Celebrate the 1st Malabon Culinary Festival

Delicious baked oyster from Dampa de Paseo.

When you think of Malabon, what food usually comes to your mind? Like me, you probably thought of pancit Malabon first, and it’s very understandable. This city is indeed most well-known for that noodle dish.

However, Malabon is definitely more than pancit (and flooding). In the first Kulinarya Festival held recently in the city, they wanted to show people why “eat’s more fun in Malabon.”

Due to its proximity to the ocean and the number of rivers passing by the city, the seafood in Malabon is always fresh and cheap. The baked oyster prepared by Dampa de Paseo, the venue for the Kulinarya, looked very delicious. They had prepared lapu-lapu too (a deep-sea fish), as well as shrimps and other seafood.

Aside from Dampa, other food establishments participated in the festival by showcasing the products that definitely make Malabon a culinary destination.

pancit malabon

The dish that Malabon is famous for.

Malabon Food

The variety of dishes displayed in the festival.

There was an adobo squid, the fried shrimps (okoy), crispy pata (pork), sumpia (fried spring roll), dinuguan (pig’s blood and entrails), as well as a variety of sweet stuff for dessert like the Filipino favorites turon (deep fried bananas in caramelized sugar), sapin-sapin, pichi-pichi, and crema de fruta.

All in all, there were almost a hundred dishes presented to the public and the media, which were meant to show the diversity of Malabon cuisine beyond what it’s usually known for.

bamboo-shoot

The Malabon ginataang labong.

And of course, there was ginataang labong too (young bamboo shoot in coconut milk). Did you know that Malabon got its name from that plant? According to the legend, there were a lot of edible bamboo shoots in the area, “maraming labong” which then became Malabon.

The recently-held culinary festival was just a part of the month-long celebration of Malabon’s 413th Foundation Day on May 21st. Aside from a brief message from Acting Mayor Lenlen Oreta, a cooking demonstration was also held by famous Malabon native Annie Pascual-Guerrero, the founder of the highly-respected Center for Culinary Arts, Manila. Together with another Malabon local, Chef Mira Cruz, they produced the very delicious squid adobo which I had a lot of.

CCA Cooking Demo

CCA Founder Annie Guerrero showed how squid should be cooked.

“Malabon has a distinct food culture,” Oreta said, pointing out that despite the ubiquitousness of fast-food restaurants, Malabon has been able to maintain the distinct taste of its dishes, primarily by passing on the cooking talent from one family member to another. “Most of our people can be considered gifted chefs…even without formal training,” he added.

The Malabon Kulinarya Festival is still ongoing until May 21st at the Malabon City Hall.

5 thoughts on “Celebrate the 1st Malabon Culinary Festival

  1. May 19, 2012 at 11:31 am

    did you got free food here? OMG! that baked oysters are awesome!!! I’m hungry na! LUNCHTIME.. :)))

  2. May 19, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    Yeah, it was for free as it was a way for the city of Malabon to promote their culinary heritage to people (like us) who are not aware of its diversity. Sarap! 🙂

  3. May 20, 2012 at 10:28 am

    Been seeing a lot of Malabon lately.. awesome mouth-watering pics. Hungry 🙂

  4. May 21, 2012 at 11:18 am

    A showcase of the local cuisine, I would love to try all of those traditional dishes. They all look delicious.

  5. May 25, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    There were a ton that I wasn’t able to taste in the Kulinarya Festival. Fortunately, I can always give them a visit when I’m craving.. haha.. Anyway, it was so nice to finally see you again ate Aleah! 😀 Hope you can visit back Malabon for another food trip session.. ^^

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