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HOB: The House of BulalugawMonday, March 24, 2014
The best things in life most of the time happen when you least expect it. House of Bulalugaw definitely falls under that category.
After an afternoon of hanging out at Burn's house three Fridays ago (and a ~*~turbo chicken~*~ just for us three haha), going home to Makati became such a pain in the ass (Friday night + pay day ugh), I decided to tag along with them to Project 4 in Quezon City.
Of course, I was hesitant to go with them at first because (a) I was still in yesterday's clothes, (b) I was really sleepy, (c) I had plans of doing my laundry that night and (d) I was still in yesterday's clothes. But I guess it seemed to be a better idea that time to go somewhere else than just to stand in the middle of Kalayaan for hours hoping a kind cab driver would brave the city traffic and drive me home without asking for additional PhP70 or something.
When we arrived, their friends that we're supposed to meet there weren't there. Burn and Muffet immediately assumed they were in Bulalugaw. That's the first time I've heard of that word (and the place) and quite honestly, it doesn't sound very appetizing because it kept reminding me of the word baluga. Sorry. I'm just being honest here. LOL. But of course I understood the word play there, it was a combination of the words bulalo (bone marrow soup?) and lugaw (porridge).
It's a hole-in-the-wall type of place situated in a residential neighborhood. I just remember seeing a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints beside it and a huge billboard on the backdrop (which was supposed to be already Katipunan according to Muffet), I'm geographically challenged so I'll just put their address at the end of this post.
It wasn't Burn's first time there so he was already greeted by the owner, Alvin Bernales, upon our arrival, and asked for a serving of Bulalugaw. "First time?" was Sir Alvin's first question to both me and Muffet, and he immediately suggested we order their Bustek, which apparently is a must-try for the House of Bulalugaw newbies, also hinting that it's best eaten with rice.
I kind of died inside a little bit because I CAN'T HAVE RICE. I haven't had rice in a long while and I won't let this Bustek thing break me down! Hahaha. That's why I haven't eaten Monggo with Tilapia, Sinigang na Liempo and Adobong Pusit for the longest time because they are best eaten with rice. So we stood by our decision not to have the rice. Then Sir Alvin went ahead and made my life a little harder when he told us he'll keep it as a hanging offer just in case we changed our minds. Hahahaha. He was that confident. I have to admit I was a little scared to think that the Bustek was that delicious. DAMN IT.
So long story short, we took back what we said and we had the rice... which we split into two, okay. (Sir Alvin's laugh of 'I told you so' still echoes in my ears. Sir Alvin - 1, my will power - 0.) Let me just say, this dish was worth the carbs. Definitely worth caving in. Plus points for being served in a cast iron skillet! Sizzling melt-in-your-mouth bulalo meat with chopped onions, garlic bits and pepper. Perfectly seasoned and perfectly cooked! It was soooo good. One of the best dishes I've had this year, hands down.
I also ordered a side of Tokwa't Baboy because I have been craving for tofu. Sir Alvin must have been so satisfied with making us converts to carbs that day because he gave us a serving of Sizzling Kaldereta (which was delicious by the way) for free! How freaking awesome and cool is that?
I never thought I would fall in love with a dish with a funny name such as Bustek or find it in a place with an equally unusual name of House of Bulalugaw. An unconventional take on some of our Filipino favorites at cheap prices that were surprisingly satisfying, top that with Sir Alvin and his team's excellent customer service, the House of Bulalugaw is definitely worth the trip and worth a try! Definitely trumps over those ramen joints that has one piece of meat on a bowl of 300-peso noodles! Another thing to love about them is that they also serve breakfast food! Go and experience HOB! You won't regret it, I'm sure!
HOB: The House of Bulalugaw is located at 199 J. P. Rizal Street, Brgy. Bayanihan, Project 4, Quezon City
Operating Hours: Monday - Saturday: 3:00 PM - 3:00 AM
Sunday: 3:00 PM - 12:00 MN
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