(SPOT.ph) Breathe if you agree that there's just something about Asian food that makes it so well-loved by Filipinos. Maybe it's the physical proximity, given that we ourselves reside in this very part of the world—or maybe it's the generally bold, spunky flavors characteristic of the many different cuisines found across the continent (think Chinese, Thai, Malaysian, Indian, and more!). Either way, fans of Asian flavors are in for a real treat this coming weekend. The International Bazaar Foundation is holding the SHOP, TASTE & CELEBRATE fund-raising bazaar this Sunday, June 12—and alongside this is a can't-be-missed ASEAN Food Fest.
Asian food fans, you don't want to miss this upcoming food fest:
The SHOP, TASTE & CELEBRATE event takes place from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on June 12, at the Music Hall of the SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City. This is the International Bazaar Foundation (IBF)'s first bazaar since the pandemic set foot, and in particular, their run of the ASEAN Food Fest lets you try out all kinds of well-loved Asian dishes, available for sale from booths in the area.
You'll want to come hungry as there's a great variety of Asian eats to be had. Repping Indonesia, for example, are the Sate Ayam and Nasi Goreng; from Malaysia there's Nasi Lemak available with Beef Rendang or Spiced Fried Chicken on the side. You can also get reliables like Bagoong Fried Rice and Shrimp Pad Thai from Thailand and Banh Mi from Vietnam—and you can't do without the Singaporean classic dish Laksa, in all its warm and hearty glory.
It's well worth stepping out of your comfort zone, though, as you'll also be able to catch dishes here that are relatively hard to find in the Metro. Just some of these are Brunei's Nasi Pusu with Egg (rice with anchovies, sambal, and egg), Cambodia's Num Banh Chok Khmer (a noodle dish often eaten for breakfast), Myanmar's Mohinga (a rice-noodle soup in a fish- and shallot-imbued base), and the vibrant and zingy Papaya Salad, Chicken, and Sticky Rice to represent Laos.
And if it's truly local flavors you seek, fret not: you'll also be able to catch some of the best versions of Filipino essential dishes. We're talking buttery Ensaymada from Baby Pat Breads and Pastries (in flavors like Peanut Butter and Choc Nut!), merienda fare like Pancit Luglog and Bibingka from Via Mare, and more.
The IBF is an organization that has been hosting the annual International Bazaar for the last 56 years.
The SHOP, TASTE & CELEBRATE Bazaar and the ASEAN Food Fest will be at the Music Hall, SM Mall of Asia, Mall of Asia Complex (MOA), Pasay City. For more information, check out the International Bazaar Foundation, Inc.'s Facebook page.
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