Breakfast and Bread

9 months ago


Find comfort in classic Filipino meals at Ka Tunying’s Café.


Words by Rina Caparras

Photographed by Krizia Cruz


Freshly baked pandesal
 is a staple on the Filipino breakfast table. Sometimes dipped in coffee or enjoyed on its own, this type of bread is not only delicious, but is also versatile enough to be eaten every day.

At Ka Tunying’s Café, owned by radio and TV personality Anthony Taberna, pandesal and other types of local bread take the spotlight. The café’s most popular items are the Turmeric Pandesal, the classic bread of salt with a hint of spice; the Kalabasa Ensaymada, ensaymada with a cheesy-caramel topping and a one-of-a-kind pumpkin-based dough; as well as the Kamote Cheese Roll, a sweet and indulgent bread roll with more than enough cheese to please cheese lovers.

Anthony shares that the idea for putting up a café was the incidental consequence of wanting to expand his Nueva Ecija-based bakery, which has been operating for more than 13 years. Since he receives plenty of orders from Metro Manila, he decided to put up shop somewhere nearby.

Because their main offering is bread,
it was only natural to decide on an all-
day breakfast café concept. The food is also mainly sourced from Nueva Ecija, although Taberna also gets some of his influences from Batangas, Cavite, Isabela, and the Cordilleras. Rest assured, however, that whatever you find in Ka Tunying’s Café is “similar to what you would find at our [provincial] home,” Taberna shares.

Among all of the café’s breakfast items, Anthony’s favorite is the Longsilog.
 For this dish, you get to choose among three variants of Cabanatuan’s famous longganisa: batutay (pork and beef), recado (pork and garlic), and hamonado (sweet pork). The most popular variant is batutay, because of its unique beefy flavor, on top of the sweet and salty seasoning.

Apart from Longsilog, the Baked Bangus Belly also stands out. Although not a common silog meal, this baked fish is so rich and creamy, you’ll surely love the way it mixes with the rice. There’s also Chicken-Pork Adobo, the Filipino national dish that can be enjoyed in a number of ways. Here it is served with u y scrambled eggs and adobo rice.

Another Pinoy breakfast favorite, Tsamporado & Tuyo, is a great choice. The café uses deep and rich Batangas chocolate tablea to flavor the thick and gooey rice porridge, which is topped with pinipig for extra crunch. Eat this with tuyo to balance out the sweetness.

Ka Tunying’s Café has plenty of drinks to choose from, all of them personal favorites of Anthony’s beautiful wife, Roselle. The Agimat is a healthy detox slushie made from calamansi juice, fresh cucumber, and ginger syrup. If you want a sweeter beverage, there’s the Naimas Smoothie, a nutty Ilocandia-inspired drink made from balikucha (chewy caramel), panutcha, and muscovado with cheese and milk. Another treat is the Pastillas de Latté, a frozen blended drink of pastillas de leche with a hint of pandan.

From the reasonably priced but high-quality breads to the delightfully classic rice meals and drinks, Ka Tunying’s Café doesn’t disappoint. Stop by for a comforting, hearty, and memorable Filipino breakfast all day.

Ka Tunying’s Cafe

88 Visayas Ave., Barangay Vasra

Quezon City

(02) 366-1342

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