3 ways Mang Ding’s Pinoy BBQ in Marikina is perfect for your family holiday gathering

It’s been a year and a half into the global pandemic, and we are just now feeling some loosening of the many restrictions.

With the Metro Manila recently de-escalated to Alert Level 2, kids are now allowed out of doors, emerging from more than a year of being stuck at home.

With Christmas just around the corner, extended families are surely looking forward to the time they can all gather together and catch up.

I know just the perfect venue for such gatherings: Mang Ding’s Pinoy BBQ in Marikina.

Let me tell you why:

1. Going there is like being welcomed into a family home.

Mang Ding’s is located in a quiet neighborhood in Barangay Sto. Nino, Marikina.

Mang Ding’s Pinoy BBQ
Mang Ding’s Pinoy BBQ

Restaurant owner Dindo Cleofas inherited his father’s (the original Mang Ding) love of grilling and wanted a restaurant where he can continue his father’s legacy as well as have a place where he can relax and chill with friends. Together with his wife, Dotie, he converted their home’s garden area into an outdoor dining space where he can serve customers his specialities, hot and fresh from the grill.

The space is shielded from the elements by a roofed pergola and surrounded by lush greenery, most of which were planted and nurtured by their family.

Mang Ding’s Pinoy BBQ
Mang Ding’s Pinoy BBQ
Mang Ding’s Pinoy BBQ
Mang Ding’s Pinoy BBQ

This open-air dining area is well-ventilated, equipped with fans to keep the air circulating and the surrounding plants adding refreshing color and coolness to space.

Mang Ding’s Pinoy BBQ
Mang Ding’s Pinoy BBQ

Walking into Mang Ding’s feels like visiting your favorite tita’s house; it’s a place where you feel right at home.

2. It can serve as your kids’ introduction to Pinoy comfort and street food.

A few months ago, I brought my parents here for dinner and upon seeing and tasting the familiar Filipino comfort food served to us, both my mom and dad waxed nostalgic about the dishes they grew up with. They regaled my daughter with stories about their foodie adventures back in the day.

Mang Ding’s Pinoy BBQ

If your kiddos are the “just fry me a hotdog, Mommy” type, it may be high time to introduce them to the simple yet sublime joys of good, down-home Pinoy cooking. You can be sure that lolos, lolas, titos and titas will waste no time in telling stories about their own experiences with Pinoy comfort food during your family party, and will help instill among the little ones healthy respect and appreciation for our culinary heritage.

You can count on Mang Ding’s to bring to the table an array of MALINIS, MASARAP at MURA dishes such as:

Ensaladang Talong (Php75).

Mang Ding’s Pinoy BBQ
Mang Ding’s Pinoy BBQ

Sizzling Tokwa Special (Php160).

Mang Ding’s Pinoy BBQ
Mang Ding’s Pinoy BBQ

Quarter Leg Chicken BBQ (Php150).

Mang Ding’s Pinoy BBQ
Mang Ding’s Pinoy BBQ

Boneless Chicken BBQ (Php180).

Mang Ding’s Pinoy BBQ
Mang Ding’s Pinoy BBQ

Isaw Manok (Php20).

Mang Ding’s Pinoy BBQ
Mang Ding’s Pinoy BBQ

Boneless Bangus Overload (Php265).

Mang Ding’s Pinoy BBQ
Mang Ding’s Pinoy BBQ

Pompano (Php380).

Mang Ding’s Pinoy BBQ
Mang Ding’s Pinoy BBQ

And if the children still want the hotdogs, longganisas and fried chicken that they’re familiar with, you can still accommodate their requests here, and even give them a sweet treat for dessert.

Grilled TJ Jumbo Hotdog (Php50).

Mang Ding’s Pinoy BBQ
Mang Ding’s Pinoy BBQ

Grilled Longganisa (Php55).

Mang Ding’s Pinoy BBQ
Mang Ding’s Pinoy BBQ

McJolly Pakpak (Php225 half kilo | Php400 kilo).

Mang Ding’s Pinoy BBQ
Mang Ding’s Pinoy BBQ

Belgian Chocolate (Php150 slice).

Mang Ding’s Pinoy BBQ
Mang Ding’s Pinoy BBQ

Since good food help spark great conversations and great moments, your fam is in for a memorable experience when you hold your get-together at Mang Ding’s.

Mang Ding’s Pinoy BBQ
Mang Ding’s Pinoy BBQ
Mang Ding’s Pinoy BBQ
Mang Ding’s Pinoy BBQ

3. You can enjoy its tasty dishes at home.

The fun doesn’t have to stop after the get-together. You can bring home the yummy Pinoy BBQ at home with you, thanks to this handy box. For just Php599, you get fifteen sticks of Mang Ding’s signature barbecue and isaw served with grilled corn as well as calamansi and siling labuyo for the dipping sauce.

Mang Ding’s Pinoy BBQ
Mang Ding’s Pinoy BBQ

On the other hand, if your family opted for a virtual reunion, you can still partake of the same meal during your Zoom party by sending them Mang Ding’s Ready-to-Grill Pinoy BBQ packs (basting and dipping sauce included) that they can cook at home in a jiffy.

These include, among others:

Liempo (Php360/500g).

Mang Ding’s Pinoy BBQ
Mang Ding’s Pinoy BBQ

Pork BBQ (Php600/20pcs) and Isaw Manok (Php460/20pcs).

Mang Ding’s Pinoy BBQ
Mang Ding’s Pinoy BBQ

Chicharon Bulaklak (Php325/500g).

Mang Ding’s Pinoy BBQ
Mang Ding’s Pinoy BBQ

So whether your clan decides to have a physical get-together or a virtual party over the holiday season and beyond, Mang Ding’s is surely your best bet!

Mang Ding’s Pinoy BBQ is located at Block 3, Lot 13 C Buenviaje Street, Barangay Santo Nino, Marikina City, open for dine-in, pickup and delivery on Mondays to Thursdays from 11am to 9pm and Fridays to Sundays for 11am to 10.30pm.

Reserve the venue now for your clan gathering or book a table for lunch, dinner or drinks by calling +63 916 2853031.

Disclosure: Together with fellow bloggers, I attended a food tasting held at this restaurant. Food items served were not paid for by the attendees.

Sunday family meal with Mang Ding’s

I used to look forward to Sundays because that used to be the day when the fam and I will go out for lunch.

Sunday was the day when I don’t need to worry about what to prepare for my hungry, yet discriminating hubby and kids because we will let our resto choice for the day take care of all that for us.

Well, as we all know, dining out has been curtailed due to the community quarantine (and rightly so, considering the steadily rising number of COVID-19 cases). While I’m thankful for the relative safety of home, I do sometimes seek a break from the toil of preparing food for the fam.

Thankfully, Mang Ding’s Pinoy BBQ, Marikina’s destination for street food that’s Malinis, Masarap at Mura, has innovated its product line to include frozen packs of its signature ihaw dishes that #TeamBahay momshies like me can cook at home.

Mang Ding’s Marikina

These packs are vacuum-sealed for freshness, with meats already seasoned and marinated according to Mang Ding’s signature recipe, ready for grilling.

Take the Liempo (Php270/500 grams), for instance. I just thawed out the pack, brushed my grill pan and the hefty pork belly slices with cooking oil.

Mang Ding’s Marikina

Then, I grilled the pieces (just using my stove, mind you!), until they get to that beautiful golden brown color.

Mang Ding’s, Marikina

Mang Ding’s Marikina

I cut the liempo up into bite-size pieces before serving with the dipping sauce (included in the pack) and hot rice for a lovely Sunday family meal.

Mang Ding’s, Marikina

Mang Ding’s Marikina

Each piece is flavorful and tender, and the pork rind has that satisfying crunch!

Mang Ding’s Marikina

Mang Ding’s Marikina

Step-by-step instructions are in this video, but really, preparing this is a piece of cake!

I also got a frozen pack of Chicharong Bulaklak (Php280/500g). Since the pieces were already well seasoned, I just thawing out the pack, deep fried the pieces for five minutes until crunchy, then drained off the excess oil before serving.

Mang Ding’s Frozen Packs

This is quite a special treat for the fam as chicharon bulaklak is quite hard to come by.

Mang Ding’s Frozen Packs

Mang Ding’s Frozen Packs

Mang Ding’s Frozen Packs

Cooking up a special family meal gets so easy with Mang Ding’s frozen packs. (Check out my home barbecue and isaw experience, also with Mang Ding’s frozen packs).

What will make a Sunday meal even more specials is dessert. Well then, check out Mang Ding’s Belgian Chocolate Cake (Php680)! Moist chocolate cake topped with a decadently rich chocolate icing that will satisfy any choco-holic’s craving.

Mang Ding’s, Marikina

Mang Ding’s, Marikina

Mang Ding’s, Marikina

So #TeamBahay momshies, don’t sweat over your fam’s Sunday meal. Just order a frozen pack and dessert from Mang Ding’s!

Mang Ding’s Pinoy BBQ branches are located at:

  • Block 3, Lot 13 C Buenviaje Street, Barangay Santo Nino, Marikina City (store hours: daily from 11am to 6pm | Tel: +63 916 2853031)
  • Shoe Avenue, Barangay Elena, Marikina City (store hours: daily from 11am to 6pm | Tel: +63 906 3977559)

Mang Ding’s Pinoy BBQ is open for dine-in, takeout, pickup and delivery via GrabFood. Safe cashless payments via BPI, BDO and GCash are also available.

Note: If you’re getting a frozen pack, place your order a day before. Mang Ding’s vacuum-packs on demand to ensure freshness.

Disclosure: Product samples were provided to facilitate an honest review.

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