Netflix’s ‘Street Food’ Series Was Inspired By This Smile Article About A Cebuano Delicacy

Would you be able to finish a plate of these slippery creatures?

Exciting news for our foodie readers around Asia!

Netflix’s much-awaited Street Food has been streaming in the platform, and the new documentary series from the creators of Chef’s Table aims to explore the rich culture of street food in some of the world’s colorful cities.

The first season features dishes from nine destinations across Asia: Cebu, Bangkok, Osaka, Yogyakarta, Chiayi, Seoul, Ho Chi Minh, Singapore and Delhi. It will also highlight local heroes and the blood, sweat and tears that goes into each iconic dish.


It turns out that the feature on Cebu city in the Philippines for Episode 9 was inspired by a Smile article about Cebu’s cuisine from our regular contributors, writer Jude Bacalso and photographer Jacob Maentz. (It came out in the print magazine issue available in all Cebu Pacific flights last March 2018.)

“The early morning sunlight streams in at irregular angles, struggling to get between the bamboo slats and through the corrugated metal roofing sheets that make up Entoy’s Bakasihan, a semi-al fresco eatery in the quiet coastal town of Cordova, on Cebu’s Mactan Island.

Entoy’s teeters on stilts over the water’s edge and patches of mangrove, looking like a temporary affair with weathered wooden tables and red plastic chairs. But the eatery is a 20-year-old dining institution. It’s known for the town’s delicacy: bakasi. The species of spotted moray eel, which grows to a length of 12 inches, is caught daily among the reef flats and traditionally served in soup or deep fried to a crisp and had with vinegar.”

This caught the attention of the Street Food production team and its director Suzy Beck, who called Jude. (Jude, in turn, promptly screamed after finding out the group was behind Chef’s Table). “I’m a huge fan of the show and was happy to help. Suzy was keen on about the eels — I saw it as an opportunity to highlight Cebu’s culture in front of the whole world: they were looking for food that hasn’t been seen before,” Jude said in an interview with Smile.

“I’m so excited for people to see the show. Of course there are other more popular street food dishes in the country, but for the audience to be able to see something more than the usual means there is so much of our (food culture) that people have yet to explore and try out,” Jude said.

Just in time for the National Filipino Food Month, Street Food streamed on Netflix starting April 26. Pro-tip: avoid watching with an empty stomach.

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Written by

Elka Requinta

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