My family and I like Japanese and Italian foods but indubitably, we love Pinoy dishes the most! Nothing beats the combination of rice and viands that are very Filipino.
In as much as we usually less favor anything that can be easily prepared at home, my wife, Tina with our son, Gabby and I still welcome the thought of eating ordinary Pinoy dishes in food places where we haven’t dined before or at least in restaurants that we have tried and tested tasted that are known to satisfy our palates.
Few days ago, we had a chance to taste few of our favorites in a restaurant named after a group that sparked the revolution in Pinoy history…
KKK actually stands for Kataastaasan, Kagalanggalangan na Katipunan Kainan sa Kalye Kanluran because its pioneer restaurant is located at West Avenue, Quezon City.
The branch in SM-Mall of Asia is not that huge but it’s adequate enough to accomodate hungry diners’ cravings for our very own cuisine.
The interiors boasts of a poster of our national heroes appeared to be brainstorming over a grand feast. The walls were also adorned by woven bamboo-like material drooping gracefully.
Upon receiving KKK’s simple laminated menu, I was ready to order two local dishes that I so love. The first on my list was…
SINIGANG NA SUGPO, PhP 358+. I’m one big shrimp/prawn fanatic! I like them buttered, grilled, steamed and yes, in sour stock with veggies. I guess other than the famous adobo (that I know originated from Mexico), sinigang is one viand that every Pinoy tongue is familiar with. And KKK’s version of Sinigang na Sugpo did not disappoint. The huge hot bowl contained 5 huge prawns to our delight! The veggies were still crunchy and were cooked with the plump prawns to almost perfection!
Here’s my lion share…aren’t those prawns a beauty? LOL!
My other all-time favorite Pinoy dish is Kare-Kare or Beef and ox tail in peanut sauce. I could have ordered it as well if I did not consider Tina’s choice….
KALDERETA SAN MIGUEL, PhP 280+. It’s described in the menu as “baka niluto sa cervesa”. Those beef cubes were so tender that once you dunk your fork into it, it shreds off effortlessly. Its tomato sauce with carrots and potatoes stewed (with beer, hence the name?) to a creamy but not-so-thick base. We only wish for its serving to be more than enough to meet one’s appetite
While Tina and I were sharing bowls of our comfort foods, Gabby was also enjoying his take on the sweets…
LECHE FLAN NA GATAS NG KALABAW, PhP 68+. The use of Carabao’s milk made this dessert different from the usual leche flan, plus it’s topped with macapuno strips. Although Gabby had to asked me to scoop those macapuno strips out of the flan for he, I think, at an early age is a purist.
For our drinks, Tina had her usual serving of agua while Gabby and I ordered these..MANGO and BUCO JUICE! I liked KKK’s chilled coconut but I liked it better when the wait staff didn’t hesitate to give in to my request in a blink and made a small opening that gave me the moment to scrape its chewey soft pulp. And I tell you, I missed doing it when we were in Boracay last month.
Other than the quantity of the Kaldereta, we’re happy with our lunch at KKK. :D On our next visit, I’ll make sure we get to taste that Kare-Kareng Baka and I’ve heard that Adobo ni Jake Espesyal is another must-try.
We join the owners and staff of KKK in saying yelling their battle cry- “Huwag matakot, Maki-Kain!!!”
KKK Comforts of Pinoy Food G/F Entertainment Mall SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City / Tel # (63-2)556-0755. with branches at Level 3, Midtown Wing, Robinson’s Place Manila / Tel # (63-2)567-2186. Kainan sa Kalye Kanluran 74 West Ave., Quezon City /Tel # (63-2)371-9099.