Baguio Night Market Is Just as Much about the Street Food as It Is the Ukay-Ukay

April 30, 2020

Stories of 10-peso deals, random designer picks, and one-off finds have made Baguio’s ukay-ukay‘s a tourist draw. So, naturally, when the team planned a trip to the city, we snuck in time in our schedule to drop by at least one of them. And since we’re all about getting the most out of the experience, we chose to rummage the racks of their infamous night market along Harrison Road.

Nacho usual fried sticks.

Dubbed the “Baguio Night Market,” this daily pop-up sees hundreds of thrift vendors and thousands of people a night. And like any other night market, this one has no shortage of food to keep everyone going.

Ang agar-agar pa para mag chicken skin.

One end of the market is dedicated solely to street food, with stalls hawking a variety of Filipino favorites. Of course, there are the usuals: barbecues, steamed corn, and fried pica-pica‘s. But there are also a bunch of odd choices here and there (e.g. nachos, binatog, pancakes, and sisig, to name a few) making it a truly diverse selection—reminiscent of the city’s multi-cultural charm.

Binatog, binatog, binatog… mais!!! – a poem

They even have street food of different cuisines, such as Korean odeng and gimbap, and Middle Eastern kebabs and shawarmas.

Yo, what’s soup?

Our favorite, hands-down, are the soups. There are a couple of stalls serving flavorful bulalo, mami, and noodles at the far end of the market. Though they have the advantage of being the cold weather pick, they, nonetheless, have a great depth of flavor. (Plus, you can ask for more broth!)

Jica Simpas Jica Simpas

Jica hopes that by writing about food she'll actually learn how to cook. But for now, she'll happily just eat everything—especially cookies.

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