Elcep’s Budbod; Trying the FAMOUS BUDBOD in Quezon City!

Elcep’s Budbod in Bago Bantay, Quezon City is a local eatery that’s become famous for its unique take on Budbod, a fried rice dish. This humble establishment is owned by Maria Lilia Bagio, also known as Mosang, a popular Filipino actress and comedian. The story of Elcep’s Budbod is one of passion, dedication, and community support. Maria Lilia Bagio’s journey into the culinary world began with her love for cooking, a passion she shared with her parents. When she earned a profit from a TV commercial, she decided to invest it in a restaurant. Being an avid supporter of Filipino Films, Mosang has been one of the familiar faces I’ve seen. Elcep’s Budbod officially opened its doors in October 2008 and quickly became a significant source of income, especially during lean times in the entertainment industry. They are open weekdays from 12 PM – 9 PM.

Elcep’s Budbod has not only satisfied the appetites of its patrons but has also made a positive impact on the community. Notably, the eatery has sponsored the education of 10 college students, all of whom have successfully graduated and embarked on their own career journeys. Inspired by the concept of “Budbodran” or “sprinkle,” it consists of soy sauce-flavored rice mixed with scrambled eggs, spring onions, and a choice of toppings. Diners can select from an array of mouthwatering options, including fried fish, tapa, tocino, maskara, shanghai, lechon kawali, or longganisa. Each plate of Budbod boasts flavors and textures that keep customers coming back for more. They also cater through dine-in and online delivery services. The popularity of Elcep’s Budbod is evident in the significant daily orders they fulfill, ranging from 25 to 40 kilograms of rice. This reflects their commitment to delivering quality food to their loyal patrons.

My experience

When my friends and I decided to dine there, we quickly realized that the place could only accommodate five diners at a time. There were no other tables and chairs available aside from what we used, so we knew we had to eat quickly. It was lunchtime, and a crowd had gathered, with many people patiently waiting for their turn to enjoy a meal. We did so as well and waited for about 15 minutes before we could get seated. Some opted for takeout orders, which is the best move considering the limited seating. When our food arrived, I immediately noticed the resemblance of the Budbod to chowfan, a familiar Filipino fried rice dish from a famous fast-food chain. However, what Elcep’s Budbod offered was something special. The serving was generous, and one large meal that costs Php 120 could easily satisfy two people.

In fact, it was a bit of a challenge for me to finish my portion, but it was so delicious that I couldn’t resist. I even decided to order some extra to take home with me. Initially, I felt a bit let down because they didn’t have all the extra toppings available. I would have asked for tocino if there was. But mixing it, I saw that there were lechon kawali and scrambled egg mixed in already, which was enough for the meal. Despite the limited seating and the wait, the experience at Elcep’s Budbod was worth it. The food was not just good; it was better than I expected. It was a reminder that sometimes the most unassuming places can offer the most delicious culinary surprises. Elcep’s Budbod is conveniently located near SM North Edsa, making it easily accessible for those visiting the mall.


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How to get there?

Via Public Transportation

  • Depending on your location in Metro Manila, identify the nearest Metro Rail Transit (MRT) or Light Rail Transit (LRT) station. The nearest station to your starting point will vary.
  • Once you’re at the nearest MRT or LRT station, purchase a ticket and board a train headed towards the North Avenue Station. This station is located along EDSA.
  • Disembark from the train at North Avenue Station. This station is close to SM North Edsa, a major shopping mall.
  • From North Avenue Station, exit and proceed to walk toward SM North Edsa. Use the mall as a reference point. Once you reach SM North Edsa, continue walking past the mall.
  • After walking past SM North Edsa, look for Bukidnon Street on your left. Turn onto Bukidnon Street.
  • Walk along Bukidnon Street, and you will arrive at 62 Bukidnon, Bago Bantay, Lungsod Quezon, the location of Elcep’s Budbod.

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