A few days before my sister-in-law’s wedding last May 31, her hubby’s (he’s Estonian) family flew from Estonia to Manila to do some sightseeing. They checked in at the Hotel H20 since it was close to Manila Hotel where the wedding reception would be taking place. My parents-in-law decided to treat them to dinner at Makan Makan Asian Food Village.
Makan Makan Asian Food Village is located within Hotel H20 and Manila Ocean Park. It was my first time there.
It’s got kind of a street vibe with the lamp posts and the open kitchen set-up that makes it seem like there are food booths you can order from (you actually sit down with a menu and order from a waiter).
There are big round tables like this one. There were eleven of us dining and we wanted to have a lot of variety for our Estonian guests so we decided to order two Family Set Menus. Each set is good for 3-5 people and costs P1,999 net (yes, it’s so affordable we were surprised)!
First let me show you Family Set Menu C (P1,999 net / 3-5 people):
Their Pork Sinigang is pretty good! Tender lean pork and lots of veggies, it had just the right level of tartness.
Everyone enjoyed this. The skin was really really crunchy, like chicharon, and the meat was fall-off-the-bone tender.
Kangkong with Sambal & Garlic
Our guests liked this too — slightly spicy and very garlicky, it went really well with the garlic rice.
Garlic Fried Rice – Yum! Really garlicky!
I was unable to take a photo of the Kilawin Tanigue which came with Set C (yes, 5 dishes total and 4 servings of iced tea).
Our second set was Family Set Menu E (P1,999 / 3-5 people):
Minced Beef Soup
I was unable to taste this because I opted for Pork Sinigang. I’m pretty sure it’s got a tamer flavor profile (think Nido Soup / Egg Drop Soup with ground beef) and most of our foreign guests chose to have it.
Chicken with Ginger Sauce
In other words, Hainanese Chicken. It was surprisingly nice too!
Fish Fillet with Chili Sauce – Ooops I forgot to try this dish!
Pineapple Fried Rice
I liked the Garlic Fried Rice but this was good too! I had both alternately, lol!
We also ordered Pork, Beef, and Chicken Satay (reasonably priced at around P165 for 5 sticks ) with peanut sauce — really delicious! I was unable to take photos though.
We had Halo-Halo (P90) for dessert! Hubby and I shared an order because it’s huge — definitely good for sharing. We both agreed it’s great because it’s loaded yet it’s not overly sweet. Garbanzos, kaong, gulaman, white kidney beans, sweet potato cubes, monggo beans, sago, macapuno, jackfruit, pinipig, sweetened bananas, and a scoop of ube ice cream top finely crushed ice and milk.
Here’s a photo of us at Makan Makan Asian Food Village with our Estonian family! Lots of interesting conversation over a diverse collection of Asian dishes. Did you know that winter in Estonia reaches -35°C and yet they still have to go to work?!
Makan Makan Asian Food Village was surprisingly affordable. You can have a complete set meal for P400 per person. There’s also a wide variety of dishes you can order — Chinese, Filipino, Malaysian, Singaporean, Thai… food and service are pretty good too.
Makan Makan Asian Food Village
2/F Manila Ocean Park,
behind Quirino Grandstand, Manila
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