It would be good to know for tourists and beach goers who visit Huntington Beach, CA that there are a couple of Filipino food places not so far away. Just less than 10 miles from Huntington State Beach a hungry traveller craving for good Filipino food would find the Kapamilya Restaurant. It took me less than 20 minutes to get there with the mild traffic and easy to find because it is just along Warner Ave in a shopping plaza across Fountain Valley Regional Hospital.
According to Google Maps, it would take an hour and half to get to Los Angeles via the 5-Freeway because of the heavy rush hour traffic. I am famished so I decided to eat in a place close by.
When I arrived around 4 pm, the owner ready to serve my food was still dressed in scrubs. She is a nurse and just finished her shift so now its time to take care of her restaurant business. There was a wide variety of Filipino dishes about 10 kinds from chicken adobo, pork bicol express, chicken curry, longganisa, and chop suey vegetable as well as a soup dish. They all look good and in a cheerful way assured me that I would not regret.
I picked two dishes, the first is Bicol express which is a spicy pork with coconut milk and some hint of bagoong (salty shrimp paste). The other dish is the chicken curry also with coconut milk cream spiced with bell peppers and has chunks of potatoes. The combo meal is served with a hefty scoop of rice and overall satisfying for the price of $7 dollars.
The ambiance is typical for a Filipino fastfood or turo-turo style with the convenience of a cold water fountain close to the tables. The place is clean and well ventilated for a hot summer day it is alright. After my meal, I got a couple of polvorons, a candy made of milk powder, sugar and mixed with flavors or rice crispies. With a full tummy after a satisfying meal and a day at the beach learning to surf, I embarked on my trip to Los Angeles with the confidence that I can brave the traffic saved from road rage due to hunger.