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Filipino Food Stall Wins Major Award in Sweden

Filipino street food has gone world-class, as a Pinoy food stall won the People’s Choice Awards in the 2019 European Street Food Annual Awards held in Malmo, Sweden last month.

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Filipino food stall Thrilla in Manila competed in the event, which was held on September 28-29, 2019. The food stall is a family-owned business based in Copenhagen, Denmark.

‘Thrilla in Manila’ Food Stall Bags People’s Choice Awards

The European Street Food Annual Awards is the most prominent street food competition in the world, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) stated in a press release.

Thousands applied to join and hundreds competed, but only 22 finalists from 15 countries reached the final round. Two finalists, Thrilla in Manila (Philippines) and Dhaba Kitchen (India) both won the Denmark leg of the Awards held last September 13-15 in Copenhagen.

According to one of the three judges, he had never seen so many votes during previous Street Food Awards, as compared to this year.

Thrilla in Manila is run by Filipino husband and wife, Alfie and Carmelita Escabarte. Aiming to be the first to offer Filipino food fusion in Denmark, they opened a food stall in May 2018. Their signature dish? Filipino barbecue! They also serve siopao, lumpia, and other specialties.

For more information about this Copenhagen-based food stall, check out the Thrilla in Manila Facebook page.

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Congratulations, Thrilla in Manila! Thank you for showcasing Filipino street food to the world! Indeed, Filipino cuisine has come a long way, with Pinoy restaurants and outlets reaching the far ends of the globe. In fact, some have even attempted to replicate our favourite dishes. Have you heard about the “copycat” Jollibee in China? Read more about it in this next article!

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