When I found out a new Filipino restaurant was opening close to me, I was beyond excited. Growing up eating the cuisine, I often miss the staples that you can't cook at home. Fortunately, Filipino cuisine is becoming popular - there are now food trucks in the US - and more restaurants are opening. Hopefully this will give people a chance to learn more about this underrated, rich and satisfying cuisine.
Made up of the bits of the pig you don't usually have - snout, ears, cheeks, and maybe some other bits - mixed with onion, soy sauce and a cracked egg, this is best served with a cold beer. Most Filipinos have food to eat when drinking out (like tapas in Spain) and food associated with this is called pulutan. Sisig is one of the most popular things to have. (And is also one of Anthony Bourdain's favourites)
Chicken Inasal originated from Negros Oriental, one of the provinces in the Visayas, the middle chain of islands out of the 7,100 + that make up the Philippines. It is grilled and basted with a special sauce that differs slightly depending on whose mother is making it. This one had a dash of soy sauce (there's always soy sauce), ginger, garlic and other spices.
Crispy Pata, is basically the pig trotter, boiled and then deep fried with an accompanying sauce (there's always sauce). The crackling is rich and gives off a big crunch as you dive into the dish.
This is actually breakfast. (I came back a few days later) Longaniza is a sausage that comes in different variations. In some parts of the country it is spicy and strong, in other parts it is sweet, and where I am from it comes out of the skin in crispy, salt-spiced chunks. This version was the slightly sweet kind. It's served with garlic rice (a.k.a. Sinangag) and fried egg (Itlog in Filipino) giving the dish its name: LongSiLog (longaniza + sinangag + itlog)
I am thrilled that I now have a place to come back to for all my favorites. If you're interested in trying Filipino food, give this place a go. It's affordable ($15-20 a dish) and while it's a small restaurant, it's good for small groups where you can all share and try different things. Be warned Filipino cuisine is not known for its vegetables so it might not be a good option for vegetarians.
Shop 1/2-12 Glebe Point Rd