Like everyone else in town, my friends and I were really excited to go to the World Street Food Congress which is being held in Manila this year. We figured that we would go on Wednesday, the first day because too many people would be there during the weekend. However, it seemed that everyone had the same damn idea as we did. Or that they had the munchies because 4/20 and all. We also came from work (OMG I drove from Quezon City #regrets) so we arrived there comparatively late.
40 minutes later…
Cathy C goes to investigate the line while Sid T and I hold down the fort. We find that there is another shorter line on the opposite block and that our line was 3 blocks long. Yuck. So we quickly switched sides and took a selfie out of boredom.
Slowly but surely we got inside in about 15 minutes!
We devised a plan of attack which involved going around all the stalls to see what was interesting and then lining up separately for different food. Jacky Y arrived a bit later so we decided to stick together cause lining up alone is well, lonely.
We ended up getting tahong (mussels) lumpia (fried spring rolls) from the One Visayas booth to snack on while we looked around more cause we were already starving. Lumpia is usually either made with ground pork or vegetables so having a seafood option was very new! The tahong were also whole pieces inside.
And so we found ourselves in longer lines than we’ve ever seen (except for SF Ramen Festival 2014, Hi Jess F!) and gave up for greener pastures. I know, I know, I’m a terrible aspiring food blogger but I’m just very impatient, it was super hot, and I was hangry. You don’t wanna cross a hangry Micca so we ended up at Puzzles, a board game cafe (those are so in and hip now!) nearby. Puzzles is located at The Fort Strip which used to be the only part of Bonifacio Global City (BGC) to go to before it was called BGC.
After my favorite game of debauchery which Sid won by one card (!!), Jacky quickly reviewed the rules of Exploding Kittens while we got our food. I ordered the meatballs and rice and it was quite meh. Not sure if it was because we were there late or it’s just really like that but I found the meatballs quite dry. This place is probably better for drinks and games than the food ><
By the time we started playing Dixit, I was kinda tired and we found the most hilarious cards in the deck.
Sorry for the tangent! I loved the concept of the World Street Food Congress but I think that there were just too many people that it was hard to move around, order food, and enjoy comfortably. Hopefully I can have a better plan of attack next time! :]
Last chance to hit up the World Street Food Congress at BGC today! Make the most out of it, everyone!
World Street Food Congress 2016
9th Ave cor. Federacion Dr, Bonifacio Global City
Taguig, Metro Manila
20 – 24 April 2016
G/F Fort Pointe 2 Building, The Fort Strip
7th Ave cor. 28th St, Bonifacio Global City
Taguig, Metro Manila
+63 917 621 7944
Monday to Thursday 1200H – 2300H
Friday to Saturday 1200H – 0200H
Sunday 1200H – 2300H