As a food loving people, Pinoys love having a say in what they eat. And we love getting value for our money. That easily explains why dampa joints, places that let pick and bargain for seafood, meat and veggies, then cook them the way you like it, are so popular. Of course, not everyone loves roughing it in a dampa, with its almost ghetto ambiance. Enter Market Basket in Festival Mall, Alabang.
Market Basket: A Dampa Upgrade
Market Basket takes the dampa premise, picking your own ingredients and getting it cooked your way, then upgrades it into a fancy dining experience. Gone is the muddy, dimly-lit, wet market. Instead, you get to pick your seafood from an iced, open display case. Pots of herbs line the glass windows of the clean, gleaming open kitchen. A large chalkboard lists down the day’s catch, along with their corresponding prices.
If you still have leftover tikoy from Chinese New Year, drop everything you’re doing and make these Tikoy Turon sticks. You will never look at the ubiquitous Chinese New Year sticky cake tikoy (nian gao) the same way again.
Crispy sticky lucky magic
Yes, you read that right. Tikoy turon. I chanced upon it at a local grocery. They had strips of tikoy wrapped in lumpia wrapper, fried then drizzled with condensed milk. It was glorious. I was told that the product was a seasonal offering, but then, it’s simple enough to make, so as long as you have tikoy, you’re good.
Say Christmas and food comes to mind. Not just any kind of food, but the kind that’s rich, creamy and heartwarming. So it wasn’t a surprise when Alaska Crema held the Merry Cremas Food Bazaar in Eastwood. This holiday-themed food bazaar had over twenty handpicked food purveyors offering a selection of goodies, from savory to sweet.
Cakes & Bakes Alaska Crema-themed coffee-laced mousse. Yum!
Guests went around tasting and buying what the booths had to offer. One special thing about the Merry Cremas Food Bazaar was the contest they held among the merchants. Each merchant was asked to present a special dish that made use of Alaska Cremas to make their dishes richer, creamier and tastier. These dishes were then sampled and rated by a panel of food bloggers. And lucky me, I got to be one of them!