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In Which We Talk About a Charming Little Deli Stall with Really Good Food…

Ham from the Dela Rosa's Deli

One of my favorite stalls over at the Salcedo Saturday Market has to be the one for Dela Rosa’s Deli.  It’s run by a very charming elderly couple – Mr. and Mrs. Dela Rosa, presumably – and they sell a variety of cured meats and a number of other treats.

My sister and I first encountered the stall last year when we were traipsing through the Market for some breakfast.  (In our haste to beat the Saturday traffic, we’d left home without eating!)  We noticed a large knot of people standing around a stall that was giving off the most heavenly scent of frying pancakes – which turned out not to be pancakes at all but corndogs!

These aren’t your typical supermarket corndogs that have gone cold and are served by some indifferent collegiate part-timer with a surly attitude.  These ‘dogs are served up hot by friendly folks from a pot of boiling oil with crunchy golden outsides and fluffy cornbread-like insides that go so magnificently well with the house-made franks encased within.  While they do offer that trifecta of ketchup, mustard, and mayo, these freshly-cooked treats certainly don’t need ’em; it’d be like gilding the lily.  Plus, you can choose your ‘dog size based on how hungry you are: little cocktail-sized ones for a quick snack to humongous super-jumbos for gargantuan appetites.

Incidentally, Dela Rosa’s Deli also whips up some of the tastiest burgers I’ve ever had – and they even have a burger-eating challenge that Man v. Food host Adam Richman would probably love to give a go to.

But what I really love about this stall are the cured meats, most notably the bacon and the ham.  The ham is sheer perfection: thick-cut, neither too lean nor too fatty, sweet and savory at the same time.  You can get whole hams, but you can also get conveniently-packed tubs of pre-sliced ham.  It’s fan-bloody-tastic cut into slivers and tossed into some bechamel sauce with mushrooms and peas served over hot fettucine, but it’s perfect on its own either fried up for breakfast or thick folds of it tucked into a warmed and buttered English muffin for a heavy start to one’s day.  Ahh, pure joy…



Midge started her career in PR writing at seventeen when she began drafting documentaries for a government-run television station in the Philippines. Since then, she made a career in advertising and public relations which ended in June 2016 These days, she works full time at Philippine Tatler as a features writer under the nom de guerre Marga Manlapig. Aside from what she does for a living and her poetry, she has turned her home kitchen into a personal culinary lab and is currently working on another novel. Follow her on Instagram at @midgekmanlapig.

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