Burgers, fries and everything fast food. That’s what our appetites are used to, specially for those who are always on the move. But sometimes, we in the city, crave for something more. Something less foreign and somewhat familiar. Something that tastes and feels like home. Most of the time, we have to travel far and wide to satisfy that craving. In this case, I had to travel all the way to Magalang, Pampanga to satisfy my tastebuds’ desire.
An unassuming eatery, aptly named Kainan sa Hardin (Eatery in the Garden) in Magalang, Pampanga will definitely satisfy that home-cooked meal that you have been longing for. With a relax ambience and a homey-feel, this kainan (eatery) serves what it does best. Great food.
This eatery is known for the tokwa’t baboy, made up of crispy fried tofu and pork, it definitely didn’t disappoint. Fried just right for the signature crispiness and a unique peppery taste which was a pleasant surprise. Served with a special sauce that complimented well with the tokawa’t baboy, and of course the steamed rice to make the meal complete.
Aside from the tokwa’t baboy, the menu also includes sisig, pancit canton, different kinds of barbecue, kare-kare, and more authentic kapampangan food to lust for. For dessert, I tried the puto with salted egg and cheese that became an instant favorite.
So if you are to escape from the city and wish to satisfy that craving, head up north and search for this kainan which will definitely remind you of the delicious home cooked meals lola or nanay served. It is a bit of a challenge to find, specially to first timers in Magalang but I assure you that it is a worthy find..
To get there:
-From Manila, take the Angeles toll exit of NLEX (Northern Luzon Expressway).
-Follow the rotunda to Magalang, board signs are seen at the exit, until you reach the town plaza.
-Turn left at the Caltex gas station, and then another right.
-After two blocks, another right.
-Kainan sa hardin is at the first lot on the right side.