The Bayview Park Hotel and the Department of Tourism is proudly strengthening the Philippine Tourism through a month-long Kulinarya Festival, our “Home by the Bay” offers sumptuous dishes from Visayas and Mindanao in its third week of festivities.
To be honest this week was really my favorite so far because it showcased what I missed the most about Mindanao.
Pata withBeer- This was my favorite because it reminded me so much of Humba (Braised Pork Belly) is one of the comfort foods of every Filipino household. It’s a popular filipino food dish somewhere in the Visayas and Mindanao regions I don’t know how they called it in the Luzon region, but I knew they have a version of humba too.Humba recipes vary from household to household but it does seem to be incredibly close to some Chinese treatment for pork, as in pata tim, or slow braised pork with soy and star anise. There are two rough versions of this one that is more strongly influenced by Chinese cookery and one that has evolved into a more way of preparing it. Overall, it is an appetizing dish…the burnished dark brown and almost reddish color plus the softness of the pork.
Sinampalukang manok is a hearty soup made with chicken, tamarind and vegetables. Tamarind pods grow on tall tamarind trees that thrive in tropical areas. The pods appear as grayish-brown at first and then dry out. When they’ve dried, the pulp within the pod also loses moisture becoming a sticky paste. This paste imparts a sour flavor that compliments poultry and seafood. When making sinampalukang manok, cooks use young leaves from the trees for additional flavor.
Pancit Guisado is one of the most famous and ever-present dish in Filipino cuisine. Its main ingredient is the noodle made out of rice. Whether in wedding receptions, birthday parties, Christmas party, or in almost all occassions, celebrations, and other events, Pancit is one of the most sought for dish. Pancit dish is quick and easy to cook. This Pinoy dish is always present in every occasion especially during birthdays because they said that pancit means “long life”. Aside from chicken meat you can also use pork and shrimp.
Binusog na Pusit-Succulent tender squid stuffed with chopped tomatoes, onions, garlic, pimientoes then cooked to perfection. Simplicity at its finest!!! It was so simple and yet it was cooked just right just the way I liked it.
For Dessert we had traditional Kakanin…