Whenever I am not in the mood to cook, (yes, that happens..hahaha) you’ll most likely find me, sis, peanutbutter♥, and the kids on board a jeepney (or ianne A.) on our way to Malabon, with plans on eating in one our favorite food stops there. You’ll most likely find us in Steakside, Balsa sa Niugan or buying our favorite Baked Bangus from Red Palmas.
You see, I live in Caloocan which is just a cartwheel away so it’s very easy for us to just drop everything and go there to eat. But you know there’s more to Malabon than these three restaurants that I was able to share with you.
When I received an invitation to join this Malabon Food Tour, I didn’t think twice and said yes. I figured it’s a good way to get to know the food in the city where peanutbutter♥ grew up and it’s also a great way to find out if there are new restaurants around.
It’s was a good call since this food tour is about both the old and the new restaurants and food that you can find in Malabon.
Our first stop is Dolor’s Kakanin located at Governor Pascual Avenue in Concepcion. Dolor’s is already an institution here. Everyone who goes to Malabon has got to ake a stop here to buy a bilao of their well-known sapin-sapin or kakanin mixture.
I was surprised that they prepared a “kakanin table” for us when we got there….
You’ll find all their products in that table including Biko, Ube Halaya, Maja Blanca, Caramel Roll, Cassava Cake, Macaroons, Puto Special, Puto Pao, Ensaymada, Kutsinta, Red Kutsinta, and Sapin-Sapin.
Plus this puto-kuchinta hybrid and Milkfish Relleno. It was actually my first time to have tried their relleno. It was creamy, firm, and meaty at the same time. Something tells me I’m gonna be back soon for this.
I didn’t have breakfast in preparation for this food tour and I find myself stuffed with just this first stop…..
Aling Mely’s Carinderia
After loading up on different kinds of carbs from Dolor’s Kakanin, I was glad to see Aling Mely’s Carinderia. This carinderia is known for delicious viands and has been around for as long as everyone could remember.
It is better known here in Malabon as “Kulangot” (ehem, pardon my French). That name is pretty weird, right?, considering that they sell food.
After this food tour, I kind of told my MIL about Aling Mely’s Carinderia and she told me that she didn’t know her but when I told her that the carinderia is also called Kulangot, she laughed and told me she does and that they sometimes deliver viands in Merville.
Here is Aling Mely and the delicious viands she cooks and sells. An order here costs ₱50 – ₱70, and no one really eats there. Most people just buy and go.
Her Beef Mechado is very popular because it is slow-cooked the traditional way and it is without tomato sauce.
We had a chance to try Tapang Kabayo, Stuffed Squid, Beef Mechado, and three other viands inside their beautiful home just a good four minutes away from their store. What they sell are truly delicious, home-cooked meals.
I’ve known Mil Flores because of their Peachy-Peachy with grated cheese on top. Guess what? They now have a physical store that also sells Milk Tea and Pancit Malabon.
Their Pancit Malabon is different from the traditional one, though, because they don’t use the thick noodles. Theirs have these thin noodles but equally delicious.
These are the first three places we visited on our food tour. I’ll be sharing more in my next posts…