Taste of Los Baños
One time, my sister went to Los Baños to do an errand for me. I work and live in Los Banos during weekdays, so my sister had to commute from Sta. Rosa to Elbi. She arrived around three o’clock and we’re both really hungry so we headed to a Thai restaurant for some Pad Thai and Tom Yam Gong.
I have lived and grown old in LB for the most part of the last 15+ years and I can remember as a college student being first exposed to different ways of cooking the most common food. “Sinigang na may pechay” and “munggo with ampalaya” were weird for me, because I only knew my mom’s cooking back then. But I got used to it, and learned to appreciate other types of cuisine as well.
LB offers a diverse selection, from the ubiquitous fast food joints to the charming hole-in-the-wall family-run places to the slightly more refined cafes and restaurants; you’ll never run out of choices.
(I love lists, so here is mine of my favorite places to eat in LB)
Siomai [shumai]: Papu’s near UP Gate, Siomai Food Haus near LB square
Roast Chicken: Bugong near UP Gate
Grilled Bangus Belly/Bulalo/Mongolian Rice: Tito Max’s/Greenhouse in Demarses Subd.
Lechon Kawali: Batcave
Yakisoba/Kani Salad: Eatsumo LB square
The reasonably priced:
Sisig: Big Dad’s in LB Square (I think they’ve already closed down, but they claimed to have the best sisig in town, and I think they really did.)
Phuong Vietnamese Restaurant: Phuo noodles, spring rolls, #14 and #25 on their menu (I can’t pronounce nor spell most items on their menu)
Baan Thai: Pad Thai, Tom Yam Gong, Som Tam, Thai Bagoong Rice
Bonito’s: Texas BBQ Prime Ribs, Sinigang na Salmon Head, Lasagna
Plato Rodizia: Baby Back Ribs, Grilled Pork and Tofu, Tequila Chicken
Los Kababos: Biryani Rice, Hummus and Pita Bread
Joe’s: they have the best pasta, all authentic Italian ingredients and freshly made tomato sauce, but Linguine with Shrimp in lemon cream sauce is superb. (I need to try this soon)
Cafes and Desserts:
Mernel’s famous Chocolate Cake
Micha’s: carrot cake, muffins, chocolate chip cookies
IC’s/Isis cafe: Mocha Creamaccino
See you in LB!