I find it amazing that when I think about college, a lot of my memories are about Mang Jimmy’s… that hole in the wall restaurant in Old Balara, in front of the Manila Water office. One of those memories is eating there with four of my female classmates (from the National College of Public Administration and Governance) after our final exam in a class about public personnel management. We sat down in one of the rounded tables, talked loudly while waiting for our orders, and devoured our order under 20 minutes. And we ordered a lot, mind you. The funny thing was we were all so hungry that no one was talking while we were eating. Everyone was minding her own business. Only when the last piece of tapa was eaten did someone utter a word. Talk about hungry!
Now that I have essentially lost touch with my former classmates, I am all about making new memories in Mang Jimmy’s with my new friends. And new memories were made last September 2 when five of us, four girls and a boy, had a long dinner there after sampling the sweet treats of Chocolate Kiss. Here’s what we feasted on that night:
When you go to Mang Jimmy’s, it’s a must to order their Sizzling Sisig. It’s an all-time favorite for old timers like me. They used to top it with mayonnaise but now they use egg. You then squeeze a calamansi all over it and then mix it. It’s best eaten with soy sauce, calamansi and siling labuyo as condiment.
Another Mang Jimmy best seller, Tapa Mix is made of pork marinated in soy sauce and spices and fried to tenderness. It’s very flavorful so it’s good to eat alone or with rice. If you’re drinking alcohol, it’s perfect as pulutan along with the sizzling sisig.
The Sizzling Tuna Belly is a recent addition to Mang Jimmy’s menu. I found the serving a little less than I expected but I guess tuna belly’s expensive. As you can see, it’s topped with onions and tomatoes. There’s also calamansi that you can squeeze over the dish. Best eaten with the soy sauce-calamansi-siling labuyo sauce.
This is one of my favorites. I don’t know what they use for marinade but it certainly tastes rich. Out of five pieces, I got theone with the “itlugan” inside. It’s highly rich in fat but I love it.
Not everything is Mang Jimmy is swimming in oil. Their chopsuey is one of those dishes. But just like everything else, this is cook-to-order so the veggies are not soggy. We also ordered ours without chicken liver because one of our friends is a vegetarian.
It used to be that Mang Jimmy’s serve unlimited rice for no charge at all. The last time I had that was in 2003. Now, you have to pay P15 for every cup of rice. They’re also now offering desserts and fruit shakes. They also serve beer for those who want to imbibe on alcohol. Do note, however, that they’re open until 10PM only so you might want to take happy hour somewhere else after that.
Oh by the way, our bill was less than P600. Cheap, right?