It was October last year when we chanced upon Arroz Ecija in Greenhills. While our 11-year-old son liked to go somewhere else for lunch, he had no choice but to come with us because it was already late, we were quite famished already and we didn’t have the energy to walk any longer. We just wanted to eat, period!
Our uber late lunch consisted of the 72-Hour Bagnet and Ginataang Sitaw at Kalabasa con Alimasag. For dessert, we had Cassava Cake with Salted Caramel, Malaubeng Panaginip and Hot Homemade Ube Cookie con Queso Ice Crème.
This 72-Hour Bagnet was highly recommended to us by the waitstaff when we asked what food we should try at Arroz Ecija. A laminated food poster hanging on the wall of the restaurant gave us a clear idea of what to expect when you order this popular house specialty: crunchy crackling with succulent layered meat and fat that’s packed with natural pork flavor and slightly salted. Well, they kept true to their promise because that’s exactly what we got. All three of us loved it!
Kalabasa con Alimasag was the perfect complement to the 72-Hour Bagnet. It’s squash and string beans with crab meat in coconut milk. Now I’m not really fond of squash but I ate everything from this platter with gusto. The sauce is creamy and well-seasoned, and the combined flavors of the local veggies and crab meat was pure bliss.
Soft, chewy and sweet with a hint of salty is how I would describe this slice of Cassava Cake with Salted Caramel.
Malaubeng Panaginip, nice name! This ube leche flan, according to hubby, was fine. He didn’t elaborate on his comment, though. Lol!
This Hot Homemade Ube Cookie con Queso Ice Crème with cashew nuts is another sweet treat fancied by our young man who’s both a cookie lover and cheese lover. He enjoyed it but didn’t finish all of it. The serving was actually big because it’s meant for sharing. The solution? Hubby and I ate what’s left.
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