Growing up my mother warned me from eating street food. Every so often - I will try to have street food in the form of Fish Balls, Banana Cue, or the burger stall at the corner of Taft Avenue and P. Faura. Every time I indulge in this forbidden act - I will feel either feel guilty of once again disobeying my mother or I feel afraid that I might succumb to the supposed diseases that I can get from the street food.
As a grown up - my fear of street food was heightened when my sister did get hepatitis from eating Isaw ( or barbecued intestines ). So from then on - I just stopped eating street food altogether. Even Jollijeep - I stay away from. However, there are moments that I would want to try them out.
Last Friday - we thought of going to this place called Mercato Centrale. It's not really street food - but it is a tent full of different food choices from street food to gourmet dishes. It's organized by one of the famous food blogger's of the Philippines: Anton Diaz. We met Anton a couple of years back when we joined the Ultimate Food Pampanga tour. The thing with Anton is that he's so passionate about food - but he himself doesn't cook. However - I think that he does have a keen sense of what is good food and what is not. That talent - is manifested in the food that is available in Mercato Centrale.
We didn't order a lot during this visit - but I must say that what we did order was excellent. We promised ourselves that we will come back for more next time.
These are the dishes we ordered:
|Pan de Bagnet from Bale Dutung. This is heaven wrapped in a pork roll. They slice it and make a sandwich out of it. They then combine greens with Ilocano Vinegar. Just thinking of it make my mouth water.|
|I love corn. This one is even better than plain corn. It's flavored corn. They offer it in Cheese, Barbecue, Plain and Sour Cream.|
|Those are Taco Shells. They're not shaped in Triangles - they actually look like Rose Cups|
|Asadong Tenga ( Char Siew Pork Ears ). Sounds delicious - but I wasn't able to try it.|
|Asadong Isaw ( Char Siew Intestines ). I don't like intestines but one of the queens love Isaw. She said this Isaw is as delicious as the other items we ordered.|
|A meal is not complete without dessert. They had dessert stalls everywhere.|
|What we ended up ordering is Creme Brûlée Bread pudding.|