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Sunday, June 27, 2010

Philippine Foodventure pt. 5 - Nagcarlan pt. 2

More good eats from Nagcarlan!! Earlier this year, my cousin had opened up a little restaurant. There they served pastas, pizzas and a mix of Filipino flare. Using fresh local ingredients. You wouldn't normally find place like that in the town where traditional Filipino cuisine reigns supreme.

Comedor meaning dining room in Spanish.

Comedor window sign

The size is close to a small cafe, but don't be fooled by it. It's very welcoming with the subtle color green of the wall and I do love the sliding kitchen door, too. Stylish.

The menu

A couple of my relatives order the lasagna with meat sauce served with a couple slices of garlic bread. I had a nice big taste from my cousin. I liked it. Had a nice texture to it. It had a good balance of sauce and cheese, so it wasn't too overwhelming. The pasta was cooked just right.

I order, along with the rest of my relatives, Penne Pasta with Pesto. Also served with garlic bread. I'm a sucker for pesto, if you haven't guessed by now. Fresh basil in the pesto is a plus for me. Nice and creamy coating every piece of penne. I ate this one right up.

We also ordered 2 rounds of pepperoni pizza. I wanted the chef's choice pizza, but pepperoni won out. There's no arguing with family!! :)

It had a nice and crisp outer crust. The dough was cooked like bread should cook up. The pepperoni had a nice little crunch to it when you bit down. Cheese wasn't too stringy with a couple crispies on top. Yum.

I think these were called pesto bread. Again pesto is a plus in my book. Complimentary of the chef. Thanks cuz!!!

The chef aka my cousin with her sous chef and sister. 

I guess one of the upsides about being related to the chef is you get to see their "office." It's a very very  small space. Like the size of a closet, yet they cook up some really delicious food. Though, being related doesn't mean my being biased. Ok maybe a little, but I really enjoyed the meal. I wish her restaurant well. 


The Nagcarlan Market
The market is open 7 days a week. The busiest, of course, being on Sunday. It just so happens during that time children are preparing to go back to school. To many of the stalls and stands are selling school supplies, clothing and other essentials needed for children. Here I'll show you a little photo tour of the market.

The outer stalls lined with clothing shops, eateries, and other necessities.

Each little shop has their own set of regular customers that keep them alive. Suki is the term used for that. Many sell the same items at competitive prices.

This ain't for the vegeratians. Fresh meats slaughter from the morning. can you see the guy posing in the middle of the picture? Did I mention Filipino like to pose it up for the camera? It's all in good fun. Below are fresh fish and poulty.

Must not forget the abundance of fresh produce as well.

Oh and the rice.

Homemade snacks

Fresh puto (steamed rice cake) made that morning. 
Still warm when my uncle bought a nice hefty slice of it for us to share.

From outside the main market

Crowded walkways make up  the large market. 
It's almost like a maze just trying to find a specific stall.

This is my aunt's family store. It a one stop litte sari-sari store. I remember when I was a child before moving to America. I would play with the rice bins when I was there. It used to be larger and spacious back them until a fire burnt the market down in the 90s. When they rebuilt it the stalls were smaller and cramped.

Yellow and Indian mangoes

Fresh baked Pandesal

Fresh purple yam! This is what ube is made of. It's literally like a purple sweet potato

Sundays you'd see the extention of the market out in the street. Sort of like a farmer's market. Sometimes vendors set up the night before to stake out a good spot and sleep on the grounds to keep an eye on their produce. It's crowded. Full shoppers looking for their daily ingredients for meals or shopping for school supplies.

A man selling some ice pops. Frozen in cylindrical plastic baggies. You just rip open and lick.

You'll find many vendors selling dried fish like dilis (anchovy)

One of my other faves. Smoked fish. (tinapa)

I just thought these were cute. Little turtle and fishy toys for kids.

Street foods, too. Fish balls. Yum!!!

Fresh calamansi by the bucketful

More mangoes!! -- I practically ate 2-4 of these almost every day when I was there. It's that fresh juicy and delicious. They're really different from the mangoes you'd find in the States.

I love walking around the market. Seeing items and foods you wouldn't normally see. And mostly all for really cheap prices, too. You can't get that anywhere else.

Come back tomorrow for part 6!! :)


Tangled Noodle said...

Markets like these are what I missed seeing during our recent trips back home - although I did get a few minutes to look around a dampa in Marinduque. So thanks for sharing your experience!

It's amazing that your cousin can produce such delicious food in such a small space! It's great that she's offering a different option for diners in Nagcarlan and you can't go wrong with pizza and pasta. I'll happily eat any kind of pizza but I'm really curious as to what was in the Chef's Choice that was voted down . . . 8-)

Nutmeg Nanny said...

I wish we had markets like this where I live. All that fresh produce and meats...yum! Also the food at your cousins restaurant looks really good. Now I'm craving pepperoni pizza :)

Christo Gonzales said...

I cant keep saying "awesome" but do know that I am reading and I would say "AWESOME" over and over again!

theUngourmet said...

Such fun market pics, Jenn!

Reeni said...

I think I could stay at those markets all day! Eating! They could roll me home every night. I was really impressed at that tiny little kitchen putting out so much food! Your cousin rocks!

Caroline said...

Been enjoying your posts about your trip to Philippines. Your market pics reminded me so much about growing up there. Thanks for sharing.

tinyskillet said...

I would love to go to a market like that one! You're right, there is no comparison to fresh tree ripe mangoes, to the one in the store here. I have a mango tree and have a hard time keeping them on the tree until ripe. The squirrels get them all! Or will take a bite and leave! :(

Diana said...

Have you heard about the Manila Machine, the new Filipino food truck? Would be curious to hear your thoughts! Haven't tried it yet, but have heard good things!

Unknown said...

I'm loving these daily trip installments! You beautiful photos make me want to see it in person - maybe someday!

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