As trying out different kinds of food has always been our pleasure, we definitely had to experience the Malingap Marketplace if it’s reasonable. *Spoiler Alert* It is reasonable!
Like a chest filled with treasure to be discovered, Malingap Marketplace is a weekend market (or food park) with exciting food vendors, great entertainment and a refreshing ambiance amidst the city.
Malingap Marketplace utilizes strings of golden hued light bulbs to light up the place at night.
And similar to La Belle Vie Marketplace, this weekend market has a country style ambiance with the use of wood for furniture and decor.
We’re really won over by it’s looks alone, but that’s not the main reason that we’re here, it’s for the food!
Malingap is relatively small compared to other food places out there. What it lacks from it’s size though, the looks, the entertainment and, most especially, the merchants themselves greatly make up for it.
As mentioned previously in our La Belle Vie Marketplace post, the owners prefer startups as its partner merchants. Thus, if you’re the type that always want to try new experience, this is the perfect place for you.
At the time of this writing, there are only thirteen (13) vendors at the place who each have their own specialty. We already tried some of the vendors before from La Belle Vie Marketplace so we focused only on trying out the new ones that we haven’t tried out yet.
Hungry Head offers good for sharing appetizers and tasty juices. According to the owner, she came up with Hungry Head as the name of her business because the head should still be used even if a person is hungry.
Anyway, since we didn’t read their menu completely, we missed their promo. We ordered SOLO BLUE GRAVIOLA and SOLO RASPBERRY juice for PhP 60 (or USD 1.29).
We also ordered CHEESY FRIETO, PhP 100 (or USD 2.14) for our appetizers. We can’t help but eat this cheesy goodness.
Since we consumed the solo drinks right away and we can’t get enough of it, we also ordered their RASPBERRY TEA IN A JAR, PhP 80 (Or USD 1.71).
From the name itself, they specialize in ribs.
For PhP 150 (or USD 3.21), you can get their mouth watering SMOKED RIBS WITH RICE. The serving was pretty generous. However, don’t expect that it’s a fall-off-the-bone type of ribs as it’s not tender. It also doesn’t slide off the bone. You’ll have to tug it with your teeth. Aside from this, the ribs itself without the sauce taste pretty bland perhaps not much spices are on the meat itself.
Meanwhile, its sauce taste something similar with what you can find on Rack’s. With that said, for its price, we say you’ll get your money’s worth on this one.
By the way, aside from cooked food, they also offer the frozen versions their smoked ribs and wings should you opt to cook it up yourself.
The name ‘Pampa’ really got me wondering on the background behind its name. Initially, we thought that it was just a shortcut for Pampanga, a place where the food may have originated.
Owned by a group of friends, we learned from one of the owners that the name ‘Pampa’ came from ‘pampulutan‘ (Filipino word for intended bar chow) that the men bring during their gatherings. They then collectively stuck with Pampa so they can add various words to it which will describe their food offerings. For example, when ‘bata‘ is added to ‘pampa‘ to create ‘pampa bata,’ these words describe their dish as a food that make people maintain their youth.
And the list of “pampa” goes on… It’s really witty if you ask us. What we can add here though that describes our overall experience with their food is ‘pampa gana.’ Pampa gana because when we ate their food not only did our appetites raised but also we were uplifted to enjoy the presence of each other.
As both lovers of seafood, we ordered SIZZLING CRAB MEAT PLATE, PhP 160 (or USD 3.43).
It’s basically a Crab Meat Omelette cooked and placed in a rounded sizzling plate. We really liked it because the taste of the crab meat is drawn out even if it was cooked with egg. It also has mushrooms inside it which we appreciate as well.
Besides the Sizzling Crab Meat, we also got Pampa’s bestseller, SIZZLING PLATE as a courtesy of the owners when they found out that we’re bloggers. Thank you very much Pampa.
We actually have tried a lot of sisigs before. Still, we’re happy to say that this is one of the best Sisigs out there, and not just because they offered for us to try it for free. What made this sisig special compared to others is that they don’t skimp on the actual meat. It’s less fatty that way. The other thing that we liked about it is the fact that they don’t use any cooking oil at all! Hence, alcohol drinker or not, anyone who eats this dish will love eating it.
By the way, this is Chef Arthur, one of the owners, cooking in action.
And this is us inviting you to try Pampa’s sizzling sisig.
Follow Pampa on instagram.
Bhest Lasagna isn’t that new to us. We had the chance of trying it on the 4th Ultimate Taste Test last 2014. During that time, we said to ourselves that this has to be one of the best lasagna’s we tried so far and, true enough, it beat other food participants during that time. It’s still the best lasagna for us up to this day.
Based on the taste of lasagna alone, we felt that quality ingredients were used. The lasagna sheet mixed with their special sauce and ground beef is baked well. But the real star of the show for us is their sauce. It was one of the best cream sauce that we’ve ever tried and really gave the whole dish its identity. We forgot how much we paid for this so we’ll update this after our return.
Dewdew Cake PH
The real reason that we went to Malingap in the first place is to try one of the latest food trends, the RAINDROP CAKE, PhP 120 (or USD 2.57). If you intend to try this too, you may find it at Bhest Lasagna’s stall.
This latest dessert craze that hit New York was brought to the Philippines by Leonard, one of the four sons of Mrs. Bhe (owner of the Bhest Lasagna). Basically, it’s a water mixed with agar-agar to create the pudding. It is served with their special flavored syrup and soybean flour.
They currently offer three flavors namely MANGO, MATCHA (green tea), and KUROMITSU (black honey).
The raindrop cake’s texture is gelatin-like, but more wobbly and, of course, dewy. You should scoop each raindrop with syrup and power to get the optimal taste. As for as cakes go, this is definitely one of the unique cakes we’ve tried. It’s definitely a wonderful treat for anyone who has a sweet tooth. We just hope though that in the future we’ll find this placed in a beautiful plate to make it more instagram-worthy.
During our visit, the special guest of Malingap Marketplace was Gio Levy, a singer and songwriter, who can woo his audience with his passionate singing. If you haven’t heard of him yet, do check out his Facebook page.
Reasonable or not?
We really like the concept of Malingap Marketplace. It has that very relaxing atmosphere that’s perfect for hanging out with friends or family. It’s also an ideal setting for a casual date. With the exciting food choices offered, your taste bud will be more than satisfied. We will definitely go back here to get our food fix.
49 Malingap St Teachers’ Village East 1101 Quezon City, Philippines.
Operating Hours: Friday-Saturday from 4PM to 11PM.
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