The sun is up and it’s a whoop for another ride and adventure, this time in the middle of the forest of Subic Bay. Tired from the commotion of my day gigs and personal activities, I gladly took my cam and haste to plan the day.
It’s been a year since I last visited Magaul Jestcamp Bird Park. The first time I went there, all I did was stroll and enjoyed the view and be amazed with the Tropical Birds and different bird family from wild ducks and pigeons. (It was really fun!)
But this day, aside from bird watching and camp survival training, I am excited to visit their famous Kawayan Kitchen.
Unlike other restaurant which uses fancy utensils and techniques, this restaurant is famous with the traditional preparation of food with the use of buho or bamboos. It is a cooking method of a local tribe in Subic Bay called the Aetas.
It was during the Vietnam War when the Americans were fascinated with how Aetas survived with only a bolo and bamboo to survive inside the wild forest. They then asked the Aetas if they could teach them their ways such as making spoon, cup, and also cooking rice and other dishes using the bamboo.
The restaurant is located at the entrance of the park; it is simple and homey and to my surprise, is air conditioned.
Magaul Bird Park
Nevertheless, I once again enjoyed my time with these beautiful creatures! Swoon over by their charm. 😀
After enjoying the park, and bird show we went straight to their kitchen and these are what they prepared for us! #Yummeh
Lutong Kawayan Experience!
Lutong Kawayan: Rice
Surprisingly better than the ordinary rice cooked on a rice cooker. I don’t know about you, but for me the aroma of food adds up to my criteria; because it was cooked inside a bamboo, it somehow add a fresh smell to it.
Lutong Kawayan: Sinampalukang Manok
No wonder why this dish is one of their best seller in the house. The natural flavor of the tamarind really kick off to the soup, the sourness is enough to keep you from craving for more.
Sinugba: Grilled Boneless Bangus
I seldom eat bangus because of the fish bones, but Kawayan Kitchen grilled bangus came in with exemption. The way it was prepared (boneless) made easy for me to have a load of it. Paired with pickled unripe papaya. #Yummeh
Kawayan Kitchen: Chopsuey
All we can say is, “Namit!” (Delicious!) Considering the way it was prepared, this is a must try on your next Subic Bay visit! 😉
Kawayan Kitchen is a taste of survival, and this is through the ultimate one-of-a-kind dining experience with their Original Lutong Kayawan!
Facebook: Kawayan Kitchen
Type: Pasta, Cakes, Salad & Meals
Address: Ilanin Forest East, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Bataan, Philippines
Contact Number: (047) 252 1489
GPS Coordinates: 14.791578,120.2922783
Operational Hours: Mon – Sun 8:30AM – 5:00PM
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