Pinoy Waffles is proof of the value and goodness of a simple homemade snack. This tiny stall on the second floor inside Pacific Mall's Pacific Heritage Town serves up various kinds of Filipino-style waffles that are too good to resist.
Owner Maria Diaz ate the snacks she cooks here as a child in Manila. Here concept is fairly straightforward - she pours homemade waffle batter into a mould and then adds various fillings. Each treat be had for a mere $2.
The lemon waffle just might be my favourite. The slightly sweet and tart lemon jam cuts through the batter's sweet flavour profile. It's oddly refreshing, something I wasn't expecting from a waffle snack.
The ube (purple yam) is also a winner. There's a richness in the ube that pairs well with waffles - perhaps a reason it's now a combination seen at Filipino joints around town.
If there's a waffle that rivals the lemon it's the custard one. The sweet custard takes the snack to the next level, but doesn't overwhelm it.
Pinoy Waffles also offers savoury versions. I like the ham and cheese. The saltiness of the ham, the rich gooeyness of the cheese, and the smooth sweetness of the batter make for a simple and comforting combination.
There also hot dog and cream cheese ones that are perfectly fine but not as exciting as the rest of the menu.
Much to my delight, the Pinoy Waffles sells Halo-Halo ($5), a Filipino dessert made with flan, macapuno, ube, and other assorted ingredients mixed with crushed ice and condensed milk. This version is very good, though I feel there's a bit too much ice here.