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Dining in - "you buy" "We Cook" DAMPA style or Paluto

Updated on October 18, 2010

Not the old Dampa that we know

Dampa, just beside Farmers Market

 One of the newest attraction in the Araneta Center Cubao is the Dampa, Restaurant.  Just beside Farmers Market, which complimented each other because of the Paluto style which can also be considered as informal dining, but very healthy and fresh and delicious

But this is not just one restaurant.  Dampa is just a Roof and under it are stalls or counters of different restaurant owners and it depends on the customers whether  who among those can qualify to their standards

too many options under one roof

What is Paluto style?

 "Paluto" is a tagalog word that means let someone cook the food for you but you will be encouraged to buy what ever seafoods that you crave from the market beside them. Then tell the cook the recipe or viand you have in mind and they will cook it for you.

If you are not too hungry and willing to wait.  the Paluto Style is such an adventure.... All the restaurants inside Dampa can make a real mouth watering viands, and you know you will be eating all fresh foods because you buy them yourself.

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Too many foods and yet very economical

You might think that you will spend a lot for this, aside from those that you bought yourself, you will need to pay the restaurant that you chose to cook for you, but that will not be too expensive, and if you divide the bill among yourselves you will realize that you really will not spend much and yet you are too full that you can bring some of the clean left over home.

The service is good enough this is definitely a non formal dining, this is like eating the filipino way, where you can eat without apprehension and with too much comfort. You also have a choice to eat with your bare hands, thus the establishment has a designated wash area.

About the food, mostly traditional Filipino foods that our Mothers or Grandmothers regularly cook for us.. 

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      Maria Cecilia 2 years ago from Philippines

      Thanks for visiting Poetryman6969

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      I am not a seafood person but I have had this kind of experience with other kinds of food. I enjoyed it!

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      Maria Cecilia 4 years ago from Philippines

      with big fishes like tuna, or maya maya, the head, we requested for Tamarind broth or Sinigang, then the tail part, we want it grilled or ihaw.

      Shrimp or sugpo, we wanted it cooked in butter. That's the most common I guess..

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      Norman 4 years ago

      can you recommend me the great dish ?in your restaurant ?? / paluto menu ??

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      Maria Cecilia 5 years ago from Philippines

      oops I mean mystical not mythical Unknown Spy, thanks for viewing my Tagaytay tour...

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Wow, thank you so much and I;m really glad to meet you here in HP. I've seen your tour on Tagaytay, marvellous place. Taka care :)

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      Maria Cecilia 5 years ago from Philippines

      Unknown spy, I thought you were from other countries but not Philippines, happy to know you are a filipina and thanks so much for the hint.... beause of your poems, I thought something about you is mythical..... you really impart me that kind of effect whenever I am reading your works, thanks for visiting my pleasure really..

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Wow.. We had a superb whole day eating galore at MOA last time. Great experience, we personally handpicked the crabs and shrimps! :)

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      Maria Cecilia 5 years ago from Philippines

      Hi Maam Lita thanks for visiting, now this paluto style is almost everywhere....especially at MOA..

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      Lita C. Malicdem 5 years ago from Philippines

      This is great Maricel. Looks like shopping around for uncooked food items and have it cooked to your liking. This procedure is also common in country clubs. I know, I'd been to Baguio Country Club several times in the past with our well-to-do friends who are members of that club. Hmmmm, yummy!

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      Maria Cecilia 7 years ago from Philippines

      Prasetio thanks for visiting, prior to this, I published a hub on my birthday celebrations where I featured restaurant where I dined..will feature more soon.

      Guys just visit this hub from time to time, I'll be adding photos for this

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      prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I'll put this place in my list if I go to Philippines. Good information, Maria. I love to try another cuisine around the world. I thought this is the best one. Thank you very much. ~prasetio

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      Maria Cecilia 7 years ago from Philippines

      thanks Texas Ladt hope to see more of you

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      Texas Lady 7 years ago from Texas

      Great Hub, -thank you so much for sharing with us! Voted up!

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      Maria Cecilia 7 years ago from Philippines

      djbryle, I will post photos soon, pero kaunti lang talaga, low bat ang camera ko.. thanks for visiting

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      DjBryle 7 years ago from Somewhere in the LINES of your MIND, and HOPEFULLY at the RIPPLES of your HEART. =)

      Voted up sis! Even with the absence of images of food in your hub, "dampa" and "paluto" made me crave for Filipino foods so much. hahaha! I am such a food lover. Thanks for sharing! =)