I was blown away when I first tried Owa’s grilled tuna panga (tuna jaw) at the Silay Food festival. It was so delicious that I had to visit Owa’s balay pangahan in Silay.
Tuna jaw is extremely fun to eat. There’s a lot of hidden meat inside the nooks and crannies of the bones. It’s fun to pry apart the jaw to see what you can find. The exposed meat somehow tastes better too.
Owa’s Balay Pangahan also has delicious desserts. We sampled their delicious Halo Halo turon in which chilled ube, nata and various other halo halo ingredients are wrapped in a turon wrapper and deep fried. The result is a delicious turon that has contrasting temperatures -cold and chewy inside and sweet, hot and crispy outside.
Dilis con leche is a twist to the traditional polvoron. Finely ground dilis (small dried fish) is mixed into the polvoron milk powder. The result is a distinct tasting dessert. I’ll be honest, I loved the dessert’s contrasting tastes of fish and milk (I love dilis) but my parents who were dining with me didn’t think it was that great. So, this dessert is quite an acquired taste and may not be a hit with others. I recommend trying it!
Owa’s balay pangahan is located on Mana-ul street, Silay City. They are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Open Wednesdays – Sundays
11AM–2PM then open again at 5–9:30PM
Telephone number: (034) 476 7220