Thursday, August 30, 2012

5 Filipino Dishes I Truly Miss

I spent 27 years of my life in the Philippines (I was born there). After coming to India in 1997 (darn! I just revealed my age! LOL), I have not been able to visit the country at all and I am beginning to miss a lot of things. Among the many things I miss, Filipino food is what I miss most. 

Pancit Palabok -- Palabok is probably the dish I really miss the most. It is basically Filipino-style noodles with a prawn gravy. I remember going to Jollibee, Goldilocks, or many other places just to have this delicious dish. I even went as far as buying the instant packet kind. 
Pancit Palabok Recipe Available at:  http://sweetcherriepie.blogspot.com2010/05/kulinarya-cooking-club-may-2010-pancit.html 

Puto Bumbong  -- Another favorite which I truly miss is Puto Bumbong. We used to have a store in Pasig's Lumang Palengke (Old Market) where we used to sell ready-to-stitch textiles and there was a stall in front of our store that made and sold Puto Bumbong. I used to spend hours just standing in front of our shop watching it being made. It is actually made from steamed glutinous rice which is cooked in small hollow bamboo rods and served topped with grated coconut, butter, and sugar. 

Puto Bumbong Recipe Available at: 

Bibingka -- When Christmas is near, Bibingka can be found in almost every street corner, food joints, and even in restaurants. It is a rice cake that is made from galapong (glutinous rice flour), margarine, coconut milk, sugar, cheese, and itlog na maalat (salted duck eggs). After Simbang Gabi (Christmas novena held every morning at about 3 a.m. that normally starts from Dec. 16 until Christmas Eve), people line up to buy this tasty treat. 

Bibingka Recipe Available at: 

Tapsilog -- Tapsilog is short for tapa (quick-fried strips of beef), sinangag (fried rice) at itlog (egg). It is normally served at breakfast but is also a great meal to have at any time of the day. I used to have tapsilog once a week for breakfast near the office where I worked as I tended to come rather early (to beat the morning traffic and that often means I miss breakfast at home). I miss it a lot because I live in a very strict vegetarian home (my stepmother will kill me if even a hint of egg gets into the house) and beef is not something that is easily found. 
Tapsilog Recipe Available at: 

Rellenong Bangus -- This is one dish that my Mom really loved. My Mom was hypertensive and diabetic so she had to be very careful about her diet. One thing she could enjoy without much worrying though was Rellenong Bangus (stuffed milkfish). That was because this dish is basically steamed. It takes a lot of work to make it but it is wonderfully delicious. 
Rellenong Bangus Recipe Available at:
 There are many more Filipino dishes that I miss and I do plan to share them with you later on. These five are the ones I have been seriously craving the past few months and, unfortunately, there is no corner in India where any of them can be found. One day I plan to visit the Philippines again and I swear I will make it a point to enjoy my favorite Filipino food.

What about you? Care to share your favorite dishes? Let me know the dishes you like best or miss the most?

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