A simple but very delicious adobo lies in the process, freshness of ingredients and its regional twists as well. Each region has their own version so I might as well try experiment my own. This time I want to make it spicy and a little sweet at the same time.
Finally a spicy adobo recipe with a twist! I think it is a common knowledge that adobo in the Philippines is considered as the national dish of the country.
Sugar is usually added to any adobo dish to balance the saltiness of the dish. A lot would use pineapple as substitute, caramelising pineapple first before adding the meat and the rest of the vegetables. In my experience the dish become sour if you add it raw. That’s why I wanted to try use a jam instead and luckily it worked! Its sweet and the fruity flavour is there but not sour at all.
To make pineapple jam is easy, all you need is 1 cup pineapple, 2 cups brown sugar, 1 cup water and a squeeze of lemon. Cook until pineapple is soft and the entire mixture is thick.
Birds Eye Chillies 8 pieces, 2 potatoes, 1 large carrots, onion, garlic, ginger, pineapple jam, soy sauce, cane vinegar, bay leaves, black pepper, one whole chicken into chunks and seasoning. Best thing to do is always marinate the meat overnight or more. Enjoy!
The last time I visited the Big Apple, I had the the best food adventure, I explored the city from North to South, cycle from West to East Manhattan just to find all these lovely places to eat. The best thing about living in the city is that it’s so easy to find places to eat, from exclusive restaurants to affordable bites, endless options right around the corner.
These are a few places I think has the best food to offer!
Bagels at Best Bagels and Coffee
This place was by far the best Bagel I have had in New York! And what is the best next thing to bagel? hazelnut coffee!! As you can see the place was completely packed! People would literally crowd the place even before it opens everyday I was there everyday too!).
Patiala Indian Grill For dinner, my boyfriend and I found this really cozy Indian restaurant down at 38th street. It was small with only 20 sitting but the food was really not too bad. We had amazing lamb biryani and chicken tikka masala. Plus a really nice mango lassi on the house!
Pizza at Little Italy
The following day we head down to lower Manhattan for another food adventure! I’ve always heard that pizza in New York is the best so we went to Little Italy for a real authentic Italian Pizza and it was indeed very delicious.
Ice cream in Chinatown
People usually come here for the culture and the food as well. As for me, I found this cute little Ice cream shop in the middle town, as I was craving for exotic flavoured Ice cream and bubble tea. The beautiful street arts and a lot more are an extra bonus.
We had sushi and amazing Japanese lemongrass soup one rainy night after visiting Brooklyn. This place is located at Wall street in lower Manhattan, but I believe it has outlets all over the city, you just have to find the nearest location and of course the best place as well. The sushi were impressive! I am a big fan of Japanese food, I can eat it anytime.
Taiyaki NYC offers soft-serve Ice cream with taiyaki cones. This place is known for their fish- shaped Japanese waffle that is chewy inside & crispy on the outside. Filled with custard, chocolate or serve as a plain waffle cone. More Ice cream, I know!
Chelsea Market- next is an enclosed food court located in Chelsea neighbourhood. Make sure to stop by and experience the really cool industrial vibe of the place as well as their local food.
Il Mullino New York
Had dinner at Il Mullino’s main branch in New York but it was a little disappointing. The place is great, the service was amazing but they lack on food. The food they serve was somehow plain and quite pricy for its quality. But It was still fun to try.
Just very recently I travelled to Banaue and ended up in Batad. Batad is a Unesco world heritage listed village in Ifugao, Philippines. To get there is a pain, but once you reached the place you’ll see why its worth the long and winding journey.
The beautiful pristine village of Batad nestled in between the carved mountains of well-irrigated rice paddies, rice paddies built by the indigenous people of Ifugao, Philippines. The man-made, and I shall say “très magnifique” masterpiece is said to date back to 6000 years ago. Because of its beauty, Batad or the town of Banaue, in general, is one of the many top tourist destinations in the Philippines.
Leaving the unbearable heat of Manila at 1am, it took 8 hours drive to get to Banaue, Ifugao. Banaue is a municipality in the province of Ifugao and Batad is one of the many small villages of Banaue.
These little villages or barangays as we call it in the Philippines, are built around the mountain which makes it tricky to reach by any vehicle. On foot is the way to go to get to Batad. We drove up to the end of the not so well paved road from Banaue town, we were able to park the car at a makeshift carpark, and it was about half an hour walk from the end of the paved road to Batad village.
Immediately you will be surrounded by rice paddies, even walk among, along with it at its greenest. As we visited towards the end of September, it was rainy but that did not stop the adventure. A local served as our tour guide, tipped him a small amount for helping us with our bags all the way down to our accommodation for the night.
We spent the night at the village, we rented a room at one of the local mini-hotels in the area. They have breakfast to dinner menu or à la carte. It was good but the only thing that surprised me is they did not have a lot of local dishes to choose from. Actually, the menu was all pasta and meat. Probably to cater to foreigners as they did have 5 international guests the same time we’re there.
Apart from Chicken Tinola, Ssauteed Vvegetables, I also tried Chicken Adobo with white rice, the dishes are very commercialised for being a staple. Adobo is actually known as the main dish of the Philippines, anywhere in the world, a Filipino will always cook adobo with pride, love and care. It is a real culinary treat, a comfort food of a typical Filipino home and it must be promoted along with the other Filipino dishes.
The images above are some of the many pictures I have captured during the trip. The top photo is moi holding a dirty ice cream. The reason behind why it is called dirty ice cream is maybe because of the unsanitary process of making it. Dirty ice creams are mainly homemade by its vendor and not factory made. Ice cream vendors would then come around on colourful mini bicycles or decorated carts, selling ice cream. It’s a local treat come in different flavours, most Filipino grew up with this ice cream as it is without a doubt a dirty treat indeed!
The last few photos are our morning view the following day while sipping a cup of coffee, we had this picturesque view behind us. We head back to pick up the car, spend a little time at the public market and got some local bread ready for another long drive to our next destination….. Vigan, Ilocos Sur. To sum up this trip, It was definitely a very different adventure, perfect for people who love landscape and to experience a bit of rural life. Part II of this trip will be up soon 🙂