Want to experience authentic cuisines without spending too much? Go to the streets. There’s so much about the streets that is not celebrated even if much of the culture of every country is observed on this specific place. This is the reason why Netflix chose to celebrate the rich culture of the streets on its latest gastronomic series – Street Food. Instead of dealing with how certain dishes are prepared, the creative people behind “Chef’s Table” came up with a more brilliant idea of featuring local legends of street food, their family traditions, and the story on how such dish came to life.
The first season of this documentary series will focus on the street food of nine Asian countries namely Thailand, Japan, India, Indonesia and Taiwan, South Korea, Vietnam, Singapore, and Philippines. And among all the places around the country, the Emmy-nominated show Chef’s Table chose the Queen City of the South, Cebu, as their first Philippine destination because of the culinary delights and accessible street food found around the city. The award winning author and Chef Tatung Sarthou and veteran journalist Jude Bacalso helped Netflix for the episode here in the Philippines. In fact, it was Jude’s article on Tatay Entoy’s Bakasi on Smile Magazine that caught the eye of the production team. While Jude brought bakasi around and outside the country, it was only through the filming of this series that the journalist learned the incredibly touching story of Tatay Entoy and how he made his community a tourist destination because his bakasi.
In celebration of Netflix’s newest series, ‘Street Food’, INQUIRER.net and InqPOP visit the town of Cordova, Cebu, to learn more about the “Bakasi”…
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Aside from bakasi, Leslie Enjambre of Talisay’s lechon, Ian Secong for his Tuslob-buwa, and Rubilyn Diko Manayon and the cultural importance of lumpia were also featured for this documentary. Others may not find Cebu as the best place to represent the country, however, such episode only prove that there is so much more to explore, taste, and try around the country aside from Manila.
Street Food Asia will begin streaming this episode this Friday, April 26, 2019.