I was at the Banilad Town Center for the Sunday market. The week before, the crew had sold out of 3 lechons, so this time around, after a full-page article in the Sun Star on Saturday, we figured that bringing 5 whole lechons or roughly 90+ kilos worth would be sufficient to meet any increased demand as a result of the article in the paper. OMG, were we so wrong or what? My sincerest apologies to the many dozens of folks who went to the BTC Sunday market and were unable to buy any lechon. The five lechons we brought were sold out in less than two hours, as fast as we could chop them, and the volume of individual purchases and the number of people was simply unimagined or unexpected. We could have probably sold another 5-7 lechons if we had them, but as I have reiterated before, this is a very small operation. And I am so sorry we could not serve everyone who came to buy lechon. I promise we will try to make up for it next weekend, even though the BTC mall is officially closed on November 1, 2009, they have agreed to let ZUBUCHON sell its lechon next Sunday, 1 November. I strongly recommend that you phone ahead to reserve how many kilos you wish to buy. If you have made a reservation, you will be assured your order will be filled. Without a reservation, it is still on a first-come, first serve basis. Kindly call 032-236-5264 for reservations. Thanks.
The mall itself was somewhat amused by the sudden pandemonium and wrote a post on their corporate website, here. In addition to the lechons, several portions of freshly cooked Zubuchon Paksiw na lechon and sisig also sold out. But there was much more than lechon at the Sunday market, and I was so glad that I made a trip to Cebu to see how the market was doing…
A small table was filled with the most stunning organic produce. The most amazing bunches of cilantro or wansoy, fantastic asparagus nearly as thick as my little finger, basil, mint, mini-ampalayas, etc.
They were so vibrantly green, so appetizing to behold. I bought several items and brought it back to Manila in my luggage!
They also had the most incredible looking papayas on offer, with the smoothest unblemished skins, and I am told, the sweetest flesh. I didn’t buy any this time around, but if I lived in Cebu. I would have.
A kakanin and native delicacy vendor from Mandaue had several Cebu goodies on offer and I wiped out her cassava cakes as well as some other more unusual rice flour based desserts or snacks.
I was stunned to find cold platters of meats and cheese at the Don Merto’s table. These pre-cut appetizer platters are perfect for bringing along to the beach, which I forgot is just 30 minutes away. Some Cebuanos wake up late on Sundays, futz around for a while and head out to the beach by 9-10am with lots of time to spare to swim or relax before lunch… At PHP700 for the cold cuts platter, I thought this was a very good value! :)
Joan (a regular marketmanila commenter) had chocolate cakes on offer…
…as well as her silvanas, fresh out of a chiller!
Other food items on offer included canalones, breads, spreads, tableas, cheeses, etc.
I purchased these tableas from Argao but haven’t tried them yet.
And got two bottles courtesy of Artisan of his chocolate spreads that are heavenly.
I also brought home brioche, banana nut muffins, etc. from Artisan that I toasted and had for breakfast with kalamansi jam, superb match! Artisan was also kind enough to give brioches away to some of the folks who won jams and marmalades. I think I gave a bottle of jam/marmalade to a lady that had waited over an hour to make sure she got to meet me, at her “ate’s” instruction… and I gather from comments that ate is “Pilar”… and I also gave jams away to other folks in line. Of course Millet and Moni likewise got jams as well.
Finally, other readers so kindly dropped by and left me great stuff to try, like these little cacao tablea shards from Camiguin that Susie B brought with her. And Joan handed me a frozen packet of Alavar’s sauce which she brought from a trip to Zamboanga. I have promised to barter a bottle of jam for these goodies. All in all, a great start for a relatively new Sunday market. I hope more and more folks will come to the market and help get it to critical mass as having a weekend market like this is so incredibly good for Cebu as a whole…