Metro Manila, Philippines — Prepare to throw your diet out the window as the World Street Food Congress (WSFC) is returning to Manila.
The food fest is back for a second run in the country from May 31 to June 4 at the SM Mall of Asia concert grounds.
WSFC founder KF Seetoh guaranteed a better system this year with more than 100,000 foodies expected that would turn up. With the bigger venue, visitor can taste delicacies from more than 30 master hawkers and pop-up stalls from 13 nations.
Fans of a year’s event can expect the return of crowd favorites such as Indonesia’s chocolate martabak or their adaptation of pancake and Bali’s grill pork ribs.
They can also trying new things such as soi lum, chrysanthemum soup mochi dumplings from Guangzhou. Organizers will also bring in coffee pork rib burgers from Singapore, Malaysia’s claypot apom manis, and the oyster omelet from Taiwan.
The food congress will put the focus on Filipino food. There will be hawker stalls featuring President Rodrigo Duterte’s most loved lamb monggo, Pampanga’s sisig paella, cheese and longganisa empanada from the Ilocos region, and the piaya of Bacolod.
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A highlight of the event is a discussion on the future of the street food industry, with television host and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain as one of the speakers.
Asked why WSFC is back in the Philippines, Seetoh just answered, “Why not?”
“One hundred million people, over 7,000 islands, so many flavors undiscovered. Why not? I want to be back next year and the year after and the year after, because it is a treasure trove of culinary stories to unveil to the world,” he said on Tuesday.
Foodies can purchase tickets to the event on-site for P150, which is consumable. Food costs will be from P150 onwards.
WSFC operating hours is 4-11 p.m. on May 31-June 2; 1-11 p.m. on June 3; and 1-9 p.m. on June 4.