If you are a foodie like me... who bonds with her family over a spread of pasta and pizza, or enjoy a buffet of Japanese dishes... then you will understand when I say, I am always searching for the next food destination to explore!
Last weekend, I had a new discovery... not very far from where I live. Yey for Malingap Marketplace!
The food park is located at 51 Malingap Street in Quezon City. If you are like me who always hangs out in Maginhawa... Malingap Street is a welcome change. Less traffic and congestion compared to Maginhawa, especially on a Friday night.
I was instantly charmed by the American country-themed design. With benches, tables and walls using pallets. If you are following my blog -- you know that I super LOVE pallets and have experienced making my own pallet furniture. Its here
WHY FOOD PARKS ARE BETTER FOR MY FAMILY:
1. You can literally hop from one stall to the other, with just a few steps.
2. Different food choices. A family of four can actually eat in different stalls, and share diverse choices of food with each other.
3. You can do a food trip, tasting a variety of food without leaving the place.
4. No need for waze or google map to find the restaurant of your choice in this quiet
residential place, because, hey, all the food choices are in one compound. Isn’t
There are many ways to call these food hubs – Food courts, food bazaars, food parks. In other parts of Metro Manila, its called Mercato. Or Banchetto. Many names, but one distinct promise. A food experience like no other.
So let's proceed with the Friday Food Trippin' at Malingap Marketplace!
1. BHEST LASAGNA / DEW DEW CAKE
Not an exaggeration, but the BEEFY LASAGNA is one for the books! Creamy, tasty, beefy goodness in every bite. Best paired with their signature BULB TEA. Choose from two flavors -- Taro and Wintermelon. I liked the Wintermelon Milk Tea :)
|BHEST LASAGNA P160|
|TARO AND WINTERMELON BULB TEA P75|
2. MARTY'S KITCHEN
You can never go wrong ordering a plate of your favorite Filipino dishes... and Marty's Kitchen has it! We sampled their BAGNET KARE-KARE I am a certified Kare-kare lover and I liked that is tasted just how I imagined what a kare-kare should be -- with that rich peanut flavor. But having to munch on the crispy bagnet is a wonderful twist. I am not a big fan of DINAKDAKAN, because I am simply afraid the it is too spicy for me. But Marty's Kitchen version of this dish is not spicy at all, and I enjoyed it when I paired it with my flavored beer :)
|BAGNET KARE-KARE P150|
3. ZAIKAOffers Mediterranean and Indian food such as kebab, shawarma and tikka. We sampled on their tasty VEGETABLE SAMOSA and SHAWARMA RICE. We were a bit surprised that the latter has a tint of sweetness in it. Kindda surprising!
|VEGETABLE SAMOSA P50|
|SHAWARMA RICE P95|
4. DAY DA'S KITCHEN
"There is goodness in every bottle" -- this is what their IG account says. Frequent visitors of Malingap Marketplace swear by the goodness and superb taste of their bottled gourmet tuyo. We sampled two of their pasta dishes and it was a hit! My husband liked the salty with a bit of spiciness in the GOURMET TUYO PASTA. I liked the SALTED EGG PASTA. The soft, creamy texture of my favorite salted egg sits well with the white sauce. I think I might request the hubby to experiment on this at home, for I really LOVE the taste of itlog na pula/maalat with kamatis :)
|GOURMET TUYO PASTA P130|
|SALTED EGG PASTA P150|
5. 4 L'S
What I liked about this stall is their BIG serving. 3-5 people can actually share one dish. But if you are going solo, don't fret, they also have single servings of their Fil-Chinese dishes. We sampled on their NILASING NA HIPON, and right away I craved for rice hahaha! I asked, but they didn't want to reveal what liquor they used to marinate the shrimps, but it was delicious! The SPICY CHICKEN, is best for all lovers of spicy food. It was way too hot for me :)
|NILASING NA HIPON P350|
|SPICY CHICKEN P250|
Food here is all about combining and mix-and-matching different ingredients. There is always a delicious, surprising twist in every dish! Really a fusion of savory cuisine.
|CRISPY BARBECUE BACON P140. YOU HAVE A CHOICE TO DIP IT IN BARBECUE|
SAUCE OR GARLIC VINEGAR
|CORN DOG TACOS. DIG IN TO GET YOUR SURPRISE CORN DOG UNDERNEATH |
THE BEEF, CHEESE AND LETTUCE GOODNESS
|TOFU FRIES P90|
7. FOODOPHILE RICE MEALS
This stall offers rice meals. And my favorite.... TAHONG SISIG. The seafood goodness of tahong is very eminent in the dish, but it somehow tasted like the traditional pork sisig. The verdict? Panalo! It is best consumed with plain rice. I paired it with beer, with iced tea. I munched it together with the corn. Lahat bagay!
8. HUNGRY HEAD
If I am bringing my teens here... this is the perfect stall to order from. Who wouldn't want to have a taste of this cheesy goodness in a pan! FRIESTO for the win! Fries with loads of cheese and meat. You can pair it with Hungry Head's bestsellers TEA IN A JAR, which can quench the thirst of 3 people or their Blue Graviola. Or you can enjoy the Friesto with your favorite beer :)
|TEA IN A JAR P85 AND BLUE GRAVIOLA P30|
9. DEW DEW CAKE
Dew Dew Cake is a unique dessert to cap your Malingap Marketplace foodtrip. This water mochi resembles a huge water drop hence the name --- RAINDROP CAKE! It is served with (1) water mochi (2) soybean powder and (3) syrup of your choice which are KUROMITSU (Muscovado Sugar) KURIMU (Mangoes and Cream) and MATCHA.