This would be my first time trying out a Filipino restaurant that specializes in Kapangpangan Cuisine. My only knowledge about this cuisine is that they have delicious sisig! So let’s see what else I could learn. Ahh btw, something I learned today: Mangan actually means eat in the local dialect of Pampanga.
Mangan Camote Fritters – Free Appetizer
While browsing through their menu, we were served with Camote Fritters. Grated camote and deep friend to give it that crunchy look. Better than chicharon!
Mangan Bangus Belly in Tausi Sauce – PHP 220
Fillet of bangus (milk fish) in a semi sweet tausi sauce. Liked the meaty fish that they served but more of the actual belly would be nice.
Mangan Lengua with Mushroom – PHP 285
“The sauce must be yummy!” was my first reaction upon seeing this dish and my reaction was confirmed upon tasting. Although I was expecting a very tender texture, the meat was slightly rubbery. It is more chewy that the other similar dishes I’ve tried.
Mangan Bulalong Baka sa Mais – PHP 380
First on our sinful goodness! Soft tender meat that I can easily slice with my fork! There was enough bone marrow for me to enjoy (others avoided it for health reasons). Just have to note the amount of pepper that they used on this soup (a lot!).
Mangan Crispy Pata – PHP 100/100grams (total = PHP 810)
Second dish of sinful goodness. Deep fried pork knuckles! Nothing special about it but wow, expensive!
Mangan Sisig ni Mely – PHP 260
Our last but not the least, the sisig! It is rare for me to see sisig that’s not served on a sizzling plate. According to the history of the dish, if you put it in a sizzling plate, the ingredients get burnt at the bottom and won’t taste good anymore. Honestly, I didn’t enjoy eating their sisig. It felt like eating chopped fat due to the ratio of fat as compared to the other ingredients.
Our orders for this night would be something we would only do once in a while since we care for our health. I’m sure I felt something at the back of my head after eating these high cholesterol dishes. Overall, we found it a bit expensive considering the serving size and also the nothing special feeling we got on the dishes.
Till next time,
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Ayala Center, Makati