Malabon

Malabon

The best way to discover a culture is through food and thankfully, the city of Malabon has plenty of it.

You can’t leave the city without trying out its most famous dish: Pancit Malabon. Named after the city itself, Pancit Malabon is noodles mixed with a patis (fish sauce) and crab fat sauce, topped with fresh vegetables, seafood, eggs, and sometimes ground pork. The dish is characterized by its almost radioactive orange color.

There are many stalls and restaurants here peddling what they call to be the best Pancit Malabon in the city, but arguably that title goes to Nanay’s Pancit Malabon on Governor Pascual Avenue. Their noodles are tender and packed with a variety of toppings.

Another pride of the city is Judy Ann’s Crispy Pata at Jamicos Restaurant on General Luna Street. The crispy pata, which is a deep-fried pork knuckle, manages to be the perfect combination of sweet and salty. The pork is also crisp and juicy on the outside, but still tender on the inside. Jamicos Restaurant has stood the test of time, having been around since the early 70s and one can assume that it’s because of the crispy pata.

There are also a few places here where you can pick up a couple of native delicacies. There’s the peachy-peachy (also spelled as pichi-pichi or pitsi-pitsi), a cassava cake topped with either shredded coconut or grated cheese, that you can get at Arny Dading’s. There are also rice cakes, locally known as kakanin, at Dolor’s. Or you can try out some pianono, a sponge cake filled with custard, at Concepcion Bakery.

If you find yourself needing to walk off those extra calories that you’ve gained, don’t worry, Malabon has plenty of places that you can explore.

There’s the San Bartolome Church in Poblacion, which is over 400 years old. The church’s exterior and interior is inspired by the coliseums of Rome and Greece, with domed roofs and pillars.

Malabon is famous for its heritage houses and interestingly enough, the families who own them still call these places home. There’s the Angel Cacnio Heritage House and Art Gallery, which features the family’s art collection on display, and the Rivera Heritage House.

For animal lovers, there’s the Malabon Zoo and Aquarium, where you can see all kinds of exotic animals like Bengal tigers and orangutans. The zoo also has lectures on the importance of preserving wildlife.

Because of the amount of flooding it gets during the monsoon season, Malabon is called the “Venice of the Philippines.” And true to its nickname, Malabon is known for its Pagoda and Caracol Festival, held every December 8 in honor of the feast of the Immaculate Concepcion. The festival is a evening fluvial parade that takes devotees along the Malabon-Navotas river to celebrate the feast day as well as to give thanksgiving to a bountiful fishing harvest.

Malabon may be sometimes overlooked due to its distance from the rest of the Metro, but don’t underestimate this small city. From its great food to its wonderful heritage sites, Malabon certainly is a place to watch out for.

Top Rated Restaurants in Malabon Browse All

  1. Dolor's Kakanin
    4.5 Stars
    Filipino
    19 Reviews View
  2. T-Cup-Zone
    4.0 Stars
    Taiwanese
    33 Reviews View
  3. Silver Crown Restaurant
    4.0 Stars
    Chinese
    30 Reviews View
  4. Golden Crown Food Center
    4.0 Stars
    Filipino
    23 Reviews View
  5. Shakey's Pizza
    4.5 Stars
    Pizza
    14 Reviews View
  6. Judy Ann Crispy Pata
    5.0 Stars
    Filipino
    6 Reviews View
  7. Balsa sa Niugan
    4.0 Stars
    Filipino
    25 Reviews View
  8. Norma's Special Pancit Lug-Log
    5.0 Stars
    Filipino
    7 Reviews View
  9. Betsy's Cake Center
    4.5 Stars
    Cake Shop
    9 Reviews View
  10. Mabini Bakeshop
    4.0 Stars
    Bakery
    17 Reviews View

Top Rated Places in Malabon Browse All

  1. Dolor's Kakanin
    4.5 Stars
    Filipino
    19 Reviews View
  2. Tully's Coffee
    4.5 Stars
    Coffee
    32 Reviews View
  3. D' Cream
    5.0 Stars
    Tea
    11 Reviews View
  4. T-Cup-Zone
    4.0 Stars
    Taiwanese
    33 Reviews View
  5. Infinima
    4.5 Stars
    Day Spa
    11 Reviews View
  6. Silver Crown Restaurant
    4.0 Stars
    Chinese
    30 Reviews View
  7. Golden Crown Food Center
    4.0 Stars
    Filipino
    23 Reviews View
  8. Shakey's Pizza
    4.5 Stars
    Pizza
    14 Reviews View
  9. Judy Ann Crispy Pata
    5.0 Stars
    Filipino
    6 Reviews View
  10. Balsa sa Niugan
    4.0 Stars
    Filipino
    25 Reviews View

Popular Areas in Malabon

  1. Concepcion

    Concepcion

    6 Places
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