UNDSCVRD: Ube Everything!

Ube Everything!
Ube Everything!
UNDSCVRD hosted the first of its kind, Purple Ube Pop-Up: Purple Yams + Funky Purple Jamz last Saturday. Since we’re The Ube Way, we couldn’t miss it! It’s also fitting that the Pantone color of the year for 2018 is ultra violet. The event was to support a measure that helps SOMA Pilipinas and various other community based organizations that provide services for the homeless, cultural arts, and cultural heritage districts.

Popular fried chicken restaurant Little Skillet, Mestiza Taqueria, Frozen Kuhsterd, Sarap Shop as well as popular ube makers Hookt Doughuts and Binka Bites were the vendors listed on the event page. The event was from 4pm to 8pm at Mestiza Taqueria in San Francisco’s SOMA district. Tickets for the event were free and available on Facebook. There were a few options to enter at varying times so we chose the 4-5pm tickets. When we arrived at 4pm, there was already a line that formed outside the door but we were able to get in a few minutes after. Upon entering, Binka Bites and Hookt Donuts had tables set up near the entrance and the DJ playing at the other end of Mestiza Taqueria’s outside patio. The event space was small but it provided an intimate venue for the pop-up. 

Patio at UNDSCVRD before the crowds.
Patio at UNDSCVRD before the crowds.   
Inside Mestiza Taqueria
Inside Mestiza Taqueria
Ube Waffle Making
Ube Waffle Making
Mestiza Taqueria Menu
Mestiza Taqueria Menu
Mestelle and I headed straight inside the restaurant to get some ube waffles. The menu was simple with just two options of ube tacos (Mestiza Taqueria) and fried chicken & ube waffles (Little Skillet) so we ordered both. The tacos were tasty and the fried chicken was well seasoned and I could taste hints of ube in the waffles. It was unique to try ube in a tortilla and also in waffles.  
Cauliflower ube taco on the top left and pork ube tacos
Cauliflower ube taco on the top left and pork ube tacos 
Fried chicken with ube waffles
Fried chicken with ube waffles
Mestiza Taqueria: Ube Horchatta (left) and Hibiscus (right)  Binka Bites: Ube Mango (left) and Ube Macapuno (right)
Mestiza Taqueria: Ube Horchatta (left) and Hibiscus (right)
Binka Bites: Ube Mango (left) and Ube Macapuno (right)

Lastly, we saved the Binka Bites to go with our drinks. We didn’t want to take too long since there were people waiting so we quickly finished up. Back outside, the line was even longer now with the 5-6pm entry times waiting to get their ube fix.

I kept thinking of all the other ube dishes that I’ve tried like ube flan from BaoDown or ube macaron ice cream from Mavens and how it would be nice to see more vendors in the future participate. Now how about a pandan themed event?

Written by Jamie • Photos taken by Jamie

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