Hubby has been bugging us to dine at Ka Tunying’s Café at SM Megamall as he has already eaten there with a friend and officemate. We finally got the chance to do that last July. What unique and catchy names they give to their dishes! That’s basically the first thing I noticed while going through their menu. I specifically like the sound of Pak! Bet Ko Yan and Rely on the Bangus, two of the dishes we ordered for dinner at Ka Tunying’s.
Because our son couldn’t decide what he wanted to eat, I suggested something I know he’d like. We ordered Champorado with Tuyo Flakes for him. This is champorado with crispy pinipig (pounded rice flakes) toppings, served with tuyo flakes and evaporated milk. He seemed to have enjoyed the bittersweet, creamy and chocolatey champorado. The pinipig bits also added a delightful crunch to each spoonful of champorado he took. It might take a while, though, before he can appreciate the champorado-tuyo pairing, which I love, by the way.
Hubby and I finished this entire plate of Pak! Bet Ko Yan, which is Ka Tunying’s version of the Pinoy pinakbet. It’s local veggies (ampalaya, okra, eggplant, sitaw, squash and kangkong) with lechon and chicharon sautéed in bagoong (shrimp paste). This will nicely complement any fried dish.
Craving for Relyenong Bangus? Go order Rely On the Bangus at Ka Tunying’s. Milkfish is deboned, flaked, stuffed and fried until crisp and golden, with ketchup and atchara (pickled papaya) on the side. Nothing extraordinary about this fish dish, just the usual. We also didn’t get to finish all of it because the serving was huge for just two people sharing it (hubby and me), plus the sweetness of the fish coupled with the sweetness of the dip (ketchup) and side dish (atchara) could get cloying after eating a bit too much.
Overall, the food at Ka Tunying’s was okay, prices were reasonable, and the staff were friendly. On our next visit, I’d love to try their Cabanatuan Longsilog, which hubby says is really good.
Ka Tunying’s Café
Upper Ground Floor, Building A