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Geniusly Wrapping Kare-Kare in a Burrito: Buen Comer by Poquellas

September 8, 2018

8th day of September 2018.

I want to inform everyone that I am not paid to make blogs or ever plan to make one in exchange for money, most especially in topics re: restaurants and establishments. If I honestly like what I see or ingest (for this matter), it deserves a place in this blog.

 

...by good food I mean Chinese food (have you read my blog about King Chef?), Mexican burritos (hopefully I can blog Buen Comer Poquellas the next few weeks) and samgyup.” 

- from my previous blog post a few weeks ago - Samgyupsal Chronicles: Ogane

 

I have already covered 2 faves out of the barkada trifecta. Now it’s time for the final piece of the puzzle - Buen Comer by Poquellas!

 

Buen Comer is Spanish for "Good Eat", and with all honesty - the name really wraps up (see what I did there?) the Buen Comer experience.

 

The cross-section of the famous Kare-Kare Burrito (KKB), a genius invention by Buen Comer by Poquellas. 

Shot with Canon M6 + 7artisans 35mm f/1.2 lens. ISO1250, 1/80 sec., f/1.2.

 

The art that welcomes you to Buen Comer. 

Shot with Canon M6 + 7artisans 35mm f/1.2 lens. ISO125, 1/125 sec., f/1.2.

 

The art that welcomes you to Buen Comer. 

Shot with Canon M6 + 7artisans 35mm f/1.2 lens. ISO125, 1/100 sec., f/1.2.

 

 

I first heard about Buen from a friend, Dr. Rupete Garcia - who’s very closely related to the owners of the place. He’s now a practicing dentist somewhere in Boracay, Aklan and his sister, Diane, is also a good friend from the UE College of Dentistry. The first time it was mentioned to me, I didn’t have the time to try because it was a little far away from my place in Manila. But by the time I went, it was still a small stall in Mapagkawanggawa St., Teacher's Village, Diliman, Quezon City. 


I find Latin American food a little out of my palate’s range, but these among others, give a little hope to more of their kind on my plate: Silantro’s Nachos in UP Town, Señor Pollo’s Roasted Chicken in F7 Sct. Rallos, and of course, Buen Comer’s burritos in Diliman.

 

Ilocos Norte has Kamarinn Café which serves a Mexican-Ilocano fusion - the igado tacos (I don’t know what they call it). Try it if you’re gastronomically adventurous. 

 

Buen Comer during the day.

Shot with Canon M6 + 7artisans 35mm f/1.2 lens. ISO125, 1/125 sec., f/1.2.

 

Buen Comer at night.

Shot with Canon M6 + 7artisans 35mm f/1.2 lens. ISO320, 1/60 sec., f/1.2.

 

Their artsy menu.

Shot with Canon M6 + 7artisans 35mm f/1.2 lens. ISO125, 1/100 sec., f/1.2.

 

Through the years, the place gradually changed. The plain walls were turned into art, there were additions to the crew, the place expanded, and more types of food became available - take the Pares Burrito for example. These are answers to the increasing demands of customers as this also reflects the progress of Buen Comer.

 

Buen Comer is flocked at dinner. One burrito is more than enough for you.

Shot with Canon M6 + 7artisans 35mm f/1.2 lens. ISO320, 1/60 sec., f/1.2.

 

You can enjoy Buen Comer in groups or even when you're alone.

Shot with Canon M6 + 7artisans 35mm f/1.2 lens. ISO800, 1/80 sec., f/1.2.

 

The colorful art that gives life to Buen.

Shot with Canon M6 + 7artisans 35mm f/1.2 lens. ISO800, 1/80 sec., f/1.2.

 

 

KKB: THE SIGNATURE DISH 

 

The people behind Buen Comer are the geniuses for inventing their signature dish - the Kare-Kare burrito (KKB), through fusing the traditional Filipino peanut sauce stew Kare-kare with the Mexican burrito (actually came from the word burro which means "donkey" - for the burrito is shaped like a burro's ear). Instead of using oxtails in the kare-kare, they use pork belly. The vegetables are also important elements inside the KKB.

 

Kare-kare in a burrito? Weird combination, right? But trust me, it works in a different level. 

 

Kare-kare is not called so without bagoong or fish sauce. So it's your call whether you want it or not, just tell the counter; or whether you want it spread around the tortilla, or on the side.

 

As an Ilocano, the crispier the pork belly (or bagnet, as we call it) is, the better. Buen Comer makes it extra crispy, and I can say I can also use an Iloko black vinegar with this one. Weird?

 

What is Kare Kare without bagoong or fish sauce? This is the best way to savor it: spread around the tortilla.

Shot with Canon M6 + 7artisans 35mm f/1.2 lens. ISO125, 1/100 sec., f/1.2.

 

Their KKB Rice comprises 60% of the burrito's contents.

Shot with Canon M6 + 7artisans 35mm f/1.2 lens. ISO125, 1/100 sec., f/1.2.

 

Weighing it first before being deep-fried.

Shot with Canon M6 + 7artisans 35mm f/1.2 lens. ISO125, 1/100 sec., f/1.2.

 

It's bagnet! The meat for the KKB is deep-fried for a crispier texture.

Shot with Canon M6 + 7artisans 35mm f/1.2 lens. ISO125, 1/80 sec., f/1.2.

 

The different stages of the KKB.

Shot with Canon M6 + 7artisans 35mm f/1.2 lens. ISO125, 1/80 sec., f/1.2.

 

A cholesterol-heightening amount of pork (eat at your own risk!).

Shot with Canon M6 + 7artisans 35mm f/1.2 lens. ISO125, 1/80 sec., f/1.2.

 

Buffalo chicken in generous amounts for just one order.

Shot with Canon M6 + 7artisans 35mm f/1.2 lens. ISO125, 1/80 sec., f/1.2.

 

That saucy buffalo sauce makes you drool as you watch it being put into the tortilla.

Shot with Canon M6 + 7artisans 35mm f/1.2 lens. ISO125, 1/80 sec., f/1.2.

 

Final touches with the Cajun fries in the soon-to-be Buffalo Chicken and Fries burrito.

Shot with Canon M6 + 7artisans 35mm f/1.2 lens. ISO125, 1/80 sec., f/1.2.

 

 

WHAT I RECOMMEND

 

First time or not - the KKB is a must! You will be given a choice if you let them spread the bagoong in the burrito already (the better choice), or if you want it to be separated and apply it yourself on your KKB.

Steak and Fries. (Unluckily unavailable when I shot these photos)

Mac and Cheese.

Cajun Fries.

Cheesy Quesadilla.

 

I want you to know that I’m drooling as I’m writing this very sentence.

 

A technique me and my friends do is that we’ll divide the group into pairs. Then each pair orders two different kinds. And since each burrito will be split into two, we would exchange one’s half to the other’s half. This is an economic way to try variants of their selection of burritos. *winks 

 

Their Buffalo Chicken and Fries Burrito.

Shot with Canon M6 + 7artisans 35mm f/1.2 lens. ISO1250, 1/80 sec., f/1.2.

 

Their selection of sauces.

Shot with Canon M6 + 7artisans 35mm f/1.2 lens. ISO1250, 1/80 sec., f/1.2.

 

My KKB soaked in cilantro and hot sauce.

Shot with Canon M6 + 7artisans 35mm f/1.2 lens. ISO1250, 1/80 sec., f/1.2.

 

 

It's affordable with the quality and amount of the food they're offering. 500PHP is more than enough for a date already.

 

Cheat day? Meh. Book a Grab and visit Buen Comer, now! I appreciate the fast service and friendliness of the owners and the staff. The KKB is worth the calories, but always eat at your own risk!

 

'Til our next visit, Buen Comer! It can be next week, I'm sure my friends are already drooling out of this post.

 

Buen Comer by Poquellas

48 Mapagkawanggawa St., Teacher's Village, Diliman, Quezon City.

Open on Wednesdays to Saturdays, 4PM-11PM.

Their full menu: here.

 

 

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