Cagayan’s, Centrepoint Bandar Utama

Note: This place is no longer in operation.

Despite Philippines’ proximity to Malaysia, I must admit that I am really clueless about their cuisine save for their Chicken Adobo. *blush* So when I spotted this place in Centrepoint when it first opened years back, I told myself I had to try it. Who knew it would be a few years before I finally stepped foot into that place? Haha, but better late than never ya?

Was surprised to find that this place was opened by a fellow Sarawakian chinese after employing Filipino cooks for his Japanese food joint in Kuching and getting to know about their cuisine. That also explains why Cagayan’s also serve Japanese donburi dishes etc. Only about 50% of their menu is Filipino inspired and most of these included pork!

To start, we had the Golden Mushroom Bacon Maki (RM7.90), which is golden Enoki mushrooms wrapped in pork bacon. Can’t go wrong with this. Can easily make at home also, hehe.

For the vegetable dish, we chose Pinakbet (RM 8 ) which is sautéed pumpkin, long beans, bittergourd, okra etc with shrimp paste, akin to our cincalok. Quite a strange combination for us, but tasted pretty yummy.

They are of course well known for their pork ribs. They come in sizes of 4, 6 or 8 slabs and we chose the smallest portion, aptly named “This Little Piggy” (RM27.50) in Oriental (soy sauce based) sauce. Or as an alternative, you can opt to have the Classic (tomato based) or Chilli Hot Sauce. Served with mashed potatoes and coleslaw, the ribs were heavenly. Well-marinated, juicy and tender, we licked the bones clean.

It’s always interesting to try different variations of shaved ice desserts. We have our own ice kacang and the Filipinos’, the Halo-Halo (RM5). A medley of ingredients such as sliced bananas, jackfruit, red beans, sago beads etc are

After this meal, I’m convinced that I have to seek out more Filipino fare! I do feel it’s a tad underappreciated here in Malaysia as we don’t see as many Filipino restaurants etc. And after reading Eatingasia’s article on Filipino flavours, I am even more tempted. Manila anyone?

Cagayan’s
G107-108 Centrepoint,
Jalan Leboh Bandar Utama
Bandar Utama
47800 P.Jaya
Open : 11.30am-10pm

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12 Comments »

  1. J2Kfm said

    yeah, this has been on some blogs for some time. still, I couldnt rmbr whenever i’m within that area.

    agreed, I dun even know whatever the Adobe (??) ayam you mentioned. =P

    epicuriousgirl says: Yeah, Filipino food needs more awareness here😛

  2. Joy said

    Yum…pinakbet…halo-halo… Oh god. The bacon wrapped sushi looks heavenly. I will definitely make that. How can you go wrong with that? hehe.🙂 I’m so glad you liked Filipino (or Filipino-inspired) food!!! That pinakbet looks way prettier than the usual pinakbet, btw. Haha.

    epicuriousgirl says: hey Joy! One day you gotta bring me around to try Filipino food! Or cook some for me.. hint hint. Lol.

  3. cumi&ciki said

    read about this on lemongrass website.. heard it’s not bad.. must try the pork la, since it’s near my work place.. only worry is staying awake after lunch!

    epicuriousgirl says: haha, considering that it’s just next to Starbucks, can pop by there to pick up a cuppa for that caffeine kick to keep you awake.😉

  4. Miss P said

    Hello Jasmine,

    Thanks for featuring some Filipino dishes. I grew up in Cagayan de Oro City (we have the best pineapples here!). You should try our lechon and balut. Your gastronomic adventures with Pinoy food wouldn’t be complete without these two.🙂

    Cheers to good food and the good life! ~ Miss P

    epicuriousgirl says: Hi. thanks for dropping by. I have every intention of trying lechon when I do make my way to Philippines. As for balut, have tried Cambodia’s version which I reckon is quite similar?

  5. Chin said

    The ribs and bacon plus halo-halo. Can’t go wrong!

    epicuriousgirl says: nope! satisfying meal indeed.

  6. That’s truly one of the bestest vegetable dish picture I’ve seen in a long time… holds its own next to glorious, glorious pork!

    epicuriousgirl says: thanks! you’re too kind🙂

  7. gina said

    I just went to Centerpoint last week and didn’t see this shop. Perhaps will try it in the next time! Thanks for this post!

    epicuriousgirl says: No probs. It’s next to Starbucks🙂

  8. Tummythoz said

    Porky pork. Drools.

    epicuriousgirl says: drools with you. lol.

  9. mimi said

    The ribs look so “finger licking good” huh…😛

    epicuriousgirl says: it is indeed finger licking good🙂

  10. […] but still tender without falling into pieces. And even though the ribs were good, I think I prefer Cagayan’s version. Yet there’s no denying that the pork belly is the best in BellyGood and apparently […]

  11. ajoya said

    hey, good to know after 5 years of staying in Malaysia (Ipoh in particular) that there’s finally a Filipino restaurant. Not an international dish but somehow those who have tasted loved it..Thanks for blogging it and will definitely try soon! If you happen to be in Ipoh, email me coz there’s a big filipino community here that can be a host to you. You’ll get to try more dishes..:))

    epicuriousgirl says: thanks so much for your kind invitation! i’d love to try authentic Filipino food…🙂

    • Patrick said

      Hi Ajoya. We are living very near to the Filipino restaurant and it is quite nice. You said there is a big Filipino community in Ipoh and my Filipino wife would love to meet them. How to contact them and how many are there in Ipoh? We’ll cook great Filipino food as our domestic helper is also Filipino and can cook well. Yummie.

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