Asian Food Trip

Restaurants, street food and local delicacies

Today’s breakfast: Budong malunggay pan de sal and Hill Station’s Pinoy caviar

Budong malunggay pan de sal

Been sick for the past few days. Some kind of flu aggravated by allergies. It was bad enough that there were so many things I couldn’t eat. It was even worse that among the few things I could eat, nothing tasted right — everything tasted like cardboard. Today, for the first time in so many days, I felt like having breakfast. A little indulgence was in order.

Speedy discovered Budong malunggay pan de sal a few weeks ago. The brand seems to have its origin in Mandaue City, Cebu, although I can’t assert that Budong invented malunggay pan de sal. I’ve been seeing malunggay pan de sal for years, sold under different brands, some were good and others were totally forgettable. Budong malunggay pan de sal, now available in our corner of suburbia (whether through branching or franchising, I have no idea), is quite good. Crusty outside, soft inside. »

Good Shepherd’s mango jam


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Cafe By The Ruins, Baguio City


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Chef’s Home, a taste of Asia in Baguio City.


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Hill Station at Casa Vallejo


Part of me regrets not bringing a dSLR to Baguio. My reason was that heavy equipment would hamper my mobility and I just wanted to go around and have fun. I wasn't planning on working (shoot and write) so I figured that the Powershot G10 would … »

The tupig vendors of Central Luzon


Tupig may be associated with Pangasinan but it appears to be Ilocano in origin. And that shouldn't be surprising, really, because hundreds of thousands of Ilocanos migrated to and settled in Central Luzon, including the province of Pangasinan, from … »

Vegetarian in suburbia: Aboy’s fresh lumpia


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Suman sa lihia, a sticky rice cake made with lye


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