“So many choices, so little stomach space!” That’s what one of our friends said as we were trying to decide what to eat on Saturday morning.
Going to Salcedo Saturday market in the heart of Makati’s Central Business District (CBD) is always a gastronomic adventure for your tum tums. Whether you’re a tourist checking out the food scene, a hipster trying to look for something people don’t know about (hint: wrong place to look), or just someone tired of roaming the malls and wanting to try something new, this place is for you. Located at Jaime C. Velasquez Park, the market is in a juxtaposition of greenery and skyscrapers with new ones being built faster than you can say “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”. Just kidding, most building projects are delayed.
You must ready your appetite because there truly are a lot of choices and you’re definitely gonna want to try more than one dish. I usually make my way through the stalls starting at the corner entrance on LP Leviste St and Toledo St. and go around a few times to make sure I don’t miss anything. I’ll go through an average of what my day is like at the market so you can get an idea of
how much I eat what food options there are. I am eternally sorry to my parents for exceeding their expectations when I eat. Oh well.
First up, coffee. I usually hit up Tommy’s Coffee for an iced coffee, no sugar, no milk to start my day. While it’s not that advisable to consume coffee on an empty stomach, I really need to wake up and the iced coffee seems to settle better than a piping hot cup. It’s also a faster drink so that I can carry more food around. Another drink I enjoy here is Stanford Shaw’s ginger ale. And while I don’t enjoy the Stanford in the name (Go Bears!), this is probably the best ginger ale I’ve had thus far. It’s not too spicy that you can’t feel your nose and not too sweet like that Canada Dry stuff. With ice, it’s the most refreshing thing you’ll have on a hot day. If you’re buying bottles to bring home, make sure you refrigerate them once you get back and the return the used bottle for P5 back.
I then go through a bunch of savory food and the ones I’ve tried include Wabu’s boneless lechon (suckling pig) belly, Bersi Gyros’s kebabs over buttered rice, Lechon Delights Cebu’s lechon, Old Fashion’s tapa, Bun Appetit’s lobster roll, the grass fed pork butty hoagie, and bacon siu mai. I have a bad habit of sticking to the things I already know are delicious so getting pushed to try new dishes is always good encouragement. I love sandwiches so the lobster roll and the pork butty hoagie are things I definitely come back for! I usually get the rest of the dishes if I’m still hungry after or if I’m sharing with friends and we wanna try lots of different things.
There’s always room for dessert and it’s usually gotta be ice cream or churros or both. People always post about Merry Moo or Carmen’s Best but since I’m lactose intolerant (I know, sad life) I end up eating fruit pops, Japanese pancakes, or Baby Juan Monkey banana chips. I bought a bag of the banana chips as a joke since I have a brother and his name is Juan. They turned out to be super delicious, not too thick, and very crispy. But as I’ve mentioned before, I do prefer a second serving of lunch or dinner over dessert hehehe.
One can’t forget that the market actually sells produce, meats, and seafood! I haven’t bought any of these but I do see people coming here with shopping carts doing their weekly grocery shopping so I should definitely try it out for some cooking adventures of mine.
If you ever find yourself with nothing to do on a Saturday morning, definitely check out Salcedo’s Saturday market and you won’t be bored!
Salcedo Saturday Market
Jaime C. Velasquez Park, Salcedo Village
Makati, Metro Manila
Saturday 0700H – 1400H