It was 8 pm on a weekday and of course I was craving fried pork hock at Little Ongpin, a modest, friendly Filipino restaurant on No. 5 road. The server informed us that they didn't have the small portion for the pork hock (which I wasn't sure why), but since the medium size is only a dollar more, sure! supersize me! Sure enough, I regret eating it once I got home and crawled into bed. But take a look at the glorious portion of the soft and tender pork hock with thick, extra crispy skin and extra thicker layers of fat. The pork was served with a soya sauce with vinegar that gave a nice contrast to the fatty meat and makes you eat them even more.
Another tasty dish at Little Ongpin is the chicken skewers with Java rice, or "yellow" rice. The chicken skewers had a nice smoky and sweet flavour and were very tasty with the Java rice.
Their pork belly combo for $5.98 was definitely a steal. The slightly charred pieces of pork belly was served with rice and runny fried egg with a side of soup and salad. Very impressive! It fills the stomach without hurting the wallet!
Meat & Bread
I've heard raved reviews for Meat & Bread and always wanted to try it. Fortunately, it is located right across from my school and I've been able to go there for lunch as frequent as I want. For my first visit, I brought along my classmate (and new amiga) *Johana (name has been changed to protect her true identity). We ordered their famous Porchetta sandwich with salsa verde, $8, which kept flying out of the counter. We seated down at a long table, cafeteria-style, and munched away. It was pretty much drenched in grease, yet the hard, rustic ciabatta bread held together the thick crispy skin, the tender pieces of meat and fat and the refreshing tang of the salsa verde way too well. Make sure you grab a soda or a cup of soup as you're eating this to help you wash down the grease a little bit. Of course it didn't taste at all healthy. Nonetheless, if you want to indulge, you gotta do what you gotta do.
|A typical lunch time, a never-ending lineup.|
|Porchetta sandwich $8 + soup of the day $4|
|I probably shouldn't eat this everyday, but I totally would.|
Shanghai House Restaurant
We were pleasantly surprised at how low their price point was. Their interior is fairly descent and definitely not a hole in the wall. I let P do the ordering and she ordered the 3 main essentials; xiao long pao, spicy wonton, and spare ribs noodle in soup.
|Xiao long pao|
An order of xiao long pao came with 6 pieces of dumplings for $4.50. They were actually not bad, quite soupy and meaty, and their dough wasn't too thick either.
The spicy wonton came in 10 small pieces, but for only $4.98. They were good; garlicy and had a lot of flavours. The only downer was that the sauce wasn't spicy at all.
|Spare ribs noodle in soup|
|Warning: extremely crispy batter|