Join the Kanin Club and Know What You Are Missing

So I have been out of Manila for a long time, and I missed a lot of new restaurants since work has kept me in Mindanao and Visayas. Bonifacio High Street, Paseo de Sta Rosa and UP Technohun were still starting then and now there are so many choices to satisfy my appetite. One of them is Kanin Club. I have tried eating at their Paseo de Sta Rosa branch when Fitz of Ready To Be Rich brought me there for dinner when I checked a property in Mamplasan, Laguna and have dined in Kanin Club several times after that.

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Kanin Club UP Technohub

One day, Ramil of Pinas Muna told me he wanted to try the Crispy Dinuguan at Kanin Club. We decided to meet at the UP Technohub branch for dinner since it was the nearest to both of us.

Dinuguan or pork blood stew is a Filipino savory stew of meat and pig innards (typically lungs, kidneys, intestines, ears, heart and snout) simmered in a rich, spicy dark gravy of pig blood, garlic, chili (most often siling mahaba), and vinegar. It is very similar to European-style blood sausage and usually served with white rice or a Philippine rice cake called puto.

Sigarilyas Express
Sigarilyas Express | Php 156.00

"Winged beans cooked just the way our Bicolano brethren like them: spicy!" was the description on the menu for one of my favorite vegetables. I have only tried this vegetable when my dad cooks Diningding, I never knew that Sigarilyas Express could be a sumptuous dish by itself. If I had to rate this, it would have gotten a perfect score.

Tapa ni Ana
Tapa ni Ana | Php 196.00

I am not really a big fan of Tapa but this got my interest. Fried beef strips from Dr. Ana's previously secret recipe was really delectable. The strips were cooked just right and tender. I have to warn you though that this dish looks deadly with all the beef's oil coming out during cooking.

Crispy Dinuguan
Crispy Dinuguan | Php 274.00

I love Dinuguan ever since I was young. I remember when I was staying in Boni, Mandaluyong while reviewing for the board exam that I would rarely go home to Fairview since the travel time is quite consuming. But whenever my mom wants me to go home, all she had to say was that she will be cooking Dinuguan. I would then hurry home and pig out to my heart's content. There are only two places I usually eat Dinuguan -- at home or at Goldilocks.

Crispy Dinuguan is the most copied signature dish of Kanin Club! Unlike the usual Dinuguan, this rendition has no pig innards but pork heavenly deep-fried to a crisp then set in a semi-dry stew of pork blood. People are usually scared of eating the typical Dinuguan but this dish has proven to have convinced non-dinuguan eaters to crave for it. Edgar hesitated to try it even just one spoonful, but one bite led to another and the Dinuguan was gone. How can this classic Filipino dish be sinful and unhealthy?

I have dined here several times and have always ordered the Crispy Dinuguan. I have also tried their Diningding but I was completely dissatisfied with the dish. Next time, I will try other meals in their menu. Customer service is good, staff are courteous and always give a big smile. The place is always full so come early because they do not accept reservations.

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