After a long trip abroad and it’s your first meal back, or if you live abroad and are visiting home or you are a foreigner who once lived in the Philippines and are passing by for a visit, what single Filipino dish do you crave for or look forward to eating?
This spread up top was a recent dinner for American friends who were visiting Manila for the first time in over 50 years, and their request included lumpia and pancit. We added in the lechon, the chicken adobo, the bangus tagalog and the squash with coconut milk. There was a huge soup tureen filled with steaming shrimp sinigang and a salad on the main table, and a variety of condiments to make one’s own sawsawan or dipping sauces.
For me, when I’ve overdosed on Western food, and on that last leg of a trip back to Manila, I crave chicken sotanghon soup if my arrival is late at night and I just need a bit of comfort before hitting the sack, OR I just love the thought of tuyo or dried fish with vinegar, a side dish of chopped ripe tomatoes,scrambled or fried eggs and rice if it’s for breakfast, and could dive right into a massive bowl of sour, sour sinigang with prawns paired with a good slow-cooked pork belly adobo and rice if it’s lunchtime. We text a day ahead for special requests. :)