Aling Foping’s is a homegrown brand known for their special halo-halo and bibingka.
Trivia: “Foping” is not the name of the owner. I bet you though it was, right? Count me in. The name of the store is actually adopted from this doodle that was originally sketched by the owner’s son, Mike Ayala. He drew this from a souvenir that he got during their prom. A few years later, his mom, Mrs. Fe Ayala, saw this sketch in Mike’s old stuff. At that time, they were thinking of a name to baptize the store and they thought “Aling Foping’s” would be nice. Nobody really knows who Foping is. Cool, huh?
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We also got to try the Chili Con Carne, which was said to be a favorite of PNOY (he’s friends with the Ayala’s). It’s good and I like that the taste has an authentic Mexican vibe to it, with a bit of Filipino twist. The taste of the tomato and bell pepper explodes in your mouth and lingers on your taste buds. We all agreed that this can very well be a sauce for spaghetti. And look at that cheese! Who doesn’t love cheese? The only thing that’s lacking here is that, it isn’t as spicy as it should be. Nonetheless, I did enjoy the dish.
While the halo-halo was the star of this event, the real winner for me was the bibingka. If you’re familiar with an authentic bibingkang tagalog, then you’ll know the secret ingredient that makes this delicacy to die for! Have you guessed it? Yes, it’s salted eggs! When were still living in Nueva Ecija, my mom would always buy special bibingka from the bayan (public market) because it was a favorite of my sisters and I. When we got back to Davao, we rarely see such kind of bibingka being sold in the city as most are made out of sticky rice. I was really glad to discover that Aling Foping’s offers this kind of bibingka that I have been craving for years! It was served hot on the plate and everyone caught a whiff of the aroma of the melted butter, which by the way, smelled so heavenly. As we sliced it, we were greeted with a generous chunk of salted eggs and kesong puti. The bibingka was so soft and moist that it almost melts in your mouth.
The first bite made me nostalgic that I thought I felt warm tears pooling my eyes. Okay, that was overrated. But really, it reminded me of those late afternoons in Nueva Ecija when my sisters and I would indulge on special bibingka while watching VHS (yes, I’m vintage like that) tapes.
It was a great afternoon spent with my fellow bloggers and the brains behind Aling Foping’s. I went home with a full stomach and a happy heart.
Aling Foping’s is located at MTS Compound, Matina Davao City.