White Rice Filipino Food at Liberty Public Market – NBC 7 San Diego


A quick and relaxed concept serving Filipino classics has arrived at Liberty Public Market in Liberty Station. Eater San Diego has the inside scoop on this new location, as well as other top stories of the week from our local food and drink scene.

White rice launch inside Liberty Public Market
Local chef Phillip Esteban, who already runs a ramen shop inside the Liberty Public Market in Liberty Station, has just launched a new stand serving Filipino silongs, or bowls of rice. Called White rice, the place garnishes its rice bowls with everything from crispy pork belly to barbecue chicken kebabs. Also on the menu: traditional snacks like ube pandesal and lumpia Shanghai.

Esteban – a National City native who also appeared on “Chopped” on the Food Network – was a guest on our Scene in the San Diego podcast last fall and told us about his many local culinary projects. Esteban is also part of the team behind Open Gym, a local group that runs Craft Meals Catering, whose goal is to make a positive impact in San Diego through locally sourced foods. He partnered with Pete Halmay, Market Manager at the San Diego Tuna Port, to make his mission a reality.

You can listen to Esteban’s story on our Scene in San Diego podcast here or by scrolling to his episode in the player below (“Sink or Swim”, Sep 2020).

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Candice Woo is the founding editor-in-chief of Eater San Diego, a leading source for information on the San Diego restaurant and bar scene. Keep up to date with the latest content from Eater San Diego via Facebook or Twitter, and sign up for Eater San Diego’s newsletter here.


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