teodorico’s buffet restaurant

nagkaroon nanaman ako ng pagkakataong kumain sa isang eat-all-you-can buffet sa amin, sa plaridel, bulacan, nitong linggo ng gabi, aug.6.  ang lugar: teodorico’s buffet restaurant and events place (na kilala sa pinaikling panglan nya… teodorico’s.)

mura at masarap!  sa halagang P189 na hapunan, sulit na sulit ang pera mo.  kaya nga nasa blog ko eh.  may bias ako sa kung ano ang sulit sa pera ko at masarap.  di naman ako pihikan, anupa’t basta’t may crispy pata, lechong kawali, bagnet, o inihaw na liempo unilimited o unli, pasok ang eat-all-you-can buffet sa kategorya ng “mura at masarap.”

sabi ng anak ko, 6 – 9 pm daw ang oras ng buffet.  kinabahan ako dahil pagdating ng grupo namin sa teodorico’s ng mga 7:30 pm, wala na halos laman ang bandehado ng crispy pata at inihaw na liempo.

“ay wala nang crispy pata!” napabulong ako kay jane (misis ko).
“maglalabas po ako ng bago,” sabi ng isang babaeng serbidor na tila narinig ang sinabi ko, “tatawagin ko po kayo.”

pati serbisyo dito personal… panalo!  dahil kaya kakilala ko ang may-ari… si awel raymundo?  (di ko tiyak kung tama ang “awel”.)  binati ko kasi sya ng saludo pagdating namin.  magkaklase ang mga anak namin nung grade school sa SGS, kaya kami nagkakilala.  at suki ako sa dating mini grocery niya, ang mac-j, sa village namin.

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si awel raymundo, may-ari ng teodorico’s

dali-dali akong tumayo sa upuan ko nang idaan ng babaeng serbidor ang crispy pata sa gilid ko (ang lamesa kasi namin nasa may labasan ng kusina.)

“sir, eto na po yung crispy pata.”

kung di ko lang marahil ikamatay, kukuha ako ng isang pinggan ng crispy pata eh!  pero sa edad kong ito, tikim lang, ayos na!  kumuha na rin ako ng inihaw na liempotikim din!

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katiting na tikim ng crispy pata at inihaw na liempo

eat-all-you-can sa halagang P189!  marami pang ibang putahe na nakahain maliban sa crispy pata at inihaw na liempo.  may vegetable salad (lettuce, pipino, at kamatis), crispy kare-kare (di ko masyadong natikman dahil sa crispy pata), kalderetang baka, ulo ng pink salmon, halaan, laksa, pancit, siopao, siomai, at gyoza, atbp.  may dessert din.  subalit ang isang specialty daw ng teodorico’s ay ang crispy fried chicken!

pag daan ng babaeng serbidor mula sa kusina, na may dalang isang bandehadong bagong lutong crispy chicken, tumigil sya sandali sa lamesa namin at pinaglagay kami ni jane ng tig-isang thigh part sa plato namin.  mmm, crispy na, juicy pa!  at… special delivery pa! 

“sir, iced tea po, libre po yan,” ika ng babaeng serbidor, habang kumakain kami ni jane.

ngayon wala na kong duda na kaya kami binigyan ng isang pistel ng iced tea na libre ay dahil kakilala nga namin ang may-ari, si awel.

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si jane, butihing misis ko

nagpaalam kami at nakipag-daupang-palad kay awel bago kami lumabas ng teodorico’s, patunay na magkakilala kaming totoo.  binigyan ko sya ng thumbs up ng dalawang beses, patunay na nasiyahan ako sa pagkain at serbisyo ng restaurant nila.

 

college days comfort food

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back in my college days, whenever i was home and got hungry in the middle of the night, i would look for leftovers in the fridge and mix everything i find all up in fried rice.  i would also fry a couple of eggs sunny-side-up and open a can of hunt’s pork and beans.  i would arrange it all in a plate for a sumptuous midnight snack.  my mother gets awestruck whenever she sees me doing this.

it might sound unusual but hunt’s pork and beans and fried eggs are comfort food to me.

i remember how my mother would prepare my sunny-side-up eggs with rice.  she’d cut up the eggs in the rice (like a bibimbap, but way, way before it became popular here) then mix it all up with sugar.  yes, sugar.  it becomes a sweet, salty, and creamy meal i enjoyed.  i grew up loving it until i forgot everything about it when i became a teenager.  then fairly recently, about 5 years ago, it all came rushing back.  i tried it again (after more than 40 years) with 3 eggs and a cup of rice, plus 2 tablespoons sugar.  wow!  that was good!  been doing it since.

i miss the old version of hunt’s pork and beans.  the joke going around why it’s called PORK (singular) and beans is because there is literally only one piece of pork fat you’ll find swimming somewhere above the mass of beans and sauce after you pour it on a bowl.  but taking in that melt-in-your-mouth piece of fat is the most satisfying thing about eating hunt’s pork and beans.  the new version is disgusting.  the company replaced the single piece of pork fat with multiple pieces of what-they-made-to-appear-as-meat-but-in-fact-looks-like-mouse-droppings-or-pigeon-pellets in an effort to have ‘more meat’ in the can.  epic fail!  so, hunt’s pork and beans has become less enjoyable as a result, but still nonetheless, my “go to” comfort food.

i cook for my family.  recently i went crazy over steak, always dreaming about cooking steak.  i used to be crazy over pork belly, crispy pata, and pata tim.  and pizza!  but once in a blue moon, i feel too lazy to cook.  today is one such day.

time for some college days comfort food.