Saturday, July 20, 2013

Fiesta Bahia is Mercato Centrale's latest tourism night food market in Metro Manila

Fiesta Bahia is another night food market in Metro Manila. It is regarded as the premier night food and lifestyle market that offers a new ‘food destination’ experience to the SM Mall of Asia By the Bay. It is where to sample the taste of some popular dishes coming from different regions in the country. 

Also available are some of the popular gourmet and artisanal food from the chefs and food vendors of other night markets previously installed elsewhere by the Mercato Centrale.

A place to experience some of the unique foods in the country. To start with, most food stalls are very much willing to give a sample free taste before taking an order.  Such as the following:

Bagnet Rice Patong is most probably inspired by the Tuguegarao City's Ilocano batil patung. However, instead of the Cagayano version of using stir-fried miki noodles, the BRP uses cooked rice as base for the patung (toppings) of sliced  bagnet (crisp Ilocano deep-fried pork). Lower photo is a serving of double bagnet patung.  So you know now what to answer if you can read the question on their shirts, above.    
Andreis's Lugawan Atbp. main dish is the arroz caldo con chicken (rice porridge with chicken) with the optional hard boiled chicken egg. The graham mango float are no different from those you can find from online recipes. This one in the photo  needs a lot of chilling to make it more appealing to taste and slow the milk from running loosely.  Andrie's  also has assorted kinds of sweet kakanin (rice based snacks), such as the cuchinta, bibingkang kanin, etc. 
Partly hidden on the corner of Andrei's Lugawan Atbp counter is this unique kind of puto (steamed rice cake). One could hardly notice it because it is not well lighted. I suppose this is the one that qualifies Andrie's to join the Fiesta Bahia.  This is the most unique so far among my finds at the Fiesta Bahia. Andrie's called it stuffed puto - dinugoan flavor. 
Andrie's Lugawan Atbp. has perfected the idea of making stuffed puto dinugoan. What you normally ordered in carenderia that comes in separate serving plate of puto and a bowl of dinugoan (pork with blood) is fused to become one cupcake.The dinugoan in it is not made of pig's internal organs but of choice cut of pure pork. A slab of melting cheedar cheese is a good complement
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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Mercato Centrale Brings ‘Food Tourism’ to SM Mall of Asia this July

Did you know that one of top tourist destinations in Manila is the SM Mall of Asia (MOA)? And what’s one of the best ways to welcome foreign guests to one of Manila’s top tourist destinations?  By sharing with them a variety of great-tasting dishes from different parts of the Philippines!  

The Mercato Centrale group, the organizers of Metro Manila’s premier night food and lifestyle markets, is bringing a new ‘food destination’ experience to the SM Mall of Asia By the Bay with Fiesta Bahia – ‘the food tourism’ market – every Friday, Saturday and Sunday starting July 12 (Friday) from 4pm to 3am. Click here to read more and see the bird's-eye view photo of MOA.... 


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Author of Philippine Food, Cooking, and Dining Dictionary - the first and only published Pinoy food and dining dictionary. The book won the national category as Philippine's finalist to the Gourmand Awards international food writing contest in Yantai, Shandong, China to be held in May 2017. A lexicographer who began to compile and wrote his first vernacular dictionaries at the age of 14. A collector of contemporary and vintage dictionaries, both local and foreign.  A linguist studying the many dialects you can find in the Philippines. A blogger maintaining at least 11 blog sites. A researcher of food culture, Pinoy pop culture, interesting places and structures in the country, local transportations, Philippine churches and other places of worship of any religion and beliefs, local anthropology, socio-cultural issues, and whatever interesting about the Philippines and the Filipinos. A visual artist who uses pencil, watercolor, pen, and fingers as medium of expression - once an editorial cartoonist of local broadsheet and campus publications. Created his first hand-made comics magazine and participated the Marian watercolor exhibits in his hometown parish while in high school. A photographer taking at least 2K photos a week in the field while on travel for almost two decades now.  A poet hiding most of the time. A low-profile historian studying continually the origins, history, and progression of many places in the country. A computer programmer who wrote the codes and designed the software application of his digital Cebuano-English dictionary and distributed it for free around the country and over the internet. A traveler who had been to all four corners of the Philippine archipelago, and still setting more footprints anywhere in the country.  A holder of professional driver's license once took the wheels for UBER. A home cook who loves to enhance, modify, elaborate, experiment if not invent more of  Pinoy dishes and delicacies.

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