I was amused by the positive reaction of many guests to the corn we served at the Marketmanila.com eyeball in Cebu a few days ago. It is really easy to do. I even wrote about it a year and a half ago, in a post here. Here are the detailed instructions to this simple and delicious version.
1. If you live in Cebu, drive up to Busay until you hit the roadside corn vendors. Check the quality of one or two ears of their corn. It must have nice yellow, uniform and healthy looking kernels. You could taste it raw if you want to see how fresh and sweet it is. Buy only corn that has been picked from the stalk in the last 4-5 hours. You may have to buy your corn mid-morning to get the freshest picks… but that depends on your chosen vendor. For the eyeball, we warned the supplier ahead of time, and they assured us the corn was practically JUST picked from the fields…
2. Back at home, remove and discard the outermost tough layer of husk, retaining all the other underlying layers. Next, peel the husk back carefully and remove the silk or “hair” from each cob. Cover the corn back up and soak in clean water for some 15-20 minutes to hydrate the husk a bit. Then shake off the water, open the husk again and slather say 1 talespoon of softened butter directly on the corn kernels and close the husk back up and tie the ends with a piece of corn husk. Set this aside until you have prepped all of your corn.
3. Over a hot charcoal fire, grill the corn and turn them a little every few minutes until cooked… some 15-18 minutes depending on the heat of your fire and distance from heat source. The husks will char slightly, but the damp husks will in effect “steam” the corn while the butter melts and occupies all the nooks and crannies on the cob. Don’t be surprised if some melted butter escapes and causes flare-ups on the grill. But keep moving the husks around so you don’t burn the corn.
4. Take this off the the grill and let them rest roughly 5 minutes before serving.
It is incredibly simple. But the results are a moist, smokey, buttery corn on the cob that should hopefully bring a smile to your face, as it did during the eyeball. :) If you have leftovers, just slice off the kernels and saute with some butter as a great side dish for your next meal.