A lot of French people ask me, "What is Filipino food like?"
"Delicious", I usually reply with eyes full of stars.
Truthfully, it's sometimes hard to say what Filipino cuisine is exactly. The Philippines, to me, is a melting pot of different cultures and identities and so is the food. Sometimes Spanish, sometimes Chinese, sometimes Indian, sometimes Malay. Again - delicious.
This was the view from our hotel room balcony. About 100 meters ahead, you can find the entrance of the Sanctuary.
We decided this morning to skip breakfast, prepare our things, check-out of the hotel, and look for the Filipino restaurant somewhere in the streets of the city.
The streets were lined with stores selling religious items. Of course, I had to stop by to buy some stuff (rosaries, refrigerator magnets, postcards, etc ...) I really wanted to buy a necklace and pendant of Mama Mary. I ended up not buying it because I thought it was a bit expensive. I now regret my decision.
We also stopped to admire the nature around us. The photo above does no justice to this place, but it's really an absolutely beautiful area.
Some more walking and then *oops* I saw the Philippines flag proudly waving in the air.
This is it, pancit!
When I was looking online about Lourdes, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that there was a Filipino restaurant. Really pleasantly surprised! Correct me if I'm wrong but I think this may be the ONLY Filipino restaurant in France. I know when I was a child there was one in Paris, but I heard that it has closed since.
I try to cook Filipino food as often as possible. So why was I so excited to absolutely try this Filipino restaurant? Because sometimes it's nice to have someone else cook my comfort food for me. Like my mama used to.
Asian Delices - Filipino Food is a side of the road eatery that has been in Lourdes for a couple of years now. You can buy food for take-out or simply eat at one of the few tables on the road side. Very Pinoy - we loved it!
MR ordered the Combo Meal # 1 - Fried Chicken, Vegetarian Noodles, Fried Rice, and Atsara.
I ordered the Combo Meal #6 - Chopseuy, Binagoongan na Baboy, Vegetarian Noodles, and Fried Rice.
We were able to meet the owners, a French-Filipino couple. Both were very friendly and a delight to talk to and I wish them many successful years ahead.
Make sure to visit their facebook page if you can (click here).
Oh hop, we're off to the next city of our vacation trip. And this time, we're going to see family!
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