We recently went on a UP Diliman food trip, with certified Iskas Emmy Amadeo and Therese Rico as our tour guides plus Jenith Banluta as fellow food tripper. We ate at 5 popular and very interesting food stops within the UP Diliman campus.
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Food Stop: Rodic’s Diner
Location: Shopping Center
The tapsilog, which I ordered because it seemed that almost everyone in queue was ordering tapsilog, was a winner. For P85, you get a generous serving of rice topped with sweet and tender tapa shreds and fried egg.
Rodic’s started in 1949, so it’s celebrating its 65th anniversary this year.
Food Stop: fic (Fruits in Ice Cream)
Location: Shopping Center
You probably have seen fic in malls, but not for P23 per scoop. We had nangkasuy and banana sundae, and both were extra creamy and delightful!
Food Stop: Mang Larry’s Isawan
Location: Open space in front of College of Law building
A UP Diliman food trip would not be complete without a stop at this famous isawan. The simple food stall offers isaw manok (P5), special isaw pork (P6), pork barbecue (P10), atay (P6), balunbalunan (P6), and more. A nice surprise was how the pork isaw tasted a bit similar to bacon.
The isawan is located at an open area, where you sit on arranged rocks, share the space with a few flies, and soak in the sun’s heat or the rain – whatever’s applicable during your visit. It suddenly poured so hard while we were eating, and we just had to take cover while waiting for the rain to stop.
Food Stop: The Chocolate Kiss Cafe
Location: Bahay ng Alumni
The rain tried but failed to stop us from continuing our food trip (Rain or shine, yeah!). We proceeded to the nice and comfortable The Chocolate Kiss Cafe, where we enjoyed our cups of coffee and hot chocolate.
We also had Carrot Cake, Blueberry Cheesecake, Sans Rival, Devil’s Cake, and Classic Chocolate Cake. The cakes were delicious, but I think the Carrot Cake is the real stand-out.
Food Stop: Dynamite stalls
Location: near Vinzon’s Hall
Our tour guides were right to reserve this street food treat at the end of our food trip. The dynamite sticks from the food stalls near Vinzon’s Hall gave a mild kick on the mouth. We’ve passed by these stalls several times as they are located near the transport terminal for SM North Edsa jeeps, but we did not notice the dynamite among the fish balls, squid balls, kikiam, hotdogs, pancit canton, and other quick eats offered there.
The dynamite is chili stuffed with ground pork and cheese (P25 for 3 pieces), or ham and cheese (P24 for 4 pieces).
Thanks to Emmy and Therese for spending their Saturday afternoon with us. We’re looking forward to our next food trip!