Buro or Pickles

Batangas has not forgotten the art of making buro or pickles, and many markets still sell these in large containers.

Batangas lomi

Batangas lomi, invented in Lipa City, is notable for the absence of vegetables and its thick delicious broth.

Buchi-buchi

Buchi-buchi, a traditional Filipino snack, is still sold in many markets around Batangas.

Sundot-Saging

Those of younger generations will probably say banana cue, but there are those in Batangas who still refer thos favorite as sundot-saging.

Pinindot

Called bilo-bilo or paridusdos elsewhere, Batangas' pinindot is frequently just plain rice balls sometimes with bits of sweet potato or nangka.

Successful First Honey Fair Held in Lipa City

The different honey and honey by products offered by the Lipa Beekeepers Marketing Cooperative

An estimated 6,000 guests visited the 1st Honey Fair held at The Events Center of SM City Lipa last February 17-22. Participating in the unique fair were the Lipa Beekeepers Marketing Cooperative, Mira’s Honeyed Turmeric, Dielle’s Apiary and Meadery, Charlene’s Cakes, Cookies and Pastries, Flora’s Garden, The Bee Hive Farm and Kitchen and SM Supermarket.

International Appeal and Flavors from Local Entrepreneurs at SM City Lipa

These sumptuous looking takoyaki balls are sure to surpass the taste expectations of those who will get to try it. Add a little more of the shredded dried meat called bonito, these meal is sure to give the authentic Japanese taste for only 65 pesos. 

An emerging term “glocal” has been getting a lot of attention these days. It is a fusion of the words “global” and “local,” and is generally understood to mean a local product with an international appeal. Local entrepreneurs such as the owners of JingZai Takoyaki, Sushi Teriyaki and Evolution Coffee Roasters thought of ways to go glocal as their business models.

Allegra’s Kitchen Now Open at SM City Batangas

Ribbon-cutting during the opening ceremonies for Allegra's Kitchen at SM City-Batangas City.

Readers who are based in or who live close to Batangas City and are looking for a new and different dining experience may wish to make the drive to SM City and try Allegra’s Kitchen. The restaurant offers western cuisine. The SM City-Batangas City branch is the Allegra’s Kitchen’s fourth.

New Restaurants Open this December at SM City Lipa

Japanese Pepper Lunch Steak is an amazing dish with sizzling tender sukiyaki beef, pepper, rice and a delicious amakuchi and karakuchi sauces that can be on your table in less than 30 minutes.

Three more restaurants were due to open this December at SM City Lipa, the mall’s administration announced recently by way of a press release. These restaurants provide mall visitors more dining options, particularly during the Christmas season when the mall like others in the country are abuzz with customers. Here are the new restaurants at SM City Lipa:

Yo Dawg in Lipa City: Changing the Food Scene While Eager to Please


There is this unpretentious food joint tucked away inside a village in Lipa City that has taken to heart the art of pleasing. Yo Dawg, a cosy little restaurant inside Villa Lourdes Subdivision just in front of De La Salle Lipa, is so named, the owners told Food Batangas, because it is an open invitation to dine.

A Bit of Wow in the Bulalo at Wow Bulalo


Food Batangas visited this homey little restaurant along MK Lina Street in Lipa City called Wow Bulalo for a taste of, you guessed it, the very bulalo after which the place has been named.

The bulalo served here is not your traditional Batangas bulalo which is basically just beef swimming in broth simmered for hours on end. Instead, it is more like the homey sort of bulalo that mother is rather wont to serve with bits of beans, cabbage and potatoes.

Of course, the bulalo is always judged by the taste of the broth. While here the broth does not have the oomph of that served by this famed roadside diner to the north of Batangas, we still have to agree that yes, it does have a bit of wow.

A feel of home dining at Wow Bulalo.

Two bahay kubos complete the homey ambience.

This is bulalo stripped of hubris and its very simplicity is what makes it delightful. Unlike that served in other joints where frightful grease floats at the top of the bowl, at Wow Bulalo the broth is refreshingly clear yet still surprisingly tasty.

The beef has been sliced thinly across in fair servings and is tender unlike in other bulalo joints where the meat can be coarse and chewy. The vegetable is fresh, crisp and complements rather than detracts from the taste of the broth.

A small bowl good for one person goes for PHP 120 while a large bowl good for as many as five goes for PHP 450. Those who wish to stay away from the uric acid may opt for other offerings such as the crispy pata, tilapia or sisig, among others.

We cannot, however, vouch for any of these as we really just went for the bulalo; and if just for this alone, we are happy to say that Wow Bulalo is definitely worth a visit.

Wow Bulalo's signage.  This diner is right across the Metro Lipa Water District main building.

It is certainly an attractive option for anyone pining for home-cooked traditional Filipino – if not particularly Batangueño – food but too lazy to actually do the cooking. There are even two bahay kubos to complete the homey ambience.

Wow bulalo opens as early as nine in the morning but those who may wish to go for supper will also be happy to know that the place serves beer and may also be the perfect place to unwind after work.

The place is easy to find since it is located right across the main building of the Metro Lipa Water District in Balintawak, Lipa City.


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Burgers to Die For at Chef Joms’ Burger Street in Batangas City and Lipa


Because burger joints are dime-a-dozen and can be found everywhere from dusty street corners to air-conditioned malls, we asked John Marvin Aldover, a.k.a. Chef Joms of Batangas City, what makes his burgers different from others.

He does not know, Chef Joms replied with refreshing candour. “What I know,” he added, “is that I have full confidence in the food that I serve to my customers.

Food Batangas caught up with Chef Joms at Burger Street Lipa, opened as recently as the 16th of September along the suddenly busy economic hub that is barangay Paninsingin and right in front of De La Salle Lipa’s new College of Business building.

The new restaurant was opened in partnership with former DLSL basketball varsity player John Patrick Oñate and the second owned by Chef Joms.

Chef Joms (left) and partner John Patrick Oñate.

Formerly Head Chef at Uncle Cheffy’s Restaurant in Lipa, Chef Joms was among the pioneers of the garage burger industry that has been en vogue for a while now in Batangas City. Behind this industry have been culinary arts practitioners who have been selling gourmet burgers in their own homes.

The name Burger Street, Chef Joms told us, was inspired by the fact that he literally had to sell burgers on the street in front of his home when he first started operations in July 2014. This was how the garage industry basically started; and sales were driven by word-of-mouth advertising by satisfied customers.

Burger Street in Alangilan. (Photo courtesy of Chef Joms.)

A year later and Chef Joms was able to open a restaurant in Alangilan, Batangas City. Operations at the Alangilan restaurant are bigger than those in Lipa, where the menu is limited to burgers, hotdogs and sausages.

How the new restaurant came to be was a story in itself. Chef Joms was asked by a prospective partner to prepare menus and recipes for a restaurant project. The project was suddenly cancelled, leaving him with menus and recipes he initially did not know what to do with.

But Chef Joms is nothing if not a passionate man; and took a leap of faith in opening a restaurant by himself. This passion is evident in the food offerings available at Burger Street; and may be the defining advantage Chef Joms says he does not know he has over competitors.

The menu is thematically and unashamedly contemporary American; but even the ubiquitous burger is given a new lease on life not only with raw passion but also with plenty of imagination and culinary savvy.

The Chef's Choice burger has a subtle bite.

We tried the Chef’s Choice, a Mexican-inspired burger with slices of japapeños and pico de gallo along with homemade bacon, cheese and chilli meat sauces and dressing. The burger is simple, elegant and packs a subtle bite as only the jalapeño can give; perfect, in other words, for diners who like a bit of flame in their mouths when they eat.

The other burger, called the Surf and Jurf, was the sheer embodiment of imagination. Tempura and calamari along with the sauces and picol de gallo blended seamlessly with the beef patty to create a burst of flavours inside the palate.

Both burgers are to die for; and served with fries and ice tea, each will seem like a steal at PHP 250.

Contemporary decor and furniture for American-inspired cuisine.

For the more budget conscious, the Classic Grilled Burger goes for only PHP 120, already served with fries and iced tea as are all other burgers. For those with long intestines, the Brgr Tower is available at PHP 300.

Those not into burgers may also wish to try the Texas Chilidog (PHP 150), Cheese Dog (PHP 120) or Smoked Sausage (PHP 200). Steaks are currently still not available in Lipa but are already being served in the Alangilan restaurant.

For those who wish to try out Burger Street, the Batangas City restaurant is in front of the Nissan Show Room in Alangilan. The Lipa restaurant, on the other hand, is at the second floor of the new ELN Building along Barangay Paninsingin in front of the DLSL College of Business Building.

Burger Street Lipa is at the second floor of the ELN Building.
The ELN Building in Paninsingin, Lipa City as seen from the road.



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