Max’s Filipino Restaurant, Edmonton, AB

Halo-halo, a uniquely Filipino dessert with a mix of preserved tropical fruit, milk, beans and shaved ice

Halo-halo, a uniquely Filipino dessert with a mix of preserved tropical fruit, milk, beans, jello and shaved ice

It’s been quite a few months since we last dined at Max’s Restaurant in Edmonton’s west end.  Max’s specializes in Filipino cuisine, and as I’ve described to many foody friends unfamiliar with food from this part of the world, it’s kinda like Chinese food.

Kinda like Chinese food, but not.  It took me a while to figure out why it’s like Chinese food, and that’s because most of the dishes are stir-fried, but the spices and seasoning is entirely different.

Sizzling tofu

Sizzling tofu, $13.99.  Surprisingly, the meat lovers at our table chose this vegetarian dish as the evening’s favourite

We ordered four dishes, starting with Sizzling Tofu ($13.99.)  For the meat lovers at our table, this was our surprize favourite dish, cubed tofu on a sizzling hot plate and with a hint of ‘heat’ from peppers.

Lechon Kawali (sliced pork belly, $16.99>0

Lechon Kawali (sliced pork belly, $16.99.)

Like Chinese cuisine, Filipinos have a roast pork belly dish.  Lechon Kawali ($16.99) comes with a slightly sweet dipping sauce, and the pork belly has a lovely crunchy outer layer with succulent, fatty middle layer and a layer of lean meat.  Superb, especially if you grew up on Chinese roast pork belly like I did.

Asparagus and tofu ($13.99)

Asparagus and tofu ($13.99)

Our vegetable dish was Asparagus and Tofu, cooked with plenty of sauce to smother our carbohydrate, Garlic Rice (Large, $7.99), a fine accompaniment to our meal.

Our final dish was the Classic Pork Sisig, or sizzling diced port, ($14.99), which according to the menu is marinated pork cheeks.  Another favourite of ours.

Large Garlic Rice, $7.99

Large Garlic Rice, $7.99

 

And to top off our excellent meal was the uniquely Filipino dessert Halo-Halo, a surprising dish that somewhat resembles a sundae, but made of tropical fruit, beans, milk, jello and shaved ice ($8.99.)  These desserts are large, so one serving is enough for two people.

Halo-halo, a uniquely Filipino dessert with a mix of preserved tropical fruit, milk, beans and shaved ice

Halo-halo, a uniquely Filipino dessert with a mix of preserved tropical fruit, milk, beans and shaved ice

All in all, Max’s served up a fine supper for us.

On Saturday night, the restaurant was busy and filled mostly folks from the Filipino community.  The atmosphere is relaxed, filled with kids and casual.  This is a great restaurant for those who are even moderately adventurous.  The menus have pictures, prices are competitive and parking is plentiful.

Max’s Restaurant:  11650-142nd Street, Edmonton, AB.; Tel.:  780-453-8008.  No reservations accepted; Open M-F 11:30 AM-8:30 PM; Sat-Sun 11:00 AM-9:00 PM.

Highly recommended.

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