We were on a banca from Culion to Coron early one morning, and when we arrived in Coron, we were a group of eight hungry men. We hit the market and were unable to buy any fish, but thankfully managed to find a couple of kilos of alimango from a “dealer” (who normally stocks up for shipment to Manila) and a kilo of medium sized prawns. We headed to our hotel The Village Lodge, and thankfully, Henry, our favorite cook, was on duty and agreed to cook us up a hearty brunch at 1030 in the morning. This is the meal he prepared. Up top, two large steaming tureens or bowls of prawn sinigang, the prawns so fresh they were sweet and delicious paired with the sour broth and generous portions of vegetables. This was a great way to start the meal.
Henry also sent out a competently executed chicken and pork adobo, swimming in fat, and heady with soy sauce, garlic and bay leaves. Imagine the number of servings of rice we had on order by now…
Two medium sized platters of sotanghon guisdao with pork and vegetables also made an appearance.
Then simply steamed alimango, many of them filled with crabfat.
The other half kilo of prawns were split open and served chili prawn style.
At the market, I was concerned about the lean pickings, so I bought some mangoes and tomatoes, not quite sure what to do with that. We decided to chop it all up and make a ripe mango and tomato salsa with ginger, onions and red chilies. It was delicious, and paired well with the crab and prawns. The guys that were with us had ferried us around for two days in their banca, and this was just a small way to say thanks… let’s just say they were fed up. :)
Total cost of this lunch? About PHP2,200 (including the stuff we bought). Divided by 8 (though 10 could have easily been fed), that was just PHP275 per person or $6.25. Pretty good deal, huh? :)