Sunday, January 11, 2009

Thanksgiving in the Philippines - Part 3 (Conclusion)

(This is a continuation of my earlier post about our Thanksgiving holiday vacation in the Philippines)

For me, one of the great joys of visiting the Philippines is to eat at my favorite Filipino restaurants over there. And we certainly did that (a lot!) One of the most memorable such experiences was at the Krocodile Grille at the Trinoma Mall in Quezon City.

In keeping with their name, the Krocodile Grille has toy crocodiles of various shapes and sizes scattered throughout the premises. One branch that I've been to even had a live (baby) crocodile.

We feasted on goodies such as deep fried balut (duck egg):

...pinakbet (a vegetable stew seasoned with shrimp paste):

...inihaw na liempo (grilled pork belly):

...chicken sisig (finely chopped bits of chicken, fried and served on a sizzling plate):

...tinumok (fish wrapped in sweet potato leaves, seasoned with coconut milk):

...crispy tadyang (deep fried beef ribs):

Of course, for me, no trip to the Philippines is complete without a visit to Jollibee. We went to the one in Greenhills, San Juan...

... where I enjoyed their longganisa (Filipino sausage) breakfast:

...and their awesome peach mango pie with its thin, crispy crust and tender, creamy filling:

Another mandatory trip was to one of my favorite restaurants - Max's restaurant in the SM City Mall in Santa Mesa, Manila:

...where we enjoyed their great barbecued and fried chicken platters:

Well, there you have it. Those were the culinary highlights of our trip. It was great fun and I fondly look forward to our next visit to one of the loveliest and friendliest places in the world.


Tangled Noodle said...

My husband and I spent Christmas with my family in the Philippines (mainly Makati with side trips to Angono, Tagaytay, and El Nido). It was such a marvelous experience and the food was out of this world! I gorged myself on Filipino cuisine (no such restaurants in MN) and came back home with a half dozen cookbooks and even more food magazines so that I can make these dishes myself. I now tell everyone I meet that they have to go to the Philippines!

AsianFoodFanatic said...

Hi Tangled Noodle

I'm kinda envious. My wife and I wanted to visit El Nido and Tagaytay, but we didn't due to lack of time. Anyway, I'm glad you had a great time in the Philippines.

Yes, everyone should go to the Philippines - especially for the food. There's a great Filipino restaurant (Barrio Fiesta) in my community that I've taken numerous non-Filipino friends to, and they unanimously love it!


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