Pinoy Delis with Upper East Side Panache

Interesting conversations usually sprout out of yosi breaks at work. Earlier today, we had a few laughs as we glamorized some staple Filipino delis and gave it a gourmet twist. And this all started with them (my colleagues) mocking me at how I usually call JolliJeep (a make-shift food stand ubiquitous in Makati Business District; term derived from Jollibee, a famous fastfood chain in the country) a stand-alone cafeteria. Of course, I only call it that way in the context of "pag-iinarte" (feigning cheerleader/queenbee prattles) So please, don't raise your eyebrows just yet!

Here are some of the Pinoy staples we have baptized with an "Upper-East Side" nomenclature.

First Servings:

Tokneneng - L'Orange Quail Eggs in Balsamic Vinaigrette Sauce

Adidas - Jerk Chicken Claws (also in Balsamic Vinaigrette Sauce)

Lugaw - Snow Rice Porridge

Lumpiang Gulay (Hubad) - Asian Spring Veggies in Sweet & Sour Ganache

Paksiw - Sauerkraut Soup

Pinakbet - Mixed Gourd Bordelaise

Turon - Caramel-Glazed Plantain Lady Fingers

Ice Candy - Fruit-Burst Sorbet Canes

Buchi - Sesame Bean Truffles

Isaw - Gizzard Skewers and Yakitori

Palitaw - Rice Patty with Aloha Sprinkles

Biko - Coco Fudge Rice Cake  

Would it taste differently given its gourmet pretense? Maybe. The power of suggestion can be compelling!

I'd love to hear your sosyal version of our delis. Com'on, this can be fun!  


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vanishiwa said…
hahaha! winner!
Karlie Bradshaw said…
@Vanishiwa Happy, di ba?!
ninin said…
this is so kharlo. i lurve it!

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