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A Charming Mountainside Food Shack – Beautiful Sunday

A Charming Mountainside Food Shack – Beautiful Sunday

My Share for #BeautifulSunday initiated by @ace108 Welcome back to part seven of our Bicol region adventure in the Philippines. Last time we closed the episode of our visit to Hibiscus Camp. It was a pleasant visit as we had an amazing time dipping in the pool while […]

Free Buffet on your Birthday “Tong Yang Plus” – Beautiful Sunday

Free Buffet on your Birthday “Tong Yang Plus” – Beautiful Sunday

My Share for #BeautifulSunday initiated by @ace108 How would you like to eat unlimited grilled food and hotpot? Well look no further as I would share with you today our experience in this restaurant. Not only that, if it is your birthday you get to eat for free. […]

“Boodle Fight” A Filipino Tradition – Beautiful Sunday

“Boodle Fight” A Filipino Tradition – Beautiful Sunday

My Share for #BeautifulSunday initiated by @ace108

It has been a while since my last content as there has been a lot going on lately. Finally I got a breather and it is time again to do what I love doing which is sharing, places, culture and life in our country. Take a ride with me today as I take you to the province. Here you will see the simple life and let me invite you for lunch in a traditional Philippine way. Fasten up, hop on as we go to Bailen, Alfonso Cavite in the Philippines.

 

“Boodle Fight” A Filipino Tradition

A two hour drive from our place we headed out to surprise a friend of the family.  Driving to the province will always lead you to empty quiet roads. Driving in empty roads is stress free, no traffic lights, no traffic jams, less pollution and you could definitely open the windows to feel the fresh air.

We passed a lot of bridges along the way. This one was too good not to pull over just to take a couple of shots. An empty bridge with no vehicles in sight.

My brother in law also pulled over as soon as he saw parking at the side.

As I looked over the river is brownish in color. I would be enchanting if the water was crystal clear. I do not know what has caused the brown color, could  be from the soil. I was told that people fish here and catfish are abundant in this river. Would you eat fish caught from this river? If it is safe and good to eat for the local, why not?

In some areas food is scarce and people adapt by eating what is available in the area.

Off we went and continued with our journey. This is another bridge that we passed and I was told by my brother in law that it was not always like this. Before there were no cemented roads with only dirt roads and wooden bridges.

After that long empty highway, I did not expect that we would be going deeper into the province. As we made that left turn to the inside road. I took a snap shot of the sign board and the guys captured in the photo gave me the eye thinking I was taking a photo of them. People in the province are friendly in nature, but you can never be to careful.

As we went deeper the roads were getting worse. It is a good thing that our van had big wheels and built for off road, so no issues with driving on pot holes and cracks.

My brother in law said that we are almost there as soon as he saw this steel supported bridge.

We finally reached our destination after that long drive. Here you could feel the environment which is very pleasant and different from the city. The air is cooler, fresher and the wind almost hums you to sleep.

This is the typical farm life in the Philippines with plants, vegetables and a few livestock. The kids were so eager to explore the place and was attracted to cow in the small shed.

A dog was barking, but was no threat. He just barked a couple of times and then retreated to the house.

The cow that they had was really big and I see this type pulling large carts loaded with different goods. Travelling from town to town, this cow is very strong.

They had piles of wood in stock that they use for cooking. Dried pieces of wood, branches and even coconut husks.

In this shed, I smelled something and immediately I knew they had pigs. A smell that is very distinct and easily recognizable due to the manure.

As expected they had a big pig, it is very common raising pigs here in the province as it is a good source of income. Some even raise domesticated wild boars and I saw some up in the mountain years ago. I saw a couple of wild boars raised in pens, I have heard that boar meat is much tastier that the local pigs.

Here is my brother in law petting the pig. He even invested in raising two pigs last year in this farm. A business venture which is very profitable if you know what you are doing.

I went outside to see what trees and plants they have. I saw this tree with a lot of strange fruit and I do not know what it is or if it is edible.

The back part of the house had a lot of trees which leads to a river at the bottom. We were advised not to go there this time as the ground is very muddy and slippery because of the rain earlier this morning.

They had fresh tomatoes in their garden which is just within reach. I tried planting tomatoes in pots, but they always die no matter how hard I try to take care of them. Here they are thriving and the plant looks very healthy. Maybe it is because of the rich soil and the cool weather.

It is time to prepare lunch, but before that let me tell you about this traditional way of eating. Popularly called as Boodle Fight it has been adapted from the military. During training banana leaves are laid on a long table and filled with mixed food of different sorts. Rice are topped with anything that is available like sardines, vegetables and meat dishes. During training the soldiers rush as pass by the table and grab whatever they could and eat as fast as they can. This promotes camaraderie to our soldiers. It has been adapted and has become a very popular way of serving food this time without the rush.

We were asked to get the leaves from the nearest banana tree. I told my brother in law to select the freshest ones preferably the new leaves. I told him that I got him covered by taking photos of him while cutting the leaves. He felt that it was not fair, but I just told him that he looked good on the photos.

My mother in law was in charge of preparing and cleaning the leaves. Normally, we use the top part of the leaves, but she said that it is the bottom part that should be used. The proper way of preparing is to wipe the leaves with a clean cloth and then letting it pass over a fire for a few seconds.

Now it is time to prepare the food and we had some left overs that we could add. It is best to put newly cooked steaming hot rice in the center.

On our way here we bought some roasted chicken and we also had left over shrimp, lumpiang shanghai (spring rolls), cucumbers and mangoes. Any dish would be perfect in a Boodle fight, but an all seafood meal is the best.

A balance portion meat is placed in sections for each individual. If you eat a lot it is best to sit next to someone who does not eat much. You’ll be ending up eating your seat mate’s portions.

Boodle Fight is ideal when eating outdoors, preferably near the ocean or in this case in the province. Although, we have done this at the office it is still best doing it outdoors.

The food is ready and it is time to call everyone to the table for this delicious family feast.

Here is the family getting ready for the fight and if you noticed there are no utensils.

The traditional way of eating is with your hand, but be sure everyone washes their hands first. I cannot explain, but eating with your hands in this setup somehow makes food taste much better. In a fancy restaurant is a different story, but out here in a Boodle Fight there is no other way to do this.

It maybe a meal with leftovers, but the bonding is genuine as you could see smiles on faces. A meal like this with the family is priceless which like the military it promotes bonding.

No worries in making a mess and you could even politely ask to pass over some chicken if your area is running low. Cleaning up after eating as we know is a pain, but in this case just roll the leaves and throw them away. No more washing of plates and drying them off.

I hope you enjoyed the lunch and thank you for joining us today. How would you like to try the Boodle Fight? If you are down to earth and looking for a unique dining experience. I strongly suggest that you give this a try. A fun way to eat with friends and family. Experience a Philippine tradition and do not be afraid to experiment to try new things.

Let me know what you think as I would love to hear from you. See you next time and enjoy the rest of your weekend.

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A Simple Christmas Dinner

A Simple Christmas Dinner

Time flies so fast and I never really noticed that it is Christmas already. Last year was so memorable due to the bull run. The memories are still fresh and seems like yesterday. Well this year we spent the afternoon preparing our Christmas dinner. Nothing […]

Dreamy Purple Treat – Beautiful Sunday

Dreamy Purple Treat – Beautiful Sunday

My Share for #BeautifulSunday initiated by @ace108 Every year we prepare a dessert which is unique from our country. Made from a root vegetable with a delightful color it is called Ube. The root is also known as purple yam and can also be found in other countries, […]

The Tradition of Pasalubong

The Tradition of Pasalubong

Every time we travel to different places we often want to bring something home. The souvenirs that we take home varies from food, mementos, shirts from tourist spots and sometimes we even want to take home just too much. Here in our country we have that habit of wanting to always bring home something for our friends and loved ones. We call it pasalubong and the most popular to take home is food. Join me today as I take you to popular spot in Laguna, Philippines where you could buy a lot of local delicacies.

 

The Tradition of Pasalubong

Our travel has been very enjoyable for us and seeing different places locally is a great experience. As we know coconut is very plentiful in our country. One of the most popular delicacy in Laguna is the buko pie which is a pie made from coconut.

A lot claims the title of  the original recipe for the pie. Different establishments compete for the title of the original. The name of the place that we visited speaks for itself “The Original Buko Pie”. They have been around for a very long time now and I  recall going here when I was very young. I remember my grandma keeps saying every time we go to Laguna, “the original only, buy pie from the original.” At a very young age didn’t care about the place all I wanted was to just get a piece of that pie.

At this time, there was no long lines yet and lucky for us they just opened. It is known that this establishment causes traffic in the area due to the long line of customers.

The pie is not the only reason that people comes here for. There are a lot of goodies to choose from. If you have a sweet tooth you would definitely love to get in line.

One of the other popular delicacies is the buko tart. Packed in a nice red box it is perfect pasalubong for your loved ones.

Just minutes while we were buying, the customers were starting to come in.

The line was getting longer and vehicles were pulling over and starting to build traffic along the main road.

This is the garlic buttered sticks.  Crunchy delicious and a good snack with coffee or hot coco. You could easily make by just using old bread.  Smear it with butter, sprinkle some sugar and add crushed garlic. After that just stick it in the oven until crunchy, but keep an eye on to it as it might get burnt.

The Broas biscuit which is also known as ladyfingers in other countries. Once you put it in your mouth it easily falls apart.

Next is the Philippine peanut brittle which is made from caramelized sugar mixed with tons of peanuts. A local favorite and there is also a variant with cashew nuts. Satisfy your sweet tooth and have a taste of this amazing treat.

There are so many products here and I could not present them all to you. Each has it’s own history and most of them I have not even tasted yet.

I noticed the bottled food that was on sale. I figured it was sardines or shrimp paste, but as I looked closer it was something else.

It was surprising that it was actually our local spicy vegetable dishes. Bottled and ready to eat, I had to check the varieties.

A dish called Sinantol which is made from a local fruit called Santol or cotton fruit. I normally just eat the seeds from this fruit as the seed is covered with a sweet juicy tissue.  Once the sweetness is gone just spit out the seeds.  The flesh of the fruit is very sour and you would need to pair it with a little bit of salt or shrimp paste. The dish is made from the minced flesh of the fruit, mixed with coconut milk and can be mixed with pork or seafood. Of course it is not complete without the local bird’s eye chili.

Another one is the Bicol Express which is made from pork, coconut milk, chili and sometimes mixed with vegetables like string beans.

Now my favorite local vegetable dish called Laing. My wife prepares the best Laing ever that she learned from her mom. Dried taro leaves are used, cooked in coconut milk and mixed with pork or small fishes called dilis.

Well what can I say we love chili and coconut milk on our vegetable dishes. Coconut milk simply turns dishes into something very tasty and healthy.

The pie that you are all been waiting for, “The Buko Pie”. Fresh hot from the oven, made from young coconut it is a heavenly treat. We got two boxes one for us and one to take home to my aunt. I’m sure it will bring back memories from the good old days when my grandma was still with us. I can say that this is our version of the popular apple pie.  Something that we are proud of and if ever you visit our country don’t forget to take a bite of this delectable treat. Just watch out though as it is extremely hot, as they always serve it straight from the oven.

Time to pay the bill and and enjoy all the food that we bought here.

Just look at the line that keeps longer and longer every minute.

Time to go, but before that just on the next stall. They sold fresh milk and a perfect way to wash down the pie.

They also had chocolate flavor and my son loves chocolate drinks. I on the other hand prefer just the regular fresh milk.

Here we are with my bottle of milk. Maybe I should have bought a bigger bottle.

I guess that wraps it up as we got everything that we needed to take back home to our loved ones. A part of our beautiful tradition we always remember those who are unable to join our travel. Even in our own small little way we always want them to experience a part of our journey.

I hope you enjoyed this little tour and I encourage you to have a taste of our delicacies if given the chance. Until then feel free to visit my old post from this amazing province.

 

In Search of Fried Duck

A Thousand Steps to “Tatlong Krus”

“Tatlong Krus” at the Summit of Mt. Humarap

Paete Church

A Resting Place at the Foot of a Mountain

Chisels from the Town Near the Bay

Meeting Extraordinary People

Pakil Church

Mucho’s Hauz

The Descent from Mt. Humarap

A Quiet Place at the Side of a Mountain

Unofficial Page

The Original Buko Pie

 

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Mucho’s Hauz – Beautiful Sunday

Mucho’s Hauz – Beautiful Sunday

My Share for #BeautifulSunday initiated by @ace108 After our tour from the beautiful church called St. Peter of Alcantara Parish, we were ready for lunch. All that walking and taking photos got me really hungry. Since we are just visitors in this town we had no idea where […]

A Michelin Star and a Walk by the Bay

A Michelin Star and a Walk by the Bay

What is a Michelin star? To be honest I never really took time to know what it was. I only knew that stars are given to prestigious restaurants. When you see Michelin star on a restaurant it is a badge that the food is good. […]

In Search of Fried Duck

In Search of Fried Duck

Our road trip has been long over due and this time we are exploring the Province of Laguna. A province with the largest lake in our country, the place of birth of our National hero, magnificent falls, hot springs, ducks and much much more. On our first stop we passed thru the town called Victoria where it is known for duck raising and popular products from duck eggs. Come join me today as we visit a roadside restaurant to get a taste of their popular fried duck.

 

In Search of Fried Duck

With thoughts of places that we would visit in this province, I could not decide where to start first. It would be impossible to visit them all as we only have two days to see the sights. With so many places to visit with so little time. Our plan was just to pass thru each town and just do a quick search online to see what is popular in each place. As we were travelling I saw large duck statues and I immediately knew that we reached Victoria Laguna. A town known as the Duck Raising Center of the Philippines. Products like Balut (boiled duck embryo), Itlog na maalat (salted duck egg) and duck meat dishes. What I have been searching for is a dish called Kinulob na Itik (Deep fried duck). Before we head out to search for a restaurant, we stopped at the intersection to have a closer look at the giant duck statues.

These statues are a clear statement that this town is all about ducks. Duck raising is a thriving industry in this town.

Peking duck breeding has become popular and their eggs are used to make salted eggs. The duck was imported from America and then was grown locally in this town.

The local native duck is abundant here and it would be great to visit a farm. Maybe not now as today we are just passing thru.

After taking some photos we moved on and saw this restaurant called “Tindahan ng Itlog ni Kuya Atbp (Bother’s Egg Store and some other stuff). The name is a bit naughty and some would crack a smile just seeing it. Well it probably depends on the person seeing it. Let me know if you did not get the naughty joke behind it. Since we wanted fried duck, the sign itself already made me hungry.

With the streamers outside it showed all the shows from different television channels that featured this place. It seems that this restaurant is very popular. A clear sign that their food must be good.

A welcome sign to weary travelers and translated as

“A Joyful Arrival and a Peaceful Journey”.

Victoria Laguna

The town of Brother’s Egg

From the entrance you could already see what they have to offer. My wife has already gone ahead of me and ordering the fried duck that I wanted so much to taste again.

Here are the duck dishes that they offer.

Peking duck ham

Balut and Penoy (the duck embryo)

Fried Spring Pecking duck

Adobong itik which is the native duck

Pancit Canton with duck

Kalderetang Itik (a popular Philippine dish that also uses goat and other types of meat)

Leche Flan (Custard desert made from duck eggs)

Pekin Kinulob ( the process is boiling it for hours with local ingredients and then deepfried)

As usual in stores and restaurants here, they add other stuff like jams and sardines.

This is salted duck egg potato chips. At first I thought it was duck eggs turned into chips and I was wondering how they did that. It is best to always read first where it clearly says Potato Chips.

On the top shelf is Atchara made from mushrooms. Atchara is like pickled vegetables and in this case pickled mushrooms. The most common Atchara is made from shredded unripe papaya and this is the first time I have seen made from mushrooms. You may ask how does it taste and I could only answer you with “Limited Budget” lol.

A lot more other stuff are sold behind the counter and some can also be purchased in other stores. The usual chicharon (pork rinds), sweets and other goodies.

The popular TV shows from three popular television networks, and celebrities who visited this restaurant.

We had our duck on the go and after waiting for less than 10 minutes our duck was ready. I could not wait and wanted to open it up and have a quick taste. My wife kept telling me to wait, but I kept on and when I tried to take a piece. I was in for a surprise as it was extremely hot. I could not take a piece off it and I eventually wrapped it back up.

The aroma was very inviting and I could smell some ingredients that is very familiar. The scent was like ginger and and a hint of lemon grass. I wish I asked if we could see how it was prepared. I was a bit hesitant to ask as unlike the big TV networks that visited here, I’m just an amateur blogger who probably no one know about in our country yet.

We also bought a dozen salted duck eggs. It is best served with freshly sliced tomatoes, eaten for breakfast with fried rice and some fried dried fish.

Cars were stopping by and customers were constantly coming in and out of the place. We got our order and I still wanted to have a look around the place before we leave.

Going  outside I saw this sign and was surprised that they also sold Pekin duck. Hold on that thought I know it is spelled Pecking duck and I’m pretty sure of it. Anyway they have it spelled that way on their signs and sometimes during adaptation spellings change and even pronunciation.

A pair costs 2,500 pesos which is around $47.00 and if we have a big place it would be nice to have them as pets.

Here are my kids posing beside the giant egg. I was happy that we found what we were looking for and can’t wait to have a taste of the fried duck.

Finally we got to the place we were staying at and the duck is served. The taste was amazing and the skin was crispy, but the meat was very tender. I was correct with the ginger, but the lemon grass I cannot really be sure. I will search for a recipe and will try to make my own version, but with chicken instead. Duck is not very common where we live, but if we will talk about seafood that is a different story.

Thanks for joining me today and I hope to get back to this town. We will go deeper and search out the farms, see how the duck eggs are processed and share more about this place. That will be the plan one of these days that will surely be an educating experience.

Hope to see you again soon and have a pleasant evening.

 

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The Poor Man’s Lobster “Samba (Mantis Shrimp)”

The Poor Man’s Lobster “Samba (Mantis Shrimp)”

How do you decide what to have for lunch? Do you have a weekly planned menu or you just decide on the spot what to have? As for me and my wife we always talk about first what to have before heading out for the […]