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    Lung Center Sunday Market: Tiangge in Quezon City

    A favorite haunt of Tutubi on Sunday mornings being just a fifteen-minute drive away or two short jeepney rides from home, the grounds of the Lung Center of the Philippines, with it's shady trees, come alive bustling with activity with food stalls, tiangge and dry goods for sale with regional specialties and products from almost every corner of the Philippines.

    Shopping at the sunday market has become a routine for people near the area to shop for their food supplies for a week to cook at home. Various fish, seafood, meats, organic produce, vegetables, herbs and spices (e.g wheat grass, basil, thyme,) , regional specialties and exotic stuff can be found here at a cost lower than Manila's gigantic malls.

    Many people asked Tutubi (a wannabe history buff) why the sunday market is called Sidcor, well, it's called Sidcor since in the 90's it used to be located at Sidcor Plaza, where the no-longer-extant Sidcor Resort also used to be, at the corner of EDSA and Main Avenue, the present site of Makro Cubao.

    Sidcor Organic Market finds and more:

    Kalamay and sinukmani, both rice-based desserts (kakanin)

    an assortment of kakanin for sale

    For lovers of organic stuff, lettuce packs at 3 for P100. For comparison, similar items at SM malls cost P60/each making these organic greens about 50% cheaper.

    Tamales P5/each (small)
    or the complete tamales meal at P50 but turned out much of the volume you see were just banana leaves

    Live Frogs P250/kilo, people of Paete call them palakang kabakab, cooked by Kapampangans into betute. The French also eat frog legs or what they call "les cuisses de grenouilles."

    eggs of Bayawak (water monitor lizard) P130 each (this is not recommended as the bayawak is an endangered species, therefore protected...there are live bayawak on display at the Protected Animals and Wildlife Rescue Center (PAWB Mini-Zoo) inside the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife just across the Lung Center)

    Live Dalag (Mudfish) P200/kilo. This specimen weighs 1.5 kgs and is about 30 centimeters long

    sinukmani and kalamay (rice cake) P10/slice

    Yacon (great for diabetics): P40/kilo (if you want cheaper at P20/kilo or less at wholesale price, look for them on the highway of Nueva Vizcaya particularly Bambang and the cold, upland town of Kasibu)

    lato/arosep (seaweed): P120/kilogram

    Vigan Empanada: P60/pc, not worth it though, still recommend the authentic ones at Vigan's plaza

    Fresh curacha flown from Zamboanga City

    Curacha, (sea crabs) endemic to the waters of Zamboanga, Basilan and Tawi-tawi at PhP550.00/kilo (about $11/kg), expensive, yes, but it's the only place Tutubi has seen the sinfully delicious crustaceans outside Zamboanga City. It's already a steal in these low cost of living Philippine islands.

    With various food finds and delicacies present, the Lung Center Sunday Market easily answers the question on where to find hard-to-find items, long before the Salcedo Weekend Market and the Legaspi Sunday Market came to be. The latter two were said to be inspired by the original Sidcor Organic Market in Cubao. The three weekend markets, plus Market! Market in Taguig City and Tiendesitas in Pasig City recommended stops for tourists, locals and foreigners, wishing to sample Philippine cuisine and food specialties without actually going to the actual places.

    Lastly, should you happen to get there, note that Lung Center's specialty dish is the exotic BOPIS!


    Lung Center Sunday Market (Sidcor)
    Lung Center Compound, Quezon Avenue, Quezon City
    Open from 6am up to 1pm, Sunday
    Parking Fee of P20 for first 8 hours, P5 every hour thereafter

    Tip: Use the second gate when parking to avoid the long queue of vehicles entering the first gate. More spacious parking at the left side than those on the right side though farther from the flea market and tiangge stalls.

    How to get to Lung Center of the Philippines:

    Commute: From MRT Quezon Avenue station, best to hire a cab or if you feel like really commuting, board a bus or jeepney bound for Fairview/Lagro/Philcoa or UP and drop off in front of the Lung Center of the Philippines. (this is opposite the pedestrian entrance of the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center) also on Quezon Avenue. From Manila, jeepneys and buses with signboard Fairview, Lagro and Philcoa all pass by the place. From LRT Monumento station (good for those coming from Cavite), you need to board buses going to Baclaran or Cubao then alight on Quezon Avenue before transferring to a Fairview-bound jeep or bus.

    Driving Directions to Lung Center:

    1. if you have a car, from Makati or SLEX, take EDSA going to Quezon City, right turn on Quezon Avenue (ilalim) then enter the hospital entrance gate about 300 meters from the corner of Agham road (the first traffic lights after EDSA). You need to pay a minimal parking fee.

    2. From NLEX, it's best to take EDSA then North Avenue, passing by SM North EDSA and Trinoma Mall, right turn on Agham Road (pass by the neo-classical building Office of the Ombudsman, Philippine Science High School (PSHS or pisay) and Manila Seedling Bank) then left turn again on Quezon Avenue to reach the center.

    3. From Manila, it's just a "straight" drive from Quiapo's Quezon Boulevard, Lerma, Espana, pass by Welcome Rotonda, to reach Quezon Avenue where the center is just near Elliptical Road and Quezon Memorial Circle.

    4. From SLEX or Rizal province via C5, drive straight on C5 then Katipunan Avenue to pass by Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU) campus, turn left on C.P. Garcia (the University of the Philippines campus), right on Commonwealth avenue to make a U-turn going to Elliptical Road (Quezon Circle) then Quezon Avenue where you need to take a U-turn again to get to the other side.

    For a vicinity and road map of Lung Center, click here. Beside the Lung Center of the Philippines is the National Kidney Institute of the Philippines (NKI).

    Other notable landmarks and interesting places nearby are the Quezon Memorial Circle (Quezon City Circle), Quezon City Hall, Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center, Office of the Ombudsman (yeah, that dysfunctional government agency who can't seem to go after allies of the administration...ranting :P), Philippine Science High School, Bantayog ng mga Bayani, Philcoa (Philippine Coconut Authority), Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, Astronomical and Space Administration or PAGASA Science Garden (with its Planetarium), Veterans Memorial Medical Center, East Avenue Medical Center, University of the Philippines (UP), Philippine Heart Center, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), Philippine Childrens Medical Center (PCMC), Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), Social Security System (SSS), LTFRB, NIA, NPO, Manila Seedling Bank, Trinoma Mall, and SM City North EDSA.

    Related Posts:
    Manila Shopping Guide
    Salcedo Weekend Market
    Manila Seedling Bank,
    SM City North EDSA and Trinoma Mall
    Quezon Memorial Circle

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    posted by backpacking philippines @ 9:01 PM,


    At Jan 8, 2009, 9:01:00 PM, Blogger Nina said...

    The first and only time I experienced eating curacha was in a restaurant in quezon city. I must say, it's really delish!!! Can't even remember the name of the restaurant butI am hoping to go back there during one of my vacations...

    At Jan 9, 2009, 6:17:00 AM, Blogger Photo Cache said...

    Nice shots. I have heard this before too, I guess this is a fave hangout of bloggers :D.

    Kaiser Permanente (hospital) also holds farmers market once a week, different days on different locations, during the weekdays. Haven't been but my brother said they have good selections too.

    I guess this would encourage healthy eating if the farmers markets are inside the hospital grounds :D

    At Jan 10, 2009, 2:52:00 PM, Blogger dodong flores said...

    I've heard of this Sunday Market sa Lung Center from Mike Tan's column in Philippine Daily Inquirer.
    Mabisita nga rin one of these days.
    As always, ang ganda ng mga photos dito. Talagang nakaka-entice sa mga viewers na pupunta din doon sa site (Lung Center).

    At Jan 10, 2009, 4:49:00 PM, Blogger the donG said...

    wow! just a month ago we ate curacha at home. those are deep sea crabs. it came a long way from zamboanga. so tasty! didnt know that it's being sold there.

    At Jan 10, 2009, 11:53:00 PM, Anonymous bw said...

    eggs of bayawak? hmmm.. that's very interesting :)

    Love those sumans and sweets man. Now I feel like I want to go to the Pinoy store and score a few hehe :)

    At Jan 11, 2009, 5:16:00 PM, Blogger Mari said...

    That curacha resembles cockroach. The name must've come from the Spanish cucaracha (cockroach). Those must be good, if they cost that much. But I love most of all are the bibingkas. I'm craving for them now.

    At Jan 12, 2009, 10:24:00 AM, Anonymous tina said...

    nice.. thanks for the info. hehe. ;P happy new year nga pala!! =)

    At Jan 12, 2009, 7:39:00 PM, Blogger Lawstude said...

    ang sarap ng mga kakanin. have you tried our special puto and sweet delicacies here in cabanatuan and nueva ecija?

    At Jan 13, 2009, 3:34:00 AM, Blogger pieterbie said...

    Wow, that place looks pretty much like a feast. I love these kind of places, whenever I'm in France, I always try to find time to go to one of the local markets.

    At Jun 8, 2009, 4:51:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    FYI: "mudfish" is a term used only by Filipinos... the english term for "dalag" is "snakehead"!!! The info on the "dalag" above is wrong... a 30 cm specimen will not even weigh a kilo, more so 1.5 kg.

    At Jun 8, 2009, 11:29:00 AM, Blogger backpacking philippines said...

    anonymous, i;m a filipino ;P that's why i used mudfish. you mean to say i didn't get what i paid for? i weighed the fish at home and it sure did weigh that much before i took a picture of it on the kitchen sink

    At Feb 16, 2010, 1:32:00 PM, Anonymous Coco Sugar said...

    The Curacha (English: spanner crab or (red) frog crab) by itself is bland and not very flavorful. The secret to great tasting curacha is in how it is prepared. If you happen to be in Zamboanga city, the best bet would be Alavar's. I think they also have a branch here in Manila but I haven't tried them out.

    The Alavar sauce goes very well with ANY crab. :) I'd prefer the Alimango, the Alimasag, even the lowly Talangka over the Curacha any day. (They don't seem to favor the Talangka in Zamboanga, so I get them there cheap. I once went to the wet market and an old local lady asked what I just got, referring to the talangka I had just bought)

    I guess the only reason they're a specialty in Western Mindanao is because this is where they're often found, and not necessarily because of their great taste.

    The female curachas don't carry their spawn (alige). How sad is that?

    At Feb 16, 2010, 1:43:00 PM, Blogger backpacking philippines said...

    coco sugar, been to Zamboanga if you happed to browse my old posts. sampled the curacha but not at alavars where a friend also requested for ginataang bagoong alamang there.

    At Jun 11, 2010, 2:46:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    nangangatwiran ka pa sa mudfish eh talaga namang walang isang kilo ang 30 cm length.Umayos ka nga at ako eh marami ng nahuling dalag. Kung karpa yan, maniwala ako.

    Ipaayos mo na rin yang timbangan mo sa bahay, kakatuwa ka, mali na eh humihirit ka pa.

    Sa susunod na bumile ka ng 1.5kg. kailangan ay at least 40cm ang dalag para hindi ka maloko.

    At Jun 14, 2010, 9:19:00 PM, Blogger backpacking philippines said...

    anonymous, ano ba problema mo? tinimbang ko nga yung dalag sa bahay 1.5 kilos nga so tama...hindi ko sya nasukat kung gaano kahaba so pwede naman ako magkamali. kung ikaw ay taong perpekto na hindi nagkakamali, pwede ka mag-iwan ng komento pero pwede naman sabihin ng maayos yan, bakit kailangan pa ng ganyang salita unless wala ka ka pinag-aralan. ang liit na bagay nyan nagawa mo pa magsalita ng ganyan? wala ka magawa o talgang di ka tinuruan ng magulang mo ng mabuting asal?

    At Feb 13, 2011, 2:35:00 AM, Anonymous mary said...

    Sabi nila nag-move na raw yung LCP tiangge, pero sabi naman ng iba nandun pa rin.

    Alam niyo ba kung nasan na talaga siya ngayon? Thanks!

    At Feb 14, 2011, 5:58:00 PM, Blogger backpacking philippines said...

    mary, the old LCP tiangge is now at Eton Centris Walk, EDSA corner Quezon Avenue, called Sidcor Weekend Market. There's also a new Sunday market at the Lung Center but I haven't been there to see

    At Feb 19, 2011, 6:53:00 PM, Anonymous mary said...

    Aww.. went there last Feb 13 pero wala nang tao.

    I heard that most of the sellers in LCP are also in the Centris market, pero ibang araw yata. Tama ba? Or meron pa rin ng Sunday?

    Haay. Na-miss ko lang pumunta dun. Been visiting at least once a month since 2008. Natigil lang ako this sem tapos - BOOM - wala na siya. :(

    Anyway, thanks for the reply!


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