To continue with the Sooo Pinoy Food Trip, we were whisked off to the city of Manila after cooling off with a glass of Kabigting’s Halo-Halo.
We initially visited a hole-in-the-wall eatery called Nihaya Halal Fastfood, which as the name suggests, serves halal (meaning permissible to Islam) food. I’m not blogging about it because the dishes were not to my liking… there was liver (which I don’t eat), jackfruit (which I’m also not fond of), kilawin (raw fish in vinegar, which I also don’t eat), fish curry (uh… no), and beef rendang (that was the only dish I actually tasted and in fairness it was quite good).
So anyway, off to our next stop, Excelente Chinese Cooked Ham in Quiapo.
Excelente Ham is legendary especially during Christmas season. People would actually line up in long queues just to purchase their P900 per kilo ham for both personal use and gift-giving. Don’t let the shop’s humble appearance fool you, prices are quite high-end.
My jaw actually dropped when I heard the price point of P900 per kilo. I was like… P900??? Anyhow, there was a tub of cubed ham drizzled with their signature honey syrup for sampling. I was able to take only one photo since the cubes were disappearing fast. After snapping, I proceeded to get a few cubes myself. My word, that was hands down the BEST ham I had ever tasted. Tender, juicy, meaty… and that sauce… words can’t describe how good Excelente ham is!
There were sausages and all sorts of meat too. Mixed sausages like the ones in the photo above cost P600 per kilo.
I heard their bacon is great too. Plain sliced bacon costs P520 per kilo while sweet bacon is P620 per kilo.
Excelente Chinese Cooked Ham in Quiapo is truly a meat-lover’s paradise with the sheer variety of quality red meat that’s available.
Excelente Chinese Cooked Ham
155-157 C. Palanca Street,
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