Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Going South

Today, we went to Calamba, Laguna. Again. Our second trip in less than a month. There's another trip tomorrow but I'm not so sure if I want to go. It was so hoooot today - the digital car thermometer registered at 36 degrees Celsius! It was crazy. So far, the highest temperature we've experienced inside the car was driving around the metro at 34 degrees. Today, at the Kalayaan area after Pagsanjan.... it was a crazy 36 degrees!

Anyway, I wasn't able to post our food trip in the previous Calamba trip. We asked a good friend of mine who studied in UPLB their popular food haunts, and he was able to suggest a couple of places. But as soon as we turned to the outskirts of Calamba from the South Superhighway, we were so hungry we decided to go for RSM Lutong Bahay. I googled it and it was given an award by the DOT. Excited, we rushed in from the parking lot to escape the high noon heat.

Mark has eaten there before, so he knew what to order already. I looked around, and it had an old Filipiniana-slash-fastfood feel. There was a glass showcase along the cashier, so we could do turo-turo. But I did like the little wooden touches.

Our rice was Binalot style. Now, I don't really like Binalot. The food becomes all mooshy and jumbled inside. But....

.... this one turned out right!

The steaming rice was still molded and the tomatoes and eggs were still firm.
Looked freshly made :)

But RSM Lutong Bahay's piece de resistance is their Bulalo! Bulalo is a beef broth soup with vegetables and beef meat and marrow bones. I was so excited because I really like Bulalo. This one did not disappoint! It was meaty, full of flavor... and there was no visible "SEBO", which is the one thing that stops me from eating a lot of it. The broth was clear but full of flavor! I really liked it :)

And knowing Mark, he ordered some Sizzling Pusit, and I got us some vegetables via some Chopsuey. They were all good, except that I could taste the "umami".

It was a good lunch, and if I want some Bulalo... I now know where to get me some!:)


mikky said...

i have to agree... it is a very, very, very, very hot summer...
i love the way they present their rice with egg and tomato... looks like a great find... :)

Anonymous said...

wow! i love bulalo! i was disappointed when rojinets in tagaytay closed down a few years back. that was the best bulalo ive tasted and so far none has really matched it so this post gives me some hope! hehehe!

by the way, what is umami? =)

Jenny said...

ajinomoto is really clever to re-package vetsin as umami.. sound more sosyal noh?? and they even commissioned studies na its not harmful. i enjoyed watching quickfire sa QTV pero turn off lang kase they promote umami

eric santillan said...


I miss eating bulalo na. Sama ako next time! :p

Ang Peregrino

entrepgirl said...

hi! re: Royce' Strawberry Nama...
it's P580 just like the other Nama chocolates. :)

Shalum said...

hi mikky! it is so hot indeed!
yup, it's a nice find. they got a DOT award too , so they must be good talaga :)

hello mrs lavendula. umami is otherwise known as monosodium glutamate or MSG or vetsin. aji-no-moto's clever new marketing strategy.

hi jenny! oo nga! kaya lang, kahit anong gawin ko, my mind is wired not to buy it. i get my fix from restaurants though, knowingly or unknowingly. hay.

hi eric! haha! bulalo pala ha! great. next time :)

hi entrepgirl. ooh, okay...thanks!

♡u8mypinkc00kies♡ said...

the pusit and chopsuey made me hungry!!!