Friday, December 31, 2010

A quick visit to Minganilla Market in Cebu

As part of my re-integration to Filipino culture last October, I visited a couple of markets in Cebu and I’ll have to affirm that the ‘Minglanilla market’, especially the uber busy market street outside the fish and meat covered market hall was a delight to re-witness and re-experience.

Public markets in the Philippines particularly the Minglanilla market in Cebu have a sundry of ready-to-eat food items to offer. I never thought markets these days have moved to a different genre but I guess we arrived late at the scene, just before dusk when vendors selling fresh produce from the mountains and catch from the sea have left or trickled down in numbers, replaced by a new set of merchants peddling already cooked fare for the dinner table.

My camera quickly became the popular visitor in the market and in no time I have some of the friendly vendors voluntarily posing for me. FUN =)

L to R then R to L: woman butcher; puso (hanging rice); old woman with mangoes; man breading the chicken; girl with spices (spring onions, tomatoes, garlic); 2 women with tobacco leaves; gulaman drink; barbecue stand; woman deep frying chicken; man with green lemons; rice sacks; dirty ice cream; vegetables for lamas (spices for cooking); woman with puto (rice cake) and biko (sticky rice cake); fried chicken stall; and woman with pancakes.

Pork and chicken barbecue (grilling on a spit) has always been a Cebuano tradition but I noticed that more and more people are going for the fried chicken trend which is a new thing for me as we did not have this before. Probably an offshoot from Jollibee Chicken or KFC. Filipinos love their chicken so much, I noticed.

To view more fotos and to see them in bigger versions, go here: Minglanilla Market, Cebu - Philippines

L to R (per line foto): Balut (cooked chicken egg with embryo); fish soup; gulaman drinks; lanzones fruit; bananacue and kamotecue (fried caramelized banana and sweet potato); pork and chicken barbecue; tempura street food style; various ready-to-eat viands for dinner already packed; fish soup; tobacco leaves and bananas; lechon inasal (pig on a spit); puto (rice cake); lechon inasal again with the head of the poor pig; budbud (sticky rice); and various peanuts.

All the meat stuff here. Notice the guys, they are loving the camera, haha.

And the fish section of the market. Those on the upper left are eels I think.

Travel Period: October 2010

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