413th Foundation Day & Malabon Kulinarya Festival 2012

Thursday, May 17, 2012
Malabon has acquired a reputation of being a sunken town in the Metro. But for someone who has lived in this humble city for 18 years, I grew to love my hometown and call it our local Venice. This May, Malabon City celebrates its 413th Foundation Day. And in line with this important occasion, the city government launched its first Kulinarya Festival to showcase our city's culinary tradition and distinct food heritage.

Malabon Kulinarya Festival 2012

Held at the Dampa sa Paseo in Catmon, Malabon City, bloggers and members of the press got to witness the opening ceremony of Malabon Kulinarya Festival 2012 this Tuesday (May 15). The media launch kicked off with a cooking demo from Center for Culinary Arts (CCA) founder Ms. Annie Pascual-Guerrero, assisted by Chef Mira Cruz who both hail from the city.

Cooking Demo with Annie Guerrero Cravings Annie Guerrero

For a frustrated cook like myself, the very informative and entertaining cooking demonstration didn't only make me appreciate our traditional local cuisine more, but also taught me how to prepare and cook Sumpia, fried spring roll served with garlic vinegar dip.

Sumpia
Sumpia with Garlic Vinegar Dip

Since our city was originally called the town of Tambobong, and was believed to come from maraming labong (plenty of labong), it was just fitting that CCA also prepared Ginataang Labong -- edible bamboo shoots cooked in coconut.

Ginataang LabongGinataang Labong Recipe

Aside from a visually appetizing cooking demo session, different food establishments in Malabon also showcased their special food items. From specialty eateries to home-made local delicacies, the participants put up an enticing array of dishes. So if you're ready, let me take you on a quick tour of Malabon's gustatory delights.

Nanay's Pancit Malabon

Nanay's Pancit
Nanay's Pancit Pichi Pichi

Okoy ni Jr.

Okoy ni Jr

Nanay Elvie's Tinapa and Relyeno

Nanay Elvie's Tinapa
Nanay Elvie's Relyeno

Aling Upeng's Kikiam

Aling Upeng Kikiam

Turon Pinipig and Puto

Turon PinipigColorful Puto

Empananay's Empanada

Empananay Empanada

Simon's Online Bakeshop

Simon's Online Bakery Simon's Online Bakery Mini Cupcakes

Made of Heaven Atchara and Peanut Butter

Made of Heaven Atchara Made of Heaven Peanut Butter

Tita Rowie's Special Bagoong

Tita Rowie's Special Bagoong P80

Alvin's Bakery and Gen. Merchandise

Alvin's Bakery and Gen Merchandise

RS Chicharon

RS Chicharon

Taste of Heaven Catering

Taste of Heaven Longganisa
Taste of Heaven Relyenong Bangus

Jack's Food Haus

Jack's Food Haus

Judy-Ann Restaurant

Judy-Ann
Judy-Ann Crispy Pata
Judy-Ann Pancit Canton

Dampa sa Paseo

Dampa sa Paseo

I know, Malabon Kulinarya Festival 2012 had a food overload! I wasn't able to taste all these dishes, but I can say that everything I've sampled was of really good quality. And if you think we were already treated enough, think again. After a generous tasting of Malabon's local flavors, we still had round two. This time, it's Lumpiang Hubad (skinless spring roll), Okoy (shrimp fritters) and Pork Binagoongan (pork in shrimp paste) for lunch.

My plate of lumpia, okoy and pork binagoongan

Even if I was already really full, I still tried to squeeze in desserts -- Ginataang Bilo Bilo (rice balls with coconut milk) and Minatamis na Saging (sweetened banana), both of which are merienda food items I grew up with.

Ginataang Bilo-bilo
Minatamis na Saging

The day at Malabon Kulinarya Festival 2012 was one great experience. Although I've lived in Malabon almost my entire life, I've taken our local cuisine for granted. However, this food fest opened my eyes and my palate to the city's distinct food culture. True enough, there's more to Malabon City than Pancit Malabon, Sapin-Sapin and Pichi-Pichi. As Acting Mayor LenLen Oreta said, the people of Malabon are gifted chefs, developing delicious recipes and even making good profits out of their culinary prowess despite their lack of formal training.

Malabon Kulinarya Festival 2012

As a proud citizen and foodie of Malabon City, I invite you to join the fun and gustatory treat at Malabon Kulinarya Festival 2012. Visit the back of Malabon City Hall from May 16 to 18 to grace the wonderful Food Bazaar of local entrepreneurs. If you're not just a curious foodie, but also a budding cook, then you'll probably enjoy the Cooking Competition on May 21 at the Malabon Amphitheater.

45 comments:

  1. Wow! If only Malabon isn't very far from my place I would have joined in too. Yung taste of heaven we buy their delicacies sa hypermart. Didn't know they are from Malabon. =D

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  2. wow di ko alam from malabon ka pala! si chyng taga malabon din, and i'm from malabon din :)

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  3. @stacy: Hope you can visit Malabon in the future.. :D Tour kita ;)

    @Christian | Lakad Pilipinas: Wow! Didn't know you're from Malabon din! :D It's so nice na marami-rami din pala tayong mga bloggers na taga-Malabon.

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  4. Love ALL the food featured here. I literally had to stop looking at the pictures somewhere in the middle 'cause I was drooling already! ;)

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  5. Wah! Sumi, literal na takam na takam ako. Especially sa sumpia. I even showed this post to my bf and he laughed at my reaction. Haha.

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  6. Sayang, I really really want to go to this event but it's a weekday. I'm from Caloocan and Malabon is just a jeepney ride away. I didn't know that Nanay's also has broas.

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  7. I love Okoy! Basta maraming shrimps, 'yan na talaga! Minatamis na saging is really a part of my childhood too. :)

    Ate Sumi, you are always fortunate to taste so many food. :D

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  8. @Jeanne M-K and @Lizzie: Don't worry, I actually drooled over when I was already previewing this post.. XD

    @Badet: You're from Caloocan pala! :D I actually didn't know that too if it wasn't for this event.

    @athena: I actually wasn't able to taste all of the food items. After the cooking demo kasi, everyone attacked the food stalls! hahaha.. XD

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  9. Wow! everything looks good, especially those from Dampa! I would love to go to these events too! :d

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  10. nagutom ako hahaha..
    anyway parang sa pampanga may ganito rin..

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  11. wow! ANSASARAp naman nyan :D Fave ko po yung ginataang bilobilo, pero mas like ko ang ginataang halo halo (bilo bilo with kamote, banana, jackfruit, sago and more.)

    Myxilog

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  12. Pancit Malabon and Sumpia!!! Plus puto and halo-halo! My favorite meal!!! :) It's been a long time since I last visited the place. Your post made me want to schedule a visit there soon. Pag pumunta si neighbor @Stacy sama ako! invite mo namin kami sa Fiesta. ehehe.. Hungry! :)

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  13. Oh my god!!!! I love all those food!!! Super sarap pang merienda. It's been ages since I last had ginataang labong. I miss it so much! Used to have it often in Zambo. :D Also want the Okoy and the sumpia. hihihihihi

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  14. haha, at kagabi lang meron akong chicaron na carp fish.

    dahil tayo ay taga malabon, most of the time i dont eat pancit sa handaan ng ibang lugar. eating pancit malabon is very normal to us. hehe

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  15. The photos look tempting. Kulinarya Festival, what a great idea to promote and showcase the culture of Malabon. Thank you for sharing this.

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  16. I like to taste the SUMPIA with suka dip.
    WOW! the Pansit Malabon looks so delicious
    with the shrimps on top. My stomach is starving right now.

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  17. "Sumpia" = Sumi's lumpia =)
    btw, this is a heck of a feast! Cheers! Pancit Malabon is the best pancit, honestly. Now I(we)know Malabon is close to your heart =)

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  18. Sabi ko n nga ba, I will be bumping you here in Malabon Foodfest...Pasyal mo kami when we go back - walk tour naman...

    Jinkee Umali

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  19. i have certainly tried most of their products especially the kikiam and the pancit. And I love it!!!


    http://www.kalsadajuantv.com/

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  20. sarap!!!
    sana makapunta ako ng Malabon para makakaen ng cuisines nila, hehe

    :))

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  21. 413th! Malabon is a progressive City even if it is sunken.I have gor few college friends from there and they have good food too.

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  22. sumi!!!! with this post, i felt like i have to go home to pinas and head directly to malabon and sample all of these pinoy gastronomic goodness! ang sarap naman!

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  23. WoW! Malabon really has a lot to offer! Sis Sumi, your food photos are really great! You never fail to amaze me that's why you're my favorite. :)

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  24. Wow What a feast! I'd love to taste all the bangus and any other fish! Yummy!

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  25. OMG! I'm suddenly hungry. All the food looks yummy.

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  26. i think the Nanay pancit malabon would go well with that puto and okoy. it's 11pm and i feel like going out now to eat.

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  27. this is an event to attend too .daming pagkain and Malabon for sure have good cuisines that everybody should taste.

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  28. OMG.Looks really delicious! :)) I'm getting hungrier!

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  29. whooooaaahhh! this made me to remember our Professional Cookery class when I was in college. Ive taken for granted too the Filipino Cuisine, for we are always after international.. but in your case, your own Malabon Cuisine :D Ive never came to realize that Malabon really have lots of specialties! love it! <3

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  30. From all the dishes that you've featured, I would have to go for the Pancit Malabon, edible bamboo shoots cooked in coconut, and Ginataang Bilo Bilo. Those are my faves! :)

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  31. Boy,oh boy! Those dishes sure do look yummy! I thought Malabon only has their famous pancit but I didn't realize they have other scrumptious delicacies. I hope I can try them all :P

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  32. great post and pictures! :)

    You're lucky to be in Malabon.

    I now know more Malabon food beyond their Pancit :)

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  33. How is the Sumpia different from the Lumpia? Or is it just the same? Gastronomic feast!!!

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  34. Thanks for writing about our city’s event. Glad you enjoyed yourself and hope you visit us again soon! I linked you back on my post. Thanks! :)

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  35. I would love to taste how Pancit Malabon is really prepared in Malabon :)

    Big fan of Spring Rolls (Sumpia) with vinegar, made me crave for it, mmmmmhhhhh

    Wanna taste that turon pinipig and kikiam!

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  36. Parang mali yata na binasa ko tong post mo Sumi... Nagutom ako ng wala sa oras!!! Grabe lang sa sarap nilang lahat tignan! I wanna try that Sumpia. Ung pancit Malabon fan na talaga ako nyan ever since. Lahat mukang ang sarap sarap!

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  37. huhuhul.. I wanna go home... :(
    i miss pinoy food!

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  38. Wow! They all looked yummy.I remembered during my college days na minsan na akong nakapunta sa Malabon for some class projects with the QUIMZON'S pero di ko yata man lang natikman ang mga food na ito. I will have to make sure to visit Malabon the next time na mag-balikbayan ako. Thanks for sharing ....

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  39. Pancit Malabon pa lang ata natikman ko sa kanila. ^_^

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  40. Just looking at the photos made me super hungry. Parang ang sarap lahat. :)

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  41. Indeed a great experience for everyone who attended the Festival. Pancit malabon is my favorite pasta dish (second to lasagna).

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  42. Malabon has rich culture and rich dishes too. Sayang wasn't able to join.

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  43. Relyenong bangus is one of my favorite dish! Now I'm craving :( The ginataang bilo-bilo looks good too.

    Hefty Foodie

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  44. Am glad that Nanay's pancit Malabon and Aling Upeng's kikiam are still available. I've been a big fan ever since they started their business. Gives you an idea of how old I am. Have not been back to the Phils. for almost 2 decades but if I do make that trip, no. 1 on my to do list would be to visit Malabon for pancit, kikiam and sapin-sapin. Drool...

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