Let's go eat some Philippines food!
Attention: (Every individual order one favorite dish) We are going to eat Family Style with serving spoon, Do not RSVP if Family style is not for you. we will split the final bill of food . Every individual is responsible to pay their own drinks.
Payment: Cash Only!
Please take your RSVP seriously as other guests often have to be turned away. There will be a $3.00 organization fee for this meetup to be collected at the day of the event.
Here is some yelp review and pictures
Although half Filipino, I'm embarrassed with the fact that I really don't know much about my peoples and their food. As a rebellious child with an underdeveloped palate, I shunned away from the classics.
Dinuguan* looked like poo. Sinigang ** tasted rotten. Ube*** looked like a color in my Crayon box. Sucking shrimp heads was disgusting. Lechon**** meat was preferred over the crispy skin.
Filipino food to me was lumpia, spam fried rice and meat on a stick, although most times it was the burgers, pizza and pancakes I asked my mom to make.
Fast forward to the present, where as an adult, I'm reintroducing myself to Filipino food. Tito Rad's opened up in my parents' hood a few years ago serving up simple home-cooked style dishes. Though not the prettiest to look at - no flower embellishments, no artistically drizzled sauces - what the dishes lack in presentation is made up for by the comforting, savory flavors.
My mother really enjoyed the savory, rich mongo (mung bean soup) that was neither too thin or too thick, closely rivaling the version she makes at home.
Other dishes and apps were pretty standard but what awaited me was worth saving stomach room for. Crispy Pata - fried pork leg (http://www.yelp.com/biz_…) - with it's crispy fried edges, chewy rich pork meat, and fatty tenderness closer to the bone. Mom scolded me for ordering such a fatty, unhealthy dish but quickly dug in with her fingers once it arrived.
The beef steak with onions is not something I normally order since most places serve it too dry. This juicy rendition allows the beef to maintain its tenderness while the sauce becomes an excellent balance of salty and sour encouraging you to liberally pour over rice.
Understanding that the tastes of Filipino food vary by region, the dishes here may slightly differ from how you first experienced it or how your family serves it. Now that I'm older and will eagerly fight my mom for the last piece of lechon skin or shrimp head, she's pleased to know that her daughter would rather her cook Filipino food when she visits or take her out to eat something close to her home town's style of cooking. And for that my mom's choice is Tito Rad's.