Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Adobo

It is quite impossible not to hear the word “adobo” when we talk about Philippine cuisine. That stew made of pork, or chicken cooked with vinegar, soy sauce which gives it its salty-sour taste. Every time I go to a carinderia, an adobo is always on display, different types of adobo – there are even adobo made of vegetable like sitaw (string beans) and kang kong.

The word adobo came from the Spanish word adobar which means to marinate, that’s because adobo is all about marinating the ingredients. Legend has it that when the Spanish conquered the Philippines in the late 16th century, they saw that the natives were marinating pork in vinegar. The process is really about food preservation since well… there were no refrigerators in those days. The Spaniards called it “adobo” since it is quite similar on what they do in Spain. When  Chinese traders came in the Philippines, they also introduced soy sauce. So? There you have it folks – the basic ingredients of adobo – meat, vinegar and soy sauce. Most adobo recipes are seasoned with garlic, bay leaf (dahon ng laurel), and black pepper. The peppercorns can be left whole or crushed for a more vibrant flavor.

Different Folks, Different Stroke
So, how do you like your adobo? 

One thing about adobo is it varies based on what region it was cooked. So, let say we are talking to a place near waters then expect that their adobo is mostly made up of sea-foods like adobong posit for example or adobong palaka (frogs). Regions that love spicy food like Bicol makes spicy adobo. There are also “white adobo.” Now a white adobo (adobong puti) is not exactly white in color. White adobo are adobo cooked without soy sauce. 

Adobong Halal?
Maybe you think that there are no adobo in Mindanao, right? Well, our Muslim brothers also have some adobo version of their own. Since it is not allow for a Muslim to eat pork, their adobo is mostly chicken and they use turmeric instead of soy sauce which give their adobo a yellowish color. 

Make it Gata and Fancy
There are also adobo recipe that has coconut milk or gata. Now, instead of soy sauce, they place the meat (pork or chicken) in coconut milk and vinegar. Now, what makes this more awesome is that they use pork belly (liempo). Now, that makes the adobo soft and juicy.

We also have fancy adobo recipes. Adobo cooked with pineapples while others use gravy. There are adobo cooked with bananas, and even mango juice and some slices of green mangoes.

The best thing about adobo is that you can use other meat other than pork and chicken. You can use beef, yes and even fish, or you can use something more exotic like adobong pagi (stingray), palaka (frog), snakes, beetle grubs, crickets, and even grasshoppers.

Vegans can also have a taste of the adobo fancy.  Sitaw (string beans), kang kong and even mushrooms are use in making vegetable adobo. Adobo is best serve with rice or a topping, yet there are even chrackers and corn snacks that have adobo flavor.

So when we talk about adobo, imagination has no limits.

What are you waiting for? Grab a dish of adobo now.

The End of Nardong Putik

Nardong Putik met his end on the fateful day of the 11th of October, 1971.


It was the end of Nardong Putik—“Muddy Leonard”— whose full name was Leonardo Manecio. Putik credited his ability to survive and escape numerous ambushes and gunfights to his anting-anting (amulet). Nardong Putik ability to elude the law and his enemies made him a legend to many people.


Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Ancient Pets

2000 years ago, the Chinese were the first to domesticate the fish as pet. That's the Goldfish we have today.

                                                                By clumzyme123.deviantart.com

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Calvo Building


The Calvo Building was inaugurated on August 14, 1938. This was designed in Beaux Arts style by Ar. Fernando H. Ocampo and became one of the most notable edifices in Escolta.


Thursday, December 11, 2014

Popes Visit the Philippines

This coming January 2015, His Holiness Pope Francis will be visiting the country. So that means he will be the third Pope to visit us. The important highlight of his visit is Tacloban - the placed that was ravaged by typhoon Yolanda a year ago.

Yet, do you know that there were already two Popes that visited the Philippines? 

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Carnivorous Plants

They may look like things from your nightmare or a monster movie, but believe it or not, carnivorous plants are quite real and may not be something that you expect.

So why became carnivorous?

Tea

You will notice that today  in  some malls around Metro Manila, we now have different tea shops – something like coffee shops and cafĂ© but instead of serving coffee, they serve tea. Moreover, teas are now more than just a hot drink to sip in a cold night or something that we drink if we have a fever. Now, teas have different flavors and styles – like cold tea and even something called “bubble tea.” So, you might wonder…

… what is a tea?