It is my dream to travel the world and sample as much street food as I can. That is definitely at the very top of my BuckEat List. I am particularly interested in street foods not only because of the gastronomic satisfaction that I expect but more importantly because of the culture that will definitely unfold. I believe that a country’s street foods best represent the people and their heritage because it is the people who make and eat them.
I have of course eaten a lot of Filipino street foods (although my mother forbids me to as all our mothers do =p) but I am yet to completely wipe out everything on my A-Z List of Street Foods in the Philippines. I have also sampled street foods in Thailand (Bangkok and Amphawa), Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur and Penang) and Singapore. As for my next priorities, I am targeting Vietnam, India, South Korea, Japan, Morocco, Brazil, Israel, Georgia, Czech Republic, Turkey, Mexico, USA (specifically New York), Austria, Italy and France. I don’t know if you can still call that long list a priority but it really is. I believe that we need to speak forth our dreams and be as bold and daring as we can be in our prayers; because that is the manifestation of our faith and there is power in our speech. In that light, let me just take this opportunity to claim and declare that I’d be accomplishing this Worldwide Street Food BuckEat List in no time. In Jesus’ Name, Amen! ^_^ For more on my MUST EATS Around the World, click here.
So as the title suggests, my food trip at Merkanto is a peek, a little dip or a preview of the realization of my dream. I am now even more dying to go forth and dominEAT the world =p! The concept for this food hall is brilliant by the way. I once imagined such a place as this and I am just glad someone made it happen. The selections and varieties are quite limited now but it is a nice start. I am definitely coming back for the Roti and looking forward to leaner menus by then.
FOOD HALL DETAILS
How to go there? (from Merkanto’s Facebook Page)
Address: 38 Mayaman St., U.P. Village, Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines
Landmark: Directly behind National Housing Authority
From Quezon Memorial Circle: Exit Kalayaan Ave., turn left on Mayaman St. (first left)
Opening Hours: Tu to Su > 5PM to 12MN
Seating Capacity: Maximum of 50
Electrical Outlet: None
CR: Separate Male and Female
Cuisine: International Street Food
Price Range for Two: Php500-700