Saturday, April 21, 2012
Today my husband and I did a ride that raised funds for schools in the Philippines. We opted for the metric century 65 miles. Four hours later we were excited to be enjoying the lunch that was provided to us. I have never had Filipino food before and we were both introduced to food neither one of us had before. Filipino food is quite different than other Asian foods. They do use a hot sauce however it is not spicy. We were treated to vegetables with quail eggs, roasted pig-yes the whole pig had been roasted and was being cut off the bone, chicken, noodles, and a variety of soups. One soup was a rice porridge with chicken that is a traditional dish when you are ill. I loved it-very filling and perfect for replenishing the carbs. The other soup was a dessert soup. Yes there were also baked desserts. This is probably the best post ride lunch we have ever received. Ginataang Halo-Halo literally means “done with coconut milk”. Meaning that any food cooked in coconut milk can be described as Ginataan. If you like coconut milk this is the soup for you. The ingredients needed for this dessert are: one cup of glutininous rice (sweet rice) flour six saba, sliced three cups of coconut milk cup of water 100 g cooked sago pearls one camote (sweet potato), cubed half cup of white sugar one gabi (taro root), cubed The procedure to prepare this dessert is: Mix the rice flour and the water together and blend them well using hands until it gets soft and dough like Make them into small balls and place them aside. Put the coconut milk in a pan, add some sugar and bring it to a boil. Next add the sliced saba, sago, camote gabi and flour balls. let the mix simmer on a reduced heat for another 15 minutes until the whole mixture is properly cooked. When finished place it in a bowl and serve it warm. This is my contribution to Beth Fish Reads, Weekend Cooking.