Off-beaten Manila: A Guide to Malabon Heritage Tour and Food Trip

Most of the travellers try to skip Manila because there is not much to see aside from Intramuros but I was surprised to learn that there is actually a tricycle food trip tour being offered near Manila! Yes, Malabon Tricycle Tour is a Malabon government tourism project developed to provide jobs to the local community of Malabon. It involves going around to the heritage houses in Malabon while enjoying a food trip. To make it more fun, you will ride a tricycle as part of the tour to go to one stop to another. Malabon is one of the cities in Metro Manila, just around 30 minutes to 2 hours ride away from Manila depending on the traffic.

Malabon Tricycle Food Trip Tour

The following are the Malabon Tricycle Tour Packages:

  • Package A – Heritage Tour (P250.00 / person)
  • Package B – Food Trip Special (P750.00 / person)
  • Package C – Food & Heritage Tour (P900.00 / person)

My boyfriend and I attended the Malabon Tricycle Tour as part of a tour guides convention. Yes, we have professional local guides in the Philippines and if you need one, you can just send me a message and I’ll connect you to a local guide here in the Philippines. Can you spot me in the picture?

Malabon Tricycle Food Trip Tour

Our tour started at San Bartolome Church, a 400 plus years old church. There’s an ongoing mass when we arrive here. And since it was Sunday, there are lots of church visitors.

Malabon Tricycle Food Trip Tour

Malabon Tricycle Food Trip Tour

After visiting the church, we rode to our assigned tricycle and we officially begun our tricycle tour.

Malabon Tricycle Food Trip Tour

Our next stop is the Sy Juco Residence, a house with many history. It was originally built more than 100 years ago and has since became a school, a tobacco factory until it became a residential house.

Malabon Tricycle Food Trip Tour

And since there are too many attendees for the tour, we had some of our food trip here buffet-style instead of visiting the food shops one by one.

Malabon Tricycle Food Trip Tour

Pancit Malabon is named Pancit Malabon for an obvious reason. It originated from Malabon! It is a type of noodle with yellow-orange sauce and has various ingredients including seafoods, chicharon and egg to name a few. It’s really yummy and delicious.

Malabon Tricycle Food Trip Tour

Our dessert consist of Betsy’s Broah and Hazel’s Puto. Unlike the usual broah which is like a soft cookie, Betsy’s broah is more like a sponge cake. On the other hand, Hazel’s Puto is a steamed rice cake with cheese and salted egg on top. I love it!

Malabon Tricycle Food Trip Tour

Malabon Tricycle Food Trip Tour

We also visited the first and original shop of Dolor’s Kakanin, a famed sticky rice cake maker in Metro Manila. Despite the signage outside, I wouldn’t know that there’s a shop inside where we went as you need to pass this narrow passageway to get there.

Malabon Tricycle Food Trip Tour

Tada! And we successfully get inside Dolor’s Kakanin. Kakanin is a tagalog term for rice cake.

Malabon Tricycle Food Trip Tour

Malabon Tricycle Food Trip Tour

We were lucky to witness how they make their Sapin-Sapin and Mini Puto.

Malabon Tricycle Food Trip Tour

Malabon Tricycle Food Trip Tour

And of course, we’re visiting to get a taste of their Kakanin. Yay! If you’re wondering what are the different colors of kakanin are made of, I learned that the Yellow is made of Corn, Violet is Ube, the White is from Condense Milk and the Red I forgot! Lol. Do you know where the red which also looks like orange are made of?

Update: According to Egay, our guide on that day, the red-orange portion is Kutsinta. Kutsinta is another type of steamed rice cake.

Malabon Tricycle Food Trip Tour

After visiting Dolor’s, we also took a short walk at the nearby wet market where fresh fruits, meats and seafoods are being sold.

Malabon Tricycle Food Trip Tour

We then went to El Casa Katipunero, a well-preserved residential house which used to be the meeting place of the Filipino revolutionary members, the Katipuneros.

Malabon Tricycle Food Trip Tour

And here’s the meeting table used by the Katipuneros before.

Malabon Tricycle Food Trip Tour

Afterwards, we visited the Nepomuceno House, another old residential house.

Malabon Tricycle Food Trip Tour

Malabon Tricycle Food Trip Tour

We also took a short visit at Malabon Patis Factory. Patis is the tagalog term for a salted fish sauce. I wish I can have some green mangoes here and dip it with their patis but no patis tasting here.

Malabon Tricycle Food Trip Tour

Malabon Tricycle Food Trip Tour

And last but not the least is the Angel Cacnio Gallery. Angel Cacnio is the designer of the Philippine 100 and 200 pesos bill. The gallery houses the paintings, sculptures and other art works of their family and other Malabon artists.

Malabon Tricycle Food Trip Tour

Malabon Tricycle Food Trip Tour

Malabon Tricycle Food Trip Tour

And finally, we ended our tour with a late lunch by Jamico’s Restaurant. Our food includes Crispy Pata and other local dishes. Crispy Pata in English is Deep Fried Pork Leg.

Malabon Tricycle Food Trip Tour

The tour is a bit exhausting considering that we need to ride a tricycle on a hot weather to get from one place to another but nevertheless it was an amazing experience especially the food trip! The tour is a good way to experience the local culture of the Filipinos. On the other hand, I really appreciate the owners of the heritage houses we visited as they’re very accommodating to us. They even offered us water. They probably noticed how exhausted we are. Lol! Thank you everyone for accommodating us!

For inquiries and tour reservations, you may contact the Malabon Tourism directly:
City Tourism and Cultural Affairs Office, 9th Flr., Rm. 903 Malabon City Hall, F. Sevilla Blvd., Malabon City
281-4999 loc. 1003 / 667-7910
0921-5132409 / 0926-0454562
Facebook: Malabon Tourism
Email: malabontourism@gmail.com

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