Sidcor Sunday Market: a one stop destination for almost anything
MANILA, Philippines – If you haven’t been to the Sidcor Sunday Market, you had better change your family day routine. Grab your sunglasses, eco bags, and your pets – don’t forget to set your alarm clock a tad bit earlier, because its going to be worth it.
Located in the parking lot of Centris Walk, more than a hundred stalls nest under white and green tents. As early as 8 am, natural early birds flock to the market to hunt for their Sunday meal, either already cooked or to be cooked by them. By 10 am, you better brace yourselves because a swarm of people will definitely arrive, and it isn't at all surprising.
With so many stalls, the whole market could be divided into 4 major parts. The first section is a maze filled with clothes. Jeans, dresses, shirts, and a mix of other miscellaneous items that include pots and pans, toys, antique jars, bicycles, and even animal skins for home decoration.
Right next to that is probably the most popular part of the market: food stalls. Any picky eater can be satisfied with its vast selection of food. You can have finger food, seafood, and maybe even some junk food. You can try meals that came from different parts of the Philippines.
They showcase different regional dishes, its like almost traveling back home. They have meat meals from fish, to beef, to pork and sometimes even lamb and whatnot. There are some stalls with impeccable dishes which you can only try here such as smoked ribs cooked to perfection by Jack Ruvivar of Smoke’n Sweets. But come early to try this delectable dish because hungry mobs usually descend and leave their pans empty by noon. Jack is also the man behind some of the best home-cured bacon you will ever get in this country – and he's selling a yearly bacon subscription which delivers straight to your doorstep every month!
The next section is the wet and the dry market. If you want fresh produce, you can get all you want here! It's surprising to see not just a few stalls but rows of fresh goods from fresh fruits and vegetables to live shrimps and butchers chopping up meat by the kilo.
Moving deeper into the stalls is like entering a different market. All of a sudden, you enter the section that looks like a forest. You'll find yourself surrounded by different plants – flowers, cacti, and orchids to name a few. You can hear birds chirping and other animals crying. There are also dogs, cats, and different birds you can bring home. But if you think you’re not ready for that kind of responsibility, maybe a nice plant will will do for now.
The Sidcor Market has it all – it's no wonder that it has a steady group of regulars that troop in and out everyt weekend. It's a must-visit place for a fun family Sunday. – Rappler.com
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