I’m a big fan of D’Famous Imus Longganisa, there was a certain point in my life that it was my “ulam” almost everyday haha! I find it addicting especially if you have vinegar on the side. It’s delicious, I can certainly vouch for that. Another convincing factors why I personally love their longganisa is because it’s 100% fresh meat, no salitre, has an all- natural color and no added chemical preservatives. When I was invited to have lunch at Big Ben’s Kitchen I immediately said ‘YES!” Why? Because this is the home of the longganisa that I was talking about!
Going to Big Ben’s Kitchen is easy especially if you’re from Cavite. Just drop off at Imus Palengke (landmark is the Lumina Mall), ride a tricycle and tell the driver you’re off to Big Ben’s Kitchen located at General Yengco St., Medicion 1D. Hubby and I paid P40 for the special trip or you may take the other option by riding a jeepney bound to Binakayan which is a lot cheaper.
Big Ben’s Kitchen is situated at an ancestral house of Chef Gene Gutierrez (owner), they have been serving home-cooked meals to Imuseño for almost 3 years now. They have limited dining space which easily gets full during lunch or dinner time. Be sure to be there a little early to score a good seat. Their walls are converted into a freedom wall.
The dishes from Big Ben’s Kitchen is an heirloom recipe that has been passed on to generations. Chef Gene just made a little improvement in his grandmother’s recipe of Longganisa. I actually enjoyed every dishes that we tried, each has its own interesting story where it came from. Price wise, for an order of a Family viands (less than P240) it can already serve 2-3 people.
Below are the dishes that we had for lunch:
Big Ben’s Kitchen only uses organic chicken, so aside from satisfying your hunger you can guarantee that it’s healthier. We had two kinds of chicken dishes that day.
Adobong Tagalog (P216)
I love adobo especially if the chicken is tender and juicy. Their version is a little on the “tuyo” side or “no sabaw” but the chicken has a “nanunuot sa sarap” taste which came from the right balance of sweetness and acidity.
Sinampalukang Manok (P236)
Another chicken dish is the Sinampalukang Manok. The chicken is cooked in an old-traditional way of cooking sinigang by actually using a natural tamarind as “pampaasim”. You also get a generous amount of kangkong and eggplant which compliments the whole sour soup dish.
Fiesta Hamunado (P218)
Hubby and I were debating if this is a lechon paksiw but we’re both wrong haha! According to Chef Gene this is a Fiesta Hamunado, they cooked the pork in pineapple juice which explains its sweetness. Imuseño usually served this dish during special occasions but here at Big Ben’s Kitchen, you can have it all-year round.
D’Famous Longga Meal (P88)
If you want to sample their Longganisa before buying a pack that you can take home, they have this Longga meal which is consists of 2 pieces of Longga, a cup of rice and a heart-shaped sunny side up egg. Would it be nice to have this kind of meal for breakfast or even lunch?
Fiesta Kare-Kare (P236)
Big Ben’s Kitchen is using Pig’s face for their Kare-Kare. The vegetables were blanched and served on top of the stew. I like that it has a grainy texture because they used real peanuts instead of peanut butter.
I can’t even remember when is the last time I had halaan, Big Ben’s version of halaan has a soothing effect especially its warm broth. The clams’ meat are also tasty.
Sinigang na Hipon
We also had another sinigang dish, this time they used the bayabas (guava) as a souring agent for the shrimps. I can’t help but feel awkward eating the dish because the vein of the shrimp is still there. ;(
According to our history, this is the favorite dish of Dr. Jose Rizal. It is like a combination of pansit and mami. The tasty broth is the result of long hours of preparation of this dish. It has shredded cabbages and egg, indeed a heart-warming pansit.
Leche Flan with Macapuno (P128)
There’s probably no dessert more indulgent than the leche flan. Do you agree with me? haha! They topped their leche flan with strings of macapuno for that extra sweet bite. A very addicting dessert!
Special Sylvanas (P50/2pcs.)
Their version of sylvanas is more “siksik” and I find it reasonable for its price. It is best paired with a cup of Amadeo coffee.
You can also bring home some goodies from Big Ben’s Kitchen. My personal favorite is their Organic Mushroom Chicharon.
Bottled Adobong Tagalog and Imus Longganis
Organic Mushroom Chicharon
So, the next time you’re craving for some Filipino Dishes, Tara sa Big Ben’s Kitchen.
Big Ben’s Kitchen
385 Medicion 1st D, Imus Cavite
9:00 AM – 10:00 PM
(046) 435 1967
Facebook Page: https://www.acebook.com/bigbenkitchen/