And that is Dampa sa Libis.
|Say hi to the Dampa sa Libis mascot|
For those who are not familiar with the concept of Dampa, it's a place where you can buy your produce fresh from a wet market, have your choice of cooking style with the food you just met (yes, the food choices are very much alive when you buy them from the wet market) and the place also offers an area where you can eat them.
Very friendly neighborhood palengke meets carinderia style eating, with an option to eat in an air conditioned area.
How to eat in Dampa sa Libis:
- Go to the wet market area and have a "meet and greet" with the food that you'd like to eat. This is where the food will be weighed. You can haggle and request dagdag if they do not want to bring the price down.
|Dampa sa Libis palengke. The crabs are all huddled on the far back of the first stall on the left.|
- The person who attended to you on the wet market will then lead you to the cashier's area where you will pay for the food and the paluto, which is the service charge for cooking the food of choice.
|Cashier area of Dampa sa Libis|
- Here, you will be asked to choose which color you want, this will denote the kitchen that will cook your food. Always go for the green. That is Aling Cely's! They make a mean batch of chili crabs that can make you forgo any hell brought about by any allergic reaction you may have from crustaceans.
|Only the finest kitchen in Dampa sa Libis!|
We ordered a kilo of crabs (bakla crabs, which according to the palengke person, they are meaty and ma-aligue), half a kilo of shrimp and a kilo of liempo. The crabs were cooked chili crabs-style, we went for buttered garlic for the shrimp and the liempo was barbecued. All this was for Php1,400 only!
|Dampa sa Libis: liempo|
|Dampa sa Libis: butter-garlic shrimp|
|Dampa sa Libis: chili crabs. Apologies for the shaky shot, I was rushing to take a shot so I can dig in like a mad man.|
What we like:
The price for the food = well worth it! Especially the crabs. Ugh, my mouth is watering just remembering how the sweet-chili sauce compliments well with the aligue taste and the crab meat. *pauses to wipe drool off face*
Dear Dampa sa Libis,
Why don't you make the take out containers complimentary?
You can eat outside if you are the smoker-type or you can choose to eat indoors where there is air-conditioning but you'll end up smelling like seafood fare after.
|Dampa sa Libis dining area. Not so fancy but the food is exquisite|
|Dampa sa Libis dining area, with air conditioning.|
A must for all seafood fanatics. If you are allergic to seafood, just take a dose of Benadryl AH. :p
How to contact them and how to get there?
Dampa sa Libis
|Dampa sa Libis|
Address: 107 E. Rodriguez Jr. Ave. Libis, Q.C.
Tel. No.: 637-3301 or 395-5050