There is a “Fresh Festival” (think small microcosm of weekend markets/bazaars, but without any veggies/fruit?!) at the Metro Grocery, Market!Market! until April 20th; I dropped by the other day to check it out. Vendors offering breads, spreads, cookies, baked goods, gourmet items, etc. are set up in the middle of the grocery in a market meets supermarket kind of arrangement. I think it’s a nice idea, and allows greater exposure for vendors, so I hope the idea takes and that rents are not exorbitant. At any rate, I was intrigued by this stall “Juan Longganisa” that had several varieties of sausages from around the country…
Normally found at the Sunday Legazpi market, this vendor has a visually stunning array of local sausages, beautifully laid out on banana leaves and native baskets, or hanging nearby. I ended up buying three varieties to taste side by side, the results up next. What did strike me as unusual was how SMALL the portions or links of sausages seem to have become. Perhaps a result of economics, the sausages are positively puny for the most part… I can’t imagine what intestines they might be using as sausage casings… in some case, synthetic casings I suspect. Pricing wise, I took the sausages I purchased and weighed them at home, they ranged from PHP500-800 a kilo, in case you were wondering. But nevertheless, it was a nice surprise to find this selection so readily made available, and I am hoping I find a favorite new local artisanal longganisa.
I also purchased some dark rye bread at one of the tables… folks have often emailed me to ask where to get some rye bread, there’s one source. :) It took just a couple of minutes to peruse the offerings, then it was off to the nice section of foreign ingredients that Metro stocks… I sometimes find some unusual ingredients there. :)