All eyes are now on Filipino cuisine, as food critics in the United States express interest in the rising popularity of native dishes. Our delicacies, formerly confined to “lutong bahay” and specialty shops, has now found its way to high-end restaurants and food tours, and gaining the nod of foodies all over the world.
With interest in Filipino cuisine now running high, it’s time for us to become just as intimately familiar with our own native delicacies. Enjoying Filipino food with the family is easier than you think, with restaurants creating new ways to improve and popularize dishes we know and love.
That’s why we’re joining Sooo Pinoy for a quick tour around certain spots in the metropolis where we can enjoy Filipino cuisine in a whole new light.
Sisig lovers will surely enjoy Krocodile Grille’s lengua sisig, ox tongue cooked just like everyone’s favorite sizzling pork dish. Surprise your taste buds with this meaty, creamy twist to sisig, with hints of spicy chili in between bites. Whether as a main course, appetizer, or beermate, lengua sisig is one dish that will make you come back for more.
The Krocodile Way goes beyond your ordinary home-made fried chicken. Tender and tasty at the same time, this chicken dish has been marinated and cooked in a way that locks its flavors inside and out. This is a perfect companion to your family’s Krocodile Grille feast.
Sentro’s best seller, corned beef sinigang, is your favorite beef soup taken to the next level. The secret is the salt-cured beef short ribs served in sinigang broth prepared to your taste, the result of which is a lightly sour-salty-beefy stew. Best served hot with rice, this is a filling and satisfying sinigang dish cooked just the way you hope it to be.
Not to be outdone is Sentro’s sizzling tofu, your vegetarian twist to sisig. Lightly cooked and seasoned, this tofu is bursting with flavor that goes well with your favorite dishes. Here is one healthy dish that’s truly filling and satisfying.
Beef mechado gets a Kapampangan-style upgrade at Fely J’s Kitchen. The beef tenderloin and pork fat bursts with melt-in-your-mouth goodness, and made more flavorful by stewing it with vegetables and tomato sauce. Meat lovers will feel at home with this classic Filipino beef dish.
If you love your sinigang as sour and as flavorful as it’s meant to be, Fely J’s sinigang is your answer. You’re treated to a heavy, filling bowlful of pork, bangus belly, salmon head, or shrimp simmering in a home-cooked style sour soup (tamarind or guava-based). This dish is definitely meant for sharing.