Retrace Anthony Bourdain’s footsteps on his first gastronomic journey into country and discover the variety of street food that made this famous American chef and international TV personality return to the country for more.
Nothing grand, nothing elaborate but truly our own. This was how Anthony Bourdain had his first taste of Manila and experienced its soul through the assortment of street food he had encountered in his sojourn in Binondo’s Chinatown. There’s the ‘taho’ vendor with his concoction of soft tofu sweetened with arnibal and garnished with pearl sago, the makeshift stalls laden with native ‘take home’ lunch meals, and the ubiquitous Chinese pastry called, hopia which are perfect snack treats. It is in this one stretch of busy street that Bourdain savored his first Philippine culinary experience which led him to explore more about the country. As one would put it, if you want to learn the rhythms of a country, learn from and observe its people; if you want to taste its life, sample the food.