Fiesta of flavors
Maria’s Native Delicacies is a home to authentic and famous regional foods. Bringing together delicacies from various parts of the Philippines, Maria’s owner Kapampangan entrepreneur Luchie Lozano and owner of Giada Luancorp shares Maria’s was put up to give the Kapampangans a tasty option to satisfy their cravings and quality of food they deserve.
“Here at Maria’s, customers can savor the best regional delicacies and favorites,” Lozano shares.
The place is inviting and casual making diners feel at ease. While waiting for the order, the pop up store inside the restaurant sells variety of products – garlic nuts, banana chips, chicharon, honey, cookies and more.
“We source out products, like the gourmet tuyo (dried fish in olive oil) a specialty from Dipolog City. We order these from small to micro-entrepreneurs because we want to help them promote their products,” she adds.
While the eatery may seem cozy, the menu tells a different story, one that’s true to its local taste. Maria’s offers mouth-watering signature food of some sort such as a laing, a Bicolano dish of taro leaves in coconut milk, papaitan, a famous Ilocano soup dish mostly composed of cow or goat innards, Candaba’s fried duck, calderetang itik (duck caldereta), Dagupan’s daing na bangus, were milkfish is butterflied and marinated in vinegar, salt and pepper among others.
If you are craving for authentic Kapampangan dishes, Marias also offers sale manuk (native chicken in lemongrass soup), Adobong/Arobung maputi (old style white Adobo), burung mustasa (pickled mustard greens), bringhe (a type of native paella made with glutinous rice, coconut milk, chicken).
Other bestsellers include pancit guisado, pancit palabok, arrozcaldo and lumpiang gulay. Aside from regional delicacies, Lozano proudly says that Giada’s breads and cakes are fresh from the oven and are must-tries.
And who would have missed the cassava cake, ube halaya (a type of dessert made from boiled and mashed purple yam), maja blanca (creamy, soft, light pudding primarily made of coconut milk), sampelut (sticky rice balls in coconut milk) with inangit (glutinous rice dessert and many more variants of rice cakes.
“We serve quality foods at an affordable prices,” Lozano shares.
Established in 2016, Maria’s will soon open another branch in Tokwing in Porac town, an addition to their Angeles City and Sindalan branches.
For more information call 0932-8730018 follow FB @ MariasNativeDelicacies.
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