I have added Cabalen as a new listing on both Yelp and Google Maps. Yelp is available on the above link, however due to character limits, the link for Google Maps will redirect you here for you to click on the Yelp link. Tripadvisor, as always, takes up to one week to moderate so when the link is available I will post it.
Update as of March 6, 2017: My review is now available on TripAdvisor. The link is posted above. Photos will be on soon.
Inside the MegaWorld complex of Mandurriao, Iloilo City, Philippines held a local market named “Produkto Lokal Festival”. Usually these are run by organizers that attract local vendors to sell their goods and services in an open market setup. Ironically it was situated right in front of the restaurant I last reviewed.
Although it was a little bit out of our way, we were lucky to drop in on the evening of one of the 3 days it was running. From one tent to another, my family and I checked out what was available for sale. People from around the province were selling handmade weave accessories and freshly grown fruits and vegetables most commonly sold at a local farmers market. The choices were amazing. Take your pick from any large selection of mangoes piled on a table. How about choosing from a huge bunch of bananas and plantains?
We picked up a large bag of lettuce for only 50 pesos ($1 USD!)
Some vendors have made their own brand and made a whole line of products such as jarred pickled items and packaged dried food.
So impressed with the thought and effort put into each vendor’s stall.
I looked for some ready-to-eat snacks to eat. There was always something to find.
Some really delicious treats such as “puto” made out of ube (yam) and cheese and some crunchy snacks too!
I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to enjoy the rest of the evening without a cup of fair trade coffee, grown and roasted in the Philippines. This local vendor brews their coffee the “cowboy” method. Much stronger in flavour with the right amount of strength to the taste. They also sold their other specialty, Matcha green tea, but my mind was already made up.
Even though the temperature remained hot and humid, I still enjoyed my special brewed cup of coffee, served to me with a smile and a “thank you”.
If you have any type of outdoor market in your area, get out and support the local vendors. It is a fun experience!
By the way, if they end up becoming the best Korean resto in Iloilo City, I take full credit for being the first person to review their restaurant and putting them on the map with Tripadvisor and Yelp 🙂
Update: My Tripadvisor link is up but they forgot my photos. Oh well!