Enjoy Filipino Food at Home
After shooting the recipes with Chef Lorenzo Maderas, at Romulo Café, I had the honour to sit down for a three course meal and what a treat it was. If you've never had Pinoy food before, be prepared to peruse the menu for a long time because all the dishes are completely new and everything looks good.
The cuisine utilises pork abundantly yet in unusual ways, such as the Pork Sisig (£7.50) which is chopped pork belly with pickled apples and caramelized shallots topped with fried egg. Tuna Kilawin (£10.25), is Philippines' answer to Peru's ceviche with the difference being the ingredient used to "cook" the fish. Cane vinegar is used instead of lime juice. A salmon version is available as well.
In the end I must have eaten my weight in Tito Greg’s Kare Kare we shot earlier, in between dipping into the Taro Laing which arrived as a side dish. Taro, a leafy plant originally from South East Asia, is virtually unheard of to the western palate but if you're a spinach lover you would think that you've died and gone to heaven. The coconut base, which formed part of the Taro Laing (£4.50), was simply moreish and serving it with rice could easily make a meal on its own. Interestingly, shrimp paste is served as a condiment to the main course. Somewhat hesitantly, I lost my virginity in this regard and ended up eating this pungent, salty ingredient with everything made available to me.
By then I was stuffed but upon hearing Banana Turon (£5.50) was on its way, my stomach miraculously found an empty compartment somewhere. Here's why.
Ripe bananas are halved lengthwise twice then dunked in a warm sugar stock for a while. Afterwards it's rolled into a spring roll pastry and deep-fried. Served with jackfruit puree, toffee sauce and coconut ice cream. Utter bliss!
A special thanks to Rowena Romulo at Romulo Café for making this photo shoot possible and teaching me about this fabulous cuisine and country.Print