KKK: Evolution of Pinoy Cuisine

KKK Megamall

After grabbing the opportunity to dine at KKK, I thought that I will be eating with Katipuneros since it is the birth month of our national hero -- Andres Bonifacio -- and KKK stands for Kataastaasang Kagalanggalang Katipunan, which he founded during the Spanish era. I was intrigued what they have to offer but I was pretty sure, it would be Filipino dishes. And so I made my way to their Megamall branch for a very early lunch. Apparently, KKK actually stands for Kainan Sa Kalyeng Kanluran, which opened their first branch on 2002.

KKK Megamall

A quick glance and you can feel the Filipino vibe inside. A colorful jeepney separates the dining area from the kitchen, bar and cashier. The bottles that were used as sort of chandeliers caught my attention. I have frequented Megamall at least once a week when I was still in Manila but I never noticed this restaurant. Maybe I was in for a surprise.

KKK has quite an amusing menu divided into several groups. One part is named "Unang Sigaw", which in Philippine history, marked the start of the Filipino revolution during the Spanish time. It was a fitting name for the appetizers because it is the first part of the menu. "Tiltilan" is another set of appetizers that include a dip. The other groups are "Maki-Baka" for beef dishes, "Piggy-Tarian" for pork dishes, "Sa Pula Sa Puti" for chicken dishes and "Mga Yamang Dagat at Ilog" for seafoods. They Also have "Sabaw" for soup-based dishes, "Mga Gulay" for vegetables and "Mga Pancit at Meryenda" for noodles and snacks.

Crispy Kangkong Salad
Crispy Kangkong | P100.00

Maquezong Scallops
Maquezong Scallops | P195.00

I first tried the Crispy Kangkong during my stint in Davao. That was the only time I liked the way it was prepared since the other restaurants I tried in Cebu and here in Manila served it very oily and not really crunchy. Now I now where to go when I am craving for these appetizer prepared with just the right amount of crisp. We also had Maquezong Scallops for appetizer. It was full of cheese that melted into the scallops during baking. Yummy!

Sinigang na Lechon
Sinigang na Lechon | P290.00

The Sinigang na Lechon is quite an evolution from the usual sinigang (tamarind soup) since they had to retain the Filipino favorite lechon into a soup-based dish.

Fried Rice
Fried Rice | P150.00

Sinangag sa Tinapa at Itlog Maalat
Sinangag sa Tinapa at Itlog Maalat | P150.00

We tried the two of KKK's variation of fried rice. One is cooked with liempo (pork belly) bits and topped with scrambled egg while the other one is cooked with tinapa (smoked fish) topped with tomato and salted egg.

Adobo ni Jake Espesyal
Adobo ni Jake Espesyal | P290.00

Bistek Flakes
Bistek Flakes | P270.00

Crispy Bangus Belly sa Manggang Hinog Sarsa
Crispy Bangus Belly | P250.00

Paru-parung Pla-pla
Paru-parung Pla-pla | P290.00

Pinakbet | P155.00

We had five different dishes for the main course. Adobo ni Jake Espesyal is cooked using Atsuete (Annatto) and prepared with Chinese Tofu and Saba. Bistek Flakes is "kinunot na baka" (beef flakes) smothered with bistek sauce and garnished with sliced tomato and onions. Crispy Bangus Belly sa Manggang Hinog Sarsa is deep fried bangus belly concocted with singkamas (turnip) and celery and smothered with creamy mango sauce. Paru-Parung Pla-Pla is fried tilapia cut wide open dressed with sliced ripe mango and tomatoes. And for vegetables, we had the all-time Ilocano and my dad's favorite, Pinakbet. I liked the bangus belly and tilapia dish. I probably ate the most among our group.

KKK Drinks | P55.00

KKK have a variety of interesting drinks which includes Tanglad Iced Tea, Pandan Iced Tea, Sampalok Shake and Kamias Shake. If you are looking for something different, then maybe you should try one of these. I played safe and had my favorite Sago't Gulaman.

Banana Fritters Ala Mode
Banana Fritters Ala Mode

We were already stuffed so we tried only one dessert -- the Banana Fritters Ala Mode or turon -- topped with vanilla ice cream.

Overall, I personally don't have anything to rave about the food. But it was a good dining experience and the quality of their food is satisfactory. I personally recommend the Crispy Bangus Belly and Paru-parong Pla-pla. Ambiance is very Filipino and service is decent. I highly recommend this restaurant for tourists who want to sample Filipino food with high value for their money. This would also be a good restaurant for Balikbayans who want to catch up with their family and friends.

KKK Branches
KKK branches painted on this jeepney.

Kainan sa Kalye Kanluran:

SM Mall of Asia
Ground Floor, Entertainment Mall, Pasay City

SM Megamall
Lower Ground Floor, Building B, Mandaluyong City

Upper Ground Floor, The Annex, Quezon City

SM Cubao
Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City

SM Fairview
Ground Floor, Annex 1, Fairview, Quezon City

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