A jam-packed gastronomic adventure


International celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain

A roster of food experts with their interactive and educational dialogue, mouth-watering cultural and heritage street food, amazing cooking demos and good-natured people—all these and more made the 2017 edition of World Street Food Congress (WSFC17) a huge success.

Holding it for the second consecutive year in the country’s capital, the regional food event drew crowds of local and international hawkers, food aficionados, families and individuals. In return, they were able to taste over 40 of the world’s best street food from across 13 countries.

Organized by KF Seetoh of Makansutra and presented by the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB), the five-day event at Mall of Asia concert grounds was a celebration of global cultural and heritage street food.

The event started off with the “World Street Food Dialogue,” where industry experts converged, shared developments and explored opportunities in heritage and street food culture. Moreover, the experts showcased their skills in an amazing series of food demonstrations.

International food and travel celebrity, Anthony Bourdain, Filipino food and travel blogger Anton Diaz of Our Awesome Planet, and the country’s very own food maven, Chef Claude Tayag also shared their respective expertise during the Food Dialogue.

(From left) Chef Sau Del Rosario, chef Mai Than and WSFC founder KF Seetoh

The dishes served during the food demos were Sisig Paella by Chef Sau Del Rosario, WSFC17 Philippine team captain and owner of the popular modern Kapampangan café, Café Fleur; Mango Sticky rice by Peter Lloyd, chef-owner of Sticky Mango; Thai Salad using Philippine fruits by Andy Yang, Michelin Star-rated chef behind the popular New York Thai restaurant; Itek Tim by Malcolm Lee, head chef and owner of the first Michelin-starred Peranakan restaurant in Singapore; Xiamen-Style Spring Roll by Chef Zhang Cong Ming and David Yip, chef, food consultant, and journalist; and Viatnamese Banh Xeo by Mai Pham, chef-owner of Lemon Grass and Star-Ginger.

Meanwhile, Filipino specialties from six destinations across the country were presented with a twist in the “Food Jamboree” along with a wide array of international street food dishes from Germany, Mexico, USA, Thailand, Japan, India, China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Singapore were also featured.

There was a long queue of patrons lining for a taste of Cheese Empanada and Bagnet Pizza from Ilocos, as well as Chicken Satti from Davao. Martabak, a stuffed pancake from Indonesia, and an oyster omelet from Taiwan, were also among the best-sellers.

With the success of this year’s event, KF Seetoh, announced that WSFC will once again be held in the country next year.


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