d'Kusina Filipino American Restaurant - Richardson, TX
Dec 31, 2010
2122 E. Beltline Road Richardson, TX 75081 972-238-7199 Get Directions
LYD Recommendation: Embrace new culture and new food at D'Kusina. Start the meal off right with some Lumpia Shanghai and end it with a nice cold Halo Halo.
Filipino restaurants are few and far between in general, but especially in the city of Dallas. The Filipino population makes up about 0.2% of the general public in Dallas and unfortunately there are not many restaurants to represent this colorful, artistic, hospitable, and unique culture of the Philippines. Luckily LYD was able to find D'Kusina, a small, locally owned Filipino eatery in Richardson, Texas. The atmosphere is very true to any restaurant you will find in the Philippines with all the bright colors, small tables, and pictures of the islands. As you sit down, you will be greeted by a extremely friendly Filipino waitress who will suggest anything and everything you should try from her restaurant! She recommended that you start your Filipino experience with the Lumpia Shanghai, tiny but delicious and fresh fried eggrolls with a sweet and sour (and a bit spicy!) dipping sauce. The selection at D'Kusina is very traditional of the islands and LYD recommends that newcomers of Filipino food get any variation of Chicken Adobo or Sinigang, which are a staple Filipino main dishes. Chicken Adobo is chicken sauteed in onion and garlic smothered with a soy sauce and vinegar gravy. Sinigang Baboy is a pork and tamarind stew-like broth with hearty pork cubes, onions, radishes, potatoes and bok choy. This is a salty and sour dish eaten every Sunday afternoon after church in the Philippines. And just like most Asian restaurants, there are always noodle dishes to try. You can get the traditional noodle plate of Pancit Bihon which is a Lo Mein-style dish with thin noodles and cabbage, carrots, green onions, chicken, and soy sauce. But if your taste buds are feeling adventurous then try the Pancit Palabok, or rice noodles covered in shrimp gravy sauce, boiled eggs, green onions, and chicharon. Seafood or MEAT is definitely a staple in all Filipino foods so when you are at D'Kusina, make sure and get some fried pork, or lechon kiwali in the Filipino tongue, and try it with the vinegar dipping sauce which is always available at any Filipino table. Family-style cooking is what makes Filipino food unique from other Asian foods, and the love each Lola (Grandmother) puts into their household dish can be tasted with every warm, sweet and sour bite.
Make sure you don't leave D'Kusina without getting some dessert! The Philippines is a HOT, tropical place, so Filipinos love to cool down with a cold treat after dinner. Try the Halo Halo, a gelatin, kidney bean, jackfruit, coconut, ube (purple yam), and cornflakes concoction immersed in condensed milk, ice cream, and shaved ice. There's also the Maiz con Hielo which is basically corn in shaved ice, ice cream and condensed milk. Both desserts will definitely surprise you and leave you wondering why you've never had such a balanced meal as your dessert before!
Side note: If you're lucky enough to know someone with Filipino heritage, then visiting your first Pinoy (Filipino) restaurant will be a fun learning experience! Our very own LYD member Kristina grew up in a household that was 100% Filipino and she was willing to teach us the delicious ways of her culture. She can attest to the fact that D'Kusina is very traditional to the foods that she grew up with, and even though it is still not her Mom's cooking, it is a good substitute because she has since moved out and can not eat with her family every night of the week anymore. And since Filipino culture ties directly in with the foods they eat, like most other cultures on the planet, LYD had a great-tasting school day at the dinner table! Kristina taught us a couple of key phrases like Mabuhay (Welcome) and Salamat (Thank you), and most importantly Sarap (tastes good). Lauren, one of our other LYD members visited the Philippines with Kristina's family not too long ago and also taught the rest of the members of LYD about the merging of the Spanish and Asian cultures which has created a one-of-a-kind way of life. Find any one familiar with the Filipino customs and you can hear all about the unbelievable hospitality, the great tasting, hearty dishes, and tropical and colorful nature the Philippines has to offer!
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