Restaurant Review: For excellent hometown Filipino food, you must visit Goldilocks in National City. Located right next to Seafood City, you can either buy their cakes and baked goods (my favorite is the purple ube cake) or sit down in their restaurant and enjoy some Filipino favorites. My number one recommendation: chicken adobo, of course!
Goldilocks is actually a well-known chain in the Philippines. The owner is Chinese-Filipino and spends most of his time on the mainland. This Goldilocks is the only one that exists in the United States.
You can eat here for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Their breakfast platters include Goto (rice porridge with tripe topped with green onions and fried garlic) and the Pinoy platter (fried boneless milkfish, pork sausages, salted eggs and fried rice).
The Mami Noodle Soups went over well with my family, especially the Mami Beef and Siomai (egg noodles with tender beef pieces, pork and shrimp dumplings, napa cabbage, celery, carrots and a boiled egg in savory broth).
Lumpia and pancit are, of course, on the menu. I paired my chicken adobo with Sago’t Gulaman (a drink with tapioca pearls, gelatin cubes and crushed ice).
For natives, you’ll feel right at home and for die-hard foodies, you’ll really get a sense of how complicated and varied Filipino cuisine can be. Take a look at some of these delectable menu items:
As an appetizer, Tokwa’t Baboy (fried tofu mixed with pork cheeks and served with a garlic vinegar sauce).
For soups, Kalderetang Kambing (mutton sauteed in a spicy tomato sauce with bell peppers, olives, mashed liver and cheese).
Inihaw na Baboy (grilled marinated pork belly served with a garlic vinegar sauce).
Crispy Dinuguan (crispy pork meat and entrails, cooked in pork blood, vinegar, and spices).
Lechon Kawali (crispy-fried marinated pork belly served with liver sauce).
And how about these well-known desserts:
Halo-Halo (sweetened beans, purple yam, coconut helm palm fruit, custard and gelatin topped with crushed ice, rice crisps, and a scoop of ice cream).
Guinataang Bilo-Bilo (dessert soup with sweet rice balls, sweet yam, taro, jackfruit, and cassava simmered in coconut milk).
Puto (steamed rice muffins available in white Puto with Cheese and Puto Ube (purple yam).
Bibingkang Galapong (traditional spongy rice cakes baked with eggs and coconut milk, salted eggs, grated cheese, & butter).
Biko (soft sticky rice cooked with coconut milk and brown sugar, baked to a golden brown, and served with lightly toasted grated coconut).
For vegetarian lovers, sorry, but this place might not be for you. Under “Vegetables,” they list:
Guinataang Sitaw at Kalabasa (green beans and squash sautéed in coconut milk with spices and topped with succulent whole shrimp).
Pinakbet (mixed tropical vegetables sautéed in tomatoes and deep-fried pork).
Also, they don’t serve alcohol. Prices are very reasonable, ranging from about $7.50-$13.00 per plate.
What more can I say about this place? Gustung-gusto ko ito!
Address: 1420 E. Plaza Boulevard D-7, National City