The World Street Food Congress is back! With over 28 pop-up stalls, Asia’s biggest street food celebration is bigger and better, bringing in hawkers and foodies from across the globe. The five-day gastronomic celebration will be held at the SM Mall of Asia Concert Grounds from May 31 to June 4. It will feature over 40 different international street food dishes from the USA, Germany, Mexico, Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, India, China, Taiwan, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia Vietnam, and of course, regional dishes from the Philippines. Here are our top 10 favorites from the WSF Jamboree… World Street Food Jamboree SM Mall of Asia Concert Grounds, Pasay Facebook: wsfcongress Instagram:@makansutrasingapore Website: www.wsfcongress.com Opening Hours: May 31 – June 2 (4pm-11pm) June 3 (1pm – 11pm) June 4 (1pm -9pm) World Street Food Congress 2017 Series: • World Street Food Congress 2017: Top 10 Favorite Dishes at the Jamboree! • Why The World Street Food Congress Dialog Matters? #WSFC2017 • World Street Food Jamboree through the Lens of LG G6 (Photo Essay) Visitors can choose from a total of 28 food stalls in WSFC 2017, all personally curated by the event’s founder, KF Seetoh. A standard ticket for the entrance is P150, which is consumable. 1. Aloo Tikki (P200) Manla Chaat – India Aloo Tikki from Manla Chaat is an Indian dish made with boiled potatoes, onions, and various curry spices. “Aloo” meaning potato and “Tikki” meaning cutlet or croquette has a crisp outside and soft inside. It’s topped with different curries, beat roots, paneer cheese, carrots, radish, and various sauces, creating this spectrum of flavors from sweet, sour, savory, and spicy. A must-try! 2. Salted Egg Pork+ Fries (P270) Hong Kong Street Old Chun Kee – Singapore Deep-fried pork ribs smothered in addictive salted egg sauce, topped with some chili and garnish. The salted egg yolk and pork ribs meld together beautifully, with flavors playing off each other. It comes with fries on the side. 3. Nasi Lemak with Chicken Wings (P270) Coco Kanin by Makansutra Hawkers – Singapore Rice-loving Filipinos will love this! This scrumptious dish is a favorite Malaysian and Singaporean specialty made of fluffy rice infused with coconut milk, plated with fried chicken, crispy dilis, peanuts, Sayer Lodeh, cucumber, and of course, the sambal sauce. We love its mix of colors, textures, and flavors! It’s Instagram-worthy too. 😉 4. Martabak Pancake (P280, 4 slices) Martabak Manis “San Fransisco” by Mr. Buyung Cheese, chocolate, red velvet, Oreo, Green Tea Kitkat, Nutella Almond. Martabak is a crispy and gummy Indonesian-Chinese-style pancake (Ming Chang Kueh). The classic martabak only uses ground peanut and chocolate, but their trendy version is buried under a pile of different chocolates and sweet toppings like Kit Kat, Orea, and Nutella. This insanely good pancake from WSFC 2016 is back with new flavors like Red Velvet! 5. Banh Xeo (P280) Banh Xeo Mieu Noi – Vietnam Crispy Rice Mung Bean Pancake, Seafood, Greens, and Fish Sauce. The savory Vietnamese pancake is made of rice flour, water, turmeric powder, fatty pork, diced green onion, bean sprouts, and shrimp. The pancake has a chewy inside and a little crisp on the outside. What I love about it is the fresh and fragrant ingredients used that add dimension to the food. 6. Pork Trotters Black Bean Tostadas (P280) Pasillo De Humo – Mexico Chef Mendez hopes to be able to share traditional food from his hometown of Oaxaca with his Pork Trotters Black Bean Tostada and Fish Tacos. Chopped up pickled pork trotters, black beans, avocado, radish, cabbage, and fresh cilantro stacked like nachos on a crispy tortilla. Don’t mistake this colorful dish for a light meal–the beans and avocados are sure to make you full! 7. Chicken Inasal in Coconut Pita Bread (P250) Sarsa – Bacolod, Philippines For something old yet new, Celebrity Chef JP Anglo from Bacolod brings a taste of his hometown with his creative take on the chicken inasal. His version is Pita Bread filled with different grilled chicken parts you’d find when eating at an inasal joint–from the chicken meat to the small intestines and liver! Don’t forget to use his brainy garlic sauce & spicy langka liver dip, which is a substitute for the langgaw (local vinegar). 8. Balinese BBQ Pork Ribs with Salad (P300) Bali BBQ Ribs “Warung Sunset” By Chef Yudi – Indonesia Baby back ribs marinated with Asian spices and then roasted over a charcoal fire. Served with a spicy salad on the side. A familiar taste with a Balinese twist. What makes these ribs unique are the 15-20 Indonesian herbs and spices used in creating their signature BBQ sauce. 9. Sisig Paella (P230) Cafe Fleur – Pampanga, Philippines Pan Roasted Rice, Pork cheeks, Ears, Belly, Chicharon, Soy Lime, Chili. Check out Chef Sau Del Rosario’s version of this beloved Kapampangan dish, giving Aling Lucing’s creation a progressive twist with his intensely flavorful pan roasted sisig paella. 10. Currywurst (P260) Northern BBQ Team by Meatsmith & Friends – Germany Handmade mixed pork & beef, ketchup, and curry powder. Regarded as the national street food of Germany, the currywurst is your regular chunky and savory pork sausage with a touch if Indian influences. The sausage is blended with their Original Curry Tomato Ketchup Sauce and sprinkled with curry powder. We also loved their drinking station where they sell ice kachang, sugar cane juice, lemongrass tea, and all San Miguel beer products!
Congratulations K.F. Seetoh of Makansutra and the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) for a successful event! World Street Food Jamboree SM Mall of Asia Concert Grounds, Pasay Facebook: wsfcongress Instagram:@makansutrasingapore Website: www.wsfcongress.com Opening Hours: May 31 – June 2 (4pm-11pm) June 3 (1pm – 11pm) June 4 (1pm -9pm) World Street Food Congress 2017 Series: • World Street Food Congress 2017: Top 10 Favorite Dishes at the Jamboree! • Why The World Street Food Congress Dialog Matters? #WSFC2017 • World Street Food Jamboree through the Lens of LG G6 (Photo Essay) Live an Awesome Life,
ABI of Team Our Awesome Planet Disclosure: We were media guests of the World Street Food Congress. I wrote this article with my biases, opinions, and insights. P.S. Here are some of the dishes we also liked!
11. Som Tum & 2 sticks of Moo Ping & sticky rice (P220) N.C.C. Catering – Thailand Som Tum is your classic green papaya salad. It’s very refreshing and mildly spicy. Moo Pings are succulently grilled pork skewers popularly found in the streets of Thailand. We love eating them as is or with the sticky rice.
12. Rice Dumpling with Candied Chrysanthemum (P220) Big Brother Hong Kong Cuisine Restaurant – China Mochi Dumplings, Candied Chrysanthemum, and light syrup
Soi Lum is a popular Chinese dessert made of bean paste and mochi balls. What makes the soup unique are the candies chrysanthemum leaves that balance out the sweetness with its refreshing floral taste.
13. Fish and Chips (COD Fish) (P360) Year of the Fish Food Cart – USA Battered Crispy Fish Chips, Tartar Sauce We love their fish and chips for its crispy thin coating and perfectly cooked fish. Dip it in their addicting tartar sauce.
14. Beef Brisket Stew (P250) Ming’s way – China Braised Beef Brisket, Daikon, angelica, Baguette A very refreshing stew which has a lot of health benefits. It’s also a dish commonly given to mothers after giving birth.
15. Siomay (2 pieces), Batagor (P260) Batagor Putri – Indonesia Batgaor (Tofu, Fish/Meat Paste, Kicap Manis), with siomay dumplings in spicy peanut kicap manis sauce. The dish is a combination of deep fried dumplings and tofu drizzled with their sweet kicap manis sauce.
What’s your dish from the WSFC 2017?