Experiencing a Diverse Culinary Culture at Novotel Manila Araneta Center’s Asian Street Food Festival!

Written by Christian Viñas
Photos by John Paulo Obia
Video by Aera Delos Santos

#AsianStreetFoodFestival is now open to serve you. (And your tastebuds!)

If you love local street foods such as barbeque, isaw, calamares, kikiam, fishball, and squidball, wait till you taste their counterparts as Novotel Manila Araneta Center presents Asian Street Food Festival, a culmination of culinary culture from all parts of Asia for the Filipino foodie.

In celebration of ASEAN’s 50th anniversary, Asian Street Food Festival offers a smorgasbord of gourmet delights, ranging from the street foods we know and love here in the Philippines to exotic ones offered by Korea, India, Malaysia, etc. A melting pot just sprouted in this side of the metro—one that showcases not only the street foods these Asian countries are famous of, but that also strengthens the ties of the ASEAN nations through a common language: their love for food!

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Asian Street-Food Fest (3)The 7 chefs from the ASEAN countries shared a toast to formally start the festival

The event featured world-class chefs who were brought to Manila to showcase their prowess in cooking the street foods of their countries. The chefs were Chef Alan Meng, Chef Aof Suwonalert, Chef CJ Takajama, Chef Edwin Infante, Chef Jay Lee, Chef Michael Kim, and Chef Rajan Veeran representing China, Thailand, Japan, Philippines, Malaysia, Korea, and India, respectively, and capping it off with celebrity guest Chef Sau del Rosario, representing Singapore.

The festival opened last August 17 and will serve street foods until September 3. Enjoy the best of Asian street food and discover the variety of foods that #AsianStreetFoodFestival has to offer.

Asian Street-Food Fest (13)Preparing takoyaki before the start of the event. YUM!

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Asian Street-Food Fest (11)Chef Rajan poses for the camera after cooking

Asian Street-Food Fest (2)Chef Edwin Infante shares our favorite street food, squid balls

Asian Street-Food Fest (6)Pizza with a twist!

Asian Street-Food Fest (8)Spicy Tuna Maki for all the sushi-lovers out there

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Asian Street-Food Fest (15)Siumai, or siomai as it is called here, is served traditionally

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Asian Street-Food Fest (26)Steamed Fish is available in the carving station along with the food delicacies for you to choose from.

Asian Street-Food Fest (5)The bread station featured my favorite: Cheese Bread!

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Asian Street-Food Fest (7)The salad station features all sorts of greens including Rojak, a mix of fruits and vegetables skewered on a stick

Asian Street-Food Fest (23)Choco crinkles brings me back to my elementary days as this was my go-to baon for years

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Asian Street-Food Fest (10)Our very own ‘kakanin’ is present, of course.

Asian Street-Food Fest (14)Sweets of all sorts are offered to guests of the festival, including our very own halo-halo

You can also dine and win with Food Exchange Manila’s #AsianStreetFoodFest for a chance to win trips to Asian destinations!


Dine until September 3 for a chance to win a 3-night stay at the Novotel Ambassador Seoul Gangnam for two with round trip airfare to Korea from Cebu Pacific! Or delight in 3-night stays at the Mercure Ginza in Japan, Novotel Clarke Quay in Singapore, Novotel Bangkok Platinum Pratunam in Thailand, Novotel Saigon Centre in Vietnam or Novotel Manila Araneta Center.

Reserve your tables, call (02) 990 7888 today.

Asian Street Food Fest

Open from Aug. 17 to Sep. 3
P1299 – Monday to Friday (LUNCH); Monday to Thursday (DINNER)
P1499 – Saturday to Sunday, (LUNCH); Friday to Sunday (DINNER),

#AsianStreetFoodFest is also open on public holidays.

Novotel Manila Araneta Center

General Aguinaldo Ave, Cubao, Quezon City, 0810 Metro Manila
Call (02) 990 7888 to book.


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