I HAVE A HUGE FAVOR TO ASK ALL OF MARKETMANILAâ€™S REGULAR READERSâ€¦ PLEASE READ THIS POST AND LEAVE A COMMENT WITH YOUR TOP 10 PINOY FOOD FAVORITES!!! Iâ€™D LIKE TO HEAR FROM AT LEAST 100 OF YOU, THINK WE CAN MANAGE THAT? THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!!
Happy Independence Day!!! This holiday is generally a non-event here in the Philippinesâ€¦ Why that is, I am not really certain. Is it because the date is contentious, being one of at least 4 or 5 dates that we could have legitimately used as our â€œIndependence Day?!â€ Or is it because the local school year is just starting up and everyone is bummed that the summer has reached an end? Is it because the weather is often in between the hot summer and the wet monsoon season? We donâ€™t seem to have a tradition of a large family get together, a special meal, or even a special food that is associated with Independence Day. On our street, we are the only home proudly flying a Philippine Flag! Perhaps the President will lay a wreath at the Rizal monument and some canons will let loose but thatâ€™s about itâ€¦ I read once somewhere that the meal served at the Malolos constitution or one of the dates when we declared Independence was made up of a long list of European dishes, fancy shmancy things with difficult to pronounce French names. Outrageous! Shouldnâ€™t we have been munching on something more Filipino, perhaps??? Having said that, the photo above is of an Independence cake that my daughter made herself. She thought we should do SOMETHING for Independence day and even dragged me out to the grocery to get the toppings… Unfortunately, there were no local red and blue fruits so itâ€™s about as Western a cake as you can get with raspberries and blueberriesâ€¦but itâ€™s the thought that counts, right?â€¦
So this made me think. If we were to put out a food spread on Philippine Independence Dayâ€¦what would/should it include? What Top 10 Pinoy dishes would make it onto the table? Letâ€™s not include desserts or kakanins for the moment and letâ€™s focus on soups, salads, meats, fish, starches, etc. I know itâ€™s a difficult task to find the Top 10 but I want to hear what you all have to say. But more than what should be on the table, what would you personally want on the table? What are your 10 most favorite Pinoy or Pinoy-ized dishes? I thought this would be easy to answer and I asked my wife and daughter to help me with our list but it kept getting longer and longer! Picking out the Top 10 was REALLY hard to doâ€¦ I seek your answers to this question for another reason as well â€“ if a dish makes it onto our list, but I have not yet featured it on this blog, I will try to hunt down or test a recipe and make sure I keep a running list of Pinoy favorites! My archives have a lot of stuff that I like to eat and here are some of the dishes that would make it onto my Top 10 (or 20) list. Iâ€™d probably have some kinilaw (tanguigue, malasugi or even dilis) to start with a nice cold San Miguel Beer. Others might pick sisig, some chicharon or kuhol sa gata. Sinigang na sugpo using sampalok is a house favorite, but other soups that we like include sinigang na bayabas, nilagang baka, pesang manok, sinampalukang manok, chicken binakol or Marketmanâ€™s stylized version of pinikpikan. There are lots of local salads that would make it but if I had to choose just one, it would probably be an eggplant and tomato salad (best with sinugba), though tomato and red egg, green mango with bagoong or even an ampalaya salad would be close behind. Arrgh, I forgot to include a fresh lumpia ubod up top with the appetizersâ€¦ I love bistek tagalog made with a LOT of kalamansi, pork adobo, fried bangus, sinugbang spareribs, crispy pata and paksiw na lechon (more than lechon itself). Grilled fish or other seafood are up there as well. For vegetables, a fiery laing would be nice, but what about pinakbet, munggo or sitaw and kalabasa in gata? And I havenâ€™t even started with the noodlesâ€¦a pancit or sotanghon of some kind, dried fish or lamayo, tapa, tocino or longganisaâ€¦ Yikes, is it impossible to pick just 10? What would be on your list? Help!!!