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Top 10 Food in Baler (2 of 3)

The food in Baler was surprisingly good. :) Here are the 10 that stood out:

1. Baler Suman

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Baler Suman (P50 for 10)

This is actually the perfect suman for me. It is a bit sweet already so no need to dip it in sugar. It is light, as big as a finger but  a little longer, and wrapped artistically well.

It is made fresh everyday so you can only buy them in the morning. It costs P5 a piece and is sold in bunches of 10. It comes in two versions -- the basic white and the ube-colored one made with rice coming from Dilasag, Aurora.

This is the only suman that the kids love, and they eat it like a banana, one after another. I love it too. We just couldn't get enough of it (hindi nakakasuya).  You can order it from Bahia de Baler, in the Rolling Stores or in the Baler Market every morning.

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2. Baler's Vegetable Dishes

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Ensaladang Pako (P80) - Bahia de Baler Bar & Grill

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Ginataang Sitaw & Kalabasa (P130) - Bahia de Baler Bar & Grill

Pako Salad is the staple vegetable dish in Baler. It is often served as ensalada with tomato, onions, and salted egg. It is always good every time we order it. Baler's Ginataan is also good -- its slight sweetness balanced with the creamy taste.

I heard one of Baler's specialties is Pako In Ginataan but I can't find it in the restaurant. (Would you know where to find it?)

3. Baler's Yellow Fin Tuna (Grilled or Kinilaw)

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Grilled Yellow Fin Tuna (P160) - Bahia de Baler Bar & Grill

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Yellow Fin Tuna Kinilaw (P180) - Bay's Inn

Yellow Fin Tuna is a staple fish and their galunggong in Baler. It is caught fresh everyday in Baler Bay, so it is always good. Sometimes they do run out of the dishes because a lot of people order them.

4. Gerry Shan's Comfort Chinese Food :)

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Crispy Squid (P120) - A Surfer's Favorite!

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Gerry's Best Soup
(P180) - Good for 5-6 people. With egg, tofu, ham, and bits of seafood.

I missed eating Chinese food that's somehow tailored already to the Pinoy taste. The last time I ate this type of food was when I worked in P&G's Tondo plant back in 1995-1997. We would often order from this little Chinese store called Aroma whenever we had milestones to celebrate or just wanted to have a really good comforting meal.

5. Baler Surfers' Home-Grilled Feast

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I got the chance to crash an ihaw-ihaw dinner prepared by Baler's Top Surfers -- Okoy and Saddam -- in their little kubo at the back of Bay's Inn.

It was a simple inihaw of Yellow Fin Tuna with soy sauce, tomatoes and onions. I particularly liked their version of bagoong with inihaw na talong (grilled eggplant). For dessert, they served fresh fruits of the day. :)

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Of course, the best part of the surfers' inihaw feast was the tagayan Baler-Style after eating and sharing stories of how they conquered the waves and other tsismis in Baler.

Maybe if you hang out a lot at the Mahdox Surf School, which they own, you'll get the pass to crash in this little kubo. Okoy is still building his own two-storey inn with a mini-garden at the back.

6. Shane's Eatery @ Rolling Store!

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If you are going to try the rolling stores, we would recommend Shane's Eatery -- touted as the best carinderia by the surfers. :)

(Not sure why it is called a rolling store when it is in a fixed location. Would you know?)

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Dinuguan
(P35) and Lechon Paksiw (P35)

 The surfers recommend the beef steak and lechon paksiw. We did not like the beef steak because it was a bit chewy. But the lechon paksiw was good. (Just by looking at it though, you know it's shouting "Unhealthy!")

I personally like the dinuguan's taste and the adequate amount of meat in it.

7. Bay's Inn Home-Cooked Dishes

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Crispy Tadyang (P170)

I love it dipped in Baler's Casiguran Vinegar (tuba-based). I heard Bay's Inn Chicken is really good too but I missed trying it out during our trip :)

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Manager's Choice Pizza (P200) - Pizza sauce, pepperoni, ham, olives and onions.

Ever since the pizza place closed down in Baler, you can only get home-cooked pizza in Bay's Inn. It's the cookie-type of pizza, and the bestseller is Manager's Choice.

I actually didn't like the combination of flavors in the pizza and I won't rave about it. But having pizza just gives one a good feeling, especially after surfing or if you just want to have a simple merienda by the beach.

 8. Bahia de Baler Bar & Grill's Kingkong Bundle

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Kingkong's Meal (P1,000 - good for 5 persons)

This is an interesting supersized meal combination only from Bahia de Baler Bar & Grill. You get 1 serving of Crispy Pata, 1 serving of Garlic Chicken (about 5 pieces), 1 pancit canton, 2 plain rice platters (only 1 is shown in the photo), 1.5 liter bottle of Coke/softdrink, and 5 pieces of bananas.  The combination is truly Pinoy. :)

If you order Adobo and Kare Kare with it, this become a classic Filipino Fiesta meal. :)

9. Bahia de Baler's All Day Filipino Breakfast Meals

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Beef Tapa (P150) served with egg, rice and coffee.

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Longganisa (P150) served with egg, rice and coffee.

The complimentary breakfast that came with the Bahia de Baler accommodation was really good. I personally liked the beef tapa, which was actually served like pulled pork, and the suman-shaped longganisa. I loved the longganisa with Baler's unique vinegar. My wife did not like it because it was still a bit fatty.

 10. Aurora's Peanut Butter

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Aurora's Peanut Butter is a bit underrated and the taste is a bit polarizing. It is not too sweet and not too peanuty in taste. Some people rave about it despite its diluted taste. This is a unique pasalubong you can bring home to your loved ones.

You can get it from the Pasalubong Center at the back of the Baler Market.


Let me know if you have other food suggestions in Baler. :)

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Full Disclosure: Nothing to disclose. We paid for all our meals except for the surfers' inihaw feast and the lunch included in the tour. I'm not related to, connected with or compensated  in any way by the Angaras or any of the establishments featured in this blog post.

P.S. Thanks to @alexangara for the foodie tips via Twitter! :)

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hi, thanks for the insight into Baler, it's a place I'm keen to visit. I would, however, like to know how you got there and how (foreign) tourist friendly it is i.e. adequate road signs, level of English etc...

I recently did a road-trip to Sagada by car via Mt. Pulag and Banaue and without a local friend riding with us, it would have taken much longer to accomplish the things that we did.

the kingkong meal looks super sulit!
it's so enjoyable to eat at the beach after a swim :)

@Anton great list! we love the suman as a post surf session munchie. Also, here is an explanation of why The Rolling Store is named so from the Philippine Surfing blog LokalSoul.com

http://lokalsoul.com/2010/11/27/the-rolling-store-of-baler/

Lemme step off tipic for a second:
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/09/magazine/09Food-t-000.html?_r=1&hpw

Pinoy Adobo featured in NY Times.


I gots to check Baler out, katabi lang ng Quezon Prov. yet so far.

Hmmm, I think Rolling Store is a spin to Rolling Stone which in the old days surfers were always into beach type pop-rock like the Beach Boys. :D

Ang sasarap! Not only the place but the food is also the allure of Baler....

Currently, there is very limited road signs going to Baler... Ill do a post on how to get to it via road trip.


Anton

I remember Baler! :D It's an amazing place to visit and the food was superb! No ginataang kuhol though? I remember that the Baler 400 committe hosted an "Experience Baler" food festival at the Makati Shang last 2009 and the array of Baler goodies are just yummmmm. Haha.

Waaa. I can't wait to go to baler this sembreak!! :)

Hi! I dont know about the peanut butter but we definitely enjoyed Aling Pacing's. Its still hot when we got our own sample. Its not oily, not too sweet goodness! Locals told us not to buy the ones sold in souvenir shops so we head for Aling Pacing's home. Just wana share though...

Hello! The ensaladang pako is superb! :) You might want to buy from Dialyn's bakeshop also. The bakery is just beside the school going to sabang beach. You will love the pork asado, ube bread and biscocho. Cakes are also available :)

Hi all, I have recently visited Baler, and came across this small bakery Called Shelby's Bakery it is situated in Dupax. The bread and snacks were very tasty and the staff was very pleasant a must visit for everyone that visits to Baler.

Where is Dupax exactly? how to get to Shelby from the main town proper.


Anton

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