Ring the Dinner Bell
All that snacking leads us to dinner, where there are several outstanding options. Chopstix Filipino Restaurant offers up traditional dishes and regional favourites. La Paz Batchoy is a regional specialty hailing from the La Paz district of Iloilo City. It’s a hearty, deeply flavourful soup with a meaty broth, pork meat, offal and thick egg noodles, topped with pork cracklings, fried garlic, and onions — comfort food at its best. On the other end of the spectrum is fresh lumpia, which originates from the city of Silay. Also known as lumpiang sariwa, this dish features a mix of julienned vegetables and leafy lettuce covered with a thin crepe-like wrapper. This light, refreshing combination is topped with a brown garlic sauce and crushed peanuts.
For no-fuss homestyle cooking, look no further than family-owned Lola’s Filipino Kitchen. This unassuming take-out joint always has a counter full of traditional stews and soups, from the tomato-based pork menudo to the funky shrimp paste and coconut pork stew known as Bicol Express. Other Filipino classics include kare-kare, a peanut stew with beef and bok choy, and sisig, a chopped pork dish with onions, soya sauce, and chili peppers. Lola’s sisig is a standout, with a rich, smoky and spicy flavour. Sisig is traditionally paired with white rice, a squeeze of citrus and a cold beer, which is easy to understand after a few big bites of this spicy dish.