Turon is a favorite merienda for many Filipinos. It’s actually a favorite of mine along with Maruya and nilupak. I never order it in a restaurant since it’s easy to find a vendor selling it cheap. But if you ever find yourself seated in one of the tables at Ibayo by Barrio Fiesta at San Miguel by the Bay at the SM Mall of Asia, I suggest you try their Turon ala mode for merienda or dessert.
Six pieces of small turon, about 2 to 3 inches long, is served with a scoop of ube ice cream on the side. The sweetness of the caramelized, hot Turon went well with ice cream. It’s a perfect way to finish a Filipino meal.
More than Turon
Before I had my fill of Turon, we had Sinigang na Baboy, Friend Chicken, and Seafood Kare-Kare. It was a generous serving of sinigang with lots of vegetables, including “puso ng saging.” I just didn’t like that the pork had a lot of fat; I prefer my sinigang with lots of bones than fat. But it did pass my daughter’s palate so overall, it’s good singigang.
The Fried Chicken was a surprise. It didn’t look appetizing to me and my first thought was that it’s not going to be crispy. Despite this, it was surprisingly good. The meat was tender and seasoned very well. It was boneless so you don’t have to worry about your 3-year old boy choking on its bones if you serve it to him.
I liked how the Seafood Kare-Kare (P415) was served in a small “palayok” (earthen cooking pot) with a tealight candle below it to keep it warm. It was served with with Barrio Fiesta’s sweet bagoong — a favorite in the family. However, the dish didn’t have that nutty taste that my mom’s kare-kare has. I somehow knew this when I saw it’s light yellow-orange sauce.
Ibayo by Barrio Fiesta has that casual, homey appeal inside. The decor kept up with the decidedly Filipino theme of the restaurant.
The place was quite when we got there around 5:30 PM on a Saturday. However, the place was filled by the time we left around 7 p.m. There was no dress code — you could be wearing equestrian clothing and the staff wouldn’t bother.
Customer service was prompt and courteous. It’s easy to get their attention should you want something in the middle of the meal.
For authentic Filipino cuisine, try Ibayo by Barrio Fiesta. You’ll get good food for your money.