August 28, 2019

Harvest By Kabs at Malingap Food Central

Filipinos love to eat, that’s why the food industry here is steadily growing for years. Malls and town centers are rising up from the ground like mushrooms filled with both old and new restaurants. Also, I have noticed that after the success of Maginhawa, Lilac and Kapitolyo, a lot of food parks are springing around the metro. This is great because you can just go to one place, eat and try different kinds of food and cuisines to your heart’s content without going from one place to another. Food parks/halls are great if you’re in for a good food tripping!

I haven’t been to food parks lately, mostly I go to stand alone restaurants, but for a change I went to Malingap Food Hall with my friends last weekend. Malingap is one of the streets inside Teacher’s Village in Quezon City and in the same neighborhood with the famous foodie destination: Maginhawa Street.

Malingap Food Hall is different from food parks since it’s indoors and airconditioned. The place is colorful, and you can find nice selections of food stalls inside without getting too overwhelmed. The concept was brought about by the same people behind Pino Restaurant (which you can find just across the street) and each food brand is carefully chosen by the them.

There are parking spaces in front of the food hall too which is great since around this area, looking for parking can be quite tedious. I believe Malingap Food Hall opened back in 2017 and many brands have come and go from there. While I was researching about Malingap Food Hall, I’ve seen some brands that are now in malls or already have their own full-blown restaurants. As of the moment there 7 stores inside Malingap Food Hall and we tried items from 3 stores: Harvest by Kabs, Veggie Guys and B Wings x Señor Park.

Harvest by Kabs is both resto and retail store in 1. They cater organic local products to support local farmers and producers. with the vision serving both farmers and consumers striving to be the best tasting vegetarian resto in the Philippines. Harvest by Kabs also serves mushroom dishes at its best; they offer delicious meatless meals with healthy benefits. Their dishes use their own-grown oyster mushrooms. By the way, Kabs is a shortened term for “kabute” the Tagalog word for mushroom.

Pinoy Bistek – ground oyster mushrooms made to look like a beef patty with sweet-sour-salty vinegar-soy sauce. This wouldn’t give you the taste of mushroom but similar to meat. My only “beef” with this is that the patty was quite small, or they could serve two pieces of patty to make this dish more satisfying.

Double Cheeseburger – ground oyster mushrooms made to look like a beef patty served with loads of cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and cucumbers between wheat breads.

Mushroom Sisig – you’ll be fooled that this sisig is meat, but no, it’s chopped crispy oyster mushroom served on a sizzling plate and topped with mayonnaise. This was deceiving but really good!

Mushroom Tempura – perhaps my favorite of all the dishes we tried from harvest by Kabs. Though they are deep fried, since they are oyster mushrooms, they’re less sinful and quite addictive. I can munch on these for hours on end. Definitely a must-try!

Vegan Hot Ramen – everything here is made of vegetables! The ramen noodles are made by mushroom floor. The soup though for me was a little bit salty for my liking.

Vegan Rice – very flavorful fried rice and perfect with the mushroom sisig and mushroom tempura. I liked this a lot.

Lemonades – from left to right: Sunshine Lemonade, Green Pool Lemonade, Red Lips Lemonade. I love lemonade! All three were refreshing!

A few years back, I was sent boxes of oyster mushrooms that I can grow at home, so I did, and then when they were big enough, I harvested them and cooked them. They were great and the mushrooms used by Kabs greatly reminded me of those mushrooms that I grew myself. As a mushroom lover (I like all kinds of mushrooms actually), I enjoyed the dishes that Kabs especially the sisig mushroom, mushroom tempura, and vegan rice.

Kabs offer packed vegan and organic products that are displayed near their counter which you can buy and bring home with you. If you also want to try their dishes but can’t visit Malingap Food Hall, you can order via GrabFood, Lalamove or FoodPanda and have them delivered right to your doorstep.

#40 Malingap Street, Teacher's Village East,
Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines
Contact Nos: 09358318595

#40 Malingap Street, Teacher's Village East,
Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines

For more information, complete menu and restaurant reviews, check out their Zomato profile:
Harvest by  Kab's Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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