Seattle’s Pike Place Fish Market Has a Legendary Filipino Food Stall — Halo Halo
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Seattle’s Pike Place Fish Market Has a Legendary Filipino Food Stall — Halo Halo

December 3, 2019

– You know what would be
really great right now? – [Off-Camera] What? – Some sinigang. – Wild one! – Wild one! – Hey! (man screams) – We’re here in Seattle, Washington. I heard about a place, in Pike Place Market,
called Oriental Mart. It’s part-grocery, part-eatery, owned by three generations of one family. Ate Lei, has become known
for her salmon sinigang. She actually gets fresh salmon from across the street every single day. She also has something called
the ‘Do You Trust Me’ plate. So I’m really excited to meet the family, and learn more about the
history of Oriental Mart. – [Leila] Oh wait, wait,
good morning Joseph. – Here’s your tomato and green onion. – Oh, thank you so, so much. For my sinigang. – For someone that hasn’t had sinigang, how would you describe it to them? – It is sour, a tamarind
soup base that I use. – [Francesca] Has anyone ever said no? – [Leila] To sinigang? – [Francesca] Yeah. – [Leila] Maybe one out
of 500 have rejected. – [Francesca] Ah, okay. – [Leila] Because they’re
not used to the sour taste. – [Francesca] When did you
start using the collar, and why? Why salmon collar? – [Leila] They sell it just to me. – Yeah, that’s what Jason was saying. – Oh, really? Yeah, so it’s true. It’s a part of the salmon
that people usually ignore, and back then, nobody
knew how to cook with it. – [Francesca] Oh, okay. – Yeah, it wasn’t as popular as it is now. The first fish that I
used, which is the bangús, people were not used to it,
’cause it had small bones. Nobody would order it. That’s why I switched to collars. So, a couple more minutes. – Smells good. – When a customer sits here,
especially for the first time, I always ask them, “How’d you
find out about our place?” “My relatives told me
to come and eat here.” – I mean, that’s how I found out about it. Chef Sheldon Simeon, you might know him. He told me about this place. His photo’s on the wall,
– [Leila] Thank you chef. – [Leila] At this point just turn it off. – [Francesca] Great,
cause it’s gonna cook. – [Leila] That’s good. This kind of mustard
greens cook really fast, so you don’t wanna overcook it. – [Francesca] Wow, look at that collar. – [Leila] You can
do anything sinigang. You could do shrimp sinigang,
you could do beef sinigang, you could do pork sinigang, I
love the spare ribs sinigang. This the finished product. – [Francesca] So in the
summer, you fry your collar? – Yes, you know what, I
got some big ones here. Maybe I should fry you guys some collars. – Okay. – [Leila] Sometimes we get so much of it, we decided, hey why don’t we fry some. This is a seasoning from Pike Place Fish. The Pike Place Seasoning. – [Francesca] Oh, and you add it on there. – [Leila] Somethin’ somethin’
that we put together. – [Francesca] Do people specifically ask for this in the summer? – [Leila] When I put this out there, it’s like gold. They just grab it right away. Now the Filipino way to eat that would be with tomatoes and green onions. You are going to make it. – [Francesca] Okay! – [Leila] Little cubes. – [Francesca] I’m not a chef guys, so. It’s a good knife. – The fish boy sharpened it for me. – The fish boy sharpened it. – [Leila] Then the green onions. The green part for
garnish, and then the end, white part for the sinigang broth. Mix them together, a
little touch of fish sauce, then a little bit of the seasoning. – [Francesca] Oh, this
is how you should eat it. I’m really hungry now. – [Leila] That looks really pretty. – [Francesca] I think so too. – [Leila] Ooh, it’s
getting nice and crispy. – [Francesca] Oh yeah. – [Leila] You did such
a good job Francesca. – You did too, thank you. – Wow. – [Francesca] Thank you for
letting me cook with you. – Now it’s time to taste. Something so simple, tastes so good. – The salmon is super, super crispy, and I like the seasoning that you put. I just imagine this in the summer. – I love the natural flavor. It just keeps it simple,
you know, it’s great. I can hear your crunch. – Okay, I’m done talking,
(laughs) goodbye. – This is my 88 year old mom, Mila. This is Francesca, Nay [Mom]. – Kamusta [Hello]
– Kamusta [Hello] – She reminds me of my lola. – So mom’s the one that
started this in 1971. It was like eight by 10,
with just a few groceries. And then we bought half
of the other store here, and then this part right here. The eatery started in 1987. – Ah, cooking? It’s not my type, but eating is my type. – Do you like her food? – Of course, she’s the cook of the family. – You got Mom’s approval. – Yeah, I guess. – When I first opened, I
have the few of the Japanese, few of the Filipino, a few of the Thai, a few of the Chinese, that’s
why we call it Oriental. – What was the Filipino community like, when you first opened? – The Filipino community
were very supportive. I’m glad that I had my
business in the market. We still would like to
maintain that family closeness. – That’s why we only have one store.
– [Francesca] Yeah. My sister, she helps me out. It’s just the same people
cooking day in and day out. I told my mom, I said,
“I’m just gonna cook this, “just like I cook at home. “If they don’t like it,
then it’s time to go.” But dang, 30 something years
later, I’m still here cooking. I even have a sign back here
that says remember Leila, you love your job. I kinda look at that, when
a customer makes me mad. I take a couple of deep breaths,
and then I’m fine again. – Okay, so I’m gonna try the sinigang, because that’s what I came here for. We tried the fried salmon,
which is really amazing. And that’s something you
can get only in the summer, but the sinigang is here every single day, all year round. You just see that salmon fat, ugh. That’s when you know it’s good. Mmm! It’s just the right amount of sour. More commonly, you’ll
see milkfish in sinigang, which in the Philippines we call bangús. The belly part is probably the best part of the bangús. I think that same kind of fatty textures you get in all parts of the salmon collar, and it cuts through the sour. That’s why I think it
works really, really well. Okay, so this is the
‘Do You Trust Me’ plate. I think that it’s a really great way of introducing Filipino food for people that come by here and aren’t really familiar with it. I wanna try this longanisa. The spoon and fork method. You gotta use the spoon,
and then you use the fork to push the food into the spoon. Try it one time, tell me how it goes. Mm, I helped make the sausage guys. My wrist is a little sore
from all the turning, but it was worth it. I’m gonna feed some people
today, so you’re welcome. The way they run their business is really similar to how
a lot of families run their businesses in the Philippines. Everyone in the family’s involved, you get produce and you get ingredients from your neighbors. It’s really awesome, especially to me, to know that there’s a place like this that has existed here, and Ate Lei has been
cooking Filipino food, in this spot, every single day, since 1987. You do have a lot of
locals, regulars, and then you have tourists. And she’s created this really
fun and exciting environment where if you don’t know
what you wanna try, that doesn’t matter,
she’ll give you everything. And it’s a really great
introduction to Filipino food. I really hope you enjoy this
episode at Oriental Mart, here in Seattle, Washington. If you like to click
more, watch here (laughs).


  • Reply Francesca Manto March 11, 2019 at 11:21 pm

    That fried salmon collar changed me for the better. Thanks for coming to my TED Talk, and hope y'all make it out to Seattle one day soon!

  • Reply pa0la b00m March 19, 2019 at 1:10 am

    I do fry the fish parts first and then adding it to the sinigang broth. Umami bomb.

  • Reply ffs_mamamoo March 19, 2019 at 1:32 am

    0:06 I mean,, issa mood 24/7

  • Reply VirtuousAnn KnaikMari March 19, 2019 at 5:53 am

    Waahh so.sad i didnt.knew.about there

  • Reply C.O.E ContentOfEverything March 19, 2019 at 8:57 am

    I love Filipino food!

  • Reply Carl Ritchie March 19, 2019 at 10:19 am

    Sinigang is Life!

  • Reply Lach Uno March 19, 2019 at 12:58 pm


  • Reply Park MinnieMin March 19, 2019 at 1:01 pm

    Grilled Salmon Collar is even better. If you have the chance to go to Davao, Philippines, you MUST get it.

    You can also have sinigang with miso paste. It makes the soup white and has a unique smell and taste. Try it once. It also negates some of the sourness.

  • Reply Joel Capco March 19, 2019 at 1:09 pm

    I had tears of joy from watching this

  • Reply Wah Tu Sy March 19, 2019 at 2:16 pm

    ang [email protected]!

  • Reply Jeremiah Felix Sobrevilla March 19, 2019 at 6:45 pm

    I can hear you crunch.

    Dios ko, my sides!

  • Reply Enrique Navarro March 19, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    Hello 👋 it’s nice to see some goodness food in Seattle by the market I’ll come visit them one day I love ❤️ small carediria and store at the same time just like back home 🏡👍🏻👍🏻🙏🙏❤️❤️love you guys 🥰😘😍

  • Reply JR March 19, 2019 at 9:44 pm

    Filipino food is disgusting!! Sorry

  • Reply Yan Ying March 19, 2019 at 11:46 pm

    Anyone else use forks to push food onto a spoon? I really thot it was just me

  • Reply BIGG NACHO March 20, 2019 at 1:22 am


  • Reply Rein Justme March 20, 2019 at 1:40 am


  • Reply SG Ilan March 20, 2019 at 1:44 am

    I love sinigang, especially the Milkfish sinigang 😋

  • Reply Lovelyloi Kevin van Etten March 20, 2019 at 1:49 am

    My lola cooks that! Same salmon part!!! She calls it Ulo-ulo! Hahahah

  • Reply Deftones fan March 20, 2019 at 1:52 am

    That Longanisa looked amazing!! I want all of this food!!!

  • Reply godzilla401 March 20, 2019 at 4:50 am

    I do have alot of Philippine friend. I will visit went I go. Hope to try that sour fish soup. Am Khmer we have something similar

  • Reply Ir Yan March 20, 2019 at 5:21 am

    Looks almost like Malaysia's singgang dish. The name also almost the same!

  • Reply Bam Westy March 20, 2019 at 7:24 am

    Always a spoon and fork with you filos hahah 🙂

  • Reply Darwin Bunggay March 20, 2019 at 1:51 pm

    Ramsey would be proud!

  • Reply jessa ronquillo March 20, 2019 at 6:11 pm

    Sinigang has a potential to actually sell abroad. It's healthy, one thing that most foreigners want to eat nowadays. Let's support and help filipino cuisine get a bigger audience😁. if ever my husband and I ever go to Seattle, I'll go there. !

  • Reply jessa ronquillo March 20, 2019 at 6:17 pm

    Thank you Francesca 😘❤

  • Reply John Walker March 20, 2019 at 8:23 pm

    Hope you didn't step on any heroin syringes or homeless people lying face down in the middle of the street… Man that city is a total dump now

  • Reply khayle05 March 21, 2019 at 1:02 am


  • Reply Jess Jiss March 21, 2019 at 1:03 am

    Sinigang and Adobo is my safe haven 😍❤️

  • Reply Bryan Liang March 21, 2019 at 6:41 am

    Omg the owner's such a mom

  • Reply j g March 21, 2019 at 2:46 pm

    Love this seriessss

  • Reply NERF THIS March 21, 2019 at 3:21 pm

    i want her to be my second mother

  • Reply NERF THIS March 21, 2019 at 3:24 pm

    Youtube should invent Food tasting and smelling XD

  • Reply jon jones March 21, 2019 at 3:55 pm

    3:56 queen of England right there!

  • Reply Vinz GL March 21, 2019 at 9:12 pm

    I went to this place when I visited Seattle two years ago. I didn't know they serve "sinigang na salmon". Will try to order it next time I'm in Seattle .

  • Reply The McGinnis FilAm Kids March 21, 2019 at 11:52 pm

    yum! i really love to move in seattle WA but too far from AZ and we dont know anyone there.

  • Reply John Doe March 22, 2019 at 2:19 am

    Very educational. 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

  • Reply D. Ski March 22, 2019 at 4:41 am

    Hoy! Andrew Zimern pumunta doon!

  • Reply Art M March 22, 2019 at 11:35 am

    I remember back in the late 80's when we first moved and settled in Seattle (well, Bellevue to be exact), salmon collars and bellies were free and the fish vendors were just very glad to give it away. My wife and I together with our young kids would travel there on a weekend and get some of those for our sinigang and paksiw. Then the Vietnamese came and started buying the stuff in bulk and from that day on, nothing was free 🙁

  • Reply Benjamin Florio March 23, 2019 at 3:18 am

    Yea, if this interviewer and I met in college we totes would have dated.

  • Reply Hlysnan March 23, 2019 at 7:02 am

    My mom usually shallow fries the salmon before she puts it in the sinigang. It helps with bringing out the salmon taste more and the fishy smell.
    People should also try salmon head sinigang with miso. Absolutely amazing – especially the cheek and eyes 😋

  • Reply um Abdur Rahman March 23, 2019 at 9:17 am


  • Reply Anon Apoh March 23, 2019 at 9:52 am

    Amazing! I prefer my grandmas sinigang though ..

  • Reply midorialexandros March 24, 2019 at 4:29 am

    Walked by this so many times and never been inside! The next time I go out to Seattle this is going to be my stop!

  • Reply Camille Alinsod March 24, 2019 at 11:02 am

    Salmon collar it's perfect for sinigang sa miso. Yes pike place have mustard leaves in there sinigang but I don't see the sour part that they put into it.

  • Reply maria cecilia jardeleza March 24, 2019 at 11:39 am

    OMGGGG Salmon collar😭😭😭 GIMMEE

  • Reply maria cecilia jardeleza March 24, 2019 at 11:44 am

    Leila and Mama are a gem!

  • Reply maria cecilia jardeleza March 24, 2019 at 11:57 am

    I love you Francesca! Don't sit around, follow this amazing gal on IG.

  • Reply oyierem March 24, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    where is the ginger?

  • Reply H Gammad March 24, 2019 at 8:22 pm

    Ultimate memes ever at 5:05!

  • Reply John Paul Francisco March 25, 2019 at 3:03 am

    That's some momma cooking right there.

  • Reply 808ainosked March 25, 2019 at 4:39 am

    😫😫 Can she please be my mother n law!!! Such a motherly lady!!

  • Reply Rob C March 25, 2019 at 3:08 pm

    Filipino food look like left over. No thanks.

  • Reply Borahae x_o March 26, 2019 at 12:21 pm

    Are you related to Guava Juice? 🤔

  • Reply Yyeruan March 27, 2019 at 8:02 am


  • Reply Justin Belmonte March 27, 2019 at 11:02 am

    Very nice. Thumbs up. Mabuhay!!!

  • Reply Ruby Fajota April 4, 2019 at 3:11 am

    Looks great! We will definitely check that out this month during our trip. Thank you! 👍

  • Reply Larry del Mundo April 4, 2019 at 10:47 am

    im so happy to see on YouTube!!! wow..I love to eat at that Carenderia when we were cruising from Seattle to Bermuda.. she really cooks good..i missed Leila's Salmon Sinigang …

  • Reply Binh TC Nguyen April 7, 2019 at 11:07 pm

    I am STILL not used to the fish bones in the soup. At least it's easy to take out.

  • Reply Tungadilla April 8, 2019 at 7:51 am

    Damn! Grandma stylish!

  • Reply Jaypee Eleng April 10, 2019 at 9:27 am

    Makapabisin met haha

  • Reply redfullmoon April 13, 2019 at 2:53 pm

    What I particularly like about this episode is that it features the best of Filipino-American food while highlighting the Filipino-ness of the culinary style and flavors. For example salmon collar, it's actually not that easy to find in the Philippines compared to salmon heads or salmon belly, but the preparation here is exactly how we would have done it in the Philippines so the ingredient is very Pacific Northwest but the method is so Filipino. I'm glad Eater highligted this because in the Bad Saint episode, Eater highlighted the soft shell crab (not Filipino) in the byline, rather than the aligue (crab tomalley or crab fat) which the Fil-Am chef himself highlighted in the video as the key Filipino ingredient in the dish.

  • Reply Sidesway May 24, 2019 at 10:47 am

    For me, nothing's gonna beat the "Sinigang sa Miso"

  • Reply Pocholo Goitia May 30, 2019 at 1:02 pm

    that lola looks like a baller, pare

  • Reply popo colocoi June 8, 2019 at 12:58 pm

    the broth looks perfect.

  • Reply saipan420 June 15, 2019 at 5:51 pm

    I've talked to her on many occasions, I love her food.

  • Reply Pam Chua July 5, 2019 at 1:49 pm

    Aha ni uy

  • Reply Mojacho Mojacho July 6, 2019 at 1:49 am

    Healthy food 😍😍😍

  • Reply Pepper Potts July 8, 2019 at 1:04 am

    i will go there on the 28th to eat sinigang

  • Reply halleluia2025 September 11, 2019 at 9:16 am

    Good morneng Jawsep!

  • Reply Fahad Baig September 21, 2019 at 6:59 pm

    Half of the reason Filipino food is so great, is the Filipino people. They are so loving, caring and joyful.

  • Reply rain de la Gon's September 23, 2019 at 4:08 pm

    sinigang sinigang sinigang
    sinigang sinigang sinigang
    hindi ka filipino citizen
    kung hindi ka kumakain ng sinigang
    (Gucci gang remix) 🤣🤣🤣

  • Reply Mr Ed September 23, 2019 at 11:44 pm

    wow will definitely give them a visit next month on our Seattle visit.

  • Reply Mike Androi September 27, 2019 at 11:13 pm

    The soup looks great… the salmon looks farmed…

  • Reply cindy mananzala martinez October 4, 2019 at 6:13 pm

    First time i've seen fish throwing in Seattle was from a movie called "10 things I hate about you"

  • Reply AARON1999X October 5, 2019 at 2:25 pm

    Female Gilbert?

  • Reply Meryl Simmons October 6, 2019 at 4:45 am

    The season changed and of course comes the runny nose and the deep, rib aching coughs. I seriously couldn't breathe out of my nose, my throat hurt and I sounded like Harvey Dangerfield. One bowl of the sinigang and I could breathe again. Best medicine for any and every ailment.

  • Reply Dangic23 October 6, 2019 at 2:32 pm

    I visited Pikes Place in 2018…but was so full by the time I passed by the Oriental Market…that I couldn't buy anything.
    Hopefully I get to visit again.

  • Reply Deolen de Code October 7, 2019 at 7:18 am

    Oh my goodness I need to try food there!!!

  • Reply just vv October 10, 2019 at 8:12 pm

    My dad always cooks salmon sinigang for dinner
    Sometimes he would add the head because it's rich in collagen which makes sinigang richer in taste

  • Reply pussyslayer 666 October 11, 2019 at 2:20 am

    I want to eut the host

  • Reply Sl33peRS 3 October 12, 2019 at 12:04 am

    Sinigang, its what’s for dinner 🇵🇭 !

  • Reply Tiberius October 13, 2019 at 4:46 am

    I like to visit that place next time I’m in Seattle. Here Arizona really hard to find a descent Filipino food and mostly the place is too filthy to eat.

  • Reply Aljon Mamaril October 13, 2019 at 4:47 am

    Lutong bahay!!

  • Reply mcatun October 13, 2019 at 6:55 pm

    If I ever go to Seattle, this would be my first stop.

  • Reply Patayin Ang Bakla at Tomboy October 14, 2019 at 6:29 am

    The Original SINIGANG dont have SPRING ONION my dear

  • Reply FormEEh Ohyeah October 16, 2019 at 5:48 am

    Been there and it is a great Filipino restaurant but the ones in Hawaii are waaaay better. Just saying. One of my favorites is Elena’s. So good.

  • Reply Roval Laurel October 16, 2019 at 12:20 pm


  • Reply Bryan Castro October 18, 2019 at 12:41 am

    Miss the fish head!

  • Reply Lucky Hinguillo October 18, 2019 at 1:21 pm

    Bitin!! Looking for more halo halo episodes!! New subscriber but old viewer here!!

  • Reply suba jerry October 18, 2019 at 3:25 pm

    I'm hungry now

  • Reply Buen Claro October 20, 2019 at 8:53 pm

    Where is the rice?

  • Reply nagwagi2000 October 21, 2019 at 11:41 am

    Luv this! Mabuhay ang Pinoy!🔥🇵🇭♥️

  • Reply daniel cruzada October 23, 2019 at 8:25 am

    we sell Sinigang na Salmon (Salmon stew) in our "Karinderya" (filipino street restaurant). Sinigang using Salmon is kind of uncommon because filipinos usually use pork when cooking Sinigang. my mom was just experimenting on the menu when she tries to sell it just for one day. but later that day the locals who ate started saying compliments about the Sinigang na salmon and that they will come back tomorrow to eat sinigang na salmon again.Now it has been our best seller, and our restaurant became known all through the village for our Sinigang na salmon.

  • Reply Scott Summers October 28, 2019 at 9:12 am

    I love the Filipino Carinderia vibes of their place! Feels like you're home.

  • Reply Jeegsaw November 1, 2019 at 7:00 am


  • Reply Rysa Chibana November 1, 2019 at 9:00 am

    Watching this at 2am here in Japan makes my mouth salivate af!!! It's cold now and some soury warm sinigang soup is a good idea! Never had a salmon sinigang though! Imma try it this weekend.

  • Reply Chris S November 11, 2019 at 6:57 pm

    4:24 “Ub Course”. Lola!

  • Reply BJ G November 17, 2019 at 1:12 am

    My favorite part of the salmon is the collars and the belly.

  • Reply Tedashii November 21, 2019 at 1:44 am

    Woooh Salmon Sinigang. I eat this 2 – 3 times a week from my favorite Karinderya here in the Philippines

  • Reply eseng seng November 25, 2019 at 6:36 am

    That part of fish is so tasty… belly fish 🤤🤤🤤

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