Kanin Club: Can’t Live without Kanin

When I first heard that Kanin Club was opening a branch in Westgate Alabang, I was extremely happy. Blog entries I read about their original branch in Paseo de Sta. Rosa excited me. Still, for some reason or another, it wasn’t until last week that had the chance to visit them. Something I made up for my eating there again just a few days later. I’m sure it’ll be all right because it looks like that late visit is the start of what will soon be a love affair.


Miele Restaurant Guide inductee Kanin Club, as its name suggests, is big on rice. Aside from your usual rice offerings, they have some pretty interesting rice dishes like Tinapa Rice, Daing Rice and Aligue Rice. We had the Daing Rice, a fried rice dish that’s loaded with salty daing morsels, toasty garlic bits and generous amounts of spring onion. Each bite is packed with flavor as the daing and garlic heighten each other’s flavor while the spring onion cuts it, giving your tastebuds a welcome reprieve from all the deliciousness.


My main reason for going to Kanin Club was to investigate their Crispy Dinuguan. It sounded blasphemous yet oh-so-tempting. Dinuguan? CRISPY? I’m soooo there. The first bite was an assault on the senses. Crispy dinuguan is actually chicharon (the meaty kind that resembles lechon kawali) and chicharon bulaklak, dressed with a thick dinuguan sauce. I really liked it but couldn’t eat much because it was too rich!

We took the leftovers home just because I didn’t want to waste food. It proved to be a good decision because the reheated leftovers were even better! It had a pleasant, soggy chewiness that you can’t get from normal dinuguan, with the added bonus of being more flavorful as the dinuguan flavor because the meat got a chance to really absorb the sauce. It’s seriously good food reheated, in fact, I’m mulling over buying some and just sticking it in the fridge for day after enjoyment.


Like most Filipino food places, Sinigang is a must on the menu. We tried their Sinigang na Bangus sa Miso and it was done well. The bangus was sinfully fatty and the sourness was perfect and fruity. The soup had a good balance of flavor, even with the hint of ginger (I grew up with gingerless sinigang). In fact, the ginger was a pleasant addition. It never overpowered the sourness and added an interesting bite to the broth.


For more crispy goodness, there’s also the Crispy Binagoongan. Think large chunks of fried pork, ala lechon kawali, resting on a bed of sautéed bagoong, complete with tomatoes and kangkong. While you can definitely taste the bagoong, it’s not too fishy nor too salty—the tomatoes do their job in lessening the usual saltiness of bagoong. You’ll want to keep spooning the bagoong sauce on your pork.


Because we were feeling a tad guilty about the Binagoongan, we ordered some Adobong Kangkong to go with it. Their kangkong stalks are sliced in little circles then cooked adobo-style. The sauce’s soy base was almost perfect; it had a nice, meaty savory flavor despite being a vegetable dish. It would’ve been better if they added a bit more vinegar to it; it doesn’t have the characteristic adobo sourness I’m fond of.


We got curious about their Turon KC (Kanin Club) so we decided to go and get some for dessert. Unlike your usual banana and langka turon, theirs had bananas, macapuno, ube and red mungo beans. More like halo-halo in lumpia wrappers than turon, really. It’s then liberally dusted with brown sugar that was allowed to caramelize and some sesame seeds. It’s quite daunting to eat but it is truly delightful. Who knew ube halaya would be this good when wrapped in a lumpia wrapper and fried? The earthy halaya flavor really set the stage for the rest of the ingredients. It was smooth and delightful and I bet, will be the thing that’ll make the turon stick to your brain.

When you’re searching for good filling comfort food, Kanin Club delivers. From their traditional Filipino food to their classics with a twist, every meal is an adventure because you’d want to try something new. So, forget your low-carb diet and drop by Kanin Club. You’re sure to find satisfaction, along with the copious amounts of rice.

Kanin Club Westgate Alabang
Filinvest Corporate City, Alabang, Muntinlupa

Kanin Club Paseo de Sta. Rosa
Sta. Rosa City, Laguna
(049) 544-0332

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17 Responses to Kanin Club: Can’t Live without Kanin

  1. Mrs. G says:

    Only 2 branches?!? No branches in Makati or Quezon City?

  2. Leki says:

    argh…no one will eat these with me anymore. :( everyone’s on a diet…

  3. dyanie says:

    I wanna go here soooo soon! drool to the pics! haha 😛

  4. Toni says:

    Panalo ang Kanin Club. Super. Love it! WIN WIN WIN!

  5. aoitenshi says:

    Wow that really made my mouth water! I’m so curious about that crispy dinuguan. I really have to drag the bf over to Westgate sometime.

  6. kaoko says:

    @Mrs. G
    According to Stephie (from Plurk :P) they’re opening a branch in the UP-Ayala Technohub 😀

    Solo flight! Kaya mo naman ubusin e, hehehe.


    Agree! Can’t get enough! Gusto ko nga kumain ulit tonight…

    Go na. The food is good plus the prices are very reasonable. Plus, if you’re at Westgate, you can hop over to Breton for dessert if the KC turon isn’t your thing.

  7. ruthi says:

    OMG! You make me crave so much that I really miss home. This is definitely the first stop I will have after I pass the check out at the airport. Promise.

  8. mike says:

    looks good, but i read in some blogs that the sometimes they are inconsistent

    • kaoko says:

      That’s exactly what we plan to do rin, when this friend of mine who’s overseas comes home. Sugod agad sa Kanin Club!

      Really? That’s unfortunate then. So far, my visits there have been pretty consistent. Some dishes are just okay for me while some have quickly become favorites. Most of my friends like it there as well, but I really can’t speak for everyone.

  9. Lhady says:

    OMG…i miss that food…mwuahhh

  10. kaoko says:

    Yeah, it’s relatively new. Pero it’s still much better than having to go all the way to Sta. Rosa, I’m sure 😀

    I agree, it’s definitely something you’ll miss and crave for.

  11. Hannibal says:

    We went to their location at Paseo de Santa Rosa, when we were heading towards Manila (coming from Tagaytay). And so we stopped over at Kanin Club for dinner. I like their crispy dinuguan, spicy tahong and the fried rice with crab’s “aligi” although I’ve forgotten what they call it. I “super” liked it! I ordered red wine for myself to wash it all down. I think they just opened a new branch here at Makati, inside the Makati Triangle Park (just beside the Makati Stock Exchange.)

  12. Hannibal says:

    They have opened one, I believed at the Makati Triangle Park!(beside Makati Stock Exchange) 😛

  13. kaoko says:

    It was about time! They also have a branch in UP-Ayala Technohub but opening one midway was such a good idea. I’ve a lot of friends who rejoiced when that branch opened. :)

  14. Kate says:

    Your pictures are making me salivate. I really have to visit PI soon. Never had the chance to visit your site until today. It is awesome Kao, keep up the great up and good luck on all your food adventures.

  15. kaoko says:

    Thanks Kate! Be ready to gain weight next time you visit! So many yummy new places to explore :)

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