A Malaysian chef finds home in Baguio

Chef's Home

The husband took the weekend off to bring us to Baguio. The cool summer weather was gorgeous, but then it’s not the best time of the year to be in the mountain city. Tourists were everywhere, traffic was terrible and parking was far from easy. We’re fortunate to have local friends who know the husband’s uninhibited taste, letting us save time and enjoy more of our brief stay.

For Saturday’s dinner, we were directed near The Mansion House. It so happened, it’s the same Asian-something restaurant that I’ve been trying to locate for more than a year now. It’s the Chef’s Home which closed temporarily before moving back to its original address four years ago.

Malaysian chef Alvin Amuang, who has worked in Phuket, Thailand, likes it so much in Baguio that he never left his post — that is constructing Asian flavors for the Filipino palate. Complementing Chef Alvin, wife Gina (a native of Bacnotan, La Union) backs him up totally. You see them entertaining guests at their humble home of a restaurant.

Chef's Home

Chef’s Home was adjudged one of the best new restaurants in 2013 by Esquire Philippines.

Thai Fried RiceSmoked Oysters

I had the privilege of ordering dinner — boneless chicken with 3-sauce and Thai fried rice for picky Alexa and steaming hot tom yum soup, prawns in salt and pepper sauce and smoked oysters drowning in salsa for everyone else.

The hungry husband eats in silence.

Malaysian FoodSalt and Pepper PrawnsSago Gula MelakaSago Gula Melaka with coconut milk and caramelized coco pandan.

Chef Alvin and Gina offer more soup.

The husband picks up the bill and then he introduces me to Gina as a food blogger. Gina says, “nakakatakot naman.” She meant scary. I told myself, the husband is the better restaurant critic.

We were the last guests before they pulled the doors close. We almost didn’t make it as the chef’s Sundays are sabbatical.

The husband won’t stop raving about the food and he brings it home.


Chef’s Home
No. 13 Outlook Drive cor Romulo Drive, Baguio City CP #: 0916 444 5756
Lunch: 11 AM-2:30 PM / Dinner: 6 AM-8:30 PM Mondays to Saturdays
Accepts cash only

Photographed by Blauearth © Blauearth™ All Rights Reserved 2009-2014

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