Manila Fastfood and Desserts
8979 Mira Mesa Blvd
San Diego, CA
I realized not too long ago that I haven't done a post on Manila Fast Food since showing the spread from Boyfriend's birthday last year. Manila Fast Food is a regular spot for Boyfriend and I when we are craving Filipino food, though we haven't gone much recently. The main reason being it closes early, like many of the turo turo fast food type Filipino places. Usually we want something for dinner and we don't eat dinner that early.
Manila Fast Food offers a pretty large selection of popular Filipino dishes. The prices are pretty reasonable. A two item lunch combo is $5.99, and it's enough for both Boyfriend and I to share one. For a dollar more, you can get pancit instead of rice. The store is family run, and it's usually a bunch of women working when we are there. It used to be run by another family; I'm not sure when they changed owners but it's been a while.
Last time Kirk of mmm-yoso suggested that I try the goat. Unfortunately, goat is only offered on Fridays and Saturdays. On this particular night, I got the pork menudo (stew) and chicken adobo. We got the food with pancit (rice noodle dish) instead of rice, though Boyfriend then ordered a small order of rice because he can't eat the pork stew without rice.
Finally, we got some lumpia. I think since the place has changed owners, they are a bit heavy handed with the salt. The lumpia are saltier than before, and I found the other food was slightly saltier as well. Overall, I still enjoy coming here though.
The pork stew has a tomato based broth. The stew is savory with a bit of sour. The chicken adobo is also savory with a sour vinegar aftertaste. Both of these dishes remind me of dishes my mom makes, which is why I think I like these dishes so much.