Pinoy street food at its best

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Friday, January 10, 2014

WHEN people think of street food, they can’t help but reminisce on their childhood. Eating fish ball, manggang hilaw with baggoong, barbecue and tamarind conjure happy memories with classmates.

This year Marco Polo Plaza Cebu has opened their series, Culinary Journeys, with the Sugbusug 2014 at Cafe Marco. Its main theme are the street foods that every Filipino, especially balikbayans, would crave for. It makes people feel very nostalgic. It’s like we’ve been transported back to our younger years, definitely a blast from the past.

Upon entering the buffet area, diners are greeted with mouthwatering food. The main highlight of the night was Marco Polo’s lechon belly, which is totally a must-eat food, especially with their homemade vinegar (sukang Bisaya). The lechon belly was juicy and tender, the skin crunchy and diners could really taste hints of lemongrass, garlic, spring onions and pepper. Also one of the hits of the night was the mango taho, with mangoes and sago; texture so light and not too sweet.


A favorite was the chicharon bulaklak, which was crunchy and sinfully delicious. Some of the delicious fare included balut, boiled peanuts, bam-i, dinuguan, monggos, balbacua, kinilaw, boiled bananas with ginamos, saang, chicken barbecue, pork barbecue, manggang hilaw with bagoong, inihaw na isda, ngohiong, fish and squid balls, pinaypay na saging, torta sa Argao, masareal, banana and camote-cue, kinuskusan, coconut macarons and casava cake. It was definitely a feast for the eyes, taste buds and the tummy.

The Sugbusug will be at the best buffet in the city—where else but at Cafe Marco until Jan. 20. Those who want to feel nostalgic or those who are young at heart, you know where to eat the finest of Filipino street food. (Katrina Charmaine R. Avila)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 11, 2014.


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