Mr. and Ms. Chinatown '16 winners share their favorite summer delicacies

By Joser Ferreras 10 May, 2017

It’s easy enough to understand that in order to make the best out of this time of the year, one must know how to deal with the scorching heat in the most compelling way possible. For many people, this might come in the form of a quick escapade to the beach, a staycation at a trusty luxurious hotel, a visit to chilly Tagaytay, Baguio or even the nearest mall, and of course, a serving or two of the colorful comfort refreshments we all love and know as Halo-halo, ice cream, Mais Con Yelo, and on and on.

As much as we love them, however, we also leave ourselves wondering what else we could be missing that are equally satisfying and thirst-quenching, which is why we sought out the help of our fun and food-loving finalists and winners from last year’s Mr. and Ms Chinatown competition, Louie Ngo, Sherwin Yao, Wryan Chua and Pichie Lim, for their favorite summer food and drinks, some with Chinese origins, and here’s what ended up in their list:

5) Seafood

Sea and seafood are almost a no-brainer once the hottest season lands on Philippine shores. While grilling may not be a popular Chinese way of cooking, 1st runner-up Sherwin is a proud lover of it especially when it meets his innermost cravings of squid, lobster and fish, to name a few. “There’s something about the mixture of the smell of the beach and seafood being grilled that reminds me of the best days of summer”, he shares.

4) Street food

From the seas to the streets, fishballs are quite the anomaly when we talk of summer. Then again, not everything has to be cold or beach-related and that’s why Pichie’s pick still makes the cut. For her, adding curry sauce for a bit of spice makes them all the more satisfying. Served fresh and hot, we can definitely agree how it doesn't hurt to embrace the heat sometimes.

3) Noodles and Dimsum

Whether it’s rice or bread, Louie makes sure to take in as much carb as he can in every sitting. But best of all, any kind of noodles, whether fried or boiled, wins his heart hands down. That, or a classic order of siomai which fits rather perfectly in any summer picnic as a proven easy-to-eat delicacy.

For Wryan, nothing beats hakaw. Despite being allergic to seafood, he shares how he always chooses to pull it together just to get a taste of it.

2) Milk Tea and Fruit Juice

No one can resist the chills exuded by cold glass of milk tea or fruit juice any time of a typical summer day. The great thing about them is that they're something we can all have quite literally anywhere, whether we’re at the beach, like Sherwin’s way with a buko juice, or at our neighborhood streets. Likewise, not only do milk teas take away most people’s stress due to their unique and refreshing flavors, but they provide anyone, including Louie and Pichie, with much needed coolness to help them relax better.

"[Milk tea] is perfect for summer because it’s refreshing and the sweetness of the drink can usually be modified”, Pichie adds in.

1) Mango Sago

Mango. Sago. Coconut milk. There simply couldn’t be a better combination for an enticing summer dessert, especially for Wryan, Pichie and Louie. As our country's pride when it comes to fruits and with it's vivid summer hue, it's hard to argue why Mango Sago is an ultimate craving during this season.

Sobrang refreshing niya. Malalasahan mo talaga ‘yong summer and since favorite ko ang mango, I’m so happy na may ganoong dessert sa mga Chinese restaurants.” [It’s really refreshing. You can really taste summer and since mango is my favorite fruit, I’m really excited that Chinese restaurants have this kind of dessert], shares Wryan.

Not only is it a go-to dessert at almost every Chinese feast, it’s also an obvious solution, even a temporary one, to beat the heat this summer. It’s served cold and sweet, which are a must under the hot summer sun.

What about you? What are YOUR favorite treats during summer? Share them with us!

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    What can we expect next from Sherwin Yao? Any future plans?

    I have a lot planned but there’s really no way of knowing what will happen in the future. Not knowing where you end up only makes life more interesting.




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