Citang’s Eatery is arguably the best merienda place in the City of Malolos. It is located beside Sta. Isabel Parish Church. Everyone must try their variety of ‘kakanin’ or native sweet treats made of rice; their delectable rice meals; or everyone’s favorite ‘lugaw’ or ‘goto.’ They also offer different ‘pasalubong’ or treats, which answers the Filipino tradition of bringing gifts, or goodies for those waiting back home.
This eatery started in the early 70’s, and Mrs. Teresita “Citang” Ignacio is the person behind this successful food establishment. Aling Citang started by peddling ‘kakanin’ to their neighbors with the help her husband, Mr. Ignacio Ignacio, and their six children (Lito, Nene, Lidya, Poleng, Marivic and Joey). She did all the preparation and cooking for her merchandise at home. Indeed, it boasts of the homemade goodness! Her kakanin became popular, which prompted her put up this place called Citang’s Eatery.
Unfortunately, at the age of 72, Aling Citang passed away. Nonetheless, the family’s business continues to prosper with the help of her husband and their children managing the eatery. All her children inherited their mother’s cooking prowess. They have their own signature specialties, which they sell at the eatery. According to their Facebook page, “Carmelito ‘Lito’ Ignacio, the eldest, together with his family, is the one who cooks the relyeno, embutido, hamonado, ube halaya, and lumpiang ubod. Margarita ‘Nene’ De Silva and her husband cook the biko, leche flan, and okoy. Concordia ‘Lidya’ Adriano, together with her daughter, cook pansit malabon, pansit palabok, and pansit guisado. Ma. Victoria ‘Marivic’ Villegas cooks the special puto, kutsinta, sapin-sapin, and kalamay latik. Apolonia ‘Poleng’ Encarnado sells the bibingkas and sweets. And Jose ‘Joey’ Ignacio, the youngest, together with his wife, sell the Pan de Baliuag and the varieties of brownies. Poleng and Joey attend to the customers everyday, while the other siblings cook and prepare the food, even during the day.
Finding this place is easy. If you have Waze app, just search for Citang’s Eatery, and it will lead you there. They don’t have parking space for cars, but you can park freely at Sta. Isabel Parish Church, which is just right beside this place. For bikers, they have this long rack in front of the store where you can hang your saddle while you eat inside. The eatery is open from 6AM to 6PM Mondays to Saturdays; and from 6AM to 12NN on Sundays.
Next time you crave for something delicious and remarkably Bulakenyo, drop by Citang’s Eatery and have your fill of delectable specialties at an affordable price.