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Breakfast at Manila Good-Ha!

Das Ubergeek | Feb 2, 200601:09 PM

Well, I've been keeping some bizarre hours lately thanks to work, and my boss told me to go have a nice breakfast somewhere and expense it.

I decided what I wanted more than anything else was a nice plate of tosilog, so I headed up Woodman Avenue to Manila Good-Ha!, across the street from Kaiser Permanente and just a few blocks south of Roscoe Blvd.

My plate of tosilog was probably three-quarters of a pound of tocino (Filipino bacon, it's pork that's been marinated in something akin to cha shu sauce and then grilled), two enormous eggs over easy and probably a quart of sinangag, garlic fried rice.

I like to bust the egg yolks over the rice and eat it all together with a dash of garlic vinegar, which is out on every table. Filipinos eat like Thais, with a fork as a pusher and cutter and a spoon as the food-delivery device -- makes it really easy to inhale the food.

Ask for achara, which are shredded pickled papayas and which cut the richness of the food wonderfully. You can ask for tomatoes too.

Most Filipino breakfast is a "silog" construct, "si" from "sinangag", garlic fried rice, and "log" from "itlog", eggs. You can get thinly sliced marinated sweet beef ("tapsilog"), Chinese-style sausages ("longsilog"), whole fish ("tuyosilog"), chorizo ("chosilog") and milkfish ("bangsilog"). There's also champorado, which is a kind of chocolate porridge. It is NOT the Mexican hot drink!

My enormous plate of food -- easily big enough for two people to eat, though I saw people having even more food than that -- set me back a grand total of $3.75 plus tax. There is a branch on 2nd and Vermont, another in the 3300 block of Olympic, and one downtown on 6th.

Manila Good-Ha!
8205 Woodman Avenue
Panorama City, CA 91402

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