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METRO MANILA | Lola Idang’s Bahay Pancitan at Quezon Metropolis


Lola Idang's Crispy Binagoongan

Yearning for a home-cooked pork binagoongan and a plateful of pancit malabon? How a couple of traditional afternoon merienda of lugaw and lumpia? Should you occur to go by Quezon Metropolis, I’ve simply the place for you. Neatly tucked in a quiet road, an eatery known as Lola Idang’s Bahay Pancitan.

The place is just not that massive, with solely about ten tables set on a 35-square meter consuming house. The restaurant is so unassuming that you simply’ll hardly take a second take a look at it; plain white tiles flooring, easy decors, plastic Orocan chairs, and tables laid with generic plaid desk garments. What distinguishes this small diner from the throngs of consuming locations in Quezon Metropolis although is their meals.

Lola Idang's Bahay Pancitan West Triangle Quezon City
LOLA IDANG’S AT WEST TRIANGLE IN QC

I’ve by no means tasted a binagoongan pretty much as good as those being served at Lola Idang’s. Crispy binagoonan (₱105.00), as they identify it, is split into three layers. The underside one, a peeled steamed eggplant, over it’s the pork which is fried to a crisp (nearly bagnet-like in its crispiness), and topping these two off is a beneficiant serving of calmly candy & chili bagoong (shrimp paste) and a few tomato and onion garnish. Paired with a steaming white rice and a spicy vinegar dip, and also you’re in for an outstanding deal with. Simply writing about it truly makes my mouth water.

Lola Idang's Bahay Pancitan West Triangle Quezon City
INSIDE LOLA IDANG’S SIMPLE EATERY

Though the resto can truly reside off with simply their binagoongan dish, they do truly serve different chows too. As their identify connotes, their precise specialty is Pancit Malabon. These will be both ordered ala carte or will be purchased in bilaos (giant woven tray) of various sizes for take-outs. I’ve tasted their pancit as soon as and sadly was not that impressed although.

►SEE: NORMA’S PANCIT LUGLOG & RESTAURANT

Lola Idang's Lugaw
LOLA IDANG’S LUGAW ~ ₱30.00

Apart from their crispy binagoongan, one other of my favourite is their lugaw (rice porridge) (₱30.00), tokwa (fried tofu) (₱35.00) and fried lumpiang ubod (spring rolls) (₱38.00) combo. Their lugaw is flavored excellent, its consistency and texture spot on. Paired with the overflowing bowl of tokwa dipped in spicy soy-vinegar and their crispy lumpia and we’ve received a traditional afternoon merienda elevated to the next stage.

Lola Idang's Tokwa
LOLA IDANG’S TOKWA ~ ₱35.00

Sadly, you may solely take pleasure in these dishes when you can stand their inattentive, unsmiling and unfriendly serving workers who’d moderately crowd into their sales space than take your order. It truly feels that taking orders was an excessive amount of bother for them. And when you want one thing, you’d truly should method their station to name their consideration. Ask for a glass of water, anticipate it to reach a century later. Take an excessive amount of time selecting an order, and also you’d nearly really feel them looming up your again, eyes rolling upwards, mouth bent downwards.

Lola Idang's Pritong Lumpia
LOLA IDANG’S FRIED LUMPIANG UBOD ~ ₱38.00

Regardless of all that, I nonetheless frequent this easy consuming place. Ultimately, it’s nonetheless the meals that issues anyhow.  Lola Idang’s Bahay Pancitan nonetheless would definitely really feel homier and reside as much as its identify if solely their individuals would make you are feeling you’re welcome to dine of their restaurant. I simply hope that subsequent time I enter their premises, their service can truly complement the wonderful dishes they serve.

Lola Idang's Nuts and Chips
RANDOM SWEETS AND SNACKS

 

 


2013 UPDATE


Lola Idang's Crispy Binagoongan
REVISITING THE CRISPY PORK BINAGOONGAN AT LOLA IDANG’S

After being away for thus lengthy, I used to be lastly in a position to return to Lola Idang’s to have a style of crispy binagoongan (₱105.00). We ordered a plate of it together with rellenong bangus (₱120.00), a bowl of pritong tokwa (₱35.00), a serving of lumpiang ubod (₱40.00), and two glasses of sago’t gulaman (₱25.00).

It was as if I’ve by no means left. The binagoongan was nonetheless as wonderful as I remembered it to be. The bangus was new to me however I didn’t prefer it that a lot. The tokwa although was nonetheless good however nonetheless don’t just like the contemporary lumpia. Pricewise, all the things was additionally amazingly the identical!

Lola Idang's Sago't Gulaman
SAGO’T GULAMAN ~ ₱25.00

The one factor that in all probability modified have been the waitresses serving us. Gone have been Lola Idang’s bitter unsmiling gals from earlier than, changed by a extra attentive workers. Effectively, they’re nonetheless not into smiling, however at the very least they’re fairly useful and don’t make you are feeling unwelcome. An excellent change!

 

 


2014 UPDATE


I received to go to Lola Idang’s once more a couple of weeks in the past and apart from ordering the standard favourite, the crispy binagoongan, I used to be in a position to check out a couple of of their dishes that I haven’t had the possibility to order earlier than.

Lola Idang's Garlic Tapa
LOLA IDANG’S GARLIC TAPA ~ ₱105.00

First off, Lola Idang’s Garlic Tapa (₱105.00). That is an ala-carte order so rice is just not included. Serving dimension was beneficiant, greater than adequate for 2 individuals at the very least. The style was wonderful—actually, actually savory. The draw back was that the the meat was fairly rubbery, which was a giant letdown.

Lola Idang's Pancit Lomi
LOLA IDANG’S PANCIT LOMI ~ ₱65.00

Subsequent up was their Pancit Lomi (₱65.00). I often don’t dig lomis, apart from the one I attempted in Casa Rap. I get simply turned off by its icky gooey soup, however surprisingly, I truly appreciated Lola Idang’s model of it. The style is excellent and the soup consistency is ideal—that means, not icky haha. For its worth, serving dimension is on the massive facet.

Lola Idang's Crispy Binagoongan
LOLA IDANG’S CRISPY BINAGOONGAN ~ ₱105.00

The standard crispy binagoongan (₱105.00) and fried tokwa (₱35.00) nonetheless didn’t disappoint. We got here out completely happy and tremendous full. It was actually one other good lunch at Lola Idang’s.

 

 


2024 UPDATE


It’s been ten years since I final set foot at Lola Idang’s QC alongside Examiner Avenue. And it’s been ten years since my final crispy binagoongan. To say that I’m extremely excited to return to Lola Idang’s for my favourite binagoongan dish was an understatement.

Lola Idang's Bahay Pancitan West Triangle Quezon City
LOLA IDANG’S INTERIORS AT 2024

We arrived at Lola Idang’s Bahay Pancitan for dinner. We nearly didn’t make the 7:30PM cut-off for dine-in orders, prioritizing our grocery buying first on the close by Hello-Prime Grocery store—spell near-expiration discount gadgets, lol.

Lola Idang's Bahay Pancitan West Triangle Quezon City
NEW WALL HANGINGS

The restaurant appeared frozen in time, it appears to be like nearly precisely the identical approach as our final go to, a decade again—the identical yellow partitions (albeit with hints of greens this time, and a wall hung with their best-selling dishes), the identical inexperienced checkered desk mats, the identical plastic Orocan chairs, and hopefully, the identical Lola Idang’s goodness we got here right here for. What I hope was completely different although was their outdated grumpy service workers—which have been now fortunately gone.

Lola Idang's Crispy Binagoongan
LOLA IDANG’S CRISPY BINAGOONGAN ~ ₱215.00

BG, who’s now my spouse (we have been nonetheless boyfriend and girlfriend once we final went right here), and I every ordered a plate of crispy binagoongan, which has now doubled in worth from ₱105.00 to ₱215.00—fairly comprehensible, contemplating how excessive inflation is these days. We additionally paired it with a bowl of goto for Child A, which additionally doubled in worth from from ₱30.00 ₱65.00.

Lola Idang's Bahay Pancitan Suka Vinegar
LOLA IDANG’S SUPERB SUKA

Serving dimension was nonetheless the identical, and so was the style—the crispy pork, the eggplant, inexperienced chili, tomatoes, and the salty bagoong that makes you wish to pour a serving to of their fantastically bitter vinegar on a small platito with the inexperienced chili on the perimeters. It was the very same style we got here to Lola Idang’s for. Hopefully, it gained’t take one other ten years earlier than our subsequent go to.

 

 

Quezon+City+Location+MapLola Idang’s Bahay Pancitan MENU
Handle: Quezon Avenue nook Examiner St., West Triangle, Quezon Metropolis, Metro Manila
Opening Hours: 9:30AM to 7:30PM, Till 8:00 PM for take-out
Contact Quantity: (02) 8332-6947, (02) 8925-1424

 

UPDATED AS OF APRIL 2024



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