What to order: A pancit feast is in order. Share the Pancit Pusit, which incorporates squid ink into its sauce, and the Pancit Puso, a Caviteño dish best eaten with a dripping serving of kinilaw na puso ng saging. For pescetarians like myself, get the Crispy Lao-Lao with suka dip or Bacalao, salted codfish sautéed in butter. For meat lovers, there’s the classic Morcon or savory meat roll.
Pasalubong shopping at Pat & Sam’s
You can’t leave Cavite City without buying pasalubong from Pat & Sam’s, which has been around for decades. Around town, you’ll often spot Pat & Sam’s delicacies in birthday parties, fiestas, and as presents for any occasion. There are three main places where you can buy them—their original pasalubong center on Padre Pio St. not far from Bernie’s Kitchenette, in Samala Kitchen Delights along P. Burgos St., and Café 506, their café which opened in Kawit in 2015. Beware of unauthorized resellers that cover up the expiration date. These fresh homemade products must be consumed within three to four days upon purchase.
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What to order: Bestsellers are: bibingkang malagkit, a sweet rice cake in plain or pinipig, and sapin-sapin, a layered glutinous rice and coconut dessert.
Coffee at Café Antix
Also along P. Burgos St. is Café Antix, a family-run café with coffee concoctions that can rival Manila’s hippest coffee shops. While you’re there, check out owner Edwin Guinto’s collection of vintage gadgets and 1900s memorabilia.
What to order: If you’re craving for Cavite’s famous kasilyo, also known as kesong puti made from unskimmed Carabao milk, order the Kasilyo Pizza or Kasilyo Steak Sandwich. Down it with a glass of chocolate-infused coffee frappe.
Dinner at Mang Jose’s Rolling Kitchen
Before sunset, drive to Aguinaldo Shrine in Kawit for last-minute sight-seeing. Right next door is your dinner stop, an ihawan that’s gained immense popularity since it opened last year. Mang Jose’s Rolling Kitchen, inspired by the food truck culture, serves pugon-roasted dishes that come with unlimited sinigang broth and rice.