ZAMBALES | Zambales Food Trip

Thursday, April 04, 2019

Zambales Food Trip

My Zambaleño food experience was always about mangoes, freshly caught tunas, and delectable kakanin rice cakes. But the past Dinamulag Festival weekend introduced me to more than the usual table fares in the province, discovering the more metropolitan side of eating places in Zambales. From local dishes and Filipino comfort food, to street food and posh café offerings, I was pleasantly surprised at the variety culinary places in Zambales worthy of a side trip from its beaches and mountains.

 

 

SONSING RESTAURANT & LOUNGE

  ADDRESS: GOVIC HI-WAY, BANGANTALINGA, IBA | CONTACT: +63 (908) 819-7274 | OPEN HOURS: 9:00AM-9:00PM | GPS: 15.341436, 119.970656


One of the go-to restaurants in Iba, Zambales when it comes to Filipino food is Sonsing. The restaurant is named after the owner’s father whose love of cooking was passed down to his son. They actually serve more than the usual Filipino favorites, their menu packed with everything from burgers, steaks, Japanese, Chinese, and Western dishes. During our visit, filled to brimming as our table was, it didn’t even reach a fourth of their offerings.

We were able to sample their pinangat na labong sa gata, salmon sashimi, California maki, black fungus soup, crispy pata kare-kare, Zambalyete, insarabasab (Ilocano roasted pork), kalderetang kambing, binagoongang lechon kawali, and one of their special rice to pair it with, tinapa fried rice.

Their pinangat, a house specialty from the Bicol Region, stood out among the rest along with their crispy pata kare-kare (really peanuty and the pork, real crispy) and served with a really good bagoong. I was also intrigued by their Zambalyete which seemed to be sautéed cubed tuna with a helping of bagoong, topped with tartar sauce and thin strips of mango—it was definitely very Zambales. And let’s not forget the tinapa fried rice and the soup, which actually brought everything together really well.

For desserts, two boxfuls of special cassava cake (regular and ube) sealed the final sweet notes. Delicious.

Sonsing Restaurant Zambales Food Trip
SONSING RESTAURANT & LOUNGE IN IBA, ZAMBALES

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NACHOS WITH MANGO DIP | ZAMBALYETE ~ PHP 290.00

Sonsing Restaurant Zambales Food Trip
INSARABASAB ~ PHP 280.00

Sonsing Restaurant Zambales Food Trip
LARGE TINAPA FRIED RICE ~ PHP 230.00

Sonsing Restaurant Zambales Food Trip
PINANGAT NA LABONG ~ PHP 250.00

Sonsing Restaurant Zambales Food Trip
CRISPY PATA KARE-KARE

 

 

OH-BEN BAKED CAFÉ

  ADDRESS: GOVIC HI-WAY, BANGANTALINGA, IBA | CONTACT: +63 (998) 549-4797 | OPEN HOURS: 8:00AM-9:00PM | GPS: 15.341559, 119.970618


We need not stray far for our after-meal coffee fix. Right next door to Sonsing is the Oh-Ben Baked Café. Oh-Ben. Oven. Gets? Lol.

Operated by the same family, the café is geared more for the younger crowd with its black on wood interiors and coffee-ism wall quotes. Very hipster. It’s actually not open yet when we went, but we were able to try out their cinnamon buns, a few slices of cakes, and of course, their coffee—which was pretty good!

Oh-Ben Baked Café is set for soft-opening this coming April 8, with everything on their menu set on a 20% discount!

Oh-Ben Baked Cafe Zambales Food Trip
OH-BEN BAKED CAFE IN IBA, ZAMBALES

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CINNAMON BUNS, CAKE, AND COFFEE

Oh-Ben Baked Cafe Zambales Food Trip
HAVING A CUP OF COFFEE AT OH-BEN BAKED CAFE

 

 

LC’S STOP & CHOW

  ADDRESS: NATL. HI-WAY, LONGOS, CABANGAN | CONTACT: +63 (949) 155-1998 | OPEN HOURS: 7:00AM-9:00PM | GPS: 15.144496, 120.052117


The LC’s restaurant in Cabangan was something I’ve always been passing by but have never tried. The old restaurant was just a hop away from my wife’s uncle’s house, but for some reason, I never got to enter their doors and try their food. It took a festival and a change of location for LC’s before I finally got to have a taste of their food.

Still located in Cabangan but on a more spacious lot of land (and a lot more stylish restaurant which reminds me of food places in Tagaytay), LC’s Stop & Chow is a legend in Zambales. The owners originally hailed from Batangas before transferring to Subic, then finally, Cabangan where they finally put up a restaurant. Their menu consists of Filipino fares with a dash of Batangeño flair. Guest their specialty? Bulalo.

And along with the two bowls of bulalo that came sliding down our table, we were served pans of pizzas, plates of pinakbet, kalderetang kambing, and the most beautifully fried crispy pata I’ve ever laid eyes upon. Their bulalo is reminiscent of the Mahogany Market bulaluhan in Tagaytay—which they aptly claim on their menu—and their pizzas, especially the Overload was indeed fully loaded. It was honestly one of the best pizzas I’ve ever tried. And the crispy pata, again, is one of the best, if not the best crispy pata I’ve had. The way they cut and fried it was simply genius, making everything crispy and lessening the hassle of knifing the pork into bite-sized pieces.

LC’s, why oh why didn’t I eat at your place before?!

LC's Stop & Chow Zambales Food Trip
THE NEW LC’S STOP & CHOW AT CABANGAN, ZAMBALES

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PINAKBET & KALDERETA

LC's Stop & Chow Zambales Food Trip
BULALO ~ PHP 455.00 MEDIUM, PHP 570.00 LARGE

LC's Stop & Chow Zambales Food Trip
CRISPY PATA ~ 625.00

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PIZZA OVERLOAD ~ PHP 415.00 & HALO-HALO PHP 85.00

 

 

THE BAKERY BY S.E.

  ADDRESS: J.GONZALES ST. COR. MAGSAYSAY AVE., IBA | CONTACT: +63 (47) 307-2514 | OPEN HOURS: 10AM-12MN | GPS: 15.326600, 119.978515


À la midnight snack, we went to the Bakery by S.E. in Iba before retiring for the night. The burgers are to die for, M—one of the organizers—kept on repeating. Alright, so burger it is! Plus, errr, a few helpings of cookies, cheesecake, pastas, muffins, and a huge bowl of soup on the side. Wait a minute, didn’t we just eat?!

But yes, The Bakery’s burgers are indeed to die for. Dubbed as the Mango Jalapeno Cheeseburger, it’s about eight inches high, loaded with multiple patties, sloppily lathered with mayo and cheese, and set with bits of mangoes and jalapeño chilies. It was incredibly good and also, incredibly hard to eat without making a mess. The combination of flavors work really well together, with the jalapeños bits giving an additional kick. Really, really good. I’d have to say it again; really, really good.

And not to forget about the other plates on the table, I’d also have to commend their carbonara and spaghetti—the servings were on the petite size, especially after the burger—but every forkful was well worth the calories.

The Bakery By S. E. Zambales Food Trip
THE BAKERY BY S.E. AT IBA, ZAMBALES

The Bakery By S. E. Zambales Food Trip
NACHOS WITH MANGO DIP

The Bakery By S. E. Zambales Food Trip
HOUSE COOKIES

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COMBINATION SOUP & CARBONARA

The Bakery By S. E. Zambales Food Trip
MANGO JALAPENO CHEESEBURGER

The Bakery By S. E. Zambales Food Trip
STRAWBERRY CHEESE CAKE ~ PHP 175.00

 

 

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