I was looking for a Filipino restaurant to give my foreign friend a taste of some native dishes. There are many, but the food has to be tasty and in budget-friendly prices so I recommended MANGAN. My mom enjoyed my treats in their branch at Robinsons Galleria so I assume that her seal of approval is enough to make it worthy of the recommendation.
MANGAN has a branch at the 2nd Level of Glorietta 5 in Makati which is a ten-minute walk from the office. This is perfect, because we arrived there hungry after the walk. I only ordered the three plates from the menu but our taste buds enjoyed the experience. You can view Mangan’s menu by clicking here to see if they’re serving the Filipino dishes you’re craving for.
Mangan’s kare-kare is a must try. This is the best kare-kare I’ve tasted!! A bowl at Php360 can serve two to three. Kare Kare is a traditional Filipino stew complimented with a thick savory peanut sauce. You may check out a 7-minute instructional video on how to cook the dish by clicking here.
Now the next one I ordered is likened to a breakfast set because it’s served with garlic rice. The meat on my plate is Vigan longganisa (the Filipino version of sausage or chorizo) served with salted eggs, diced tomato and achara (pickledripe papaya). It’s a full solo meal at Php 198.
Trivia: Vigan is the best-preserved example of a planned Spanish colonial town in Asia. It is located in Ilocos Sur, a province North of Luzon in the Philippines. Aside from heritage sites, they offer native delicacies which tourists enjoy. Click here for more about Vigan.
We love desserts and pastries, so we both instantly agreed to order this platter of bibingka and puto bumbong. Both are traditionally eaten during Christmas season but Mangan serves them the whole year. Bibingka is a Filipino rice cake made with coconut while puto bumbong is made of a naturally purple glutinous rice cake. A Filipino mom has shared how to make these delicacies through her blog The Peach Kitchen.
Share us your dining experience in Mangan! I hope my post somehow helped on where you could go and what to order.