Americans Taste Filipino Street Food and Are Pleasantly Surprised


Last month we all rolled our eyes at Americans overreacting to Asian food where, as you can guess from the title, a few taste testers made it seem like Asian food was the most horrible thing in human existence. Let’s not kid ourselves here. Asian food is amazing —end of story. (Am I biased? Maybe a little.)

So you can imagine our fear when these same Buzzfeed taste testers decided to try some Filipino street food. After all, we’ve seen this before and it wasn’t pretty. A controversial blogpost titled “I Would Rather Go Hungry Than Eat Filipino Street Food Again!” made its way onto the Web a few months ago and sparked some controversy for its writer, Agness Walewinder.

The story received nearly 700 responses and even led other writers, such as travel writer Nathan Allen, to allege that Walewinder was intentionally abrasive and offensive just to gain attention for her blog.

For instance, Walewinder comments, “No wonder why [sic], in the north, the vast majority of Filipino kids and young people are overweight. This is something we have noticed straight away. People in young age [sic] are huge and it’s due to poor quality of food.”



After such controversy, we couldn’t help but expect an even worse reception in Buzzfeed’s Filipino street food taste test. After all, these are the people who cringed at Japanese snacks. (Seriously, how do you not like jelly cups and green tea Kit Kats?)

So you can imagine our pleasant surprise to discover that Filipino street food was rather well received this time around. Although the tasters showed some hesitation before taking a bite, they were quick to admit that the street food was pretty good and even ended up enjoying many of the treats. Finally, we’ve found something they’re satisfied with!

Check out the video below and excuse me while I go indulge in some turon.



Counting Down to LA Food and Wine 2013’s Asian Night Market: Thi Tran of Starry Kitchen

Asian Night Market at this year’s Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival is quite the studded spectacular. Hosted by popular Japanese chef Masaharu Morimoto, the event will attempt to re-create the same flavors and experience of night markets in Asia, ranging from Taipei to Kuala Lumpur. The 25 restaurants that will be participating will include high-end established eateries, as well as mom-and-pop spots. Admission to the event will include food and drinks.

We got to have a quick chat with Thi Tran of Starry Kitchen – check it out below! For more info about the event, click here.

1. What’s the sexiest dish you’ve ever served/prepared and why – is there a story behind it?

Hmmm. Depends on what you want. Hot and spicy or do you want silky and slippery? Sounds dirty, but it’s how I think. I think the dessert I created for the Marijuana Dinners I collaborated w/ Chef Laurent Quenioux on- the Osmanthus Panna Cotta w/ red wine poached Asian pear. It’s silky, lightly sweet with a hint of floral essence because of the Osmanthus flower petals infused into the cream. It melts in your mouth, and is really good with the Asian pear too.

2. What was the last best thing you ate (and where was it)?

Hot pot at Boiling Point. I just love hot pot in any form. It’s something about tasty hot broth with meat I really love . It’s just fun and gets me excited. So satisfying.

3. Your-go-to recipe for an end-of-summer party?

Even though I make Asian food, I have a thing for homemade corn dogs. Just love hot dogs or spicy links, and always taste better when you make the batter yourself.

4. What’s your food guilty pleasure?

So many, but I have a thing for Slurpees and Kit Kats. I can’t explain it, but it’s just too tasty.

5. (If you have been to Asia) Where was your favorite place to eat and why?

HK or Taiwan street food. I love curry fish balls from the streets of HK, and love the stinky tofu in Taiwan. It taste different than the States. Love it, LOVE IT!!!