Plates of comfort: Pinoy style-A A +A
Friday, October 18, 2013
THERE are times in our lives when we are just dead-beat tired and feeling a little blue; moments when we get home from either school or work, with our brains afloat in some state of mental nothingness. And then there are also some instances when we fear—an earthquake here, an overdue electric bill there—scenarios when we feel just a little bit helpless.
But then there’s always a good meal. Heck, yes. When the grief has subsided, what kind of meat lover would turn down a double patty burger, dripping with cheese and caramelized onions hanging on from the sides when offered to him?
People can do all sorts of things to feel better. But eating comfort food—and we’re not talking about binge eating here—can do wonders. Of course, it’s not wise to treat comfort food as some drug to counter stress. But in a rewarding manner, a good meal might just be the remedy. Think along the lines of chicken soup.
So here’s a quick rundown on what people in charge of their kitchens might want to whip up for their tired housemates. Plus as an added bonus, this list comes in two versions: one for meat lovers and another for those who prefer something a little more, health-conscious. Just a little bonus. Enjoy!
Bring out the beers! This here is easily one of the best, if not, the best pulutan choice in town. But in the name of responsible drinking (and eating), pork sisig stands as some culinary powerhouse of its own. Some have it with rice and iced tea, and they’re good to go. Tracing its recipe’s roots from Pampanga, the pork sisig remains to be a table-top force to be reckoned with. (aaplazahotel foto)
Some people like their dressing tangy, some like it salty, others creamy. But that’s the beauty of finding yourself in front of a salad bar. When you’re given the opportunity to create a delicious salad that’s tantalizing to both your eyes; and soon enough, your tongue, you’re in for a healthy and tasty treat. (
Creamy Bacon and Mushroom Soup
Here’s a bowl of creaminess, which people can find very hard to resist. The subtle flavors of the mushrooms—although button mushrooms should just be okay—plus the salty bite coming from the bacon bits? Throw all those in a pot of hot soup and croutons and you’ve got something tasty to warm your hearts.
Not to be outdone, here’s a classic Bisaya specialty. Mung beans are considered as a source of high protein for vegetarians. And creamy it still is. Mix in your favorite seafood, a serving of kamunggay, and a pinch of bulad—chances are your rice pot will be emptied in record time.
And lots and lots, and lots of egg yolk.
Served sweet and creamy. Enough said.
Is there really any other better dessert? Straight from Mother Nature’s bounty and into the fridge. You can mix them all and either have it as a salad, or have it blended for some pureé.
Chicken Pork Adobo
Who doesn’t love mom’s adobo? Seriously. It’s a dish that’s easy to prepare and one that should easily please diners as well. Two kinds of meats prepared with a generous serving of soy sauce and vinegar. Except, of course, if they’re exclusively into vegetables and all that; which is still cool, by the way. They can have adobong kangkong for that matter, if they’re craving for that gastronomic kick that only an adobo recipe can give.
Sushi and Sashimi
Okay. So this may not be all that Pinoy. Still, it’s something most of us love to have. It’s those bite-sized raw fish fillets dipped in soy sauce and a pinch of wasabi that gets our taste buds going. It’s sexy. It’s smooth. It’s some strip tease for the stomach. You get the point. Oh yes, kinilaw na isda should be one great option as well.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 19, 2013.