Richard Masangkay of Barrio Fiesta is one of the chefs that will be competing for the best Filipino street food item in Toronto! Check out the story of Barrio Fiesta, and don't forget to sample their street food item tomorrow at KULTURA 2013's Kain Kalye!
Interview by: Manuel Luis Veneracion
Barrio Fiesta is one of the longest running Filipino businesses in Scarborough. Please give me a brief summary of it's History.
In 1987, twelve Filipino families decided to open a Filipino restaurant and groceries, named Barrio Fiesta, at Lapsley Road and Sheppard Avenue East. In 1992, ten of the families sold their shares to Lino and Ester Sabilano and Joseph and Letty Lo. In 2010, Lino and Ester sold their shares to Nanette Masangkay. Joseph and Letty Lo and Nanette Masangkay became the sole owners of Barrio Fiesta.
Barrio Fiesta is noted for their specialties such as Kare-Kare, Caldereta, Sisig, Tokwa't Baboy, Pancit Malabon, Crispy Pata, Lechon Kawali and Lumpia Shanghai. It is also noted for their dessert such as Biko, Maja, Cassava Cake, Empanada and Hopia. In the summer, we also serve Halo-Halo.
What are you most popular items at Barrio Fiesta? Tell us about your house specialities.
The restaurant is managed by Chef Richard Masangkay and assisted by Cook Nena Chavez.