New City Food House- Kalayaan Ave.

After a quick photo shoot in Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife, we had dinner in New City Food House located along the bustling street  scene of Kalayaan Avenue.

At a distance, the restaurant looked like a “pub house” with its dimmed interior and bricked walls. The place wasn’t packed when we arrived yet it took some time before a wait staff came to our table.

We quickly browsed the menu and had our orders taken. New City offers Filipino-Chinese dishes. There’s a lot of food choices but we decided to try their best sellers.

On the table:

Pancit Sotanghon is a complete meal. It has a generous serving of meat and vegetable toppings that goes well with the sotanghon noodles. We squeezed in some calamansi and enjoyed this savory dish with our heart’s content.

Kikiam is known by many as a street food but this kikiam is different as it is more flavorful because of the kind of ingredients used. It is served with a sweet and tangy sauce that’s good tasting as well.

Shanghai Rice is fried rice with peas, carrots, mushroom, scrambled egg, and ham. You may opt for small (single) or regular (good for 2-3) serving.

Chopsuey is a sauteed mixed vegetable dish with other added ingredients like meat or seafood. The chopsuey that was served to us has shrimps, beef and liver. The veggies were crunchy and delicious. One can never go wrong with this dish as it is fresh, light, and filling. The serving is good for sharing.

The highlight of the night is the Buttered Chicken which is one of New City’s best sellers. We were almost done with our meal when it was served. I wonder why it took them so long to prepare this dish…. hmmm…

I was expecting brown colored sauce like with the other buttered chicken I have tasted but this version came out red. At one bite, I could taste the butter and garlic and some sort of ketchup/Worcestershire sauce  in my mouth. It’s like fried chicken with a crispy coating and a tender juicy meat. It was worth the wait.

Note: When you eat this dish you need extra cups of rice to go with it… so yeah… I ordered an extra cup. (Read: Carbs).

It’s so good we finished the whole dish in a snap. Yum!

If you are in a mood for affordable and delicious Filipino-Chinese and you’re around the area of Kalayaan Ave., go ahead and try New City Food House. Food is really affordable, our bill was less than Php 550 (pancit, kikiam, chopsuey, buttered chicken, shanghai rice, 2 cups plain rice, 2 glasses calamansi juice, and 1 glass of iced tea.

Make sure you come in an hour early for lunch and dinner time because the place gets really crowded and there’s not enough parking space during peak hours .

New City Food House (Main)

Address: 16 Kalayaan Ave., Diliman

Quezon City, Metro Manila

Contact Number: (02) 433-7852

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Little Store on the Hill – Little Baguio, San Juan City

Good things come in small packages. That’s exactly what Little Store on the Hill proves itself to be- a hole in the wall restaurant that offers filling and satisfying budget friendly meals.

I’d like to thank my friend Malou for giving me a birthday treat and for bringing me to Little Store. Every moment was wonderful – it’s like finding a hidden gem in the busy streets of San Juan.

 

Never underestimate this tiny store for it sells almost everything. One part of the store looks like a mini grocery where fresh fruits and vegetables, canned goods, candies, seasonings, and spices are displayed. The food display and counter is located at the center; a wide variety of viands can be seen here as well as lots of take-home products to choose from. The rightmost part is the dining area where more or less 8 tables are situated. I like the green painted walls and dimmed lights that give a warm and cozy ambiance. Condiments and free drinking water are readily available at one side of the dining area. Feel free to mix your own concoction to your liking.

 

 

 

On the table:

50/50 Rice (Php 100) is composed of soy chicken, kikiam, and adobo egg on top of a cup of plain rice. The chicken meat is tender, fall off the bones, and well-seasoned. The kikiam is also delectable; I like how chunky and well-spiced the meat is.

 

Lomah Rice (Php 100) is made up of rice topped with adobo pork, kiamchay, and adobo egg. The adobo pork is tender and well-spiced. The vegetable dish matches perfectly with the meat.

 

Maki (Php85) is another store best-seller. Maki consists of coated pork slices in thick brown soup and topped with spring onion. The pork is seasoned with spices, tenderized, and coated with starch then deep fried. I enjoyed the warm soup as it is… though some say it tastes better with black vinegar. I should try that next time.

 

And now, here’s what my friend kept telling me to try… the famous Lumpia (Php 75). I was surprised how big and tightly packed their lumpia is.  We had it split into two for sharing. The mixture of chopped meat and veggies gave a nice texture to the lumpia. The lumpia sauce has the right consistency and flavor. Add crushed garlic for some  extra kick!

 

I must be lucky that day as I was able to meet and talk with Ms. Mona Chua. She recalled how both her parents Bartolome and Rosalinda Chua shared their passion for cooking that later on bloomed and led to the birth of the Little Store. The mix of Taiwanese street and home-cooked Hokkien dishes were designed to appeal everyone.

When asked about the ingredients of the lumpia, Ms. Mona explained that they only use authentic ingredients of a Hokkien lumpia. It’s the store’s best-seller…they sell about 600 pieces of fresh lumpia per day. Definitely a must-try!!!

With the great service, friendly staff, generous owner, and great food, I give Little Store a clap, clap, clap!!!

 

 

 

Little Store on the Hill

Address:  2 Jose Abad Santos St., Little Baguio, San Juan

Contact Numbers:  7219174/ 7236881/ 4113324/ 7212359.