#EdelEats2016: Aling Banang’s || San Juan, Manila

What happens when hunger strikes and I’m not in the mood to study yet? The internet falls prey to my perusal and voila! I discover affordable food with a delivery service and halo-halo for dessert.

It might be due to stress that I have this sudden want to find new things (because really that’s the only way I get to relax at this time when 16 hours of 24 is spent trying not be distracted from study) but the bottomline is: My hunger was satisfied.

Hello Aling Banang’s!

 

Here are the things we ordered:

Tokwa’t Baboy: You should specify if you want rice with this because the dish listed on the menu doesn’t have one. I’m used to ordering tokwa’t baboy with bits of pork, almost giniling-like and nearly a handful, but this came as a nice surprise because it’s equal parts of the two, well-sized at about an inch by a half apiece and with good serving size. My friend said: “Pwede pa half for bukas!” haha.

Tapsilog: Classic. The tapa is tasteful, and they got my egg done right – crispy on the outside, malasado on the inside. 😀 Rice is fried, less oily than most but a bit loose and chewy. It can be improved.

Crispy Pork Binagoongan: “Sauce pa lang, ulam na,” my friend had said of it. He proved his being a kanin person with this one too. Sadly, my allergies kept me from tasting this one but others who had attested to its goodness. They even mixed it with hot rice and chili sauce and that’s a subject of envy from me, a recent chili addict. Note to self: Must have anti-histamine next time!

Special Halo-Halo: shaved ice, purple yam, camote, saba (banana), red monggo beans, sweet kidney beans, red and green gelatin, leche flan and corn topped with a generous serving of ube ice cream. The sweetness, provided by the ingredients and depending less on the sugar, is okay. I have to admit I’m missing something from it, I have yet to know what. Still, it’s one of the better ones we’ve had. 😀

I have yet to visit the physical store at N. Domingo and I’m saving that for when I also try their famous pancit. But if I’m to learn from this lot, it’s going to be served generously and be just as tasteful.

Here’s a screenshot of their location. Check them out if you’re in the area.

aling banang

 

And here’s a copy of their menu from Zomato:

aling banang menu

Note: Don’t use the mobile numbers, I don’t think they work. Call the landline numbers instead for a fast and sure transaction. 😀

Rating: 7/10

Happy eating everyone! 😀

[Movie] The Breakup Playlist: An Impression

It’s not a secret that I have taken a liking to the kind of acting that’s characteristically Sarah Geronimo. She works well with each of her leading men, and despite doing multiple projects with John Lloyd Cruz, she delivers a refreshing style that leaves me smiling silly because that’s just how the resulting chemistry happens. Of course this is all subjective and more than a review this is admittedly more of a viewer’s experience. Tonight I watched her work with Piolo Pascual. Yes, it was an unusual pairing but no, it was not disappointing. They were a beautiful couple, and the storyline was nothing short of satisfying. Pwedeng ulit ulitin. “Paano Ba Magmahal” was used fittingly throughout the movie, along with Sarah and Piolo’s versions of “With a Smile” and Kitchie Nadal’s “Wag Mong Sasabihin” among other songs. It was another point in favor of this movie – using the actors’ musical talent to further the storyline. Now I think more than Sarah proving growth in her acting or Piolo being the sinfully appealing and effective egotistic, insecure character, the desire to spread the word (read, write a ‘review’) was inspired by the fact that the movie, in its elements, was holistically an exploration outside the confines of cliche plots that actually worked. Maybe it was largely secondary to the writer, Antonette Jadaone, that she managed to pull off another success following so closely her That Thing Called Tadhana. Maybe it was the director, the tastefully beautiful cast, the attack on a matter so common and real. Or the fact that there were instances i personally related to. I dont’t know, honestly. It just worked for me.