THE SOUTH EAST ASIA YOU FAILED TO EAT

  
This is lunch today. Looks like a plate of golden fossilized decepticons but tastes mighty fine. These are lightly battered mini crabs: crispy, crunchy, salty, and possibly sky high in cholesterol, but of the best possible sort.

As you can see, the shell of the crab is removed and everything goes in. Yes, all eight feet. It sounds alarming in theory but extremely delicious in practice.

I also had a bowl of piping hot nilaga. This is pork nilaga with peppercorns, potatoes, corn, and pechay, a bok choy variant. It can also be made with beef and marrow.

  
The broth can calm even a newly baptized cat. It has a rounded yet subtle flavor. This is the kind of food you want when you are ill and craving the comforts of home.

I do not know if you can get these couple of dishes anywhere else. Maybe they are uniquely Filipino. Come to think of it, the food we have here has yet to explode globally.

It is very common for me to read daily of travelers food tripping across South East Asia but somehow The Philippines get bypassed. Shame, because we eat damn fabulous here.

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26 thoughts on “THE SOUTH EAST ASIA YOU FAILED TO EAT

  1. LOL at “It sounds alarming in theory but extremely delicious in practice.”. But isn’t it true for most foods? I realized everything that tastes delicious are either salty, sweet or fried- not exactly good for our health 😀

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      1. Oh I see what you meant there. I thought you are metaphorically speaking when you said alarming. It’s the literal kind of alarming pala. I haven’t thought of small crabs that way but now that you’ve mentioned it…

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      1. October is Masskara festival. Then there are beaches around the province. There is Kanlaon volcano to climb. The 7 falls of Mambucal. And bowls too many of batchoy as well as countless sticks of chicken inasal.

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          1. Masskara Festival 2015 Schedule of Activities

            October 16, 2015 (Friday) – MassKara  Love DanceOctober 17, 2015 (Saturday) – MassKara Street Dancing (Barangay Category) and Charter Day CountdownOctober 18, 2015 (Sunday) – Electric MassKara

            Note: The schedule above was based from previous year’s timeline of activities. The actual schedule will be updated once released by the festival organizers.

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