Ugbo Foodtrip in 2023; Must-try foods in Manila!

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Welcome to Ugbo Street, the ultimate foodie paradise in the heart of Manila! Situated in the bustling neighborhood of Tondo, this vibrant culinary destination has been stealing the hearts of food enthusiasts for years. Despite the chaotic atmosphere that surrounds it, Ugbo Street remains a top choice for anyone seeking a memorable food trip. Operating from 6 PM to 12 midnight, Ugbo Street comes alive in the evening. Ready to tantalize your taste buds with its delightful offerings. From the moment you step foot on the street, you’ll be greeted by the inviting aromas of sizzling delicacies and the lively buzz of food vendors. The street is dotted with stalls and food carts, each offering its unique specialties. As you wander along the bustling street, you’ll encounter a wide variety of mouthwatering treats. From savory grilled skewers to flavorful noodles and rice dishes, this place has it all.

One of the highlights of Ugbo Street is the vibrant atmosphere that fills the air. I noticed that there are still a lot of people visiting even though it rained. Some people still look for food even with and without umbrellas on. The street becomes a lively meeting place for friends and families. All gather to indulge in the delicious street food on offer. It’s a true celebration of flavors and a testament to the culinary passion of the vendors. So, if you’re a night owl or simply someone looking to satisfy their cravings after sunset, Ugbo Street is the place to be. Immerse yourself in the vibrant street food scene and let your taste buds be the guide. Join me as we embark on a culinary adventure through the bustling streets of Ugbo and discover the flavors that make it a food lover’s paradise.

The Grilled Balut

Balut, a beloved Filipino delicacy, becomes even more exciting with the addition of spicy flavors. As I wander through the vibrant Ugbo Street, I can’t help but be drawn to the enticing aroma of grilled spicy balut. This unique take on the traditional balut takes the partially developed duck embryos and infuses them with a fiery blend of spices. Creating a dish that is sure to ignite the taste buds. The process begins with the carefully selected balut eggs. Their shells cracked open to reveal the partially formed duck embryos inside. These eggs are then marinated in a special blend of spices, which adds a kick of heat and intensity to the already distinct flavors of the balut. It’s a bold fusion of traditional and modern, resulting in a culinary adventure like no other.

Once marinated, the eggs are placed in a stainless bowl over a bed of glowing charcoal, where they are grilled to perfection. The heat from the charcoal imparts a smoky and charred exterior to the eggs. Further enhancing the spiciness and creating a delightful contrast of textures. Each bite is a symphony of flavors, with the smokiness complementing the heat in a truly harmonious way. Now, I must admit that grilled spicy balut is not for everyone, including myself. While I appreciate the creativity and the boldness of flavors, I find that the dish’s inherent fishy taste doesn’t align with my personal preferences. However, for spice lovers and those who enjoy exploring new culinary horizons. This fiery creation is a treat that shouldn’t be missed.

House of DG’S Tumbungan at Lechonan

For the main course, I looked for some warm soup. I heard House of DG’S Tumbungan at Lechonan is a good place to go. Picture this: we’ll be dining outside, right where the magic happens. As we sit and enjoy our meal, we can watch the skilled cook in action, cooking up a storm right before our eyes. This charming eatery may not be flashy, but it exudes a certain charm that draws you in. It’s a place where the focus is on the food and the experience, rather than fancy decor. The lechon takes center stage here, stealing the spotlight with its crispy golden skin and succulent, flavorful meat. It comes with their signature sweet sauce. But let’s not forget about the Tumbong Soup.

Tumbong soup is a traditional Filipino dish that features the rectum (tumbong in Filipino) of a pig or other meat sources as the main ingredient. The rectum is thoroughly cleaned, cooked, and then used to prepare a flavorful and hearty soup. Every dish at House of DG’S Tumbungan at Lechonan is prepared with utmost care and expertise. From the crispy lechon to the intriguing tumbong and the flavorful kiampong, each bite reflects the culinary passion that defines this eatery.

The Magic Ice Cream

Afterward, we looked for a dessert and stumbled upon this smokey snack. It is an extraordinary frozen treat that goes beyond your ordinary scoop of ice cream. Here, the science of liquid nitrogen and the art of smoke come together to create a visually stunning and delicious experience like no other. The mystifying cloud of smoke emerges when liquid nitrogen is added to the ice cream base. The ice cream balls are enveloped in this magical haze, creating a theatrical display that adds an element of wonder and excitement to the entire ice cream experience. Magic Ice Cream is a testament to the power of science, creativity, and passion. Through a combination of unique techniques, simple ingredients are transformed into a frozen delight that leaves a lasting impression. The visual appeal of the smoke and the process itself creates a sense of anticipation, heightening the enjoyment of every bite.

However, as I indulge in this magical treat, I can’t help but notice that it’s different from traditional ice cream. It resembles the Filipino sweet corn junk food snack, but on a larger scale and with vibrant colors. The texture is crunchy and dry, reminiscent of a corn snack. It’s important to note that this unique ice cream requires immediate chewing as it can become even drier, which may pose a risk of discomfort to the tongue. Despite the deviation from traditional ice cream. Magic Ice Cream offers a one-of-a-kind experience that appeals to the senses and sparks curiosity. The combination of science, art, and creativity elevates the frozen treat to new heights. Making it a memorable and fascinating culinary adventure.

Aling Consuelo’s Halo-halo

Since the Magic Ice cream was not like what we expected, we searched for another dessert. The famous Aling Consuelo’s Halo-Halo. This charming establishment holds a special place in the hearts of locals and visitors alike. Thanks to its rich history dating back to 1960. Aling Consuelo’s commitment to quality and the preservation of their original recipe is evident in every spoonful of their halo halo. They have mastered the art of creating a dessert that stays true to its roots and continues to bring joy to the faces of those who indulge in it. It’s a testament to their dedication and passion for providing a delightful dessert haven in Ugbo.

As I take my first spoonful of Aling Consuelo’s halo-halo, I am immediately captivated by its lusciously creamy texture. Each bite is a velvety delight that effortlessly melts in my mouth. Leaving behind a symphony of flavors and a craving for more. The combination of finely crushed ice, sweetened fruits, and a delightful scoop of ice cream on top creates a luxurious treat that provides instant relief on a hot day or a delightful indulgence anytime. Aling Consuelo’s Original Halo Halo is not just a heavenly taste. It also represents nostalgia and a sense of community. Furthermore, with decades of operation, this beloved establishment has become an integral part of the Ugbo community. It has served generations of customers who keep coming back for the unparalleled taste and the comforting feeling of stepping into a place that feels like home.


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