Catholic devotees who are abstaining from meat may instead eat vegetables, fish, seafood, or tofu. Soft foods such as these can also help one prepare for fasting.
Because it’s already Holy Week and we’re still at work, “Andar ng mga Balita” is featuring food that’s fit for the Lenten season.
Featured dish: Ginisang Togue (Stir-fried bean sprouts)
Bean sprouts are a common ingredient in Asian cuisine. Common dishes that may use sprouts are fried rice, spring rolls, egg drop soup, and hot and sour soup. They may also be simply stir-fried.
Featured dish: Fish paksiw
Paksiw is a method of cooking meat and fish with a souring agent. Fish, pork, and left-over lechon may be cooked in this manner.
A variant of paksiw is “paksiw sa gata” or paksiw with coconut milk. The coconut milk adds flavor and thickens the broth.
Featured dish: Vegetarian Pizza
Pizza is defined as “a type of bread and tomato dish, often served with cheese, that has existed since time immemorial in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine.”
Once known as food for the poor, pizza consisted of a flat bread with red sauce on top. It was after the 16th century when tomatoes were used as a topping for pizza. Still, the only toppings used include herbs and spices, cheese, olive oil, or anchovies. Adding meat on pizza was a late innovation.
This food segment is definitely heading for a fresh start next week. In the meantime, we hope you can take this time to reflect and observe the Lenten season.
(goes off to meditate)
Before we observe Holy Week, “Ano’ng Ulam Mo?” featured some interestingly rich and sumptuous Filipino dishes. Let’s just say I was in a sort of celebratory mood, especially that Monday…
Featured dish: Lechon
Lechon is a roasted pork dish served in feasts and other special gatherings. It is recognized as the Filipino national dish, and the world’s best roasted pig (as per Anthony Bourdain).
Featured dish: Bulalo
Bulalo is a specialty soup dish that consists of slowly-cooked beef shanks. The secret of a great-tasting bulalo is in the meat, bones, and marrow, which enhance the flavor of this dish.
Batangas is known to serve the best bulalo, mainly because the best beef known in the market can be found here.
Featured dish: Grilled Pusit
There are many different ways all over the world to cook squid.
For example, the Portuguese cook what they call “Lulas Recheadas” or stuffed squid. Spain has what they call “calamares en su tinta” or squid stewed in ink. Koreans, on the other hand, serve squid live and raw as an apppetizer (“san ojingeo”), though it is also served dried or steamed. Indians have “kanava” or squid cooked in different spices, while the Chinese serve them stir-fried.
Featured dish: Laing
Laing is a signature Bicolano dish made with gabi leaves cooked in coconut milk and chili peppers.It is also known as one of the hottest local dishes in the region.
Featured dish: Steamed fish fillet
Legendary Filipino musician Heber Bartolome came to our program to try out our feature dish. Fish is one of many dishes one can eat during Holy Week.
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