Pochero is just one of the dishes brought by the Spaniards to the Philippines. It is a type of beef stew that has satisfied the discriminating taste of the residents of the Queen City of the South. Aside from the Philippines and Spain, the dish is also prepared in a number of other countries, including Uruguay, Paraguay, Argentina, Mexico, and Colombia. The name of the dish is derived from “puchero,” which is the Spanish word for stewpot.
While a number of restaurants have the dish on their menu, there are some places where one can get a taste of this delightfully delectable dish at a reasonable price. One of these places is Ekit’s Foodhaus. Located at the corner of Pres Magsaysay Street and Tandang Sora Street, Ekit’s Foodhaus is one of the more popular destinations for people looking for piping-hot pochero.
A typical day at Ekit’s will have a number of cars parked outside the place. People from nearly all walks of life go to the place to have a taste of their pochero, which is priced at PHP 60 per serving. The serving is quite generous and is good for two people. The dish consists of beef, vegetables and a corn cob. The tenderness of the beef shows how long it was cooked while the broth has a rich and velvety feel to it. The aroma of the dish comes mainly from the spices added to it, which includes a healthy dose of unpeeled ginger. Aside from its famous pochero, Ekit’s Foodhaus also offers other dishes, including grilled meat, chicken adobo, sizzling squid and lechon kawali, among others.
The façade may not be as appealing as other restaurants in the city, the food Ekit’s Foodhaus offers will more than make up for this. The dining area is essentially the backyard of a house with umbrellas offering shelter from the heat of the sun, but diners will still sweat from sipping the piping hot pochero.
To get to Ekit’s Foodhaus, you can ride a jeepneys marked 03A and get off in front of the Sarrosa Hotel. Just follow the street on the left side of the hotel and turn right along Pres Magsaysay Street. You will be able to see the sign of the store on the left side of the road. If you are taking a taxi, just tell the driver to bring you to the “pocherohan sa Mabolo” at the back of Sarrosa Hotel.
Despite its modest appearance, Ekt’s Foodhaus is definitely one place you should not miss if you get to visit the Queen City of the South. Have you tasted the mouth-watering pochero of Ekit’s Foodhaus already? Tell us about it on the comments section below.
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