After taking us to some of the famous tourist spots in the respective countries they’re currently based in the pilot episode of ABS-CBN Entertainment’s Made For YouTube travel show “Hello World,” Pinoy Big Brother Otso alumni Andre Brouillette, Fumiya Sankai, and Gabby Sarmiento took us on a virtual food trip for this week’s episode!
Each of them presented three different types of food that are popular among the locals and best represents the country or city they’re in.
For our first stop, Andre brought us to downtown Los Angeles City in California, at a place called “Garment District '' wherein stalls vending clothes and all kinds of stuff can be found, but food carts as well. He bought his favorite LA Dog hotdog sandwich that is topped with silantro, avocado, bell pepper, onions, ketchup, mayonnaise, and mustard, and took large bites of it.
He then took us to the famous Staples Center, which is the home of the well-loved NBA team Los Angeles Lakers. As he strolled along its empty grounds, he recounted how various food trucks and stalls crammed along it, especially everytime NBA games were held there. Luckily, he was still able to spot a few food trucks and ordered tacos, Mexican sopes, and a steak plate, which are among the local faves.
After gorging on greasy grubs, the “Amazing Alo-Hunk ng Hawaii” opted for something healthy for dessert by having a cup of fresh mixed fruits comprised of pineapples, mangoes, and watermelon, seasoned with lemon, salt, and tajin (a seasoning powder consisting of ground chili peppers, sea salt, and dehydrated lime), from a food cart he spotted along a highway.
Moving on to Italy, Gabby introduced us to another typical Italian food aside from pasta -- fish. He may not be a fan of any fish dish and it may be expensive, yet he still went for Pesce Fritto Al Cono (or “fish in a packet” in English), which is huge fish strips wrapped in parchment paper first -- often with seasoning and other ingredients to add flavor -- before baking it.
Since the first Italian food he presented was pricey, he decided to bring us to a budget-friendly food place, which was a pizzeria in Re di Roma that offers the best arancini (fried rice balls with mozzarella cheese filling covered with bread crumbs) and suppli (fried ball of risotto with tomato sauce).
And for the dessert, the “Bibong Vlogger ng Italy” satisfied his sweet tooth by ordering tiramisu piña colada and gelato with savoiardi (equivalent of our broas), which both made him speechless out of sheer yumminess!
Our last stop was Japan, where Fumiya took us to the old Japanese town named Daiba Itchome Shotengai in Odaiba and made us crave for takoyaki (or little octopus balls). He imparted that there’s actually more than one type of takoyaki since every shop develops their own special seasoning and dough texture.
Then he introduced to us the modanyaki, a unique kind of okonomiyaki (savory Japanese pancake) which is cooked by mixing and grilling the okonomiyaki and yakisoba altogether.
The “Konichi-Wonder Vlogger ng Japan” may not be a fan of crepes and fruits, yet he still went for choco banana crepe as his dessert. While it was being prepared, he shared that there’s a possibility that the banana used in his order probably came from the Philippines since we’re the greatest supplier of bananas to Japan. Even though he doesn’t eat fruits, he still loved how his crepe tasted.
He then bought a huge cotton candy and showed us the yatsuhashi, a Japanese confectionery made from rice flour, sugar, and cinnamon given by his friend to him.
For sure, this episode of “Hello World” made you crave for the food presented by our hosts and wish to try them yourself once you set foot in the United States, Japan, and Italy, right? Thus, once it’s safer to travel, make sure to not simply visit and take pictures of the scenic spots of the destinations you’re going to visit, but try out the local sumptuous delicacies as well.
Because just like what Andre said in the opening clip of this episode, “To experience the heart of any country, you have to try the food because in every bite, you can savor the history, the culture, and the soul of every nation.”
Viewers who are longing for a virtual escape can join the exciting escapades in “Hello World!” André, Fumiya and Gabby take viewers along with them on food trips and walking tours and recommend fun experiences to try in their respective home countries – the USA, Japan, and Italy. It streams a new episode every Thursday at 5 PM on ABS-CBN Entertainment YouTube.