Chinita in Paco

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Look at those eyes! Those chinita (Chinese) eyes!

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For the longest time, I have been curious about this dingy looking eatery along Pres. Quirino Ave. but somehow never had the guts to come in. I live about 1.5 kilometers away which is a short and pleasant walk on a non-humid and non-hot day.

Turns out that the food is quite good, not blow-your-socks-off good, but good enough.

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They have the usual Filipino ‘hole-in-the-wall’ cuisine like silog meals, sisig and pork chop. I ordered the Chinita pork chop bento meal which is a deep fried pork chop drenched in Chinese-y, aka five spice, tasting sauce, served with rice and 2 meager portions of side dishes. The vegetable side dish of sayote (chayote) was cold and tasted like something your mother would make on busy weekdays, but the other one of dulong (dried small fishes) was tasty.

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They called this a ‘bento’ meal, hence the bento serving platter. This meal cost P70. Not bad. The silog meals also cost P70 or less.

I like a pork chop or silog meal once in a while, but you can get that sort of meal practically anywhere. What makes this place worth visiting again though is the cuapao.

You can choose between chicken or pork. We got the chicken and it was delicious! For only P50, this is worth walking 1.5 kilometers to get. They put in 2 small cutlets of fried chicken, green leafy vegetables (bok choy, I think?) and ground peanuts. Yes, it looks disgusting, but that’s because the ingredients have already been squished together.

They also offer siomai, fried dumplings, taho and soy milk which I might try some other time. Yes, they say they deliver, but as a walker, I’d rather walk.

Until the next walkabout!

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