Cooking is not my best trait. The last few weeks, I was pretty much getting tired of my redundant dishes and I’m sure the family was too. I was in need of culinary inspiration.
Saturday afternoon, Lil and I decided to go out and spend quality time. On the way, I decided to make a trip to my favorite Asian grocery store. It had been months since my last visit.
First stop, was the Filipino aisle where I grabbed sweets and other condiments that all quickly brought me back home. I even bought a claypot and cooked a Vietnamese catfish dish our friend Victor shared with me. I wasn’t able to take a picture 😦 It was quickly consumed. I will have to cook it again and make sure to take a picture next time around.
I’m a chocoholic and although Filipino chocolate is not as sweet as say the Hershey brand, Flat Tops milk chocolate is my favorite. I remember my Lolo Juan visit us and present them in his hat, as we greeted him at the door.
When I think of Filipino comfort food, the following come to mind: arroz caldo (rice porridge with chicken), sinigang (tamarind broth soup), nilaga (beef stew), tinola (chicken soup). My belly was craving sinigang na bangus (tamarind broth soup with milk fish). So I bought this Sinigang mix with Miso. I thought it was cool to see instructions in Tagalog in the back of the packet. I usually see them all printed in English.
I was also inspired to revisit a dish called, “Bicol Express”, a delicious traditional Bicolano style stew dish that consists of pork, shrimp paste, chilies and coconut milk. I bought some shrimp paste and can’t wait to cook it!
After putting away everything in the pantry and fridge, I was ready for a snack. I decided to fry some saba (plantains). Again, brings back fond childhood summer memories. The sweet smell of fried bananas and butter. Simple and yummy!
I can’t wait to explore new dishes! Tonight, I’m cooking a burmese dish Khow Suey I learned from my mother-in-law. It’s a yummy concoction of noodles, spiced chicken, chana dal topped with boiled eggs, fried onions and drizzled with lime juice. Happy cooking!