As I explored my new state of North Carolina, I haven’t seen or heard much of Filipino restaurants. When my friend Arturo told me about one small restaurant called Filipino Cuisine in Angier, North Carolina, he mentioned how people would drive there from Virginia to satisfy their cravings. He then offered to drive a few of us food grammers for a weekend adventure. No fool says no to that! And yes, how lucky are we to have such a sweet friend?
Pictured foremost in the image above is the Crispy Pata, which is a Filipino dish consisting of deep fried pig trotters or knuckles served with a soy-vinegar dip. The flavor was delicious! I have a very sensitive case of lockjaw so personally, it was a bit too crispy and chewy for me. I did envy Arturo since he quite enjoyed his Crispy Pata!
Our Filipino friend ordered the sisig (pictured above), a Filipino dish made from parts of pig head and liver, usually seasoned with calamansi and chili peppers. However, if you have never had Filipino food before, I think the best bet is to get their combination plate, which has pancit (traditional Filipino rice noodle stir-fry and my favorite Filipino dish because I’m obsessed with all things noodles), a barbecue pork skewer, and lumpia (Filipino egg rolls). Their Chicken Adobo is also really tasty and tender.
When you go, do save room for the Halo Halo, a traditional Filipino dessert. It’s quite a treat with sweet chickpeas, red bean, jello, jackfruit, sweet yams, bananas, all drizzled in evaporated milk. Swirl it with the shaved ice. And yes, that’s a mini slice of flan on top. 🍮 Ridiculously indulgent. You deserve it.
So what’s the final verdict? The Filipino food at Filipino Cuisine is worth the short drive to Angier, North Carolina. Especially if you’re spoiled like me, and someone else does the driving! Make some time to explore the attached grocery market. You can even buy the ingredients to make your own Halo Halo!
8265 Bitter Melon Dr, Angier, NC 27501
Now back to you! Have you had Filipino food? What’s your favorite dish?
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