Ghetto Grub: Atoy’s Porkchop HouseMarch 19, 2014
- Nico GocoWords
BF Paranaque is a known food destination for both mid to high-end eats. However, thanks in part to its large drinking population of underage kids, it does have two or three ghetto eateries to satisfy those after midnight post-alcohol cravings.
Atoy’s Porkchop House is one such spot in BF, offering various silog meals. It is, quite naturally, known for its Porksilog, and so this was what I ordered. I honestly wanted to try one more plate, but I’m on a horrible and painful exercise and meal plan on a bit of a diet, so I dutifully restrained myself.
Atoy’s isn’t a stranger to guys with six figure paychecks.
Compared to its neighbors, Atoy’s is very low-key and sparsely decorated. There’s no air-conditioning either, just a couple of fans to cool the customers. The place has its regulars, and judging from the crowd’s attire (and the cars they left parked on the street), Atoy’s isn’t a stranger to guys with six figure pay checks.
For PHP 70, Atoy’s Porksilog is a very satisfying meal.
When visiting other similar establishments, I usually don’t go for the Porksilog as my default order. More often than not, I find them a bit too oily. Atoy’s version, though, is different. They manage to serve up a piece that doesn’t look like it swam fifty laps in cooking oil before deciding to rest and take a breather on my plate. For PHP 70, it’s a satisfying meal, and at par with the other silog places in the neighborhood. I also like how the strip of fat and skin was made crunchy, feeling them melt in my mouth was a treat.
While I wasn’t able to enjoy Atoy’s other offerings that day, I was able to spy on the orders of the tables next to me. Aside from the Porksilog, I would probably recommend the Daing na Bangus (fried bangus with rice and egg) as something to try based on the serving size alone. For PHP 80, you get a whole (albeit relatively small) bangus. This particular dish shames other places when it comes to giving guests value for their money. You can also opt to order any of their set meals minus the fried rice and egg, which is pretty useful if you’re not the extra rice type of guy.