I am a newbie in Makati. Having worked here for less than a month, I barely have an idea of places to eat that satisfies both my appetite and my pocket.
Just recently, an officemate suggested that we try the famous Palanca Porkchop that is served at a certain jollijeep on C. Palanca St. in Legazpi Village – just a few blocks away from where I work. Jollijeeps are those food stalls on the side streets of the Makati CBD that serve affordable meals to hungry (or hangry) workers.
The porkchop is a Filipino favorite. It’s best when served hot, crispy, and juicy. As I am a porkchop lover myself, I decided to give the Palanca Porkchop a try.
Upon arriving at that jollijeep in front of Belle & Dragon along Palanca, I saw a queue of people as if they were lining up for a blockbuster movie. As I was lining up, I couldn’t help but look behind me and notice the queue for the stall becoming even longer. This porkchop requires a lot of patience.
Being an eager first-timer, I went in line not knowing that the queue was for take-out orders. Lesson learned. So, if you will eat by the stall, just say “Ate/Kuya kain po” and they will immediately serve you your hot, crispy, and juicy porkchop with rice. It’s up to you if you want it dipped in toyo and calamansi with sili because the porkchop itself is very tasty.
Just a bit of caution, especially when eating near the kuya chopping the mouthwatering meat. As I was eating my lunch, the other porkchops’ oil kept on splatting towards us – which just added the urge to take another bite and order again for take-out!
The serving of porkchop varies from its price ranges, from Php40 to Php150, while each serving of rice costs Php10. They also serve different vegetables starting at Php10 each, depending on the serving size.
We also noticed the ates and kuyas mentioning “40,000,” referring to the porkchop’s serving size, when it actually is Php40. The owner told us that she purposely does this to make them feel and think that they would earn a lot. Well, she may be right since her place has become word-of-mouth on that side of the Makati CBD.
This jollijeep is open during office hours, but the sought-after porkchop is only available from 11AM to 2PM – just right to meet the lunch demand. If you happen to be far from Palanca by foot, you may also order for the porkchop via a ride-sharing app, but delivery is limited to the CBD.
So, if you’ve got a tight budget and want value for money, the Palanca Porkchop has got you covered.