Last Saturday, I went out with some of my girlfriends for a much needed spa day and food trip. I had been looking forward for it for weeks! After not being out for a while, I really needed some girl bonding time and loads of delicious food. Of course! Plus, I think it had been quite a few months since I had enjoyed a serene, relaxing time at the spa. My stiff, sore muscles are just screaming for a massage!
So, we met up early at around 10 am and decided to go to a mall first to check out some stuff, and kill time before lunch. Being the foodie that we are, the girls and I used the extra time to figure out where we should eat (yeah, because that’s a really really serious thing for us), and everybody’s looking for something new to try except fast food. I wasn’t going to settle for another fast food either, I said to myself. So, I didn’t mind the pre-lunch deliberation. I deserved a good old food coma. I always do. Ha!
We’ve been chatting, strolling and window shopping up until midday but we were still undecided where to have lunch. It’s funny how we love food and all but find it the most difficult thing to come to a decision on what to eat and where to buy it. I can’t really rant about our indecision given this place- San Fernando, La Union; being a small city and all- doesn’t really offer much of an option. That, to me, is the tragedy of a Foodie’s life. So after what felt like 10,000 years worth of brainstorming, we’ve decided to dine at Max’s Restaurant.
Max’s is like the first-rate choice for good old fried chicken and Filipino cuisine here in my town. The restaurant chain has been around since 1945 but we’ve only been enjoying its presence here in my city for the last 15 years or so. Up until now, it’s still one of the best but a bit pricey (for the budget conscious) eating places among the limited options my small town has to offer.
It has been a while since I’ve dined at Max’s so I was more than eager to know the new set of entreés to choose from. Although, on the way to the place, I had already made up my mind that I had to have the classic fried chicken (no brainer) and some dessert (for my sugar cravings.. Don’t judge!). We all wanted to try something special and debated yet again if we were going to get a set meal or not. We take our food seriously you know. Ha! At that point, I was close to going full on HANGRY mode so I really didn’t care if we were getting à la carté or not. I just knew one thing- I wanted to eat!
After much thought, we ordered the newest set meal they have which was the Max’s Chicken with Fried Pork Belly and Shrimp Sinigang, which was good for 4 people. The best part was, it’s only 999php! Complete with 4 servings of rice, and beverage of your choice. How awesome was that? Of course, we threw in an à la carté order of Kare-Kare, another best-seller, and Special Buko Pandan for dessert… I was happy. 😁
The best selling Max’s Fried Chicken and Kare-Kare were good, as expected. But what blew my mind was the Fried Pork Belly and Shrimp Sinigang. It was served in a hot pot with fair amounts of vegetable fixings. I wasn’t expecting much at first sight but I learned not to be quick to judge a book by its cover- better, Do not judge a dish by its appearance. I was blown by the flavor at first taste. I will definitely go back for this!
Sinigang is a Traditional Filipino stew which is distinct for it’s sour but savory taste. Tamarind is the usual staple ingredient for Sinigang which gives it it’s signature tangy flavor.
So, if you ever get the chance to dine at Max’s Restaurant, go ahead and try their Fried Pork Belly and Shrimp Sinigang. I highly recommend it. It’s absolute happiness in a pot.