Whenever The Greek Mister and I travels, we always prefer to eat at small family-run restaurants. We never had any inclination to dine in fancy restaurants as we’ve been sick and tired of it in Dubai and Doha where we’ve been living for almost a decade now. When we travel, we want something authentic, something unique, something cheap and something which the locals would prefer to eat so on our recent holiday to the Philippines – we joined my friends for lunch at Mahogany Market in Tagaytay.
As the name suggests, Mahogany Market is a popular market in Tagaytay with carinderia-style restaurants lined up on one side of it serving meals in home-style cooking with ingredients fresh from the market opposite it. There was a myriad of restaurants to choose from which may be hard for you to do but it was quite an easy task for us, we chose a restaurant which offered free wi-fi. Hah!
The meals are already prepared and are kept in shelves enclosed with glass. Those with soups or sauces are all placed in front of these shelves inside huge bowls, it’s a typical Filipino turo-turo stall. Turo means point in English and we call these kinds of stalls turo-turo as you’ll just have to point at which dish you’d like to have. I got excited and pointed at a lot of fried stuff inside the glass shelf. We also ordered the very famous soup of Tagaytay called bulalo which is a beef soup cooked with beef shanks and marrow bone. The Greek Mister loved it and he feasted on only that for the whole lunch. That and some of the fried stuff I ordered. Diet? What diet?
The food of course came quite quickly and we all started yet another feast. I’m not sure if I was just hungry at the time or if I did not have these kinds of meals for a long time or if the food really tasted all good? I think it’s the latter, it has to be because even my friend who is on a never-ending diet ate a lot for lunch that day.
The best part of it all is, we paid only PHP300 per person for this feast. YAY! I think Mahogany Market is going to be a mandatory stop for me whenever I go back home to the Philippines. 🙂