Showing posts with label market. Show all posts
Showing posts with label market. Show all posts

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Market day at the Antipolo Public Market

We start the month of May with something about Antipolo. Only, this is not about its famous church but about the market. It was quite some time since my last trip to the market in our city. I had written about this market before but here are some more recent photos mostly around my "suki" vendors. Here are some snapshots during one of my recent trips to the market.

Vegetables, spices, etc. at our "suking" vendor
The are a one-stop shop for me and I can always get good prices. They are my reliable source for shiitake mushrooms and asparagus, which I could not get from other vendors at the market.
There's corn, lemons, ginger and practically everything in the "Bahay Kubo" song.
Fish variety at one of my "suki" vendors
I also have a "suki" for my shrimps and prawns
I usually of to the market early in the morning (around 6:00 AM) of either Saturday or Sunday so I can avoid the crowds. One time I was a bit late (7:30 AM), it still wasn't so crowded.
I also have "suki" vendor for kakanin. Here are various rice-based delicacies like puto sa bilao, sapin-sapin and bibingka.

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Late lunch at the Enschede outdoor market

I returned from Arnhem and decided not to return to my hotel but instead take a walk around Enschede and maybe check out where the open market will be on Saturday. I was surprised to see an even bigger outdoor market than Arnhem's at the Van Weeksplein. The market at Enschede featured a lot of stores spread out across the wide area. The market's usually organized on weekends and holidays.

As I didn't have lunch in Arnhem (choosing instead to walk around the city center and had a small snack), I decided to have a very late lunch at past 3 PM. That lunch turned out to be a sandwich I purchased from one of the many stands offering grilled burgers and sausages.

Popular sausage and burger stand at the open market - there were a lot more patrons for this stand so I decided to check out what many people queued for here.
Bratwurst special with a generous serving of dressing and pickles
I like these outdoor markets for the variety of food they offer. I did write about one in Sydney last year. The one in Enschede was certainly one of those nice experiences that you wish there were more like this in the Philippines. There are at least three outdoor markets that I am aware of where you can get excellent food in Metro Manila in the weekends - two are in Makati (Salcedo and Legaspi) and another in Quezon City (Centris).
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Friday, October 28, 2016

Dagupan market

My recent trip to Dagupan City in Pangasinan Province allowed me to have some change in environment. It had been a while since I went out to do field work and I was looking forward to this trip since it had also been a long time that I had been in this part of the country. Dagupan is famous for seafood and particularly the bangus or milkfish that fishermen raise in the surrounding areas. Pangasinan is also visited by a lot of pilgrims particularly the town of Manauag, which is well known because of the image of Our Lady to whom many miracles have been attributed. The Shrine in Manauag, of course, deserves a separate post that I will likely write in November.

On our way back the day after our field work, we decided to go to the market to shop for seafood. There, I was able to take a few photos of shops and items I bought. My only regret was not being able to take a photo of the bangus (milkfish) at the market.

There were many shops selling dried seafood. I bought danggit, dulong, tuyo, squid and espada. It was definitely cheaper compared to prices in Metro Manila and these were not the salty kind.
A closer look at the different types (according to size) of dried squid
This shop sold kakanin or rice cakes. These are the famous puto Calasiao, which are supposed to originate from the next town but are also made and sold in Dagupan. Shown are two variants - the plain puto (steamed rice cakes) and the puto with cheese. These were being sold by the kilogram and I bought one kilo of each to bring home.
I forget what they called their version of suman, which was typically made of glutinous rice and coconut milk. The wrap is made of coconut leaves.
I enjoy going to the market every time I visit places like Dagupan. Markets are where you can get the best prices for local goods including food and souvenirs. I always get dried fish whenever I find these and coastal cities and towns definitely have seafood in abundance so you have a lot of variety, the quality is really good and the prices low.
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Sunday, September 11, 2016

Off-season atis

My trip to the wet market last Saturday allowed us to re-supply with seafood, particularly fresh tuna and shrimps from our 'suki' vendors. But my most interesting find, well according to me, is that my favorite fruit is available at the market. Atis or sweetsop is something I would have expected during the dry season in the months we often refer to as summer in the Philippines. We are currently in the middle of the wet season and experiencing some heavy rains almost everyday although there hasn't been a major typhoon to affect our area, which is close to Metro Manila.

Atis or sweetsop is a popular fruit that's usually available during the summer (dry season).
Though I welcome having atis at this time of year, I wonder if this pleasure is actually in exchange for something quite serious and maybe bad. Perhaps change is really coming (to use this favorite tagline of supporters of the current Philippines president). Only this time, this is climate change that's probably already here.
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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Fruits and vegetables shopping in Baguio

A trip to Baguio won't be complete without buying vegetables and fruits there. Baguio's location is very strategic as vegetables and fruits, primarily from the neighboring towns in Benguet Province pass through the city en route to other provinces and Metro Manila. Produce from neighboring provinces in the region (Cordillera Autonomous Region or CAR) and those in Regions 1 (Ilocos) and 2 (Cagayan) also find their way to Baguio where there is demand for them but with much less escalation in prices.

I used to go to the Baguio Public Market to get vegetables and fruits. But the last few trips I found it better not to brave the crowded market and purchase items instead from the roadside shops you will find along Marcos Highway. There are many farms along this major road and many of the shops are owned by farmers selling their own products. You can get veggies and fruits for significantly less than the prices in Metro Manila with less of the hassle when you shop at the market. And you get to buy directly from the farmers (hint: they have smaller shops along the road usually near their homes).

Roadside shops along Marcos Highway have all the vegetables and fruits you'll probably be buying for personal consumption or to give away as pasalubong to family and friends.
The produce at the shops seem to come straight out of the popular folk song "Bahay Kubo."
There are also other items on sale at these shops including the popular brooms. Most of these aren't made in Baguio though the city's name is on the brooms. There are also peanut brittle, strawberry jam, ube jam, chocolate crinkles and other stuff for those who want to do last minute souvenir shopping or perhaps add to the stash they already got earlier just so they're sure they have enough pasalubong.

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

A day at the market

My brother-in-law and his wife are visiting after so many years in Canada and they missed a lot of the food they ate as they grew up here. Among the things we made sure of is to have healthy options for our meals so our refrigerator and pantry is stocked with fruits, vegetables, sea food, poultry and meat that will allow us to cook up good food for the balikbayans.

We decided to go to the market last Saturday with my bayaw for us to get food for our Easter Sunday lunch. The new Antipolo Public Market is a good place to get fresh food and we already have our suki for various stuff we get at the market. There's ample parking (basement and covered from the harsh summer sun) and the market is as clean as it can get given the "wet" nature of the market.

The Clairvoyant selecting lettuce and other greens for our salad - we also get our asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower and other vegetables from our suki at the market.
Bounty of the land -fresh vegetables, fruits and root crops.
You can't really get thirsty at the market and the coconut stands serve up coconut water (buko juice) straight from the shell. They are also fair as they will open another coconut if there is not enough water inside.
The water is transferred to a plastic bag and then the white meat of the coconut is "shaved" and mixed into the water. So in addition to the water, you get to eat the soft or sometime crunchy (if its already niyog and no longer buko) meat.
It was Black Saturday but the market was already full of people and vendors of meat products were happy that people were again buying beef and pork. People tend to reduce meat consumption in favor of seafood and poultry for their viands during Lent. I wanted to get a photo of our sukis' stands from where we get our tuna, tanguige, prawns and shrimps (suaje) but my fish monger wasn't there and our prawn/shrimp suki was already out of prawns and shrimps! But there will be a next time so the photos can wait.

I forgot to take a photo of our suki for dried fish. We now have a good source for our danggit, dulong, squid, daing and other dried seafood that we usually enjoy for breakfasts. Our dried fish are not at all salty so they are enjoyable to eat (of course in moderation!).
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Sunday, June 15, 2014

Salcedo weekend market

It's been quite some time now since I were at a weekend market in Makati. I couldn't even remember the last time so it must be about a decade ago that we were both at either the Salcedo or Legazpi weekend markets. Last weekend though we thought about going there as we took a friend of the wife's from Singapore for breakfast. The original idea was to take him for breakfast at a restaurant in Greenbelt but then I proposed we go instead to Salcedo market given the good weather that morning and so our guest could have an experience of outdoors in Manila instead of going to a mall. Salcedo market was a winner and we ended up having Cebu lechon, chicken adobo and fried lumpia that we washed down with fresh fruit shakes (watermelon and mango). This was basically brunch and no longer breakfast but we all enjoyed the meal and I'm sure our guest also had a good experience.

All kinds of barbecues are available at the different stalls so there's beef, pork, chicken or seafood and whatever else you can or want to barbecue.
Another stall had grilled catfish and rellenong bangus (milkfish). Staff at the different stalls were dressed up for the Philippines' Independence Day last June 12.
We thought it was just impossible to enjoy the food from all the stalls. There's a lot of international food here as many expats and other foreigners have stalls featuring food from their countries. I think the Salcedo and Legazpi markets are perfect for those wanting a taste of authentic dishes and other treats from all over the world.

We promised to ourselves that we will be back for more so we are already looking forward to going to any of the weekend markets soon.
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