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Continuity in life is inevitable. Both good and bad things are bound to flow like tides that ebb at noon. Our ancestors can only impart what they have and then we're on our own to learn from them. Some of us learn to reinvent ourselves and take our folks with us for the journey.
|Talong (Eggplant) with Bagoong|
Beth Arboleda recalled how her mom would tirelessly teach her how to cook the duck-oriented dish in such a way that it wouldn't come out as tasting like fish meat. This is because some people stay away from eating itik (duck) for the repugnant taste that stays on one's tongue. Boyet confidently opined that at their restaurant, Kalderetang Itik Ng Bagong Ilog (KINBI), the duck-oriented dish is cooked using a pugon (conventional furnace) which spells the difference.
At a corner across the Bagong Ilog village hall, the humble 2-storey eatery is testament to how small town charm is translated into infectious meals served without pretense and at an affordable price. With extra rice now costing more than P20 per cup in giant fast food joints, KINBI manages to still effortlessly sell the aromatic dish at no more than P60. No peddling whatsoever. Food lovers even cross city borders just to taste the family's source of pride. Local celebrities who have a penchant for neighborhood treats are known to travel from posh city enclaves to get to the eatery just to sample the savory itik.
Kalderetang Itik Ng Bagong Ilog offers other dishes for more options. The family serves traditional Filipino food such as beef tapa, dinuguan (pork blood stew), and talong (eggplant) with bagoong, among others.
Photography By John Cachola
Location: Sgt. Pascua corner R. Valdes sts., Bagong Ilog, Pasig City
Store Hours: Monday-Saturday, 7:00am-9:00pm
Landmark: Across the city hall of Barangay Bagong Ilog
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|Boyet and Beth Arboleda|