WHERE IN METRO MANILA: Let's eat at MANGAN Restaurant

BY PAUL MICHAEL CAMANIA JARAMILLO
 
After a worship service with my friend kuya Warlito, we went to SM North EDSA for a dinner. I told him that we should try MANGAN. I thought it's an Ilocano-owned restaurant. Mangan is Cabalen's other brand. Mangan Restaurant has been serving Filipino food that celebrates the uniqueness of Kapampangan cuisine. From the name of the brand which means "Let's eat", it has become our tagline in enticing guests to try and enjoy home cooked meals despite their busy schedules.

"Traditional meets contemporary" is Mangan's tagline. One is sure to feel nostalgic even with a modern ambience when they step inside Mangan Restaurant and taste their traditionally cooked meals.

Since the restaurant’s establishment in 2001, Mangan has opened branches in various locations in the Metro namely: Robinsons Place Ermita, Robinsons Galleria, SM Mall of Asia, and SM City North EDSA, The Annex.
 
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Let's take a look at its menu.

In keeping with its name, the restaurant menu features a section called “Ispesyal ning Bale,” (House Specialty) where Bibingka with Quesong puti or Queso de bola and salted egg (P130), and Puto Bumbong with grated coconut and mascuvado (P95) highlights the restaurant’s specialty. Sadly, we were not able to try these since the Sampler (P110) is not available when we went there at the evening.

The Sari-Saring Merienda Menu includes Seafood Pancit Luglog (P155), lanched rice noodles topped with a special shrimp based sauce with mixed seafood toppings, tinapa flakes, deep fried tofu, ground prawn crackers.

For Sari-Saring Kakanin, the restaurant has Sari-Saring Kakanin (P105), Sampelot (P100) and Turon Saguin (P45)

An interesting item under the heading of “Ispesyal na Handa” is called tofu sisig (P100). Mangan’s tofu sisig is a golden tidbit of tofu, well seasoned and slightly spicy. It is a light, delicious and healthy alternative to the usual sisig combination.
 
Is sinigang your favorite? Mangan has a variety of this Pinoy favorite dish - Sinigang sa Miso na Salmon Belly (P280), Sinigang sa Bayabas na Ulo at Buntot (P240),  Item  Sinigang na Babi sa Sampalok (P250) and Sinigang na Sugpo sa Camias (P380).

Sisig ni Mely (P260) is the usual chopped meat sisig that we know. The big difference is that this variety came cold and wrapped up in a banana leaf.

Bigger groups can share a variety of platters they offer. From fried, to grilled, to steamed and to a platter of fresh seasoned fruits (P380). One is Inihaw Pyesta (fiesta) platter (P890), this is a combination that includes Inihaw na Liempo (grilled Liempo), chicken barbecue, Alabos na hipon (steamed shrimp), Inihaw na bangus (grilled and stuffed milk fish), Inihaw na talong with burong hipon (grilled eggplant), Inihaw na tahong (grilled mussels), Dahon ng Mustasa (Mustard leaves) and a delicious variety of sawsawan (dips).

Another is Pritong Paborito (favorite fried dishes) for P890 which includes Pritong manok (fried chicken), Lechon Kawali (deep fried pork Liempo), garlic pugo (quail), Pritong tilapia (fried St. Peter’s fish), Pritong biya at sari-saring sawsawan. For health conscious and vegetarians they have steamed vegetables platter (P250) which includes steamed talong (eggplant), okra, sitaw (string beans), Ampalaya (bitter melon), Patola, Upo, Talbos ng Kamote (Camote tops) and a delicious variety of dips that complements all these.

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Author: Paul Michael Camania Jaramillo

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Paul is an Accountancy graduate from the Northwestern University. He is the Executive Editor of VoicePoints. He launched his accounting career at the DSPrats Group of Companies. He now works for KPMG, one of the world's Big Four professional services firms offering audit, assurance, tax, consulting, advisory, actuarial, corporate finance, and legal services.

He was the former College Editors Guild of the Philippines-Ilocos Chairperson. He likes discussing tax issues. He was one of the finalists of the PWC Cup (Taxation and Payroll Accounting)

He has been involved in different advocacy and defending human rights. As a blogger, writer, netizen and an advocate, he has found focus & interest on sexuality & reproductive health, deaf rights & legal access and youth development, leadership, environment advocacy, issues in the nation and in the world, religion, culture and human rights At the age of 14, he has fully embraced the call of leadership.

He was a Lussoc National High School 'The Sring' and 'Ang Batis' news editor. A radical visionary leader, he has led organizations of the Supreme Student Government, Science Club, Youth for Environment in Schools Organization, Interact Club, Math Club, Philippine National Red Cross and other organizations in their institution. He was also awarded as a distinguished student leader as a former officer of the Supreme Student Government and received President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo Campus Journalism Award. He attended two National Leadership Training for the Student Government Officers, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, Youth for Environment Summer Camp, Science Leaders Congress and Schools Press Conference. Joined and won in the several contests from their school to the national level.

He is an organist and an officer of the Church of Christ (Iglesia Ni Cristo).


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