A taste of Palawan here in Manila

It's no secret how much I love to travel...and to eat. This actually goes hand in hand as my travel itinerary is normally filled up with new places to try and local delicacies that I make sure I bring home for my family to enjoy as well. In fact, one of the best birthday gifts that I've ever received was a handy travel journal given to me by my best friend.

At present, I have already filled up around 10 journal pages documenting my adventures in China, Hong Kong, Iloilo, Bacolod and more! Soon, I will be adding a new entry as I embark on another fun trip this time to my favorite Asian destination -- Singapore.

There are times when I would find myself craving for a local food item that can not be found here in Metro Manila. Despite my efforts in searching high and low, the only answer to my craving is a plane ticket back to the province where the object of my gastronomic affection can be found.

Thankfully, most of the key cities here in the Philippines have a couple of entrepreneurial residents who ventured into distributing their local products here in Manila. Such is the case of my friend Anna So who started a small cart called Exotic Delicacies of Palawan first in Market Market and now has a pretty looking kiosk at Robinsons Galleria.

I always enjoy visiting her kiosk simply because of its growing list of items. They initially began with two varieties of cashew nuts followed by some dried fish and the ever famous rainmaker. During my last visit, I was surprised to see more items such as the Cashew Wine (Php. 280), the Cashew Brittle (Php. 199) that Paul loves very much and my personal favorite the frozen Lamayo Boneless (Php. 200 / 250g).

What's interesting about the Lamayo is that it looks fairly similar to the well-known Danggit but doesn't have as much salt content. I love frying this and having this together with fried egg and some garlic rice.

Paul and I make it a point to drop by Anna's kiosk before heading to the cinema level as we would buy a small bag of cashew nuts to munch on while enjoying the movie!

Visit the Exotic Delicacies of Palawan located at the Food Court level (beside KFC), Robinsons Galleria, Quezon City.

*photo credit: Paul Ang

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