Aligue Gives This Mac and Cheese the Extra Oomph You Never Knew You Needed

Talk about an ingenious idea!

( Just when you think mac and cheese couldn't get any more indulgent comes this noteworthy version we spotted on our Facebook feeds. It gives mac and cheese a Filipino twist by mixing in aligue—yes, crab fat or crab roe, which is known for its rich, heady flavor. Yep, aligue mac and cheese exists, and you can find it at Punot!

Mac and cheese meets aligue, and the result is nothing short of glorious. 
PHOTO BY Facebook/Punot Restaurant

Punot's Aligue Mac and Cheese (P265) combines macaroni with a homemade aligue cheese sauce, which balances creamy, cheesy, and umami worlds. If you've ever had crab or lobster mac and cheese, the result is similar, but with the flavor of the seafood turned a notch up. Be warned, you might not be able to go back to regular mac and cheese after this!

Punot is a well-known establishment in Iloilo.
PHOTO BY Facebook/Punot Restaurant

Punot is a restaurant located at Boardwalk by the Iloilo Esplanade. Named after the Ilonggo word for fish pen (given the abundance of seafood in the area), they serve classic and modern takes on Ilonggo fare. You'll find staple Ilonggo fare like Pancit Molo (P160) and KBL ni Emma (P320), but also contemporary creations like the Pasta Dinagyang (P245) or capellini with black seafood sauce and mixed seafood, and the Corned Beef Kansi (P320) or corned beef shank with jackfruit, lemongrass, and soured broth.

They serve classics like KBL, the Ilonggo soup that consists of kadyos, baboy, and langka... 
PHOTO BY Facebook/Punot Restaurant
As well as more one-of-a-kind dishes like the Corned Beef Kansi.
PHOTO BY Facebook/Punot Restaurant
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Hungry for more mac and cheese? Just some of our other favorites in Manila are those by Bun Appetit and Mama Lou's—be sure to leave stomach space for their versions, too!

Mama Lou's version exudes comfort through and through!
This Truffle Lobster Mac & Cheese from Bun Appetit takes the usual mac and cheese up a notch!
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Punot is at Boardwalk Diversion Road, 5000 Iloilo City. For more information, check out Punot Restaurant's Facebook page.

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