Discussion in 'General' started by gold_chapter, May 23, 2007.
OKAY, I"m GETTIN HUNGRY!
The purest, the best, most ancient Bibingka recipes are in Cebu
There's used to be a great Filipino restaraunt on 15th Street and 1st Ave in Manhattan that served great halo-halo. But their halo-halo had flan in it. Is flan an indigenous Filipino component of halo-halo? I was worried that I was not eating a pure halo-halo.
On the other hand, perhaps the definition of a "pure" halo-halo can be redefined to admit a special capacity to adapt different cultural cuisines (perhaps Chinese, Malay, Indonesian, Spanish - even Japanese and American, as well as other regional Filipino cuisines, for example) into the making of a delicious desert. In a Filipino cuisinary context, perhaps "pure" should mean precisely that capacity to understand, adapt to, and incorporate different culinary perspectives and yet present them in a unique manner that is distinctively Filipino.
Or maybe I shouldn't get too wrapped up into whether my halo-halo is pure enough and just concentrate on enjoying it.
Next up: the adobo wars.
Top it all off with a nice bottle of this... ;D
Wow! That looks fascinating!
If it's good, it's good, you shouldn't need a halo-halo cult of personality to verify for you that you're enjoying it. Many people enjoy a slice of flan in their halo-halo, a more interesting discussion is whether you opt for indigenous magnolia ube and mango ice cream or be a little different and have a scoop of strawberry (see photo below). But one can argue, since many have traveled throughout the Philippines to prove the existence of the purest, most indigenous halo-halo, that in Baguio, Philippines strawberries are actually grown. yet another can argue that baguio became popular as an American resort town, and maybe the strawberries grown there were specifically to cater to a foreign taste. It's a dilemma...
Doesn't it though?!!
This subject should be reserved for the mastery level, but if you must then I will have to argue that the best, purest, most indigenous Filipino happy drink is the Cebuano Tuba.
The popular drink of the Central Visayans is tuba, fermented from the sweet sap of young and healthy coconut trees. To prepare a tree for sap collection, its sawak (bud) is bent and cut daily. When sap begins to flow, the flower is tied with rattan strips to fit into a bamboo container called sogong which will catch the sap. Crushed tungog (tanbark from the mangrove tree) is dropped into the sogong to give the sap a reddish color and to hasten its fermentation. From one coconut tree as many as three flowers can be made to yield sap. Each flower produces tuba for two months, after which it dries out and has to be totally cut off from the tree.
Cebuano Binignit (or Ginataan)
with Kalamay from Bohol
I prefer ube - if only for the color. But why not have all three - and the flan, as you suggest? I guess it's a case of having your halo-halo and eating it too.
Are there any coconut-flower wines or vodka's available here in the United States?
I once had Coconut Vodka at Red Square in Miami Beach (A Russian-themed restaurant specializing in fine cavaiar and other Russian delicacies) but that's been the only place I've seen it.
It was very smooth
If a Filipina recommends that you use 7-up as a way to give the Adobo a flavor less sharp and more smooth, is it still pure Adobo?
Here in L.A. we know a few Mexicans from the western portion of Mexico (Acapulco, etc.) that know about tuba. But we have yet to find fresh tuba in L.A. only longing for our indigenous happy drink we share with a few Mexicans. There were many Filipino indios who were forced in the Spanish galleons, leaving the Philippines, to Guam, to Maui, then to Acupulco. Many jumped ship after arriving in Mexico, and eventually stayed. Filipinos being Filipinos their first order of business was to share the best, purest, indigenous Filipino happy drink to the Mexicanos indios (especially to the mujeres, imagine Mel Gibson's Apocalypto w/ a Filipino and his happy drink seeking a new begining). No secrets here, just sharing of his beloved tuba.
(the above is not based on scientific data just our assumptions, but Filipinos jumping ship from the Galleons is documented and there are Mexicans who know of tuba)
I like 'em big 'n bouncy too...
I like to add a little bit or should I say a lot or Jufran to my spaghetti sauce. Gives it a little extra added filipino flavor!!
This is a video of a young Filipina also looking for something pure (maybe she's looking for that pure, indigenous Filipino musician or musicians). Notice the various anting-antings left behind with various individuals she meets. Also notice the Philippine military she passes. This is Zambales, Philippines, notice all the white stuff on the ground still from Mount Pinatubo.
'Sundo' by Imago
Here's another young Filipina, but she's found what she's looking for, and she's so passionate about it that she's 'gonna stick with' it (maybe she's found something pure). The singer was born in Hawaii, but has Filipino blood, will this effect her 'purity' or 'indigenous'-ness as a Filipina? If we are rigid in our defintion, then maybe. The newest Pussycat Doll is also Filipina.
'StickWitU' by the Pusscat Dolls
Here's more Filipinos searching for purity and truth through Art. Imagine if someone told these guys, 'You can't mix hip-hop and jazz, You can't put Jasmine Trias w/ Filipina porn stars Charmane Star and Kaylani Lei, You can't talk about revolutionary ideas if you want to succeed in the music industry, let the corporations define you...'
Black Eyed Peas
let's not be stooopid !!!
Ah Man....I miss a good buko pie!
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