Found a delicious way to utilize the standard 30 minutes left before the bus leaves Manila for Laoag. Coming from a family that started one of the leading names in carinderia-style eateries in Laoag, Lis is a great eating companion. She eats anything and everything. After depositing our maletas at Fariñas Trans, we jumped on a tricycle to traverse to the far end of UST. Yay, S.R Thai was on the same spot on P. Noval!
The little Thai restaurant was so trendy among UST students and foodistas in the 90s. Not sure if they still have the branch on Katipunan in Quezon City.
The prices of meals are amazingly friendly as ever. I ordered two servings of bagoong (fish paste) rice, tom yum soup and pad Thai to prepare us for the next 10 hours or so.
Making partially deconstructed meals is a wonderful idea. The diner can tame down the spiciness, or sweetness, so nothing is ever put to waste. The bagoong rice looked like it had more hibi (dried shrimps) and mangoes than before. I can’t describe to you how tired and hungry Lis and I were that night. Everything was so yummy.
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Besides the Ineng’s Special BBQ in Robinsons Ilocos, it has extended to the hub of Ilocos Norte. The more spacious Ineng’s Special BBQ, located on Paco Roman Street, a block away from two leading local downtown hotels, is within a neighborhood that’s fast growing to be a food and drink zone.
Ineng’s specializes in good mid-priced Filipino food. Their banner product, Pinoy BBQ, though sweet and well-marinated, is so unlike the ketchupey kind found in other establishments. Check out their menu here.
The sariwang lumpia satisfied my craving for ubod (heart of palm). The peanut sauce was no letdown. Basically fried rice oozing with fermented fish flavors, the bagoong rice whets the palate as it is. A Pinoy meal is not complete without a panghimagas or dessert. Their saba and sago con yelo (milk-bathed shaved ice topped with sweetened banana and tapioca balls) was huge, but I like it that it wasn’t achingly sweet and the tapioca balls weren’t undercooked.
Even though Brandon was kinda kulit with his fickle-mindedness, the attendant was all smiles and accommodating. Will definitely go back again.
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