Mr. T and Mrs. Y: Beef pares, budget meals and more

Mr. T and Mrs. Y

If you liked my last post, here’s another homegrown food house you may want to visit.  Mr. T and Mrs. Y is only on its third day of operation. It is one of the stores around the St. William’s Cathedral compound, down the “hilera” on F. R. Castro Avenue. Pares, goto, and typical Pinoy comfort food are the mainstays. It can get stuffy inside, but I guess it’s part of the appeal of uncontrived specialty eateries such as this one.

Budget EatsPares

It’s seems there’s a pares house in every block of jeepney street in Manila, but before stopping at this spot in downtown Laoag, I was so clueless about what a pares is like. I’m happy exploring offbeat and utilitarian food. Pares (meaning pair or combination) is a meal consisting of soup, rice and beef cooked in star anise. The taste calls to mind the unmistakable sweetish and aromatic flavors of Chinese beef mami. My friend Connie and I also shared a budget meal with crab omelette and menudo. I paid less than 150 pesos for the dinner.


Hope you are having a good weekend, everyone.

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Laoag’s Christine’s Miki Haus

Looking for a place to eat delicious native food in Laoag can be quite tricky. If you’re raring to try something in particular, a good person to ask is a tricycle driver — he’s always out in the streets and is more or less familiar with the more frequented eateries in town. So if you’re aiming for miki, most likely he’ll recommend Christine’s Miki Haus. Christine’s Miki Haus has been around since 1995. The pagmikian used to be no more than one table, which can seat merely six people. It got bigger and bigger, and in 2001, owners Cora and Roger Cendaña modified their home (just right across the old location) to make room for a newer air-conditioned Christine’s Miki Haus, which can hold several large groups at the same time. For the not-so-closely-acquainted with Ilocano cuisine, miki is thick chicken soup consisting of homemade noodles, chicharon bits, and topped with chicken floss. Recipes will vary depending on the maker’s taste. Christine’s miki has consistently had the down-home style with classic appeal. Resembling the savory miki of yore, the noodles are not too thick and don’t turn soggy at all. There is that authenticity that only homegrown locals can easily discern.Very affordable, miki with lumpia (spring roll), puto (steamed rice cake) or pork barbecue will cost anywhere between 50-80 pesos. Note: Miki is best eaten with a drizzle of well-aged sukang Iloco with sili. Happy chow time!

Christine’s Miki Haus (Open from 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM) 33 Paco Roman St., Laoag City, Ilocos Norte, Philippines

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Edrotin Joy Store’s Pinoy Pork Barbecue

I’m currently drawn to this pork barbecue which Brandon suggested I should try. Just this afternoon, I went again to Edrotin Joy Store for a fill. The one-year old barbecue place, with about 8 tables, occupies what used to be the Tarlaqueños Welding Shop, so don’t expect a nice, cozy ambiance. Along with smoke emanating from the grill, the dissonance on Gen. Luna Street make a streetwise ambiance.

The waiting line for take out orders is rather long. I saw a customer order 50 sticks  of pork barbecue after another one just got her 75-piece order. Manang Eva Ancheta’s (the owner’s) sidekick says that about 50-60 kilos of skewered pork, bara, balat, bagis, and occasionally, isaw are sold daily.

The pork slices are quite chunky.  The little fatty piece at the end is just a bonus for the taba lovers. I prefer to eat my barbecue with their dipping sauce made of vinegar, chopped red onions and sili. One stick is only 10 pesos. It’s hard to find good barbecue that cheap nowadays. At the public market, I guess 20 pesos is the standard price. At the end of the day, it’s not about the price…  it’s the taste that counts.

Edrotin Joy Store • Open daily from 3:30-8:00 PM • Gen. Luna Street (in between A.P.Santos and Gov. Flor Streets), Laoag City, Ilocos Norte, Philippines

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