I was never a big drinker. I enjoy a nice cold beer or two every once in a while but usually as a prelude to a full meal rather than another 10 or so bottles of beer. The only thing I like with my vodka, tequila or gin is a wedge of lime and perhaps some tonic water. So the Lasang Pinoy Pulutan theme had me a bit stumped. And I didnâ€™t want to miss another round as I passed on LP5 after a whole month of Christmas posts which would have made my LP5 entry almost certainly anticlimactic. I thought I would be a bit sly and put a photo of our pet dog, a chocolate brown Labrador that was the runt of its litter. She is cute, kind and loyal. And yes, I understand some people eat them as pulutan. Now before you get all hyped up and ready to send me a nasty comment, I am not about to post a recipe for hot dog ala Marketmanâ€¦but I did want to encourage some thoughtâ€¦ while I would never knowingly eat dog, it really is about what your used to, isnâ€™t it???
In my college days, bars in Boston would offer a free beer if you ate a live goldfish (donâ€™t chew, just swallow, they said), some folks eat stingray, others bulls’ gonads, even horse wankers. We eat sausages made with pig intestines, the brains of other animals, eggs of sturgeon, snake and crocodile meat, frogsâ€™ legs and goatsâ€™ eyes, snails, grubs, shells and fried crickets. And I havenâ€™t even gotten to the ways we prepare different foods. I could continue for paragraphs on all of the â€œunusualâ€ things humans consume but frankly, itâ€™s all about what we are used to. I understand the argument against eating anything that is endangered or anything that appears to have more intelligence than many fellow humans, etc. but if you strip away a lot of the noise, itâ€™s just protein, fat and calories. And for some reason, eating unusual protein or strange animal body parts is often accompanied by a beer or other alcoholic drink. It must be a universal trait that mostly men (and some women) sit around shooting the breeze, getting inebriated and munching on something that makes them feel more adventurous than they really are. I mean seriously, are there really modern day Romeos who really think that eating dried wrinkled animal sexual organs will make them more virile??? Havenâ€™t they been reading all the Viagra spam they get in their email inboxes lately? Should folks like this be given a license to breed???
If you leave the unusual protein discussion, pulutan or finger food to be had with a cold beer is in my book usually something salty, fatty and texture driven. It is meant to accompany your drink and to whet your tastebuds so that you seek more to drink and more to munch on. I searched my archives for some appropriate dishes and these are my personal favoritesâ€¦ number one on the list are fried peanutsâ€¦best when made from scratch and freshly fried with lots of salt, garlic and I like them with chilli pepper. This is a perfect match with a cold beer. Another delicious pulutan and artery clogger is homemade chicharon which was a pain to make but a sinful pairing with a drink. Fried or baked calamares are a little less fatty but equally delicious. My recent post on baked mussels are also a favorite pulutan and the least of my personal favorites would have to be the sisig recipe I featured several weeks ago. And no, I have no intention of ever trying dog with my beerâ€¦but humansâ€¦thatâ€™s another discussion altogether! Cheers! This round of LP was sponsored by Ting Aling at Worldclasscuiscene who will have a round-up of all the entries in a few days…