Bulaluhan sa Garahe (BSG): The Tastes that Bind Family
Before we start with our feature today, let me first ask for your forgiveness for …
this shameless plug. (You see,) My uncle’s opened a small food establishment \m/… and I’m putting the spotlight on it here.
Set in the garage, it’s mostly a place for beef shank soup and other soupy dishes we love so much like bitter beef stew or the more zingy sinanglao/beef stew in clear broth. *naks the English ulam names
First visit, Race and I came from a game of musical chairs at SSS. Truth be told, I was a little scared to be at the bulaluhan so early because I’ve since formulated a theory that it’s better to eat at bulaluhan-s well into the day when the meat’s been given a great deal of time to soften up in the simmer/boil. I’m so glad to be proved wrong. Ohh, the lean and the marble-y fat in between it was so tender; I didn’t even find myself looking for some marrow (a favorite with in-anger!). That, you can get in your bowl from this eatery for an extra P20 charge.
When my sister and my niece came with, they went like Anton Ego, the food critic character, recalling his childhood, eating ratatouille cooked by Remy. First sip of the comforting broth, my niece said, “Hey! This is the same thing we cook at home!” =D (To us – youngins *teehee, it was unexpectedly remarkable considering our uncle’s been away from us for so long.)
What else is on the menu?
If you’re looking for something with some bitterness to drizzle your rice with and towelette pieces of meat to munch on, there’s pinapaitan, too. Actually, you get more control on how bitter you want it what with the papait coming separately in a ketchup dispenser here. I’m told, my uncle’s younger sister likes it extremely bitter. I could see her now, squirting the pait with gusto like it’s a regular condiment. Whoo-zah, auntie!
The sinanglaw, which I think I’ve never really had at home growing up, was in a safe spot; not too sour, not too salty in comparison to the first bowl I tried with P3. I did enjoy spooning that soup into my gob long after my rice was all consumed. *sip ahh
When my sister heard that there was dinuguan, she told me we’ve got to get some. After getting a spoonful on his rice, Race said, it was “the purest form of pork blood stew” meaning it didn’t have much vinegar thrown in the mix. On initial taste, my sister shrieked with delight that it tasted just like our grandma‘s version. Once again, our table had an air of nostalgia over it as she recounted some stories of our beloved grand Mama. ^^,
No professional cooks in the family but these dishes were pretty good, if I do say so myself. You can’t really blame me, I grew up on this stuff. =))
The bakareta and lechon paksiw, we had mainly for special occasions when we were young. (The tight budgets didn’t allow for such extravagant meals on regular days. *hee) (Boy, am I making up for all that today. *maniacal laugh) So I’m so grateful for this pocket friendly option tiny though, the bowls they were in, were.
Again, the meat broke off without the least bit of resistance from the force from our forks and spoons for both viands. Nice and tomato-ey the beef kaldereta was; nice and savory sweet, the lechon kawali stew was.
I’m marking this, BSG carinderia, for good simple food in the city … but, of course! We are family. =b
In my predisposed state, I won’t leave ratings for this bulalohan. I do hope you’ll try my uncle’s place out if you’re ever in need of some affordable tasty eats. See what you think, my foodie friends. Tell me/us about your experience on the comments section below.
Happy eating! And I hope you enjoy this fare that have the tastes that bind my family. (“,)
Bulaluhan sa Garahe (BSG)
Engineers’ Hill (Keep an eye out for a tall structure with blue tinted windows on the lane going up to Victory Liner across from the mini-market/satellite market)
Baguio City, Philippines
***We paid our own way at all visits … this is a business after all. P270 to satisfy four, not ouch to the pocket at all. *heehaha
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