After performing our duties as wannabe social welfare officers pretending to be photography enthusiasts, we thought of rewarding ourselves after a job well done. Since some of our colleagues were from Malabon, they wanted us to taste the best that Malabon can offer. So off we went to this small but famous restaurant.
At first, the waitresses were unsure if they could still entertain us, because they were expecting guests who have a reservation at 3PM. Looking at our watches, it was only a bit past 1PM. So we negotiated. We promised we will eat fast, as long as they can cook fast too--and we had a deal.
Of course we ordered the famed crispy pata (pig knuckles) ! And since some of us (like me, LOL!), were health-conscious (tell it to the marines!), we ordered veggies like the usual chop suey and ampalaya (bitter gourd) with meat. So we had this!
|Crispy, succulent and tender crispy pata!|
|Apparently not your usual chop suey|
|Ampalaya with beef (but we learned later it had shrimps too!)|
True to our words, we were done in 30 minutes, and we only paid a little over a P100 each. I thought it was better than having the usual fastfood fare, and we get to taste what Malabon is known for.
The crispy pata had a different taste and had just the right tenderness! Apparently, the home-made pickles and and its juice sprinkled all over nailed it. The veggies are stirred in oyster sauce that made it taste better. Unlike the predictable ampalaya with beef, this one had tomatoes that, I think, made the bitter taste to stand out. I am no food connoisseur, so I will not speak more. Let the taste speak for itself.
So where do you find this restaurant?
There. Judy Ann's is already a part of Malabon heritage. Among other Malabon delicacies, their crispy pata is always sought for.