A few months ago, Chef Tatung and I were able to catch up online and he told me that he's preparing to open another restaurant back in Quezon City. I was so excited about it and made sure to schedule a visit on my next return. So, with my entire family in tow, we agreed to have lunch at Alab located along Scout Rallos in Quezon City a few months ago.
Next came our main dishes:
A thick roll of beef stuffed with sausage, pickles, carrots and hard-boiled egg.
Still my favorite among all of Chef Tatung's masterpieces. I just can't have enough of this cheezy baked goodness which is filled with eggplant, smokey Vigan sausage, egg and tomatoes. Normally, I stay away from eggplant but if it's done this way, then why not?!
Everytime I dine at Filipino restaurants or whenever I am home, I always make it a point to have bangus (milkfish). This is one fish that's not widely available here in Singapore and it's one of my favorites too so I really make the most of any opportunity to have it. Alab's version was really yummy! I think I ate most of this dish as I really enjoyed the grilled juicy milkfish topped with tomatoes and onions. It's a very simple dish but a very satisfying one.
As much as I love my bangus, my Papa and Kongkong love their Crispy Pata. This is probably the only fried food that Papa can never resist! Prepared the traditional way, Alab's version will get you swooning over the crunchy skin, the juicy meat inside and the three different condiments and sides served with it.
For this meal, it seems like each of us chose a favorite to order. After Mommy's Molo Soup, my bangus, Papa (and Kongkong's) Crispy Pata, my sister also chose her favorite too! It's this veggie dish that she loves since she was a kid. Called Tinumok, it's taro (gabi) leaves cooked with coconut milk and filled with chopped coconut noodles and shrimps. It's a very lip-smacking dish that will definitely entice you to have more rice.
What a delicious and filling family lunch at Alab! Too bad Chef Myke wasn't around when we visited but I'm pretty sure that we will be back soon for more Crispy Pata, Pancit Molo, Tinumok and that to-die-for Pichi Pichi with Queso de Bola.
Alab is located at 67 Scout Rallos street, Quezon City. Call them at 364-9631.