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For this edition of Dining Confidential, Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken chef Jason Gehring shares his favorite spot for Filipino fare in the suburbs: Filipino Global Market near Bailey's Crossroads — he's been known to end up there three times in a week.
"My boyfriend introduced me to this place. It is situated in a small strip mall not far from his condo. The front of the store is a supermarket filled with interesting packaged food and pastries from a local bakery. In the back there are several tables and a buffet counter filled with different "stews" and proteins. A combo platter is $6 and includes a generous portion of white rice and a choice of two proteins or vegetables. There's lechon (fat chunks of pork belly), chicken adobo (my personal favorite), pancit (vermicelli noodles with vegetables), and several others to choose from. During my most recent trip they had a hearty beef stew with large chunks of carrots and potatoes and baked fish in a light broth. For dessert there's turon — a ripe plantain sprinkled with brown sugar, enveloped in a spring roll wrapper and fried, and halo halo — a refreshing mixture of ice cream, shaved ice, and sweet beans."
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Filipino Global Market [Photo: Foursquare]