Ghetto Grub: Maty’sMarch 22, 2019
- Nico GocoWords
From food carts, to hole-in-the wall joints, we try out meals that literally test your intestinal fortitude. There may be flies on the counter, and the dishes aren’t always clean, but that big, hot bowl of what’s presumably food just looks so good. Yes, these are the places your mom warned you about. But it’s okay, we won’t tell if you won’t. Welcome to Ghetto Grub.
It was bound to happen. You probably know the feeling. It’s late at night, you’ve just had a few (liters) of beer, when you suddenly feel the need to stuff yourself with cheap and hot food before you head off to sleep.
Thankfully, Paranaque is filled with more tapsi places than you can shake a fishball stick at. And each offers a good range of junky food that will more than satiate your post-alcohol cravings. For today’s Ghetto Grub, I’m pleased to introduce you to what is considered a tapsi institution in the south, Maty’s.
Maty’s began as a single stall in the early 1960’s.
Maty’s is one of the oldest running tapsihan places in Paranaque. What originally began as a single stall in the 1960’s has grown to be the three joints open today, each one located just a few meters from the each other. If you’re wondering why they didn’t just open up one big store, keep in mind that Maty’s is located at Don Galo, Paranaque’s old quarter. Space there is harder to come by than a winning 6/55 lottery ticket.
Unlike a lot of modern tapsi places, Maty’s tapa does not taste like candy.
The tapa in Maty’s uses a different, meatier cut of beef than most people are used to. It’s tenderized and pulled apart, giving it a unique appearance. Also, unlike a lot of modern tapsi places, the marinade they use doesn’t taste like candy, and is instead, a good balance of salty and sweet. It is greasy, meaty, and just the right meal to settle your stomach after all that alcohol you’ve taken in.
It’s not the lowest priced tapsilog around, and at PHP 70, I know there are a lot of other places you can go to for a cheap fix. What it is, though, is a very good meal, and one that’s been around for almost half a century. I’d like to think you’re paying for a piece of history whenever you eat here.
If you’re really in need of a more affordable alternative, then the barsilog is a good choice. At PHP 35, it is the cheapest meal on the menu, and also one of the tastiest. The serving may not be that big, but the pork is plump and juicy, and goes very well with the fried rice and egg.
Is Maty’s a place for you? Let’s take a look.
Ghetto Factor: 8/10
The particular branch I ate at looked almost new, and reminded me of Tapsi ni Vivian in Marikina. However, don’t be fooled by the renovation. Maty’s is a little notorious due to a rumor that the tapa they serve is actually horsemeat. Also, it is located in Don Galo, a place so ghetto, it spawned this record company.
Health Hazard: 2/10
The floors were a bit dirty, I guess the cleaning crew called it a night early. But all in all, it’s a pretty clean joint.
No air conditioner here, but it is well lit and looks quite nice. It really wouldn’t be any different than your conyo friend visiting Sinangag Express.