Many say that when you travel, you should certainly not miss out on your destination’s cuisine and to best experience their culinary greatness, you have to be one with the locals. That being said, it would be best for you to do what the locals do, to eat what the locals eat, and to be where the locals are.
With that, we could say that the streets of a certain place is where the locals truly are. Every day the streets is where you find the locals doing their thing on their usual day where for you it is such a whole new experience to feast on just like how street food is such a feast of tradition and culture, not only to the eyes, but to the palate as well.
Street food. There is no denying that street food is one of the identifying factors of a certain region, a certain place, a certain area and from which you will be able to explore not only the flavors they are proud of, but you also get to feel the stories of which they have come from.
Street Food Netflix is one of the shows that highlights what a certain place has to offer and what it is all about. From a food blog to a food media, we, of course, love everything that has got to do with food – one of which are shows about food because we learn a ton of information while enjoying our time as well; and so it was such a great honor to be invited in Netflix Street Food Special Launch at Toyo Eatery wherein we got to see the rich culture of street food in some of the world’s most colorful cities, specifically nine countries in Asia, including our mother land, the Philippines.
It was so heartwarming to be a part of this special launch as street food really went beyond the delicious food in order to document not only the blood, but also the sweat and the tears that goes into each iconic dish that you can see in their 9th Episode that ventures into the streets of Cebu City. Besides that, Street Food also features four hardworking locals who bring joy to their communities through their passion and love for food.
The four pinoy culinary heroes namely Florencio “Entoy” Escabas which found a way to reverse the cycle of poverty not only for his family but also for the fishermen of his community; Leslie Enjambre who is the granddaughter of the woman who started the Lechon business in Talisay in the 1940s and has been passed down through generations ever since; Ian Secong who brought a new and hygienic Tuslob-Buwa into the mainstream culture with Azul, a famous restaurant for the younger generation; and Rubilyn Diko Manayon which opened a roadside carinderia in Cordova where she sells 18 different dishes collaborated with the young and passionate chefs from Toyo Eatery to create the special street food that have transformed the lives of their respective communities in Cebu.
Toyo Eatery’s talented chefs then put their own touch that is of culinary twist on the dishes which were served to us, invitees, and the invited Cebuanos.
The Baboy / Anis that is of pork belly with star anise and pickled onion is such a lovely kickstarter into the delicious flavors of Cebu x Toyo Eatery.
Following that one is the Lumpia / Talong which is of eggplant springroll with catsup. This one is truly a delight in each bite as we could not deny the fact how lip-smacking good it was
Next is their Hito / Larang which is a crowd favorite and is of sinugbang hito with sampaloc, kamias, and kamatis, alongside their Kanin / Utak / Maskara which is a great partner to the Hito / Larang and is of fried sticky rice stuffed with pig’s face and pork brain.
And of course, for dessert, what they served was their Hopia / Mani / Popcorn which is of monggo ice cream, peanut, and popcorn sandwich. This one is such a sweet kiss we couldn’t stop yapping about.
As we had a great time, we were even served with a bonus sweet treat that is a homage to Tatay Entoy’s love for candies. The Chocolate Mint Candies is such a lovely surprise in every mouthful and so, with that, we understood how great Tatay Entoy’s love for sweets really are!
Having to be a part of this Special Launch for an original series of Netflix which is Street Food brings so much joy and purpose to what we all are doing. Many people might see food as something that is just a necessity, sometimes even a luxury, but really, it is so much more than that because in our food lies our history, our culture, our tradition, and our story that the next generations should know about and continue to tell, so do not forget to watch Street Food on Netflix, especially the 9th Episode which is of our very own Cebu City!