5.051 TERRP 22(1.19) Mangan: Inihaw na Bangus

-Cycle 5, Item 51-
25 (Tue) February 2014

Inihaw na Bangus


at Mangan (Robinsons Place)

-Ermita, Manila-

with Lee YH

Try Every Restaurant in Robinsons Place (TERRP). In Manila through mid-April, living above Robinsons Place, I'm going to attempt eating my way through the mall.  As far as I know, nobody has ever done anything like this, so this could be my unique contribution to the food/blog scene of Manila. Given time constraints, I'll begin with the 39 establishments (currently) on the first floor, whenever possible, working my way up.  

This is the 22nd restaurant in the series, the 19th from the 1st floor.  Midtown Wing.

Previously covered restaurants (for installments 01-10, see post 11(1.11) below; for installments 11-20, see post 21(1.18) below):

-11(1.11) Feb 5 / Wendy's (American) (see 5.031 Baconator Mushroom Melt) / 1.0 / $

-21(1.18) Feb 24 / Ya Kun Kaya Toast (Singaporean) (see 5.050 Chicken Sa Po Fan...) / 2.0 / $

I've been to Mangan before.  3 years ago, it was where I had my 3rd and final dinner on my 1st trip to the Philippines.  Funny, in that prior post, I complain that I was forced to eat all 3 meals in the mall (see 2.035 Pritong Paborito).

Actually, I'm kinda beginning to feel the same way this time around.  Though at just over the halfway mark for the 1st floor, 19 of 37 restaurants, I feel like I've been at it forever, and yet I still have about as much to go--and that's not counting floors 2 to 4.  Another problem is that, because I didn't plan things early on, I've already gone through most of the good places, leaving behind mostly fast food or short order options.  And I'm at a point where I want to start exploring the city and experiment with the food out there, but I'm chained to the mall because of TERRP.   But I'll finish what I started.

Most dishes range between 200 to 300 pesos per portion.

Milkfish is a species of fish.  Also known as "Rutho mylescus" in Latin, "bangus" in the Philippines, where it's the (unofficial) national fish.  Scaled and extremely bony.  Texture is white and flaky, like trout.  Taste is somewhat fishy, like mackerel.  

Inihaw na bangus is a Philippine fish dish.  Consists of bangus, stuffed with tomatoes and onions and seasonings.  Grilled, traditionally over coals ("inihaw").

The food was as blah as before. 

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