Still Starving at Longganisa Sorpresa

As a child, my grandmother used to tell me never to skip breakfast. She insisted that breakfast should be the heaviest meal of the day and that kids who do not eat before going to school end up being morons when they grow up (now I know, hahaha). I carry that knowledge with me until now, which is probably why nothing could ever convince me to rent a place near work, for I don’t want to be separated with my Lola’s superb cooking and subsist on canned goods or something. I can’t cook either, so that automatically eliminates the independence option.

It was probably my Lola’s wisdom as well which made me addicted to breakfast food, always on the hunt for restaurants offering all-day brekky. One such pursuit landed me and several dancer friends in Kapitolyo in Pasig, gobbling longganisa and stuffing myself crazy with garlic rice in Longganisa Sorpresa. It was a Saturday and we had no scheduled rehearsals, so we went to Ace Water Spa to loosen up. We were incredibly ravenous after beating ourselves up underneath the pressurized water massage machines in Ace, so naturally we wanted .. rice. LOL.

One thing I like about being a dancer and hanging out with dancers is that I am guaranteed a food buddy who isn’t picky and fussy with what he eats. I hate it when I order a double cheeseburger, large fries, a Coke float, and an ice cream sundae and the person with me gets only a Caesar salad (or anything healthy). I’m no hater of healthy food, but watching someone eat so little is so painful. It befuddles me how one can get satisfied with that, but then again, I’m patay-gutom.

Anyway, Longganisa Sorpresa is this small restaurant in front of Ace which serves .. that’s right, longganisa! What’s unique with the place is that they have longganisa variants from all over the Philippines: Baguio, Calumpit, Laoag, Lucban, Vigan, Cebu, Davao, CDO, General Santos, and Pampanga, to cite a few—all with a distinct flavor of its own, and made with different types of meat. For example, the Vigan longganisa borders to the garlicky side of the flavor spectrum, while the Cebu style is sweet, just like hamonado. It’s a delight for diners to have lots of options—all you need to do is pick one which suits your palate.

Vigan longganisa set meal
I opted for the Vigan longganisa set meal, which comprised of two pieces of the garlic-flavored sausage, two fried eggs, tomatoes, and fried rice. I must admit that the longganisa pieces were rather small (one cup of rice is enough, damn)—but they were incredibly delicious, paired with vinegar, which by the way comes in several variants as well (Ilocos, Pinakurat, Paombong, Sinamak, Tuba). My friends lit up when they saw the vinegar bottles—they’re weird, they drink vinegar in their leisure time.

I ordered the Vigan Ensaladang Mangga as well, which was composed of mangoes, salted egg, Vigan longganisa bits, kesong puti, and some greens, served with Ilocos vinaigrette. To tell you the truth, I enjoyed the salad more than my main dish, but don’t go accusing me of being “healthy” now. It was only because the longganisa serving was too small, I felt like I could finish them in two bites (one for each). My verdict for Longganisa Sorpresa? It’s not meant for the famished, but for foodies who are in search of delicious food and who don’t care about serving portions. I am still willing to go back to Longganisa Sorpresa and try other sausage variants—and maybe some other Pinoy dishes from their extensive menu—but since there are lots of other places out there which give you even more than what your money is worth, I don’t think I can ever label Longganisa Sorpresa as “sulit”.

Vigan Ensaladang Mangga

I suddenly missed Meals-To-Go in Philcoa in UP Diliman. And my Lola's home cooking. *sigh*

Longganisa Sorpresa
16-A United St.,Kapitolyo, Pasig City
(02) 696-7514

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