Rediscovering Pinoy Street Food at Mang Ding’s, Marikina

The Filipino street food scene is quite storied and vibrant, a showcase of the Pinoy’s creativity and resourcefulness.

Similar to the street food of other countries, many of its dishes came about as a matter of necessity. During the Spanish occupation, most of the prime cuts of meat were reserved for the colonizers, leaving the innards for the natives. And somehow, they made these “undesirable” ingredients palatable through creative preparation and cooking techniques.

At Mang Ding’s Pinoy BBQ, diners can rediscover these delicacies in a pleasant al fresco setting. Located in one of Marikina’s suburban areas, Mang Ding’s was named after owner Dindo Cleofas’ father. Together with his wife and co-owner Dotie, he has been operating this restaurant for over a year now, providing a cleaner and more comfortable way to satisfy the cravings of Pinoy street food fans.

Mang Ding’s, Marikina

Mang Ding’s, Marikina

My foodie friends from #WeLoveToEatPH and #SaanSaPH and I recently visited Mang Ding’s and feasted on its tasty offerings, which include:

BBQ Platter (Php499). Platters of assorted barbecue such as Pork BBQ, BBQ Chicken, Tenga ng Baboy, Gizzard, Chicken Tail, Isaw Manok and Isaw Baboy.

Mang Ding’s, Marikina

Mang Ding’s, Marikina

Mang Ding’s, Marikina

Mang Ding’s, Marikina

BBQ Liempo (Php155). Slices of pork belly marinated in salt and pepper, then grilled and chopped before serving.

Mang Ding’s, Marikina

Mang Ding’s, Marikina

BBQ Boneless Bangus Overload (Php200). Grilled deboned milkfish topped with tomatoes and onions.

Mang Ding’s, Marikina

Mang Ding’s, Marikina

Dinakdakan (Php160). An Ilokano dish similar to sisig which uses grilled liempo tossed in a mayo sauce with onions and green chilis.

Mang Ding’s, Marikina

Mang Ding’s, Marikina

Ensaladang Mangga (Php75). The local salad of chopped tomatoes and onions served with slices of greem mango and house-made bagoong (shrimp paste).

Mang Ding’s, Marikina

Ensaladang Dulong (Php100). Crispy dulong fish mixed into ensalada.

Mang Ding’s, Marikina

Sizzling Corn (Php145). Buttered corn kernels topped with melted cheese served on a sizzling plate.

Mang Ding’s, Marikina

And we enjoyed all these with a Beer Bucket (Php300), six bottles of our preferred drink, apple-flavored San Miguel Beer.

Mang Ding’s, Marikina

The MASARAP, MALINIS and MURA dishes, the comfortable surroundings and the warm welcome from Dindo, Dotie and their team made our meal very enjoyable indeed.

Mang Ding’s, Marikina

Mang Ding’s, Marikina

Mang Ding’s, Marikina

Mang Ding’s, Marikina

Fun fact: Part of the fun of eating street food is deciphering how they got their names. For example, Isaw (grilled pork and chicken intestines looped in skewers) got their name from the dip (“sawsawan”) that accompanies them, while Tenga ng Baboy (Grilled Pig’s Ear) is also called “Walkman” after the portable cassette players that were the rage in the 1980s.

Mang Ding’s, Marikina

Mang Ding’s, Marikina

Which story behind a street food name do you find amusing? Do share in the comments.

Mang Ding’s Pinoy BBQ is located at Block 3, Lot 13, C. Buenviaje Street, Santo Nino, Marikina City, open Mondays to Wednesdays from 4pm to 11pm and Thursdays to Sundays from 4pm to 12 midnight. For inquiries and reservations, call +63 917 1659872.

No time to hie off to Marikina for a taste of Mang Ding’s street food? Order via Grab Food today!

Mang Ding's Pinoy BBQ Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Disclosure: Together with other foodies, I attended a food tasting event held here wherein food and drink items were served to allow us to sample the fare. These were not paid for by the attendees, including myself.

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Author: Gel Jose

Manic Pixie Dream Girl Wannabe, Imagineer, Foodie, TV Addict and Lifelong Learner

7 thoughts on “Rediscovering Pinoy Street Food at Mang Ding’s, Marikina”

  1. I love street food and pinoy food. I would love to try the dinakdakan. I already went in marikina once or twice but was not able to find a good place to eat like this.

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  2. Ihaw heaven!! Wow, simple ihaw and bbq lang, nakakatakam na talaga. Gosh, i suddenly missed eating isaw, perfect with inuman. And I mean, just look at that feast!! Would definitely check that out with my barkada.

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  3. This -> BBQ Boneless Bangus Overload (Php200). That Grilled deboned milkfish topped with tomatoes and onions… looks yummy and something I’d like to eat everyday! 😀

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  4. I’m not a fan of internal organs street food, but I got intrigued by the trivia you shared! It was developed out of necessity as you would say. We Filipinos have that ability to be creative about something, even in the darkest situations haha.

    Mang Ding’s is such a novelty name like Larry’s Isawan (tama ba?) It was evident in the photos you girls enjoyed!

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