Canada meets Pinoy kanto food
Nothing brings back the good old days of hanging out with friends on the street corner than eating nostalgia inducing food. Filipinos in Edmonton can relive their favorite tambay moments at Kanto 98 St. Eatery.
Often mistaken as Mexican, this eatery actually serves Filipino food as an homage to the owner’s roots. Edgar Gutierrez, owner of Kanto 98 St. Eatery, serves the street foods he grew up eating in the Bataan province of the Philippines according to CBC Canada.
Though the menu is limited it will sure be a hit to Filipinos who miss the taste of home or even to non-Filipinos who wants to try it out. Kanto serves their own version of the Jollibee classic chicken and spaghetti meal.
Gutierrez takes customer in a culinary joy ride of pasta topped with fried chicken, bits of wieners, sweet red banana ketchup and cheddar cheese. The dish may not be for everyone, but it’s oddly appealing in small doses. Aside from the chicken and spaghetti combo, Kanto also offers grilled liempo or pork belly.
According to Gutierrez, their liempo is unapologetically rich. “the fat on the pork belly is why that meat arrives flavorful and tender. Accept it for what it is.” They also have “Kanto fried Chicken”.
To further heighten the ambience of home Kanto opted for big graffiti wall art inspired by the local comics Gutierrez read in his youth.
The phrase, kara y krus, is painted on the wall behind a counter. It means “heads or tails” and refers to a childhood game played on a kanto (corner) where markets were set up and people gathered to feast on grilled meats and foods provided by street vendors.