The title seems like a joke. It is actually not a joke. The new Puregold Laoag houses a Chic-Boy (the better sounding chicken and baboy) and a Goldilocks cart that moves to another location (the Robinsons) when the Goldilocks restaurant at the ground level opens on the last week of January.
The Puregold is on the next block, so I walked to pick up my friend Marianne who was playing foreman at the construction site right beside the mall. Shortly after we went to Red Dot to register for the forthcoming MUD class, we walked to Chic-Boy for snacks. I tried their guinumis and she had halo-halo and we shared a palabok — all traditional Filipino merienda, btw.
Guinumis is a simple icy dessert with white stuff, basically sago (tapioca balls), gulaman (gelatin), pinipig or popped rice and coconut milk. I have an aversion for excessive sweetness, so I give my guinumis a generous rating. Marianne liked her halo-halo too, explaining that she doesn’t enjoy overloaded halo-halo with lots of kidney beans, garbanzo, nata de coco, sago, etc. Hers had ube (candied purple yam) and langka (swetened jackfruit), just the right proportions. The palabok was almost not enough for the two of us. Surprisingly so good, as in the flavors were restrained, with perfect alat (saltiness). For the palabok virgins, it is a dish with rice noodles, topped with crunchy pork rind bits, hard-boiled eggs, tinapa (salted fish) and a shrimp-flavored sauce.
I had their liempo before. I appreciate the way the natural sweetness of pork comes out in the way they grill their meats. Unmasked, so to speak.
Next stop, the Goldilocks cart on the second level. The Philippines is a nation of Goldilocks loyalists. Tell me you didn’t have an affair with Goldilocks polvoron or mamon or caramel popcorn or brazo de Mercedes at one point in your life.
My lighter boy meets girl hair:)
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