One early Saturday morning, when many regulars of weekend markets visit their favorite stalls, I headed to Mercado del Ciudad de Cavite translated, it’s the Cavite City’s Public Market.

Fresh produce abound, from tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, cauliflower and broccoli. Fruits were laid out beautifully and looked to be at their juiciest.

Aling Ika's daughter, Lolita
 now mans the pre-WWII eatery

Inside this compound, is one of the oldest establishments a foodie could find. Aling Ika’s Carinderia is a quaint eatery established during pre-World War II era. Although I did not get to meet the woman who established this food landmark, I got meet Aling Ika’s 74-year-old daughter, Lolita Bautista Allejo. She now runs this place with her staff. Watching them at work was like attending at an orchestra. Everyone knew what was tasked of them, from washing the dishes, to taking orders, packing the take-outs and giving change. On a daily basis Aling Ika’s Carinderia prepares 35 dishes and adds another five during Saturdays, the usual market day for households. Viands range from pinangat, estofado, sinigang and pipian, snacks are a choice of pancit, palabok, lumpiang prito and spaghetti. As for Cavite delicacies, you can choose from pichi-pichi, kalamay sa ube, biko, maja blanca, minatamis na saging and bibingkoy.

For their viand, what captured my attention is their kare-kare version called Pipian. Made with the usual kare-kare ingredients, such as ground peanuts and rice, what made Cavite’s version unique is the use of chicken. At Php10 a piece, their lumpiang prito is not short of ingredients from onions, togue, cabbage, carrots, kamote (sweet potato), kinchay and ground pork. The addition of ground pork not only makes this dish flavorful but definitely filling. As for their delicacy called as Bibingkoy, boiled mongo is enveloped in a giniling na galapong. A sauce made of gata (coconut milk) with scented langka (jackfruit) and bilo-bilo is poured over the bibingkoy. Eat while it is piping hot, it is definitely a good way to end this culinary journey.

Bibingkoy without the sauce

Bibingkoy made even delectable with its sauce

Aling Ika’s Carinderia is located at Mercado del Ciudad de Cavite a block away from 
P. Burgos Street in Cavite City.  At the time of my visit, bus fare was Php45 from Coastal Area in Roxas Blvd., and Php7 jeepney fare from Cavite City intersection (near McDonald’s) to the corner of the wet market at P. Burgos Street. 

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  1. the bibingkoy looks like the mochi we bought in pampanga before. I love kakanin!!

    1. hi pink cookies! wonder why i havent replied to your comment, apologies ... thanks again for dropping by... appreciate it :)

  2. Sarap!We lived in Cavite City (born there) and everytime we go to the Mercado, at the end of the trip, our mom's treat is to bring us to aling ika's place. During decada 70-80, it was the place that you have go thru this narrow passage, but at the end of it was worth it!!:) ). sarap!! I truly missed the bibingkoy & sauce! also, the pancit puso. Cavite's specialty!!!yummy!!!

    1. Your lucky that your near Mercado ... i had difficulty finding Aling Ika's but it was worth the merry-go-round and the entire trip ... delicious Cavite dishes and kakanins! thanks for dropping by, appreciate it :)