Manila is the capital city of the Philippines. It is officially called the city of Manila. It is the world’s most densely populated city proper as well as the second-largest city as per population. Manila has a special place on the map of the world and in the heart of people globally. Because of Manila’s commercial networks across the Pacific Ocean that connect Asia with the Spanish Americas, the city is called a truly global city along with Mexico City, and Madrid.
Filipinos are very hard-working people and they are spread in every corner of the world. The food and other markets of the Philippines are very popular. These markets are mainly popular for the food they serve. Those markets are made up of small cart-style shops.
So, to attract more people to their country as tourists and to provide the working Filipinos in the country, many countries opened replicas of the Manila markets. Some of those world-famous little Manila are as follows:
1. North York, Toronto, Canada – local restaurants and bakeries.
2. Historic Filipinotown, LA – designated as a historic-cultural neighborhood by the local government.
3. Daehangno Filipino Market, Seoul – sari-sari store items and street food.
4. Roosevelt Avenue, Woodside, Queens – Filipino community in New York.
5. Salmiya, Kuwait – a hub with various Filipino businesses.
6. Lucky Plaza, Singapore – mall in Orchard Road with plenty of useful goods and services.
7. Earl’s Court, London – the hub of the British-Filipino community.
8. Al Rahmaniyah Mall, Khobar, Saudi Arabia – Filipino fast-food chains and clothing outlets.
The latest addition to these markets is Al Satwa, Dubai. It is developed like a replica of Manila’s old downtown on the strip from the Iranian Hospital to Al Maya Lal’s Supermarket. It is a huge hit among people. Especially Filipinos as lots of them are working in Dubai. Now, Filipino people living in Dubai do not need to travel from Dubai to Manila to get the authentic taste of the food. Because they can go to Dubai’s Own Little Manila at any time.
The demand for authentic Filipino food was increasing in Dubai as it is a favorite country for Filipinos for work. Dubai’s Own Little Manila was created because the popularity of authentic delicacies and dishes from the Filipinos was growing. Local and popular homegrown brands from the food industry of the Philippines are used in the market to meet the demand of the public. All the products are imported from the Philippines only. Little Manila has a very successful response as it is an imported Filipino grocery product galore.
In the UAE, the place that is serving and selling the best brands used by restaurants is Little Manila. These brands are a fine mix of the concoction of the best brands belonging to the Philippines. Little Manila in the United Arab Emirates is a Filipino-themed food concept restaurant. It is the world’s first of its kind restaurant. It was started in 2015. This little concept is owned by a giant group in the industry called Al Ahli Holding Group. All the operations of the little Manila are done under the division of Beverages & Food department. It became a leading project after the opening of the first outlet in Dubai.
They serve the most popular dessert brands, beverages, and Filipino food from the Philippines. Some of these food items are Fiftea, Zagu, Mochi Crème, Binalot, Jay-J’s Inasal, Fruitas.
Kweki Bites And Bake Shop are the two brands that are developed within Little Manila In UAE. All of this variety is available at K6 Building, Al Muraqqabat Rd, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It is like a one-stop solution for customers. Following are the top-ranked items from the menu of Little Manila:
The top-ranked Filipino dishes at Little Manila Market are:
- Adobo (In this dish a marinade of vinegar sauce and garlic is used on meat stew).
- Sisig (It is a combination of sizzling meat and crispy liver, lime and chilies are used as a seasoning on other innards).
- Pancit (It is a type of RTE noodles, Just stir the noodles).
The top-ranked Filipino dessert on the Little Manila Market Menu Are:
- Halo-Halo (Ingredients: beans, coconut, shaved ice, sweet tapioca pearls, tubers, evaporated milk. And sweet delicacies such as seasonal fruits).
- Leche Flan (It is prepared with the caramel layer on top over a custard dessert).
- Ube Halaya (It is prepared by mixing milk and butter with purple yam, mashed and boiled).
It is an undeniable fact that Filipino dishes are very tasty and authentic. It is prepared by including a lot of various spices as these are inspired by other international cuisines. That is why they are very popular among people of almost every nationality. The appeal of the food among people is very high.
The idea behind Little Manila was to give Filipinos a chance to come together as a community to call a place their own. It gives much-needed exposure to the flavors of their home country. They can experience all this while staying in the Middle East. It is an opportunity and a chance to come together as a community to call a place their own.
On the occasion of the Its first anniversary, Little Manila prepared the biggest pizza in the UAE. The size of the pizza is 27 inches in diameter. The topping involved in pizza is Pepperoni, Margarita with jalapenos, Hawaiian, and Vegetarian. And it was Priced at AED 360.
Little Manila has a festive touch like local fiestas. They welcomed every guest with a warm Mabuhay greeting. All the people feel at home. From street eats to classic dishes, they are selling all kinds of Filipino food at their colorful dining halls.
Top Filipino Dishes:
Adobo: It’s the Filipino dish everyone knows-the important adobo. It’s made by stewing meat ( generally funk, pork, or a mix of both) in soy sauce and ginger, adding peppercorns and straight leaves for that exceptional character.
Kare-Kare: This rich stew is made with nut sauce and, generally, oxtail, still other meatier cuts of hamburger can likewise be added in. Multitudinous Filipinos will consider kare-kare deficient without a serving of bagoong ( aged fish cement) as an afterthought.
Lechon: One of the forces to be reckoned with among the stylish Filipino dishes ( close to adobo) is perhaps the popular Lechon. All effects considered it’s delicate to eclipse a luscious, fully coddled gormandizer with completely fresh skin and succulent meat.
Sinigang: Sinigang is a Pinoy example. A pleasurable acrid stock generally made courtesan by tamarind, it’s loaded up with colorful vegetables and a meat of decision.
Sisig: Served sizzling on a hot gravestone plate, sisig is a most favored pulutan (lager chow) among Filipinos. The meat is slashed up pieces of the gormandizers’ face in the Philippines, no slice of the critter goes to squander.