(Kansas City, MO) –KC Commercial Realty Group and City Market are pleased to announce the addition of Ting’s Filipino Bistro. The new restaurant will host a public soft opening with a limited menu Thursday, Sept. 1, and officially open offering the full menu during the week of Sept. 13 at 405 Main Street.

Featuring popular cuisine of the Philippines, Ting’s Filipino Bistro is one concept in Theresa “Ting” Santos-Spencer’s growing portfolio of restaurants. The original iteration of Ting’s is at Parlor, a food hall in the east Crossroads district, which is also home to her other concept, Khalia’s Pizzeria.

Santos-Spencer says the City Market location will have an expanded menu featuring many of the family recipes she grew up eating including her favorites which are as delicious as they are nostalgic:

  • Lumpia Shanghai — ground pork, shredded carrots, finely minced garlic, onions, scallions, and Filipino seasoning. Lumpia are made of thin crepe-like pastry wrappers rolled around savory or sweet fillings.
  • Chicken or Pork Adobo — Filipino staple dish made with garlic, vinegar, soy sauce, and Filipino seasonings served with rice. “Adobo” comes from the Spanish word “adobar,” which means “marinate.” In Filipino cuisine, an adobo marinade is traditionally vinegar-based.
  • Pancit — vegetarian or chicken with vermicelli noodles and vegetables. Pancit is a general term for various traditional noodle dishes. In Filipino, pancit simply means “noodle”.

“We served these dishes at every party, holiday, and celebratory occasion in my family,” she said as she described her vision for the overall scheme: to convey Filipino culture with excitement and passion. And central to her vision is a sense of family which is woven into every aspect of the new restaurant:

  • Ting is the nickname her father gave her, derived from a favorite cartoon theme song. Over time, it was the only name she answered to as a child.
  • A large mural in the City Market location depicts the story of her life. Born in the Philippines, she moved to New York City as a young child and then to Kansas City where she grew up.
  • She attributes her strong, independent character to her parents, and her love of culinary arts to her grandmother. “My dream was to open a small bistro to pay homage to my parents and grandma because they made me the successful businesswoman and restaurateur I am today.” Not only has she realized her dream, but she’s also planning additional locations and concepts in the future.

Guests can expect a hip, casual vibe offering quick service to dine-in or take-out as well as online ordering, delivery services and promotions through the website and on social media. Ting’s Filipino Bistro hours will be Tuesday-Friday 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., and closed Monday. For the full menu and more information, visit https://tingsbistrokc.com.