Famous Isawan in UP Diliman stays open amid pandemic by following safety protocols

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UP Diliman Mang Larry's ISawan
Julius and TinTin Babao sample Mang Larry’s Isawan. Screengrab from Julius and Tintin YouTube video.

The famous Mang Larry’s Isawan at the University of the Philippines Diliman is staying open amid the COVID 19 pandemic by following health safety protocols.

The iconic food stand is famous for its ‘isaw’, a popular Filipino grilled street food made from barbecued pig or chicken intestines. Some of the food items available are the well-loved isaw manok and isaw baboy, pork BBQ, goto, gizzard, buchi, tenga, atay (liver), and chicken ass, among others.

Mang Larry’s Isawan usually has a long queue of orders from students, residents, and alumni who come back for Mang Larry’s delectable street food.

Television personalities Tin Tin and Julius Babao recently visited the street food eatery and vlogged in a YouTube video on July 26, 2020, about their experience buying the grilled meats for takeout.

Mang Larry’s Isawan requires customers to wear face masks while a barrier separates the kitchen staff from buyers. Screengrab from Julius and Tintin vlog.

In the vlog, the husband-wife tandem fondly recalled their college days as UP students in the 1980s as they sampled the street food stand that was already popular back then.

On their visit, the couple showed how customers are immediately greeted by a sign that stresses a takeout and pick up only policy, with no dine-in options.

Multiple signages remind customers to wear their face masks, as well as to observe physical distancing of at least 2 meters.

A plastic curtain separates the food stand’s staff from buyers.

Mang Larry’s Isawan has also innovated by offering frozen isaw.

The Babao couple allotted a taste test segment in their video, humorously called ‘Rapid Taste’. The couple tested out Mang Larry’s grilled street food with the special suka (vinegar with spices). Both agreed that the street food was worth the wait and perfect for those craving or missing ‘isaw’ during this time of quarantine.

The couple also encouraged their YouTube viewers to continue supporting businesses like Mang Larry’s Isawan.

After the establishment’s temporary closure in March due to the COVID-19 lockdown in Luzon, Mang Larry’s Isawan opened its doors again on May 8 to take orders for pick-up.

Lauro Condencido Jr., known as ‘Mang Larry’ by students and diners, established the eatery in 1984. His stall got so popular that he had been able to sell 3,000 sticks in a day. Because of his hard work, he was able to send his five kids to school.

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TELL US in the comments below, what are your favorite Filipino street food?

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