I love Mang Inasal. I say that without reservation and with absolute conviction. I am not certain of too many things in life, but one thing I am certain of, is that this tidy little Filipino fast food chain has – hands down – the tastiest chicken I have ever eaten. Better than Chooks to Go, better than Sr. Pedro, even better than that Curbada’s (Curve) place up on Palinpanon Road. I am not absolutely certain as to why it is so good, it just is. My suspicion is that it has something to do with whatever elixir of ambrosia they are marinating it in. And the best thing is, the pecho (“breast” – my favorite meal) is consistently good. Every time I have gone it has been rich, and tender and oh-so-juicy. Yum!
Michell and I usually hit Mang at least once a week. It’s not the healthiest food – each meal only comes with a soda (not so good) and “endless” rice, which is also not so good. “Endless rice” always makes Michell’s heart go all pitter-patter, so I don’t have to usually do much arm twisting to get her to go.
Last week we brought the GoPro in to video a dinner at “Mr. Barbeque.” (“Mang Inasal” actually means that in Ilongo, another local language-dialect like Bisaya.) As usual, the place was mobbed, so the audio “quality” of our little camera again failed the test. We didn’t put too much worry into that as we were both much too busy woofing down our super-scrumptious pecho, while I was saving a special spot for a post-repast turon split. “Turon” is a desert consisting of three scoops of ice cream (two scoops of “cheese” – one scoop of ube) snuggled between two yummy biscuits made of bananas encased in lumpia wrappers. So, so good!! As things are in the Philippines, turon split is sometimes out of stock, so when that happens, I usually have a leche flan, which is a sublime combination of whipped egg white topped with something that tastes startlingly similar to maple syrup.
Yeah, and people say that there is no good food in the Philippines. Ha!
In other news – and as a total non sequitur – I got some bad news from the doctor this morning. Now, if you are considering retiring in the Philippines, medical issues are always something you have to constantly consider. Anyways, as I feared, the staph infection I have is going to require surgery. Now I now you just saw us have dinner – and read about yummy comestibles at Mang Inasal – but it looks like I am going to have to have the sweat glands in my right armpit surgically removed. The diagnosis is Hidradenitis Suppurativa, which doesn’t go away. I never had issues with it before coming to the Philippines, and it has been steadily getting worse for the past few months, requiring multiple series of antibiotics, lots of hot compresses and a stunning amount of pain. (If you’ve ever had a boil under your armpit, you know what I am talking about – just imagine six or seven of them at the same time…..). So, long story short, I am on a new antibiotic (Levofloxocin) used in conjunction with a topical cream to get the swelling down. From there, I will have to decide if I want to get the surgery done. I will be getting a second opinion, of course (probably tomorrow) but from everything I have seen and (painfully) experienced, it looks like going under the knife is ultimately inevitable. The doctor referred me to one of the surgeons who checked it out and said he could do it for 15,000 pesos with local anesthesia.
Oh, hell yeah – soooooo looking forward to that. 🙁
Tomorrow I will go for the second opinion.
Well, at least the good news is that with only one armpit with sweat glands, my deodorant will now last twice as long……..
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