I brought my friend Ariel who’s from San Francisco to Mercato Centrale at the Bonifacio Global City on a Saturday afternoon.
It was hot, hot, hot and there were fewer vendors from the first time I went to Mercato. Nevertheless there were a lot of good food to choose from. Ariel was quite excited when he saw all the choices.
The first meal he had was the Vigan longganisa with fried egg pictured above. He said the longganisa was really garlicky and not very fatty. The only problem was all the food he bought was cold. Don’t they have microwave ovens? I wish they did.
His next choice was Bicol Express. Not too spicy and very coconutty. It was good but cold.
I bought an order of Bagwang to share. We were both amazed at how good and hot it was. Think thick crispy bacon but not as salty. This was good eaten alone without rice and just a quick dip in vinegar. I can almost imagine a bottle of ice cold beer in my hand and I don’t even like beer!!
They fry the pork strips on site. They do deliver depending on your location. Click here for their menu and to order.
I tried cutting up thin strips of liempo (pork belly) at home and frying them. It didn’t turn out as good as the bagwang which uses pork jowls.
For dessert I had a cup of low fat Yoh-gee green tea frozen yogurt. I really liked the tart and creamy ice cream-like frozen treat. The green tea flavor was quite evident and not over powering.
Yoh-gee green tea flavor P150
On the other hand the green tea mochi ice cream ball from Mochiko was very disappointing. The mochi coating tasted like raw dough and the ice cream filling was watery and had no green tea taste at all.
Mochiko’s green tea mochi ice cream ball P70
The market is open every Saturday and Sunday from 7am to 2pm.
Visit us at the corner of 8th Avenue and 34th Street at Bonifacio Global City
Manila Q Bagwang
contact: Cha Morados
cellphone: +63 917 835-8361
G/F (beside MiniStop)
Raffles Corporate Center
Emerald Ave., Ortigas Center
cellphones: 0999-884-0624 / 0917-831-0624
3 thoughts on “Filipino Food at Mercato Centrale”
Mochi is filipino food?
Filipino food and not Filipino desserts should be the title 😀
we loved manila q’s bagwang too.. and mochiko’s azuki is my fave!