But the life of a Filipino in another country is a lonely one; and food, aside from family, is what most OFWs usually miss from home. So you take what you can; enjoy whatever you can get.
And here in Singapore, most Pinoys flock to a small carinderia-like restaurant in Lucky Plaza aptly named Kabayan.
|Kabayan Filipino Restaurant in Lucky Plaza, Singapore|
Kabayan (a Tagalog word meaning "countryman") is a straight on, no-frills eatery that sells Filipino food. Patterned like a turo-turo, you queue in front of the glass and steel counter, choose and pay for your meal there, then park yourself over a vacant seat.
|Sort of reminds me of an old Binondo eatery|
The food is a hit and miss thing. Some are great; some aren't. But it is affordable, with set meals (composed of a serving of rice and 2 viands) usually selling for S$4.50 (Php148.50*). Special items (like lumpiang sariwa, a type of fresh vegetable spring roll with peanut sauce; and sisig, sizzling chopped pork bits) may cost a little more.
|Set meal of lumpiang shanghai and ginisang ampalaya (sauteed bitter melon)|
We'd usually order the lumpiang shanghai (a type of fried spring roll with pork filling) and lechon paksiw (a slightly sweet and tart pork stew) since these are 2 of the Little One's favorite dishes.
|Set meal of pinakbet (sauteed pumpkin and green beans) and lechon paksiw|
Kabayan also offers an extensive array of local desserts (their fruit salad and leche flan/milky, vanilla custard are really good), pastries and breads.
You can also enjoy a few minutes watching popular GMA-7 TV shows, through cable, while having your meal.
This is no 5-star eatery, folks, so don't expect too much. But for the homesick Filipino, Kabayan will always remain a haven.
*S$1 = Php33
Kabayan Filipino Restaurant
304 Orchard Road
#03-25 Lucky Plaza
Singapore 238863T +65
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