Enjoy the weird, but wonderful Filipino food at the Philippines capital
Lengua spring rolls at Habanero Kitchen Bar. It’d be tough to make any claims on “authenticity” here, but the chopped ox tongue with the crunchy wrapper delivers fantastic texture and flavor that needs no justification. fb.com/habanerokitchenbar
Corned beef sinigang with chorizo at Cafe Juanita. Salty, sour, delicious. This longstanding dish has become one that the beloved neighborhood café is known and adored for. fb.com/cafejuanitaph
Beer and chicharon ice cream at Carousel Creamery.Even with over a hundred premium flavors on their list, it can hardly get more local than beer and chicharon. fb.com/carouselcreamery
Ube churros at Tittos. For love of all things ube, purple pastries can be found all over the Metro, but this Spanish take is a pleasant surprise. fb.com/tittosmnl
Sizzling pan de sal pudding at Locavore. Bread pudding whipped up from pan de sal (bread roll). This dish also includes salted egg and dulce de leche (milk confection), and is served on a sizzling hot plate. locavore.ph
This article first appeared in the October 2018 issue of Smile magazine.