September 10, 2012


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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Photo Credit: www.karenlacanilao.com