Gabe's Homegrown Dishes: Hidden Gem for Malabon Specialty and the Best Halo Halo (Katipunan)

Ever since I was invited by the Malabon Government to try their Malabon Food Trip Special, I have been a huge fan of Malabon's specialties.  So when I heard about Gabe's Homegrown Dishes, I was very intrigued.
 
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See if you can spot Gabe's Homegrown Dishes signage

Because I am usually guided by Google Maps or Waze, I easily found Gabe's.  But if you're simply a passerby, Gabe's signage may be a bit unnoticeable.

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Gabe's is found on the second floor.  It is the first establishment you'll see


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Gabe's is a cool and comfort haven with a loft and some games and reading materials.

gabe's homegrown dishes
I can't believe they have my one of my favorite games as a student.  I used to have a lot of those Super Trump decksAside from those, I even had helicopters, planes and more.

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They got creative with their dining area by pairing the small wooden tables with chairs and lettered stools

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There were also toy displays.

gabe's homegrown dishes
Seems they are Starwars fans too just like my family.


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I wanted to leave a feedback but the wall is full of more hearty comments already.

Food
So let's get on with the food which I have to rave about.

Appetizers  
pinoy cheese sticks
Pinoy Cheese Sticks (80 php)
Starting with something so familiar since my childhood: Pinoy Cheese Sticks.  This is great for sharing and the local tuhog-tuhog style makes it even more fun.

Main Entrees
lengua
Lengua (250 php/good for sharing)
The Lengua is so good!  This has a bold fragrant garlic flavor that complements the creamy sauce and the very tender pork and beef tongue.   I highly recommend pouring the sauce over your rice.  Do that and I bet one cup of rice won't be enough for you.


tinumis
Tinumis (90 php)
At home, we cook the traditional version and Ilocano version (dinardaraan) of dinuguanLater on, I discovered that Pampanga has it's own version too called Tidtad Babi.   I didn't know that Malabon has its own version of dinuguan too.  The Tinumis is lighter in sour taste compared to other dinuguan I've tried.

tinumis
Tinumis (90 php)
And, this Tinumis is very chunky with innards.  I also liked that it wasn't soaking in oil because there it isn't dominated by fatty parts.

Noodles/Pasta
pancit malabon
Pancit Malabon (100 php)
The Pancit Malabon is rich in ingredients but the sauce is light-tasting so it may not be enough for some.  On the bright side, the serving size is huge for the price.


Desserts
Halo Halo (100 php)
What I really loved at Gabe's is their Halo Halo.  I've always felt ripped off when paying 100 bucks for mostly milk and ice at Razon's.  So I was really impressed that Gabe's Halo Halo has so many ingredients.  It even beats the pricey halo halo of Halo Halo de Iloko Balay of La Union.  And, it also beats our homemade version which until this time is the best in terms of variety!  Their homemade Ube is so fine and creamy. Their homemade Leche Flan is flawlessly smooth and melts-on-your-mouthThe shaved ice is so crisp and crunchy just like that of Razon's.

pancit malabon
Halo Halo (100 php)
You can even share their Halo Halo because it really heavily loaded!  For the price, it's a steal.  I will definitely recommend this to be a halo-halo stop when in the area.

Beverages
lemonade
Lemonade (65 php)
Their affordable Lemonade is perfect for the summer!  Not only is this a nutritious thirst quencher, it goes well with any of their dishes too.

Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
I can't think of a place like Gabe's Homegrown Dishes.  The price is so affordable and easy on the pocket.  They offer specialty dishes like no other.  The service is superb.  I'm very impressed with our server Naomi who is very familiar with the history and ingredient of this dish.  For those in the area, you should try this place!  They offer delivery within Quezon City and Eastwood City and they also offer party packages so just inquire.

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Gabe's Homegrown Dishes Menu
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=Favorites or Recommended 
Gabe's Homegrown Dishes
Business Address 219 Katipunan Ave, Project 4, Quezon City, Metro Manila
Business Hours 10am-10pm
Payment Options Cash
Service Charge

Budget/Person 80-200
Free WiFi Yes
Contact (02) 439-2093
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