Dampa. Hovel in Tagalog.
We didn’t really go to shanty areas and had dinner there. Dampa is what they call the enterprising wet market and restaurant coming together to serve fresh seafood! Unfortunately, I don’t have a picture of our wet market…it’s not a pretty sight but you can haggle and buy any seafood and vegetables you like, then, bring it to the restaurant of your choice and tell them how you want it cooked (aka, “paluto”)
It’s really great!
We chose to go to our favorite– the Hongkong Master Chef! The place isn’t swanky for sure but they serve really good food.
While waiting for the marketers to buy the sea food, we ordered coconuts! I have missed this.
These were the on-menu food:
This dish was far better here than in Gloria Maris! The meat was juicy and succulent.
Then came the dishes that we “paluto”:
These were very sweet! What’s sweeter was that my sister peeled the shrimps for me 🙂
This is a kind of seaweed that was blanched and seasoned and served with red onions and tomatoes.
Chinese cabbage that was stir-fried with lots of garlic.
Also, stir fried with tons of garlic!
Kilawin na Tangigue
Mackerel Seviche made with lots of vinegar, lemon, shallots, and local peppers. This makes my mouth water! It is best eaten immediately after being made, or else, the fish becomes tough and rubbery.
The clam soup was fresh and light. A bit too oily on top though as it is first stir fried.
Next came the oyster which was cheesy but not so tasty.
Shrimp, second way
My sisters bought way too much shrimp so they decided to have 2 kinds of shrimp dishes. This time it was fried with sweet and sour sauce.
Because we like the fake cheese!
Salted Egg crabs
Remember the salted egg prawns from Gloria Maris the other night? It was nothing compared to the salted egg crabs we had here! It was the best of all the dishes we had (both restaurants!) The crabs were sweet and when eaten with the sauce, it was heaven on a plate!
It’s not a pretty sight but oh my gosh, I love crab roe!
I don’t know what this is called but it’s inside looks like lobsters. Deep fried with tons of garlic and ginger bits and pepper.
Finally, they served fresh fruits to wash away all the oils 🙂
Fruits in Manila. Sweet!
The Dampa in Macapagal (they have other branches) is spacious and has ample parking area. The wet market is generally cleaner and HongKong Master Chef is there. There are other restaurants where you can dine but usually you will find that Hongkong Master Chef is the only one brimming with clients. To be sure, better reserve early your table.