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Filipino cuisine tips, 1 of 2

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Categories: Fillipino, Tips, Dennis, Sauces

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MR> Got your recipes and most of them look great (though I think I may pass MR> on the Pork Livers in Pigs Blood, I'm trying to cut down, but I am glad MR> that it is there), a great blend of exotic and easy to prepare. Thanks MR> for sharing them with me. Most people pass on the pigs blood. Try it sometime though. If your palate is onto the more exotic forms of cuisine, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised. MR> I have already formatted your recipes into Meal-Master format, but MR> before I post them onto the Cooking Echo, I would like to impose on you MR> a little bit more for some clarification about ingredients and some MR> background on Filipino cuisine. I also intend to post the entire MR> collection as a file on your board and the Salata board. After I do MR> that, it should take on a life of its own and propagate itself MR> throughout cyber space. Great. I'll try to clarify as much as I can. MR> What is bagoong, and how is it prepared? Bagoong is a salty mixture made from shrimp. It's packaged in 1/2 pint jars and sold in the refrigerated foods section in oriental stores. It's also an easily available import from the Philippines item these days. Unfortunately, I do not know of any substitutes. MR> What is patis (fish sauce? Is it like Vietnamese fish sauce? Patis and Vietnamese fish sauce are one and the same. It's a brine made with fish ingredients. If unavailable, salt can be used as a substitute for the brine component. MR> Is rice or bagoong the traditional side dishes for all of the recipes MR> or are there other side dishes that you recommend. Some tidbits about the Filipino table: 1. Rice is always served with the meal. One of the healthy aspects of the Filipino diet is that rice makes up the bulk of the meal while the meat dish is used as a flavor enhancement. You can see how this combination naturally fulfills the heart and cholesterol meal plans. 2. One of my favorite side dishes to go along with a Filipino meal is actually the simplest of fare. The ingredients are: Tomatoes 2-3 Medium, sliced or diced Onion 1/2 Medium, chopped Cilantro a little for flavor and color Patis 3-4 Tablespoons Vinegar 2-3 Tablespoons Mix the whole mess in a bowl and serve alongside rice and the main dish. 3. It's not unusual for a typical Filipino meal to have several main dishes served together at one sitting. That's much the same as a Chinese table where a variety of courses help to spread the palate around. MR> In Pasiw Na Isda you recommend in dir. #1 "...add all other MR> ingredients", should it be "...add all other ingredients except bitter MR> melon and eggplant". You are correct. (continued in part 2)