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Filipino Food Stall 'Sari Sari Store' Opens in Grand Central Market in Los Angeles

The chefs behind Wildflour and Republique pay tribute to the humble Filipino rice bowl.
IMAGE INSTAGRAM @sarisaristorela/ grandcentralmarket.com
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The popularity of Filipino cuisine has again taken a huge leap forward with the opening of Margarita and Walter Manzke’s Sari Sari Store, in a highly coveted spot in Los Angeles’ popular Grand Central Market. Sari Sari Store brings Filipino rice bowls or silog to the market. The Manzkes wanted to highlight the famous Filipino meal that commonly consists of a fried egg, rice, and a viand of choice, as well as including desserts like halo-halo

 

To fully live up to its name, the stall is decorated with top shelves filled with cans of sardines, bars of soap, bags of Chippy, and pretty much all the random finds that one can find at an authentic sari-sari store. To complete the look, the stall’s roof is covered in galvanized tin sheets.

 

On the menu diners will find Filipino comfort food at its best: arroz caldo, pan de sal, lechon manok, and adobong fried rice. Refreshments, such as calamansi and passion fruit soda, complement the traditional flavors.

 

The James Beard-nominated chef and her husband have long been in the food business in both America and the Philippines. They own the wildly successful Republique in Los Angeles, as well as Wildflour, Farmacy, and Pink's in Manila. The Philippine establishments are co-owned with Margarita's sister, Ana Lorenzana De Ocampo.

 

h/t: Eater Los Angeles

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