Summer’s finally here! This week, “Andar ng mga Balita”‘s food segment, “Ano’ng Ulam Mo?”, features popular summer foods that can cool you down and fill you up. Never mind that the Philippines is still feeling the effects of La Nina, it’s still a good time for a picnic…
Featured dish: Halo-halo
Halo-halo, technically called a tropical fruit melange, is the most popular summer snack in the Philippines. A typical glass of halo-halo contains macapuno, sweetened jackfruit, beans, saba (bananas), kaong (sugar palm), sago (tapioca pearl), and evaporated milk. Most servings are topped with ice cream, leche flan, ube jalaya (ube jam), or ice cream.
Featured dish: Chicken Inasal
Chicken inasal is the specialty dish of Bacolod, Negros Occidental. The chicken is marinated slowly with vinegar, soy sauce, and salt; sometimes, other ingredients like garlic, calamansi, ginger, pepper, and Sprite are used to enhance the chicken’s flavor. The meat is brushed with annatto oil while roasting.
Chicken inasal is known for being more flavorful than the usual chicken barbecue. This is best enjoyed with java rice.
Featured dish: Lumpiang ubod
Lumpiang ubod or fresh spring rolls is one of the dishes we learned from the Chinese. Now known as a specialty of Silay City, Negros Occidental, it is mainly made with ubod (heart of palm) as a filling along with other vegetables and meat or shrimp. It is also served with a thick, sweet-sour sauce.
Featured dish: Clubhouse Sandwich
The sandwich is mainly a European invention, though it is said earlier civilizations have tried putting mean in the middle of two slices of bread. This was popularized by John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich, who is said to order food in this manner so as to make it easier for him to eat while gambling. The sandwich was then introduced in the US as dinner fare.
The clubhouse sandwich was invented in New York’s gambling houses in 19th century. A typical clubhouse contains three to four layers of bread, vegetables, meat, and/or eggs.
Featured dish: Pinoy-style spaghetti
Pasta is a staple in Italian cuisine, but we Filipinos have our own recipe for it.
Italian-style spaghetti is flavored with tomatoes, herbs, olive oil, ground meat, vegetables, and cheese. The result is a semi-sour pasta dish.
The Pinoy style, on the other hand, is richer in color. Sometimes the sauce is made with catsup and ground meat only, giving it a sweet-sour-spicy mix of flavors.
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