I never paid much attention to Heramis Lechon during my month long stay here in El Nido, Palawan since I know it would be too much to eat a whole roasted chicken. But after days and days of eating pork and fish, I was finally craving for chicken.
I went to Hermis Lechon thinking that I would end up eating a whole chicken. It turns out that they have meals with rice that is good for 1 person.
I ordered their Chicken Barbecue (75 Pesos/piece) and 2 cups of rice (15 Pesos/cup). And since I was in the mood for sugary drinks I also ordered coke in can (35 Pesos/can).
We went to Midtown Bakery when were looking for a simple bread for our stay in our accommodation in El Nido, Palawan. We saw on their glass container that they have different sorts of baked goodies, from donuts, to egg pies, to pandesal, etc. but what really got my interest was the Blueberry Muffin. It was not in the usual bakery around the Philippines.
So for variety we order 4 pieces of Blueberry Muffin at 15 Pesos each. It was only as big as the muffin in Kenny Roger’s Roasters and I could see myself finishing it with just 4 bites. So they packed what we ordered in a plastic bag and off we went to our lodge.
While working, I quickly took a bit of the Blueberry Muffin and to my surprise it was really good. It had the perfect mix of blueberry and dough. I could taste the blueberry and could feel its gooey texture. It was also a little bit chewy and a little bit moist, just the way I like my muffin to be.
Would I recommend it? YES! YES! YES! When we went back to Midtown Bakery the next day, there were only 8 pieces left and we were the ones who made the Blueberry Muffin sold out that time.
Earlier I was stressed out with all the footwork to process some paperworks. That’s why when I got it finished I went straight to Nokinocs Savory House in the town proper of Puerto Princesa, Palawan to reward myself.
I’ve been told by a lof of friends that their Halo-halo with Ice Cream was one of the best. I came in the restaurant, went straight to the counter and ordered Halo-halo with Ice Cream which cost me 85 Pesos.
They gave me a number and I waited patiently for about 3 minutes for my order. Then the waiter came with a tall plastic glass on a white small platter and a teaspoon with a long handle, covered with a tissue on its head.
The halo-halo had a vanilla ice cream on top sprinkled with Pop Rice and a strip of Leche Flan was carefully placed on top of the ice cream. The ice was mixed with a white dreamy liquid, indicating milk. At the bottom was a mix of Saging na Saba, Small Red Beans, Yellow Corn Flakes, Bits of Langka and small cubes of Kamote.
Upon puncturing of the long teaspoon to my halo-halo, it quickly went in the ice! This is the softest crushed ice I’ve tried! There I shall call this the “No-Brainer Halo-halo” as its very easy to mix. My very first halo-halo without spilling any ingredient.
The taste was good too. The mixture of the ingredients was perfect as it gives a dynamic experience of taste and texture.
Definitely one of the best halo-halo I’ve tried.
Nokinocs Savory House Details
Operating Hours: 10:30 AM to 8 PM
Location: Junction 1, Rizal Ave. cor. National Highway, Puerto Princesa, Palawan
How to get there
First ask around as you might be very near Nokinocs when in the town proper of Puerto Princesa, Palawan.
If not, ride a tricycle and tell the driver take you to Nokinocs. Fare is 8-12 Pesos per person, depending where you’re coming from inside the town proper of Puerto Princesa, Palawan.
Even when I first came to Palawan I’ve noticed that on almost all the municipalities there are vietnamese restaurants. Apparently, in the past there were many Vietnamese who went to Palawan and shared their cooking to the locals.
When I asked one of my friends where to dine in Puerto Princesa other than the famous spots like Kalui, Kinabuch, Balinsasayaw and Badjao Seafront Restaurant she told me that I should try the Chaolong Noodles of Bona’s Chaolong. She also told me that the price range for her highly recommended dish was just around 50 Pesos. Since it was relatively cheap compared to the famous restaurants in Puerto Princesa I was highly interested. But what sealed the deal was when she told me that she was treating me there for dinner. Thanks Val! 🙂
Since Val was the one who knows what’s best in the restaurant I let her order for me. She ordered Buto-Buto in Beef Stew Soup (50 Pesos) – when you say this it’s automatic that you’re ordering for Chaolong Noodles.
It was not in the menu so she had to specifically order it to the waiter. After adding some toge (monggo sprouts) and dipping the mint leaves I was ready to dine. Val was not joking! It was really good!
I ordered French Bread (10 Pesos) to accompany my Chaolong. A little dip on the Beef Stew Soup and it was a perfect combination.
We then saw a sign of their newest refreshment, the Yakult Shake. Unfortunately, it was a bad decision on our part to try it. I only had a small hint of Yakult on the shake that it tasted more like water shake. I suggest sticking to the normal drink for this restaurant.
Note: I tried again the Yakult Shake and it was now good. You can read about it here.
Would I recommend Bona’s Chaolong?
Definitely! I’ve tasted different Chaolongs around Palawan and this is by far the most delicious of them all.
How to get there
From any point of Puerto Princesa City Proper ride a tricycle and tell the driver that you are going to Bonas. Depending on where you are in the city the fare would range from 8 to 10 Pesos.
By the way, the restaurant is not aircon. But it has electric fans around.
I’m not sure whether if the restaurant is open 24 hours.
I was waiting for my flight back to Manila in Puerto Princesa, Palawan when I decided to walk around the departure waiting area due to boredom. Then I saw this sign
I’ve seen a lot of noni fruits on my travels around the country, mostly in off-the-beaten path beaches but this is the first time I saw that they make it as juice.
I ordered one (1) Noni Juice for 140 Pesos. A bit hurtful for my budget since I’ve almost spent it on my trip to El Nido.
Since I was bored and there were no other customers lined up, I decided to talk to the baristas. They were fun to talk to and very kind. We were talking and laughing until I curiously asked if the Noni Juice was good. Suddenly, there was this awkward silence from all the baristas. That gave me the cue to brace myself for this drink.
When I arrived at home I told my parents about it and they said that Noni is actually a drank to help diabetes and other sickness just like the billboard above says.
How did it taste like? Yucky! Not my cup of tea. Just a sip from it would define it as medicinal drink because it tasted like medicine.
All along I thought I could finish my Palawan Noni Juice but I could not.
Was it worth it? Yes! It was worth the try. At least when I die I know how a Noni Juice tastes like. I just wish I don’t get sick so that doctors would not require me to drink it.