Our nipples explode with delight as we try Filipino food for the first time, and discover it's even better than we expected.
[UPDATED MAY 2013]
Blacktown is a laidback kind of place on a Sunday afternoon, there's not much happening, it's a nice place to be. There's a few interesting street food options here, only a couple are open on a Sunday though.
Fiesta Filipino takes our fancy. There's only a few tables but they turn over quick in an eat'n'run joint like this.
The main drawcard is bainmarie of delights. There's so much food, and so little that we recognise, fortunately the staff are very friendly and more than happy to help a pair of Filipino food noobs like us. Even one of the customers helps to explain a couple of the dishes, there's a very nice vibe in here.
It's $8 for two dishes on rice. The chicken is the easy option, nice little pieces on the bone in a soy/vinegar sauce.
The risky option is the green dish: pork in taro leaves. Google tells us it is called laing. The sauce is thick and coconut-creamy, and the taro leaves give it a wonderful, fresh, 'leafy' lift. This dish is amazing, it's a hit with the locals too, we see it on many plates.
Pork salad with tofu. Crispy pieces of pork crackling with firm tofu, capsicum and a soy dressing splashed over the top as it served. Yum.
Alison loves little Asian sausages, she can never resist them. These little pork footy franks have more flavour that we expected, a cross between Chinese sausage and a Thai sausage.
This was too unusual to resist: toffee sweet potato.
The sugar coated skin is sweet and crunchy, just like toffee, you can see the little toffee shards above.
Prawn fritters - whole school prawns fried in a light batter. Yum.
Great lunchtime reading, it's in English too!
[BACK AGAIN MAY 2013]
We come back to Blacktown to try one of the other three Philippines joints here but none look as inviting as Fiesta (Philippines Takeaway had a good crowd though, we'll try it next time).
Two choices with rice is $9 - bargain. We're not sure what the stuffed milk fish is stuffed with, but it's good stuff. The squid is quite strong in flavour.
We had to for the lovely green laing again, this stuff is awesome. We also try the jackfruit which is smothered in a coconut sauce and is absolutely delicious. The coconut makes these dishes quite lardy but they are oh sooo goooddd.
And we have to try the sisig again - fried pork bits including super crunchy crackling, given a lift with a little fresh salad. $5. This is a must-try. Sometimes it is behind the counter say you may have to ask for it.
Halo-halo - $6.50. A drink/dessert of crushed ice with sweet evaporated milk, some beans and jellies. The chunks of custard taste just like creme caramel. Awesome.
Gulaman - $4. A super sweet drink jelly that tastes of of palm sugar.
We love lunch so much we get takeaway for dinner. Pork in coconut and chicken adobo - chicken cooked in soy, vinegar, garlic and black pepper. Both a delicious, good selections for the non-brave eater.
Pansit Canton - rice noodles topped with fish, pork crackling and googy eggs. Smells fishy, tastes fishy, too fishy for Mr Shawn. Miss Chicken says she likes it but note there's still three quarters of a container of the stuff uneaten in the fridge a day later. An acquired taste.
Chicken and pork empanadas. The pastry is too sweet for our Western tastebuds, but fun to try.
The lady warns us several times that these rolls contains veggies...
Lovely thin pancakes filled with veggies and with a gooey peanut sauce.
After our second visit we love this place even more. The food is fresh and yum and the folks that run the joint are oh so nice and friendly. They are proud of their food and it shows.
Fiesta Filipino is at 18 Main Street Blacktown. Phone 02 8814 9700.
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