CAN YOU TELL ME WHAT YOUR COMFORT FOOD IS?
It is a dish that our mother or our Lola used to make us during our childhood – it can be that good bowl of Sinigang, Arroz Caldo, or Mac & Cheese. Regardless of what the food is, it soothes our souls and comforts us in such a way having that dish makes everything seem okay. A dish that provides emotional comfort to us and linked us to a place or time when we were kids when situations and life weren’t this complicated.
In this Food Crawl Guide Paula and I will share our calibrated initial Top Five (5) places where we grew up eating and thru a random select group who also provided their consensus stamp of – YES! to these five spots.
Choc Full of Nuts has been in the old Greenhills Shopping Center since the 80’s. During that time, there were only a few malls around and Greenhills used to be a go-to for those who live in the North and South. It’s one of those places that are familiar to those of us who would visit their halls.
Ever since I can remember, my grandma and my mom would take me here to have some of their tasty siopai and siomai. Every visit, we would order one to eat on the spot with a side of coke and a dozen to take home and reheat. Their Siopao has a soft exterior bun and when you break into it, shredded asado filling would be seen.
To be honest, I’m not a fan of Siopao but something about theirs has me coming back every time I visit this day. Add their sweet sauce, and every bite is a reminder of days with my mom and my grandma.
Another favorite is their siomai, it’s big plump and tasty. You can tell the filling uses pork, shrimp, and vegetables. None of those fillers to be found here, it’s simple, well done, and delicious.
Recommended: Asado Siopao, Siomai
Originally, called “Rendezvous”, Irineo Bartolome is a Kapampangan native who put up a small eatery in UP Diliman in 1949. He changed the name to Little Quiapo when patrons would describe the place as like Quiapo, as it’s a busy place with a lot of people.
68 years later, they have already expanded their menu, and have more branches but they remain to be one of the best places to get your Palabok and halo-halo fix.
Little Quiapo, reminds me of afternoons with my Aunt and Uncle we would go here specifically when they were craving for the halo-halo-tokwa’t baboy-palabok combination. Even now, that’s what I also do when I have my cravings.
Their Special Halo-Halo is topped with a scoop of ube ice cream, the mix of beans, sago, kaong, milk, and ice is a welcome treat for any warm afternoon.
Drizzle a bit of Calamansi and you’re set. Bouncy noodles topped with Palabok sauce. It’s rich, well balanced and perfect with their tokwa’t baboy. It’s one of the 10 oldest restaurants in Metro Manila.
Recommended: Special Halo Halo, Tokwa’t Baboy, Palabok
Betty’s has been a family favorite since before I was born. My family is a big fan of Sansrival, they have been a loyal customer of Betty’s since the 60’s. Currently, Betty’s has several branches around Metro Manila and has expanded into a casual dining restaurant that’s affordable and tasty.
Thick layers of buttercream, crispy meringue, and cashews. Each bite melts in your mouth.
Dayrit’s started as a hole-in-the-wall type restaurant on Taft Avenue in the 70’s. Those who studied nearby frequented their establishment. From there they expanded to several branches in Northern Metro Manila, to BF in the South. Every time, my aunt and I would pass by a branch she would always tell me the roast beef it is good. Finally, we were able to try it and it is good.
Thin slices of sirloin beef with gravy. Perfect with bread or rice alike. Another recommended item on their menu is their porkloin ham, it’s thick, juicy, meaty, and so flavorful.
Recommended: Roast Beef, Ham
While most learned about churros thru La Lola Churreria, I’ve been having this delectable snack since I was a kid. The bitter chocolate was rich and thick and was a perfect match for the crispy fried dough. The oval shape is not too thick, crispy on the outside but soft on the inside.
This was afternoons spent with my grandmother after she went shopping, and she would visit me in our home in Alabang. It would always be Churros for me and my sisters, cream puffs and eclairs for my mom, Napoleon for my dad, and a chorizo pastry for my grandmother. While the branch I recall is already closed I’m glad that there are others that are still striving and serving the same kind of food I’ve had when I was younger.
Recommended: Churros, Chorizo, Cream puffs, Eclairs, Napoleon
These five places remind me of my childhood and how I used to spend time with my family whenever we ate here. Having them now, as an adult, it brings back nostalgia and sentiment while having an excellent meal.
Why These Establishments Matter?
For us, Good Food is Good Food. Food quality and the taste is KING. No matter how “IG-worthy” a pseudo-fusion restaurant is people will continue to come back and will turn into as a repeat customer if the food that is being served to them is something valuable, good and comforting.
Their facilities may be rough around the ages, but it cuts through that the glam facade and continues to serve their loyal patrons’ valuable products for years. More than 20 years in the business? Heck! they must’ve been doing something right.
Let these classic establishments serve as a good example to the current and incoming entrants in the market that instead of focusing too much on over-hyping certain food trends who will only provide short-term success.
You go to this kind of place for the food, for the consistency of taste and for the memories.
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