Revisiting a classic: Hizon’s Cakes and Pastries

Mocha Cake

Brought Brandon to experience the timeless eats at Hizon’s. Well, I’ve been thinking up their mocha and caramel cakes whenever someone is having a birthday. Besides the American-inspired entrees and tender lengua at the cafe, their buttery quezo de bola ensaymada and yema slice at the bakeshop are also worth spending on. They are generous on dinner rolls, not your run-of-the-mill bread, the texture’s similar to that of their moist ensaymadas.

Hizons made-to-order cakesHizon's CakesMarmalade

The triple-cooked orange marmalade wedges at the counter were appealing, so I asked for one before leaving. A piece is meant to be sliced thinly to add zip to something, but I ate it like a dessert. It should be perfect with soft cheeses.

Cake Edges for sale

People actually buy Hizon’s cake tutong. “Tino-tosta pa,” says the attendant.

Yema CakeYema slicesHizon'sHizons 2LenguaHamburger SteakHawaiian HamLemon MeringueLemon meringue.

Forked a bit of Brandon’s lemon meringue. I found it delicate, a little sourish, yet refreshing.

It’s always a pleasure finding time for Hizon’s.

Marmalade

Hizon’s Cakes and Pastries 1197 Jorge Bocobo corner Arquiza Streets, Ermita, Manila

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@Dolphy’s favorite Hizon’s

Dolphy's Favorites at Hizon's

Who could forget my mom and dad’s favorite TV show? Doña Delilah was just too loud, rude, mahangin at matapobre, and kulit-ly sneered at Marsha’s John Puruntong. She made me think that mothers-in-law are from hell, I was kinda traumatized for a while. Poor son-in-law John, played by Comedy King Dolphy, was unperturbable, however — it stuck in me that he is the quintessentially nice and cool Filipino maleeven in real life.

“Mabait po siya,” says a waiter at Hizon’s, referring to the late Dolphy, when we visited the place in Ermita for lunch. Dolphy was a habitué of Za’s Cafe, (more popularly known as Hizon’s). “Pumupunta siya araw-araw hanggang naging once a week na naging isang beses isang buwan, nuong nagkasakit na. Nalungkot kami, yon amo ko [Milagros Hizon-Roasa] ang umiyak.”

Hizon's, 1197 Jorge Bocobo St., ManilaDolphy's favorite spot @ Hizon'sAccording to the waiter, the two tables near the window are Dolphy’s preferred spot.

His meal was either baked turkey with glazed camote, lengua (ox tongue) or hamburger steak. He also ofttimes ordered camaron rebosado and ensaimada with tsokolate.

Channeling in Dolphy, I asked for a baked turkey meal, but it is served only on Thursdays. Nonetheless, the glazed Hawaiian ham turned out to be a great recommendation from the waiter. It was tender, the fat was generous, the sweetness and saltiness was a good balance, and the slice of pineapple in fruity sauce was the cherry on top.

Basket of BreadHawaiian Ham

I savored the subtle flavors of crisp celery, red onions and shrimps enhanced with a buttery cream sauce, not cloying at all — fabulous with the fluffiest dinner rolls ever.

Shrimps a la kingHizon's, ErmitaHizon's Queso de Bola Ensaimada

Omg, the piece de resistance, a masterwork, the flocculent ensaimada with an unsparing layer of fresh butter and strings of quezo de bola under a dusting of sugar! Some say it’s pricey and overrated, I say, I’ve never tasted anything like it. I’m particular about textures and the texture of Hizon’s ensaimada is fantastic. I’ve got to go back for the cheddar ensaimada when I go back to Manila. I’ve got it all planned out with my sis-in-law already as a matter of fact:)

PiesHizon's PiesHizon'sHizon's Cakes with butter icingGlazed CamoteHizon's Chicken EmpanadasYema RollsToasted Yema

And what else was frickin’ so good? The toasted yema (milk with egg yolks) on chiffon cake slices were absolutely divine! I brought home a piece which I shared with the hubby and he commented about it being “naimas” — something he rarely does, especially with food I buy for him. I have yet to sample the mazapan de pili sitting in the fridge. Saving it for cheat day:)

Mazapan de Pili

Indeed, Dolphy was not just a fine guy, he was a fine guy with a fine sense of taste.

Hizon’s Cakes and Pasries 1197 Jorge Bocobo Corner Arquiza Streets, Ermita, Manila, Philippines Tel No.: +63(2)5363993

Photographed by Blauearth © Blauearth™ All Rights Reserved 2009-2012