight stay. Their massage service is expensive priced at Php750 and to our surprise is that it comes with 10% service charge! Redundancy isn’t it? Massage is already a service so why was there a service charge on top of the rate?
The menu being served here is less than that of in Manila but quality was the same and still delicious. Personal favorites are gising-gising and crispy pata.
PASALUBONG: L.A. BAKESHOP, ANGELES
It took us around 45 minutes to reach L.A. Bakeshop and in 30 minutes the shop will be closed. There were only 4 remaining boxes of cheese bread, I had to give in so that others will be able to bring one home. I settled for the remaining 3 pieces of Spanish bread which I have not tried yet. It was funny though that another customer wanted to buy 2 pieces out of the 3 but she gave in as I was the one who ordered. Well, she’s a local and I am from Manila, hoped she understands.
Blessed, after awhile there was remaining cheese breads (less than 30 pieces), one of my friend offered that I get his one box and he will be buying 15 pieces only. So, I was able to bring one box home.
Smells good and tastes good for both the cheese bread and Spanish bread.
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
Should you have suggestions on sites to see, restaurants to visit and food to try in Pampanga, feel free to provide the details in the replies section. Thank you in advance, and will try to include it in the succeeding foodtrips.