[11/29/2014] I’m on a mission to try out all the exotic cuisines in Vancouver.. Last week, I went for Filipino food! I was surprised to find that there isn’t a lot of Filipino restaurants around, but since I was in Richmond with Mama Rae that day, we headed to Little Ongpin.
Little Ongpin is located in the Cambie Plaza, with a couple of restaurants and a Shoppers around it. We were pretty hungry by the time we arrived, so absentmindedly, we ordered, ate, and left.. so I totally forgot to snap pictures of the interior or exterior, oopsies.. sorry! D:
Anyways, right when we walked in I thought, “wow, this place is pretty legit”. For one, the staff and a good chunk of customers there were Filipino, which add a sense of authenticity. Also, the place just smelled wonderful.
We had trouble deciding on what to order, knowing virtually nothing about Filipino cuisine. So, we asked a staff for some recommendations. They were a little busy, and rushed us into order a bit, but at least they gave us some recommendation.
Pork Sisig ($9.95): Apparently, this is the dish that everyone orders, and so did we. The pork sisig consists of bits of chopped up pig cheek, liver, and ears, and with some red onions. It came sizzling on a hot plate, and we couldn’t resist trying it. Looks can be deceiving though. The pieces were rock hard, and yet full of oil. It was like eating chunks of deep fried, nothing? It had no flavour whatsoever. Perhaps it just wasn’t our cup of tea, because this dish actually received some pretty good comments. Well, Mama Rae and I really couldn’t tolerate the grease, so we ended up finishing less than a quarter of the dish. We weren’t completely satisfied yet, but contrarily, all the oil did sort of fill us up.. (1/5)
Java Rice ($2.75 for Small): We had to order some rice to go with the dishes, but instead of the typical plain white rice, we opted for a bowl of java rice. They also had garlic rice available. The Java rice was nicely flavoured. The texture was soft, fluffy, but still a bit chewy, which I liked. (4/5)
Sitao Kalabasa sa Gata at Hipon ($8.95): This dish was a medley of vegetables- squash, green beans, bell peppers, red onions- cooked in coconut milk. We ordered it without the shrimp because I’m allergic to them. The coconut milk was very creamy, but there wasn’t much flavour in the veggies. It tasted good, there just wasn’t anything too special about it. (4/5)
Although we didn’t enjoy our main dish, we knew it was a mistake in choice. So if we’re ever in the mood for Filipino food again, we might come back. The menu offers a huge selection and there’s some other things I want to give a try, such as the Kare Kare and Sinigang. The portions were on the smaller side, but I guess reasonable enough for the price. Note that they close pretty early- the kitchen staff got off at around 8:40, unfortunately when we wanted to add another order.
I know it’s been mainly restaurant reviews lately, but I’m actually currently working on some posts for the “healthy bites” section of my blog as well, so stay tuned for that!