When it comes to shopping for the absolute best produce and ingredients, ask the crème de la crème of our food industry: chefs and cooks! Which hidden markets and specialty shops do they frequent for top-notch food finds?
Cibo, Lusso, Grace Park
“Apart from all the wet markets around the city, I think weekend markets are great. The ingredients and vendors are both well-chosen and the vendors really put out the best. Most, if not all, their produce is uniquely and sustainably grown. It’s interesting to have artisan producers, too. If you start with the best produce, you don’t really have to do much when you get home. I think the best dishes are those that are done with the least work where you keep the form and integrity of the ingredients.”
Colette dela Cruz and Likha Babay
“We explore Laguna’s public markets and fruit stalls for local, seasonal ingredients. You can never go wrong with the local palengke—they’re the hub of fresh harvest coming from surrounding areas. We use dalandan from Sariaya, guyabano and langka from the stalls along the highways of Laguna and Quezon, and potted herbs like stevia, kaffir, and Thai basil from Bay, Laguna.”
Workshop, Le Petit Souffle, Scout’s Honor
“All About Baking will cover literally everything you need for baking. There’s one in Quezon City that is very complete. Assad is great for spices, and Down to Earth is amazing—they have very unique ingredients and products that are grown sustainably.”
All About Baking is located at 41 Congressional Avenue, Quezon City.
Assad is located at Unit 1-A, Eurocrest Building, 126 Jupiter Sreet, Bel-Air, Makati City
Down to Earth is located at Makati Curb Holdings, No. 7433 Ground Floor, Unit J, Yakal St., San Antonio Village Makati City.
Yummy contributor, Spell Kitchen
“I go to MyOwn Meatshop for great cuts of certified Angus beef and lamb chops. There’s also Santi’s Delicatessen for hard-to-find ingredients like bomba rice and different kinds of ham. For fresh produce, I go to Farmer’s Market, Cubao.”
MyOwn Meatshop is located at Panay Ave, Diliman, Quezon City, 1103 Metro Manila.
Santi’s Delicatessen has branches located in BGC, Alabang, Capitol Commons, and more.
Joey de Larrazabal-Blanco
Yummy magazine columnist
For interesting Filipno products, I like going to Ritual and Echostore. There are indigenous herbs, local chocolate, grains like adlai and heirloom rice, local salts, and more! For good beef, I like going to Kitayama meat shop. Many go there to buy their steaks but their less prime cuts like short ribs and beef shanks are also so amazing to cook with. Your beef stews will never be the same!
Ritual is located at Jackson Buildding, 926 Arnaiz Avenue, San Lorenzo Village, Makati City.
Kitayama meat shop is located at 2292 Chino Roces Ave, Makati, 1230 Metro Manila
Click here to view Echostore’s branches.