Kabayan Lugawan: Innards with Lugaw

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One of our chefs, Mark recommended this place. I was really intrigued by the fact this particular lugaw place had eyes, tripe and intestine as part of their lugaw repertoire. To be honest, I’ve never eaten a cow’s eye (or whatever it was in there, it might have been a carabao eye…who knows?!). So after my short trip to balintawak, we headed over to Kabayan Lugawan in Kamuning which is open 24 hours.

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Laman Loob na Tinubuan ng Lugaw…this was how I felt about this dish. As the lady was ladling my portion onto the bowl (they had run out of my favorite, isaw or intestine), I was just amazed at how big this thing was…it was really an entire eye with the socket and some of the meat that surrounded it. It gave me the creeps. I ordered “mata & goto” or eyes & tripe with my soup.

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Though the serving didn’t look that big…it was. Lugaw is a rice porridge, made out of whole grain rice, broth and meats. This thing felt like an giant bowl of rice and soup.

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On the table there were condiments: fish sauce, garlic, soy sauce and some homemade chili in oil. The chilis looked roasted and when i tried a bit on a spoonful with the soup it left a cool, smokey feeling in my lungs. I still like the simplicity of the lugaw I had a Gloria’s in Cash & Carry since this was a little too overwhelming for me. I also missed their sauce.

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Still, this was a new experience for me. Biting into the chopped bites of the eye parts was interesting. The eye socket was a lot like eating the fat in the belly of a bangus. Eating the eye itself was like eating a rubbery dehydrated eggyolk even in flavor. I was still feeling a little sad about not having the intestines in there…that would’ve been awesome.

 

Still I had tripe and lots of it. I felt so full for the next 4 hours because of that dish. Cheap eats though at the price of P70…it filled me up for several hours and it contained innards…what’s not to like?

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2 Comments

  1. cow’s eye? what’s next? i never thought you were that adventurous. 🙂

  2. Actually I’ve tasted most parts of the cow, even the udders and other weird organs hahaha, the eye is probably one of the final things I haven’t tried till this place.

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