Sidcor Sunday Market is a haven for foodies and bargain hunters. A few meters from Quezon Avenue MRT Station, Sidcor Sunday Market stands proudly on sprawling grounds, with the tents of the stalls flapping away merrily, inviting early-morning customers to buy products lovingly chosen by the sellers.
When I lived near the area, I visited the last reincarnation of Sidcor Sunday Market with my friend and without fail, I went home with a bag or two of home-made goodies, mostly sweets. But Sidcor Sunday Market is more than just pastries, its sellers cover a wide gamut of products, from organic mushrooms and freshly-squeezed 100% sugarcane juice to native kakanin, handmade breads and homemade embutido. There are also non-Filipino food items like paella, pad thai and chicken satay. Aside from these goodies, there are sections for clothes and accessories, household items and gardening tools, with flowers in bloom to boot.
For related entries, please read Sabado Mercado – San Juan City Weekend Market and Gng. Bukid – Food for the Soul.
Sidcor Sunday Market at Eton Centris
Some of the edible products sold at Sidcor Sunday market
Some of Yulaik food products: dried lipote, mango wine, lemongrass wine, mango jam, mango vodka and baligang jam. Yulaik food products are from Naga City. For those interested, Yulaik food products contact number is 0907-7883250.
Bignay concentrate, baligang concentrate and lipote-baligang concentrate. I have to be honest, I do not know what baligang and lipote are.
Also from the Yulaik food stall is this “New Look” dried fish. I have not fried them as of this writing, but the seller claimed that I do not need to use oil to do it. When I asked why “New Look”, he said that it is named after Ate Guy (Philippine movie superstar Nora Aunor). I still do not know the connection, but I hope the fish tastes good.
Uncle George Gourmet Bread (counterclockwise): mango ring cake, raspberry ring cake, blueberry cake, banana cake, cheezy ube pandan delight, country raisin, Frnech baguette, plain mochi, mochi floss, yema cheesecake, and brazo de yema.
Uncle George’s mochi floss, a pack of 10 costs P150.00 (US $3.22). I am eating one right now, the floss is good. One mochi is enough to stave off my craving for rice.
Gng. Bukid’s walnut brownie, P70.00 (US $1.50).
Gng. Bukid’s zero sugar homemade peanut butter, P220.00 (US $4.72).
Honey butter biscocho, one pack with 7-8 pieces, P70.00 (US $1.50). I enjoyed eating it because it was lighter than the biscocho from Iloilo that I often eat and it also tasted better.
Some of the main dishes sold at Sidcor Sunday Market: turmeric rice with tomatoes and raisins, pinakbet fried rice and fish fillet pesto.
Comida Española’s paella set-up. This is for Juan, for it reminds me of the photo he sent me. ☺
Comida Española’s paella uncooked and cooked paella.
Comida Española’s paella, 250 grams, P140.00 (US $3.00) and 500 grams, P270.00 (US $5.79). I liked the paella. Its proteins were tender and the rice was not grainy, but it needed more acidity. Maybe a bigger slice of lemon can remedy this. Comida Española’s contact number is 0998-5316550. Look for Martin M. Gonzales.
The tarpaulin on the stall says, “the amazing taste of Thai food”, so I bought this pad thai for P100.00 (US $ 2.15). One portion was generous, but it had no depth of flavor.
Maybe if I had bought these chicken satay, 4 sticks for P120.00 (US $2.58), I would have been more satisfied. The photo at the bottom shows fresh cucumber salad and chicken satay sauce.
Bottled bagoong alamang guisado, smoked flakes gourmet, tuyo gourmet, and bangus gourmet. The smoked fish (tinapa) is P220.00 (US $4.72) each.
Carrot cake, P65.00 (US $1.40) per slice, homemade apple pie, P55.00 (US $1.18) per slice and black biko, P45.00 (US $0.97) per slice. I had to restrain myself from buying the carrot cake or the apple pie.
Filipino kakanin at Sidcor Sunday Market: plain puto, flavored puto cheese, kutsinta, biko, sapin-sapin, suman, and suman pinipig with buko (the one wrapped in green banana leaves).
Organic Oyster Mushroom Chicharon
All the eating makes one thirsty. Drinks all: pandan, sago gulaman, coffee jelly, mango, and melon.
Squeeze n’ Twist’s sugarcane juice bar sells pure tubo (sugarcane) juice. 1 liter of pure tubo juice is P120.00 (US $2.58). One can add calamansi, carrot, green apple, lemon or buko to the tubo juice. Tubo mango shakes and tubo milk shake are also available. I bought 1 liter of pure tubo juice. It was not as sweet as the variety my grandfather planted when I was a child or the one sold by the Kartaps people, but it was okay. I used to eat or munch on freshly cut sugarcane sticks in Iloilo (I ate them beside the mother sugarcane plant where they came from, with the sun scorching my back), and the juice dribbling down the corners of my mouth was the sweetest nectar imaginable.
Squeeze n’ Twist machine squeezes the sugarcane juice as you wait and watch. Look at the photos in counterclockwise direction starting from top left.
Herbal tea from bignay, Kalinga Brew coffee, sea salt, organic cocosugar, turmeric powder, and malunggay powder at Sidcor Sunday Market.
Sidcor Sunday Market stalls selling clothes, shoes and bags.
Sidcor Sunday Market stalls selling accessories, St. Benedict doorknob and clutch bags from recycled tetra packs. I asked the seller about the doorknob “chime” and she said that St. Benedict protects houses from evil spirit. I actually liked the bags, the shoulder bags (but I was not able to take photos of them), but they were a little superfluous for someone who uses only two bags on weekdays.
Flowers, flower pots, sprays and fertilizers are also for sale at Sidcor Sunday Market.
The first thing that caught my attention was this solar panel. I was surprised to find one on a weekend market.
These are the things I bought at Sidcor Sunday Market.
When you visit Sidcor Sunday Market, wear comfortable clothes and footwear, bring your appetite and lots of cash (you do not know what interesting things you see there), and have fun!
Sidcor Sunday Market is on Eton Centris parking lot is open every Sunday, from 6am to 2pm.