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  • My Birthday 2006 at Barrio Fiesta, Philippines
    My Birthday 2006 at Barrio Fiesta,...
    by jumpingnorman
  • My Birthday 2006 at Barrio Fiesta, Philippines
    My Birthday 2006 at Barrio Fiesta,...
    by jumpingnorman
  • My Birthday 2006 at Barrio Fiesta, Philippines
    My Birthday 2006 at Barrio Fiesta,...
    by jumpingnorman
  • ADO's Panciteria: The Best Pancit for All Occasions!

    by touristangligaw Written Nov 28, 2010

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    ADO'S Panciteria or Pancit ni Ado has been pleasing Pasiguenos since 1952 and has become an iconic restos to the surrounding communities and anyone who happens to stumble upon it. Situated just down the road from the Catholic church of Pasig or Simbahan ng Pasig 126 A. Luna St. Bgy. Malinao in pasig. near sumilang. They really got their pancit noodle taste right with their unique special spices and crispy chicharon or pork crackling toppings which has been perfected throughout many decades, it's one of those simple culinary experience that you look for over and over, time and time again.

    Favorite Dish: Their pancit bihon guisado special (or an optional pancit bihon tostados) which has been ADO's trademark cuisine since forever will always be many regular's favourite. The food is cooked and packed in banana leaves the same way since the beginning 50 years ago. But what makes this regular pansit guisado special is the generous sprinkling of crispy pork cracklings. It is the perfect garnish that will figuratively and literally melt your heart away!

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    Barrio Fiesta: Traditional Filipino Food at Barrio Fiesta

    by jumpingnorman Updated May 28, 2009

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    My Birthday 2006 at Barrio Fiesta, Philippines
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    I always eat at Barrio Fiesta whenever I visit my Motherland - I just grew up with this restaurant where I eat its famous dishes like Crispy Pata and Kare-Kare...Actually, I have rented the whole restaurant several times for my friends, hehehe...

    During my birthday in 2006, I just rented the Barrio Fiesta which was located at the SM Megamall for just about P25,000 (Philippine pesos - maybe about $500) so I can have my birthday there along with live music from 3 musicians (strings) and lots of food. It's a good deal because all my friends and family were satisfied - and so was I.

    The ambiance is very Filipino and the food selection is as Filipino as you can get - nothing weird but just plain good. Barrio Fiesta is so famous that it has several branches in the Philippines and there are also several in the USA - like in Milpitas and Glendale, California and even here in Arizona.

    I have included videos of my birthday at Barrio Fiesta here on VT at my Philippine and Manila Page. My cousin even sang with the string musicians to serenade me...

    Barrio Fiesta Caloocan City (02) 364-450

    Barrio Fiesta Malate (02) 521-7884

    Barrio Fiesta U.N. Ave. (02) 524-4584

    Barrio Fiesta Marcos Highway (02) 645-3733

    Barrio Fiesta Makati Ave. (02) 899-4020 to 21

    Favorite Dish: Crispy pata and Kare-Kare

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    Max's Fried Chicken: Original Filipino Crispy Fried Chicken

    by machomikemd Updated Jul 18, 2008

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    Filipinos Love Crispy Fried Chicken and this Restaurant Chain is A Testament to that timeless longing for it since the early American Occupation in the 1900's. Max's is known as "the house that chicken built." Its story dates to 1945, when U.S. occupation troops were befriended by Maximo Gimenez, whose house became a gathering place. The Stanford-educated teacher then decided to open a cafe where he could give the GIs a taste of home, serving chicken, steak and drinks. His niece Ruby managed the kitchen and cooked up fried chicken that attracted locals as well, and with more traffic and by popular demand, the menu expanded to include Filipino specialties such as Kare-Kare (oxtail stew), pancit (stir fry noodles), Crispy Pata (deep fried pork knuckles), lumpia ubod sariwa (fresh spring rolls with heart of palm), etc.

    Favorite Dish: The Fried Chicken off course! it is fried to a crisp with no buttermik breadings like the Southern Fried Chicken of the American South but nonetheless, it is still crispy outside and soft inside and is paired with Jufran Banana Catsup ( a filipino invention). 2 piece meal with rice costs about 150 pesos. Kare-Kare costs about 400 pesos an order. The Cholesterol laden Favorite of mine Crispy Pata at 450 pesos an order. And the Buko-Pandan Claude's Dream at 70 pesos an order.

    What are you waiting for! dash to the Nearest Max's!

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    Aristocrat Restaurant: Filipino Favourites

    by sirenna Written Nov 28, 2007

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    This restaurant is conveniently located in Malate, on the corner of San Andres and Roxas Boulevard. It's a large, brightly lit establishment serving no frills Filipino cuisine. There are rather too many dishes featuring tripe, gizzards and entrails (I kid you not) for my liking, but if you want to get a taste for Filipino food, this is the place - and it is relatively inexpensive. There are lots of seafood dishes, and a good choice of grilled and BBQ specialities.
    This is not a place to linger over a glass of wine, and it hasn't the ambience for a romantic date - there are paper placemats and a fast food atmosphere - but the service is quick and efficient.

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    The Good Earth: A Nice Chinese Restaurant in MOA

    by arni_ph075 Written Sep 17, 2007

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    I heard a lot of good reviews about Good Earth, and its indeed true. Food is good, hmm.. surprisingly they also have a lot of vegetarian cuisines.. The tofu dish is the best. Dishes being offered are mostly Chinese fusion, but the way they serve and style the food is very good.

    We went there on a Saturday 11am, we are the first client, im sure on the evening it would be full house. Service was excellent.

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    Razons: Don't Miss The Halo Halo

    by allelli Written May 25, 2007

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    razons parking

    They have the most delicious halohalo I tried, people from all walks of life eat here because of there halohalo, imagine they have only few menu but still every time we visit that restaurant it is alway full.

    Favorite Dish: The halohalo is so delicious the ice is so fined and the lecheplan is so mouth watering.

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    Savory Restaurant: Savory Is For Chicken and Gravy

    by nimato Updated Dec 27, 2006

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    Savory, one of the Oldies but Goodies restaurants in Manila, is known for its good-tasting fried chicken and gravy. A whole chicken goes for P300. The resto has a few branches in the city and this big one at the old Escolta Street downtown is the original, I was told.

    Other local dishes are also available in the menu. Drinks are quite pricey. A fresh buko juice goes for P70.

    Favorite Dish: Tried the following:
    Fried Chicken Rice with Fried Egg -- P135
    Camaron/ Chopsuey/ Beef Rice Toppings -- P130

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    Max's Restaurant: Chicken Adobo..YUMMY!!!!!

    by broxx Updated Nov 4, 2006

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    Fantastic Chicken Adodo, Sinigang and Lumpiang Ubod.
    Also u add alittle of the Calamansi juice in it WOW, makes it taste incredible!!!

    Plus many location to find but this one is in Roxas Blvd..

    2 THUMBS UP...

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    French Baker: Pork, Corn, Rice and Mash Potato for Dinner!

    by namiewa Written Jun 23, 2006

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    ok lets start for our dinner!
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    One of the French Baker restaurant they served a typical Filipino type of foods. Lets eat dinner together in this restaurant where they served more sweets and breads. You can order shrimps, crabs etc if you want too. Sky is the limit but you all gonna pay it..hehehe

    Favorite Dish: ok as you can see am a filipina i eat lunch and dinner with rice. As am starving at this time already i order this food for my dinner and my sis ordered their favorite choco crepe again and cake.

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    French Baker: Chocolate Crepe

    by namiewa Written Jun 23, 2006

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    try this one
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    Try to order this one on the French Bakers proudly made a chocolate crepe with hazel and nuts makes you drink much water than you think. Okay its too much sweet but it taste really yummy though the melted chocolate inside of gives much sweeter. One order of these choco crepes need you 2 cans of soda and like 3 glasses of water in that you are perfect full and all you gonna do is to burp after! For only 50 pesos 1$ except soda and water is free hahaha.

    Favorite Dish: choco crepe with iced tea.. etc. just choose one!hahaha

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    original philippine food: eat any local food

    by ryanamparo Written Oct 23, 2004

    you can anywhere that serves hot freshly cooked food. that is the safest bet. never eat any cold food like salads. make sure that the cutlery are clean this is the only source of upset stomachs when things get contaminated. but bacteria dont live in hot temperature so eat anything you like while in philippines. RA

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    Native Restaurants: don't miss our local foods

    by mlt_t Written Sep 17, 2004

    - in Metro Manila pose no problem either. Makati, Malate, Quezon City and Manila are the up-market dining area and are priced accordingly. Expect to pay 300-500 pesos for main course. Like big cities, Manila offers the full spectrum of international cuisines. At the bottom end of the scale, small food houses (carinderias) abound, particularly along roads. A meal can cost as little as 20 pesos, but remember that the food is designed to please local palates.

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    Sunduan: Native Food, Native Ambience

    by Kalayaan Written Jul 7, 2004

    It is a compound made mostly of wood, made probably to look like a set of nipa huts. All rooms have air conditioning, though. There is even a small artificial pond with a raft, where you can also eat if you like. It is quite well protected from air pollution, you hardly notice that you are in the middle of a giant city.

    Favorite Dish: Macapuno for dessert. (Coconut shreds, with added sugar and something to make it sticky)

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    Bacolod Chicken Inasal: A Native Chicken Dish

    by shintarojon Written Mar 15, 2004

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    Bacolod Chicken Inasal - Robinsons Place - Manila

    Open for lunch and dinner and offers delivery.

    1. Delicious Charcoal Chicken on a Stick
    2. Delicious Grilled Chicken on a Stick
    3. Petso (Breast)
    4. Pak-pak (Wings)
    5. Isol (Tail)
    6. Atay (Liver)
    7. La Paz Batchoy
    8. Pancit Molo
    9. Pancit Efuvel
    10. Puto Manapla
    11. Insal - Paa (Thigh)
    12. Dinuguan
    13. Puto Pao
    14. Bangus Lumpia
    15. Crispy Crablets

    Favorite Dish: (last date took my lunch - March 15, 2004)

    1. chicken legs - PhP 73.50
    2. talangka rice - PhP 53.50
    3. bottomless ice tea - PhP 53.50

    no service tax

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  • The photo shows the fruite &...

    by yen_2 Written Sep 8, 2002

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    The photo shows the fruite & vegetables being sold at the Market...

    The Filipino cuisine is more moderate in its use of spices than some other Asian foods. Rice is the staple and is served with almost every meal. Fish features strongly and is served grilled, boiled, fried or steamed. Crabs, lobsters, prawns, oysters, tuna, freshwater fish and a regional speciality called 'sweet maliputo' are all commonly found on local menus. Pork or chicken dishes are popular and include adobo, arroz caldo and crispy pata (fried pig skin). Vegetarians will have no trouble in Manila. Try gulay, (a vegetable dish simmered in coconut milk), mongos (chick peas) and pinangat (vegetables with very hot peppers).

    Here's a Kitchen recipe for you;-)

    CHICKEN and PORK ADOBO (Meat in Tangy Sauce)


    1 cup native vinegar

    1 head garlic, crushed

    1 tsp. ground black peppercorns

    1/4 cup soy sauce

    1/2 kilo pork cut into 1' x 2' pieces

    1 chicken cut up

    1 1/2 cup water

    1 tbsp oyster sauce

    cooking oil for frying


    Put chicken and pork in a saucepan. Combine vinegar, garlic, pepper, soy sauce, water and pour over the meats. Let soak for 30 minutes. Simmer uncovered until tender. Strain the sauce. In a frying pan, brown garlic, chicken and pork in cooking oil. Pour sauce over, cover and simmer until sauce thickens.

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