Kuya J restaurant has been operating since 2014 but it was only a few days ago that I was able to try out some of their popular offerings. The moment I saw my invitation in my email inbox, I didn’t think twice. After all, I’ve been meaning to try their dishes — especially Kuya J Halo-Halo Espesyal.
Kuya J Halo-Halo Espesyal – There’s nothing like it
So, what makes Kuya J Halo-Halo Espesyal different from the others? By merely looking at it, you would think it’s just your common Halo-Halo topped with the usual ingredients. But, this Kuya J specialty is anything but common. The almost cotton-candy like ice made of milk is what sets this halo-halo apart from the rest. The ice has been shaved so fine that every flavor of the ingredients seep through when you mix it. Even the photo I took doesn’t truly do justice to how beautifully made their ice is.
The plethora of ingredients that can be found at the bottom is expected of any halo-halo, but the crunchy corn flakes, rich leche flan and ube cream (Yes! Ube cream!) gives Kuya J Halo-Halo Espesyal extra character and oomph! And, oh! Surprisingly, the ice doesn’t melt easily so it doesn’t give you a frustratingly watery halo-halo unlike the regular ones you’ve probably tried before. And for only Php99.00, this Kuya J Halo-Halo Espesyal can already be shared by two!
Even Kuya J’s endorser, Jericho Rosales, agrees that this is probably the perfect cooler in town right now.
Every restaurant must have a signature dish or dessert — I consider the Halo-Halo Espesyal to be one of Kuya J’s very notable items.
But Kuya J does not only serve great halo-halo. They also have a good number of impressive dishes to boot that will delight you.
Stuffed with sauteed crab meat and bamboo shoots enveloped in Malunggay-infused wrapper is a healthy and refreshing choice for an appetizer. The sweet garlic sauce makes it easier for kids to enjoy this dish.
I’m a sucker for anything fried and anything fatty. The more fat, the better! So, when this baby was served, I knew I just had to dig in as soon as I finished taking a snap of it. A Filipino feast won’t be complete without Lechon or Crispy Pata. True enough, this glorious pork specialty definitely stole the show — crispy skin and deliciously moist meat.
When you hear the phrase “Filipino food”, Kare-Kare is always one of those dishes that are top of mind. That being said, Kuya J’s version of Kare-Kare is a must-try also. Their reinvented sauce is, in my opinion, its selling point – sweet, semi-salty, peanuty with the right consistency. The kind of sauce that you would gladly pour over your rice… And your extra rice.
Sizzling Sisig w/ Egg
It has that nice toasted crust found when you scrape the bottom of the sizzling plate which gives this dish a delightfully smokey taste. This can be served as a tasty side dish or a filling main course.
Trivia: This wasn’t part of the menu line-up for our lunch but when Jericho came over to our table and asked if we’ve already tried Kuya J’s Sisig — which most of us responded with a no — he went to the kitchen and requested for it. A true Kuya through and through.
Kuya J is your next door go-to restaurant that serves traditional Filipino fare that is perfect for gatherings of family and friends. Their offerings are budget friendly, too! The food and service will definitely put a smile on your face. Cebuano restaurateur, Winglip Chang, is the man responsible for bringing Kuya J to almost every corner of the Philippines.
Expect more Kuya J branches to open soon to delight Filipinos and provide great tasting quality food.
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