The locals can tell I am not one of them with just a casual glance, despite my best attempt to blend in, with my tee, jeans, cap and well-worn sport shoes. It is not because they'll give me better service, it is just that I want to observe and eat like a fly on the eatery wall. After all, Aling Sosing's Carinderia is truly a streetside Manila barangay (residential village) class carinderia, and insects and pets do hang around for leftovers.
The thing about our beloved hawker food is that we are almost always eating the most common stuff. Bit by bit, we are beginning to lose dishes as our younger generation gets mired in fads, trends and popular hipster fare. Many are clueless about what is not dangled in front of them. Nowadays, it is all just more of the usual fishball noodles, nasi lemak, chicken rice, porridge and prawn noodles fare, which doesn't even begin to scratch the surface of what we used to have back in the day.
Nonya cafes are somewhat becoming a rage. You will find increasingly more eateries touting Peranakan cuisine, but serving a few popular Nonya favourites such as mee siam, laksa, popiah, and kueh pie tee and sticking on some Peranakan-style wall tiles do not make a Nonya cafe. Food has to be king, and I would look at, smell and devour the dishes before paying attention to the decor. I did just that at a Nonya cafe I stumbled upon. It is next to Thian Hock Keng temple, no less.
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