Meet the Philippines’ siopao. It’s a tasty bun that can either be steamed, baked or fried. It literally means “steamed buns”. A famous Chinese-Filipino snack that can be eaten on-the-go and without utensils. It is usually served with a dipping sauce. It comes in flavors like asado or bola-bola (filled with either pork, chicken, beef or salted duck egg). When steamed, it usually has a soft, white dough. When fried, it has a light brown hue and has a slight crunch. Biting into a steamed siopao is quite an experience. Depending on how you like to eat it – either by taking a bite or taking off a piece for that first bite – the siopao is good with or without the dipping sauce.
Steamed Siopao (Php 25 per piece/ Php 65 for 3 pieces) LOCATION: The Park Restaurant, Ground Floor Crown Hotel, Naga City
There are lots of ways to serve and eat a sandwich.
Here is one way. Presenting, the panini! According to Wikipedia, panini is Italian for “small bread”, a sandwich that is usually filled with any kind of deli meat and pressed with a warming grill.
Take a look at this ham and cheese panini – bread sliced diagonally, pressed for those grill marks, filled with ham, cheese, tomato and lettuce. Comes with a serving of french fries. Cost: Php 150.00.
Take a bite into that warm crunchiness!
LOCATION: Red Platter (Cereza, Magsaysay Avenue, Naga City, Philippines. firstname.lastname@example.org/redplatter.ph)
One of the many Bicolano native delicacies is BINU’TONG, usually available either at the marketplace or near a church (specifically at the Penafrancia Shrine). It is made of glutinous rice, coconut cream, some salt and wrapped in banana leaves. “Maliputok and masiramon” (“creamy and delicious”) when cooked, it is perfect paired with either hot choco, coffee or dried fried fish.
The best way to eat binu’tong is by removing the string that ties the banana leaves together, open it to reveal the sticky-rice-drenched-with-coconut-cream, and then sprinkle a bit of sugar on top.
I dont exactly know how to make binu’tong. But I do enjoy eating it.
BINU’TONG, Php 10.00 per piece. Bought outside Penafrancia Shrine
This is about one of my favorite comfort foods on a rainy day – spaghetti. There’s usually a lot of pasta choices in the restos here but for today, it’s spaghetti with garlic bread. This is a savory dish, a bit on the sour-y side but still yummy. The sauce is enough and the two slices of garlic bread complete dish. There is a dash of parsley on top, although the sprinkling of grated cheese seems to be missing. The noodles were cooked al dente. Flavorful and filling! Good for sharing, if you are watching your portions, even if it’s for a solo serving only. Price: reasonable.
SHAKEY’S Solo Spaghetti, Php 180.00
Location: SHAKEY’S, Ground Floor SM-Naga, CBD 2 Triangulo St. Naga City 4400 Philippines
Marhay na aldaw po saindo gabos! Greetings from Naga City, “An Maogmang Lugar”!
First and foremost, I would like to thank my BFF, the REAL Queen of Wishful Shrinking for giving me the chance to post here in her blog. Hope to be able to create note-worthy writeups and create nostalgia with food-adventures from my side of the world.