For the most part of this year, Tricia and I have been spending most our mornings walking in Makati. It’s a way for us to squeeze in a little exercise, sweat a little, and try to one up each other with our step counts on our Fitbits (I usually win). After exercising, we would always end up in Salcedo, with the smoke from the grills sending out mouth watering smells and the early hubbub of people eager to find something new and interesting to eat.
The Salcedo Weekend Market certainly isn’t new, many of the sellers here have probably been with the market since it started. And as it expanded, more and more people got into the game and set up shop. On one side Mediterranean, French, Spanish, Filipino, Chinese, Japanese, and fusion cuisines; on the other side desserts and refreshments in all shapes and sizes. As you walk along the market’s two corridors, you’ll find your eyes feasting on roast beef stewing in its own juices, large sausages glistening on grill, and other sumptious food just sitting there waiting to be sold and eaten.
For a first timer, the wide selection of stuff available to you is quite overwhelming. There are just so many things you want to try out. But in the 6 months me, Tricia and her mom, have been going to Salcedo, we’ve sampled just about every dish in every almost every nook and cranny of the market. I’ve had my fill of barbecue, karyoka, baclava, roast beef, and every other form of tapsilog imaginable.
After 6 months, a shared budget of Php. 500, Tricia and I have have rarely left the market unsatisfied with our food. There are some hits and misses along the way (I am looking at you shawarma rice), some really expensive indulgences (roast beef with spinach, baclava, and paella), and some really good choices (samosas, sausages, and grilled food) but everything else is just exciting to try out. So far I’ve covered about 70% of all the food choices in the market, but maybe this time I’ll have to forego the market for a couple of months, just so my finances can rest and my weight to go back down (just a little bit).
Salcedo Weekend Market
Jaime C. Velasquez Park
Salcedo Village, Makati City
Open every Saturday from 6am to 2:30pm