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Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Favourites

Yoiks! I've been tagged! Yes, from Passionate Eater, no less! I am now asked to enumerate the things I love to eat!

10. Pizza Margherita
I truly enjoy the crisp thin crust of a good pizza margherita. It is a simple, easy-to-make treat. Chef Rafael Esposito created this pizza to honor Queen Margherita, to whom this pizza is named after. The main ingredients represent the colors of the Italian flag: tomato (red), basil (green), and mozarella (white). In the United States, it is known more as Napolitano Pizza. (If you ordered Napolitano in Italy you would be served a white pizza)

9. Aligot
A twist to the common mashed potato. Crushed garlic is incorporated with the potato. This is usually served with slices of cheese and it's perfect with smoked sausages. Alternatively, to make it easier, you may incorporate grated cheese into the mash, and serve it as a side dish instead. I don't have space for a full recipe but you may access it here.

8. Manggang Kalabaw: Philippine Mangoes
Nothing beats a good luscious Philippine mango on a warm summer day. To make the eating experience more memorable, try eating it with your hands. Begin by peeling the pointed tip of the mango, revealing a biteful of the bright yellow-orange flesh. Then sink your teeth into the aromatic flesh not mindful of the pulp streaming down your chin. Mmmmm!

7. Paella
Every Christmas, my sister brings out her paellera and whips up this Spanish rice dish. Mussels, shrimp, chicken and chorizos all contribute to the flavours of this dish. But those ingredients in themselves do not makes this dish delectable. My sister's secret ingredient: saffron. This expensive spice is sure worth it.

6. Tom Yum Goong
Whoever invented this Thai dish should be an international hero! Truly comfort food. The soothing lemongrass infused broth and the bite of the chilis make this soup both refreshing and exciting at one slurp. Plus I'm a shrimp lover. Why don't you whip up one yourself?

5. Kung Pao Chicken Pasta | Pasta al'Amatriciana.
The Chinese kung pao chicken made into a pasta dish. I love pasta and I love spicy food. This Asian fusion dish is one of the best I've tried. California Pizza Kitchen has a recipe here.

Tied to this is Pasta al'Amatriciana, a simple tomato sauce flavoured with pancetta, or Italian smoked bacon. The sauce is named after a place in Italy called Amatrice.

4. White Chocolate Gelato with Hazelnuts
There is a gelateria in Greenbelt 3, Makati that serves excellent gelato. One of my favourites is their dense white chocolate gelato sprinkled with roughly chopped hazelnuts. A close second is their limoncello sorbetto. They go for around PhP100 a scoop ($2) For a more budget-conscious scoop, I go to Amici de Don Bosco, a cafeteria that serves wonderful gelato for only PhP30 per scoop (around 50 cents): quite authentic.

3. Suman sa Latik
Tia Paring's suman latik always brightens my day. There must be something about the thick syrup made out of coconuts and then drizzled over sticky sweet rice that always makes me crave for more. Sticky treat.

2. Feta Cheese
Good on its own, I have also learned to serve this cheese in a salad made up of chopped tomatoes, basil, extra virgin olive oil, chopped kalamata olives and chopped pine nuts.

1. Sinigang na Baboy
Filipinos are fond of souring agents as clearly epitomized by this national dish. I prefer my pork sinigang soured with tamarind and served with crushed green chili peppers. Good served on rainy days. A food blogger in the UK, Celia Kusinera has a recipe.

So there, folks. My favourite things to eat. Hope I whetted your appetite! Hmmm.... *poke* it's your turn.

3 Comments:

Blogger Passionate Eater said...

Katimugambalon, you sure did whet my appetite! Reading your Top Ten made me crazy with hunger! I'd definitely like to try aligot and kung pao chicken pasta! I am sad to say that I have never had a "fresh" Phillipine Mango--I've only had the dried kind here in the U.S., but even the dried kind taste sweeter and more delicious than any mango I have ever had.

When I posted my Top Ten, I kept thinking of you and Joseph Haw Jr., and was very curious as to what your favorite foods were. I'm glad that I found out today! I enjoyed your post tremendously.

Also, I have a "secret" to getting cheap saffron for your sister's delicious paella. Well, it's not really a easy way, but if you make friends with an exporter who does business in the Middle East, he (or she) can get some great prices on wholesale saffron. One of my Iranian friends has an father who is in the export-import business here in the U.S., and she has a case of saffron worth thousands dollars.

9:33 AM  
Blogger Jeff Pioquinto,SJ said...

wow. ang sarap. thanks

2:53 AM  
Blogger relly said...

Hello, thanks for passing by my blog, it is my 2nd month. How come you speak French.
Slice tommatoes and feta cheese with chopped basil salad, light and fresh salad they are delicious!

11:26 AM  

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