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Forget Thanksgiving, my November is filled with Filipino food. I stopped in at Pinoy's Place in Hayward the first week, attended a Filipino popup dinner last week, and next week is the special Filipino festivities and dinner at the California Museum. I've said before, I lack knowledge of my mother's cultural foods and so I try to gain more by eating it when I can
That Filipino popup took place at a small cafe borrowed for the event. You can find a great selection of popup feasts throughout the Bay Area via Feastly.com. This website presents chefs in a few select cities that put on these events on a regular basis. Many are professional chefs that do not have restaurants and are looking for a way to share their food. All different kinds of meals are available, such as...
I opted for the Pinoy Heritage 8 course meal and was surprised to find that it was a chef I had experienced before. I had run into Chef Francis Ang at Cochon and Heritage Fire events in the past. It was his deep fried balut that I had tried a year and a half ago. Some notable points on his resume include working for Gary Danko, being named Food and Wine magazine's "People's Best Pastry Chef" for the West Coast, as well as, being nominated for Zagat's "30 Under 30" in San Francisco. Be sure to check out his future dinners on Feastly.com.
Hopefully these shots will entice you to try out either Francis' food or Feastly.com. Please read on a bit for a couple of interesting notes as well.
Deep fried quail egg and pomegranate soda with basil seeds
This amuse buche has an interesting note in that it was supposedly a play on Sarsaparilla and egg drink in the Philippines. Turns out Sarsi is a brand of soda and the Sarsaparilla is their root beer. People will pour it into a glass and then add an egg. Some people beat the egg first, but others don't. Then they drink it down. It's supposed to be an energy booster because of the protein and sugar. Probably a hangover cure too.
Octopus salad with eggplant salted egg kale cherry tomato and Squid Ink
Kalabasa flan with pinkabet, delicata squash, acorn, xo bagoong
Chicken Pancit with malunggay noodles, black truffle powder
At this point was the chicken pancit. The interesting piece of the dish is that the noodles were made with malunggay. The English known name for it is Moringa. Apparently it's from a bushy plant with tiny leaves. It grows in Asia and in the Philippines it most often served in their monggo bean dishes and soups.
amberjack bulangang with miso, guava, Taro, winged Bean, radish
Black tea Panna cotta, calamansi sorbet, honey crisp
Calamansi is a small citrus fruit used in a lot of Filipino dishes. It is pretty tart.
Coconut flan with dacquoise, yuzu, banana ice cream
Ube is the same as taro and Filipinos use it often in desserts where it is usually bright purple in color.
Did you know this blog, Munchie Musings, is over ten years old? And some might have noticed the less frequency I post on it and the not all that inspiring content over the last year or so. Blame it a bit on burn out.
I'm one of those people who needs to get a real bee in her bonnet. For seven years I was really into Pampered Chef and earning prizes and trips. Then burn out. Then this blog became my focus and I am super grateful to it for the doors it has opened for me. You might have noticed that lately I've been a bit focused on the science of the keto diet and its health benefits. I decided to move these over to a keto focused blog where it will be more focused.
I'll still be here on MM occasionally, but I'll probably be writing more often on the new one. If you have an interest in biohacking your body and maybe keto, then please check it out.
The new blog is called Keto so Easy because I think it's easier than some people fear. I also named it that because I practice lazy keto, as in not-so-strict keto. People with serious health issues like diabetes, obesity, fibramyalgia, etc. may need to be super strict keto. I don't. That doesn't mean they won't find helpful information on the new blog, but that I am going to be more forgiving than other keto advocates.
Sooooo, that's the latest. I actually already have piqued the interest of several friends who have tracked my progress so far. I look forward to seeing if they find a benefit and love of keto too. Heal your body with food, not drugs!