Filipino goodness at Wooden Spoon

Thursday, November 29, 2012

I will always be a Katipunan girl regardless of where I live. Besides being home to my alma mater, it is also the area where a lot of people close to my heart reside at. Whenever I’m there, I make it a point to try a Katipunan-only restaurant and cafe. For my friend Melissa’s short-freedom-from-work-and-school-I-must-go-out lunch, we made our way to recent Katipunan addition Wooden Spoon.

Helmed by food royalty Chef Sandy Daza, Wooden Spoon is charming and serves straight forward Filipino food. The restaurant in quaint so be prepared to wait because your patience will be rewarded.  Chef Sandy only has his fave recipes prepared for you at Wooden Spoon. I love that the food and the ambiance of the place is unassuming and relaxed. 

Breaded Fish Fillet with Wansoy Sauce (P195)
Wansoy (coriander) reminds me of Bangkok, Thailand. I recreated this popular Thai sauce and it goes perfectly with a crispy and juicy fish filet. Interestingly, many of our customers request for this dipping sauce for other dishes too, like the Lemon Grass Chicken and the Lechon Kawali!

The fried wonder is not at all oily with a crunchy shell and succulent fish inside. I love it on its own but when you add the acidic and spicy sauce, it gives the Breaded Fish Fillet a different dimension. I wanted to have this dish with me at all times. Besides being a delicious entree, I wanted to snack on them.

Lechon Kawali (P195)
This is every Filipino’s favorite. I try to use the leanest pork belly available simmer it until tender and deep fry it until golden and crunchy. Accompanied with a choice of 3 different dipping sauces.

I just love Lechon Kawali! I usually take it as it is or add drizzle a bit of soy sauce. Wooden Spoon’s version doesn’t deviate from the traditional Pinoy version. It puts its spin in the 3 sauces it comes with: (1) ubiquitous Mang Tomas, (2) a ginger based sauce and (3) a coriander based sauce. The second and third sauces give the lechon kawali a new flavor profile.  I don’t love ginger but the ginger sauce went surprisingly well with the lechon kawali.

Their portions are rather small. Initially I thought we ordered too little but was surprised to feel full ¾ in the meal. For 2 girls, what we ordered was sufficient. If I had the same meal with a guy, he would have ordered more.

I loved Wooden Spoon. The restaurant exudes the comfort of a Filipino home and I feel at ease there. You are a welcome addition to my honorary neighborhood and I look forward to visiting you again and again and again.

* Additional photo from Wooden Spoon.

Wooden Spoon
329 Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights, Quezon City

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