With 12 hawker stations, Makansutra Hawkers is 14,000 square feet in Megamall and can seat up to 500 hungry guests. The fully air-conditioned market space gives you a no-frills dining experience that's here to serve Filipinos only honest-to-goodness dishes with its price starting from P100 and P200 only. Following the success of the World Street Food Congress 2016, there are four stalls that are returning – Singapore's Alhambra Padang Satay, Hong Kong Street Old Chun Kee, Jin Ji Kway Chap and Braised Duck and Donald & Lily. Tip: Go in groups so you can have a taste of every dish from every stall.
Are your tummies ready for the first-ever Makansutra Hawkers in Manila? Here's a little background of every stall, their must-try dishes and the prices for your visit:
1. Hong Kong Street Old Chun Kee
Using a Singaporean Cze Cha (cook and fry) method, everything on the menu is prepared home-style over high heat. From meat to poultry and seafood, they have a wide selection and are cooked in a variety of ways with different kinds of sauces.
Order: Lemon Chicken (P450), Salted Egg Chicken (P380), Chili Crab (MP), Salted Fish Fried Rice (P250) and Yang Zhou Fried Rice (P250)
2. Mian Ji
Known for their Fried Hookien Prawn Mee, it uses beehon (palabok) and yellow noodles fried with seafood stock with garlic and eggs. There's also the classic Lor Mee in a thick gravy-like soup made from seafood stock with garlic puree and a splash of black vinegar.
Order: Fried Hokkien Prawn Noodles (P220/P270), Prawn Mee Soup
3. Alhambra Padang Satay & Muslim Food
It was one of the stalls with snaking queues at the Manila World Street Food Congress 2016. The owner Sam is back with his freshly grilled smokey sticks of satay that comes in chicken, beef and mutton. Don't forget to dip them in the sweet & spicy peanut sauce!
Order: Satay Set (P250/6 sticks; P270/10 sticks; P510/20 sticks; P750/30 sticks), Mee Goreng (P200), Soto Ayam, Satay Beehon (P240)
4. Bao Ji Xiang
This stall offers the Cantonese classic, Fried Paper-Wrapped Chicken, which has chicken pieces marinated with soy sauce, ginger juice, sesame oil and Chinese rice wine before being wrapped up in greaseproof paper and then deep-fried which produces sumptuous and succulent meat.
Order: Fried Paper Wrapped Chicken (P280/6pcs; P260/with noodles), Singapore Chicken Rice (P190)
5. Ah Tee
Firm favorites in Singapore hawker centers, these Teochew are aromatic and starchy served with fresh oysters or seafood for a crispy and eggy consistency — a texture that's very similar to fried tikoy.
Order: Oyster Omelette (P260/P320)
6. Adam's Ribs
Bak Kut Teh's English translation is literally meat (bak), bone (kut), tea (teh). This comforting hawker dish is meaty pork ribs gently simmered with sugar cane for a hint of sweetness, roasted garlic and white peppercorns for hours until packed with flavor.
Order: Bak Kut Teh with rice, sauteed vegetables and braised peanuts (P300), Braised Tofu and Tofu Puffs (P120), Stewed Dried Shiitake Mushrooms (P120), Stewed Pig's Trotters with Soy-Braised Egg (P300)
7. Gooba Hia
A stall that's definitely for beef lovers, their dishes highlight meat that's similar to a local favorite, pares. One of their must-tries is the Beef Kway Teow which is a rice noodle soup with beef tendon, tripe beef meatballs and daikon.
Order: Beef Kway Teow (P240), Mixed Beef Ribs Platter (P400), Mixed Beef Platter (P300)
8. Curry Flurry
An Indian breakfast staple in Singapore, Malaysia and India, now you can have Roti Prata any time you want in Manila. The best way to enjoy roti prata is to have them freshly flipped, pan-fried, soft, crispy yet fluffy and dunked into tangy or meaty curries.
Order: Roti Prata (P80), Chicken Nasi Biryani (P300), Fish Head Curry (P600)
9. Donald & Lily
The stall that made its international debut at the WSFC 2016, it is back to serve Filipinos its tangy and spicy Mee Siam and Laksa which are only two of the dishes they're serving at the food hall. Donald & Lily, a Nonya restaurant in the historical city of Malacca, Malaysia is famous for its Nonya cuisine. Their cuisine is essentially Chinese enhanced with aromatics and spices.
Order: Mee Siam with Prawns (P250), Laksa (P250)
10. Jin Ji Kway Chap & Braised Duck
Since 1983, this old name in Singapore offers south Chinese style braised pork, offal and stewed duck platters. It comes with savory yam and dried shrimp rice or rice sheet noodles. It is one of the top best sellers at the Manila World Street Food Congress 2016. The stall is helmed by Melvin Chew, the second generation successor of this brand who was hailed by CNN as a diligent new generation of hawkers preserving traditions.
Order: Kway Chap with Hoffan Noodles (P300)
11. Geylang Claypot Rice
The stall is a landmark located in Singapore's red light district and draws a crowd for its Claypot Rice which is fired over charcoal. Every pot has marinated chicken together with lup cheong (chinese sausages), yun cheong (chinese duck liver sausage and salted fish) and greens over white rice which is wood-fired for 45 minutes until it has a toasty crust formed at the bottom of the claypot. Thick dark soy sauce is then drizzled over the rice and is stirred to create a marble effect when scooping.
Order: Chicken Claypot Rice (P280/1 pax; P450/2 pax; P540/3-4 pax), Thai Style Soft Shell Crab (P450), Lotus Duck (P350), Tofu with Prawns (P280)
12. Makansutra Bar and Bites
The only stall serving hot and cold desserts, snacks, and hot and cold beverages. The snack list has Asian sandwiches with traditional Singapore ingredients like pork floss & luncheon meat, peanut butter and pork floss, and more! Quench your thirst with their refreshing fruit juices — watermelon, orange, mango lassi shake, green apple and pineapple juice, among others. They also have a few ice desserts to cap off your visit at Makasuntra Hawkers.
Order: Sweet Potato in Ginger-flavored soup (P100), Kaya Toast, Assorted Fruit and Tuber Fritters (P60)