MANILA -- Graphic artist Emerson Jimenez, 24, lives in Fairview but works near Mall of Asia.
He likes breaking the long commute home by stopping by Cubao to hang out with his friends. He likes discovering cheap eats here.
This evening, Emerson takes us to 15th Avenue Carinderia, a newly opened eatery that is popular for their pancit dishes. It is clean, comfortable and has these orange-colored walls that grab your attention the moment you step in. Two tables are occupied, and the wait staff assures us that though few people dine here, they do brisk business delivering bulk orders of pancit canton and pancit bihon.
Emerson, who is still wearing a tie with his purple long-sleeved business shirt, orders pancit canton and when it arrives, he immediately praises its size and ingredients. "It has carrots, cabbage, beans, shrimp and pork. They use oyster sauce. I like that there are a lot of vegetables," he tell us before he digs in.
In between bites of his vegetable-heavy pancit canton, Emerson tells us about his daily routine and shares his dream of becoming a superhero. He once wore a superhero costume to a fun run and it thrilled him that random people asked to have their photos taken with him.
At the end of the meal, Emerson is pleasantly surprised that the heaving plate of pancit costs only P40. He says that it may not be the best noodle dish he's had, but it's the most value for money.
WHAT EMERSON ATE: One short order of pancit canton for P40.
WHAT HE THINKS: The noodles were thick and soft, but it was served drowning in sauce. He liked how the place is clean and how one order could serve two to three people.
WORDS OF WISDOM: "Bukod sa talent at disiplina, importante din ang tiyaga at pasensiya sa paghahanap ng trabaho. Almost one year din akong nabakante na walang work kasi hinihintay ko talaga itong current work ko na tumawag sa akin. Pero worth it naman ang paghihintay."
15th Avenue Carinderia, 200 15th Ave, Cubao, Quezon City; +63 930 2498257. Daily 8 a.m.- 10 p.m.
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