World Street Food Congress - 15-Hour “Food Frenzy Safari” takes eating and travel to the next level together

Tuesday, February 23, 2016


In anticipation of the upcoming World Street Food Congress this April, Singapore-based food guide Makansutra, the Department of Tourism and Ayala Malls presented the 15-Hour Food Frenzy Safari, which took the local and international media present to a five-city trip throughout Pampanga and Metro Manila to taste the delicacies these cities can offer. Our Awesome Planet’s Anton Diaz also brief the participants what to expect on the tour.

The tour has crossed through four locations in Pampanga and five locations around the Metro, starting at Recovery Food at the Bonifacio Global City (BGC) in Taguig which served their Tapa de Morning. The tour then went to Pampanga, and the first destination is Everybody’s Café in the City of San Fernando, which has been running since 1946 and is dubbed as a home to Kapampangan cuisine.

The next stop is the famous Aling Lucing’s sisig at the City of Angeles where the dish was invented in 1974. Following that, the tour rushed over to Café Fleur of Chef Sau Del Rosario for a lunch of avant-garde Kapampangan dishes with an international twist. The last stop in the tour is the Ayala Marquee Mall in Pampanga wherein everyone got a taste of the delicious classic Ensaimada.

Amidst the traffic jams, the tour successfully got to Diamond Hotel for the press conference wherein Singapore’s champion of street food culture and Makansutra founder KF Seetoh briefed the delegates on what to expect in the Congress once it is set here in April at the BGC. Everyone got a taste of Indonesian cuisine as well courtesy of Indonesia’s culinary ambassador Chef William Wongso who is also with the tour’s entourage.

Afterwards, the tour goes to Chinatown, Binondo, Manila, for the Big Binondo Food Walk with Ivan Man Dy of Old Manila Walks as a guide, going from place to place to taste what one of the oldest Chinatowns has to offer-from hopia to dumplings to teas and other mouth-watering meals, and then went back to BGC to witness a boodle fight at the Sarsa Kitchen + Bar which serves Filipino and Negrense cuisine.

The last stop in the tour is the Mercato Central Night Market, also inside the BGC. There, they enjoyed lechon and some even rose up to the challenge of eating the duck delicacy balut. The participants are then given tokens of appreciation and the title of “Food Commandos,” as they survive the 15-Hour Food Trip. The Food Frenzy Safari is indeed a feast for the eyes and the belly.

Writer: Jay Agonoy

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