Makansutra Hawkers Manila

Makansutra Hawkers Manila

Asia’s best street food serves the foodies in the Philippines

Text and photos by MA. VANESSA L. ESTINOZO

FROM THE SUCCESS of the 4th first World Street Food Congress 2016 (WSFC 2016) held for the first time in the Philippines enticed 73,000 people for over five days Singapore-based company Makansutra has marked its second milestone for 2016 with the much–anticipated opening of Makansutra Hawkers in SM Megamall.

Celebrating and promoting street food culture, 12 stalls are put up serving a wide range of heritage street fare comprising of 60 items including halal dishes for our Muslim brothers and sister.

“Heritage street food culture has never been more empowered than it is today. A heritage street food dish is about culture, lifestyle, traditions, and identity,” says Makansutra Founder KF Seetoh.

Makansutra is poised to play an instrumental role in the exchange of heritage and culinary skills with the local chefs. About 80 Filipino cooks and chefs have been trained to run these stalls and will debut their culinary skills to assist top hawker chefs and cooks.


Singapore’s well-known Geylang Claypot Rice makes its international debut.

The stalls feature first-timers in Manila’s dining scene including Teochow Kway Chap and Braised Duck (rice noodle with pig offal and braised duck) and Singaporean Bak Kut The (pork rib broth) cooked with sugar cane.

From the snaking queues at the WSFC 2016, Singapore’s Alhambra Padang Satay (halal) as well as their satay bee hoon, the Hong Kong Street Old Chun Kee (Cantonese-style stir-fry and Ha Cheong Kai or Bagoong Chicken), Jin Ji Kway Chap and Braised Duck, and from the historical city of Malacca in Malaysia, Nonya Mee Siam and Laksa by Donald & Lily.

Top your dish with little alluring bites like the Kaya (coconut egg custard) and Peanut Butter Toast. Also get a taste of an old school red bean-traditional dessert like the Pulot Hilam (black glutinous rice in palm sugar)

“Good food shouldn’t be expensive; it should be comforting, real and affordable. That’s where the feeding frenzy happens and where a world of opportunities resides,” said KF Seetoh, Makansutra founder and WSFC creator.

Get ready to say “shiok!” with their culture-rich dishes from Php100 to around Php200.

Makansutra Hawkers is open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at SM Megamall. TP

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