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    Bicol Cuisine ala Survivor Philippines

    Cooking the Bicolano food is not complete without the ubiquitous coconut and chili. During the Camarines tour, Tutubi and his friends were again introduced to authentic cuisine of the Bicol region using fresh catch from the sea bought from local fishermen.

    Simple Bicol dishes are made from traditional recipes with the two earlier mentioned key ingredients: coconut milk and chili

    Tutubi, took too long doing something that he wasn't able to take a photo of the coconut being pried open and grated the old-fashined way using a kudkuran (coconut grater). He was only able to capture the on "film" grated coconut being milked

    coconut milktraditional way of milking coconut done on a remote island. notice also kalabasa (squash) being cut into pieces

    coconut milk cookingcoconut milk put into a skillet then brought to a boil

    the victim...err..main ingredient of lunch: a still alive crab with pincers tied together

    coconut milk mixed with crabs, sliced squash, large green chili and other ingredients Tutubi wasn't able to keep tabs on due to his already growling stomach

    adobong pusitnot unique to Bicol but this adobong pusit (squid) is also tempting

    Bicol's most famous dish, Bicol express, whose main flavoring ingredient is bagoong alamang (fermented shrimp), wasn't served that day but laing (taro leaves in coconut milk) was sampled as well as sinantol (grated wild mangosteen in coconut milk with smoked fish, different from Tutubi's favorite sinantol recipe from his hometown using bagoong alamang).

    Thanks to Tutubi's friend from Daet who toured the group, and cooked food for them stranded souls on a remote island in a scene similar to the upcoming Survivor Philippines!

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    Other noteworthy Bicolano dishes include tinumok (taro leaves in coconut cream with chopped river shrimps and strips of young coconut), pinangat (taro leaves in coconut milk with chopped pork or smoked fish), and sinanglay (using roasted grated coconut, with dressing made from coco milk mixed in with vinegar for the blanched sliced puso ng saging (banana heart))

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    posted by backpacking philippines @ 10:45 PM,

    23 Comments:

    At May 19, 2008, 11:32:00 PM, Anonymous orange said...

    oh wow! sarap ng food. kakagutom

     
    At May 20, 2008, 8:12:00 AM, Blogger Photo Cache said...

    yummy post. i have some more leftovers of the laing my nonpinoy husband cooked for me. it was like the ones i take out from pinoy restaurants.

     
    At May 20, 2008, 9:20:00 AM, Blogger carlotta1924 said...

    as always, very tempting. =)

     
    At May 20, 2008, 2:06:00 PM, Blogger pieterbie said...

    I think I'll go and have breakfast now, you're making me really hungry.
    There is a rail strike on here, I've been on the road since 5am and in the offe since 6:30.

     
    At May 20, 2008, 9:28:00 PM, Blogger tutubi philippines said...

    orange, kagutom no? :P

    photo cache, i love laing too...but when i was a child, i don't eat veggies :P

    carlotta, tempting to eat and eat?

    pieterbie, there's also an impending strike here due to the skyrocketing prices of diesel ang gasoline/petrol. add to that the high prices of rice :(

     
    At May 20, 2008, 10:55:00 PM, Anonymous wena said...

    kagutom! kaya lang bakit meron extra dun? hehehe ... for me the best ang "tinumok", hope next time you visited cam. norte, we should be able to try it. Thanks for visiting camarines norte!

     
    At May 21, 2008, 2:43:00 AM, Anonymous RennyBA said...

    You know I love see food, but this cooking is very different from the Norwegian kitchen - thanks for sharing as it is very tempting!

     
    At May 21, 2008, 7:17:00 AM, Anonymous bw said...

    Nagutom tuloy ako sa pics mo bro :)

    I love anything with coconut milk. Bicol express is also a to die for dish except that I need a cup of ice cream afterwards hehe :)

     
    At May 22, 2008, 8:20:00 AM, Blogger Belen said...

    di po ba Laing na maanghang ang specialty nila ? masarap yun.

     
    At May 22, 2008, 8:41:00 AM, Blogger Belen said...

    d po ba maanghang na laing ang masarap dyan. pahingi po.

     
    At May 22, 2008, 9:49:00 AM, Blogger Belen said...

    pinoy na pinoy talaga. hmmm...ang sarap!

     
    At May 22, 2008, 7:11:00 PM, Blogger Lawstude said...

    Bigla ako nagutom. sarap ng maanghang sa gata. yummy.

     
    At May 22, 2008, 10:07:00 PM, Blogger Belen said...

    ang sarap naman. pinoy na pinoy.

     
    At May 23, 2008, 10:32:00 AM, Anonymous tina said...

    yumm! i loove anything with coconut milk. *gata* *gata* *gata*

     
    At May 23, 2008, 4:21:00 PM, Blogger bianca said...

    yum ! i wonder if you have the recipe? = )

     
    At May 23, 2008, 4:51:00 PM, Anonymous acey said...

    that crab looks delicious!

     
    At May 23, 2008, 8:04:00 PM, Blogger kyels said...

    I tasted Laing and I absolutely loved it! I wish I could have some Filipino dish now ... Haay.

     
    At May 24, 2008, 8:22:00 AM, Blogger Jane said...

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    At May 24, 2008, 12:22:00 PM, Blogger tutubi philippines said...

    wena, sarap,di ba?may extra ba? :P

    rennyBa, very different. no coconuts there in your part of he world :)

    bw, i also love ice cream

    nanay belen, it seems you posted too many comments thinking your comment didn't get through. All comments here are moderated that's why it won't be published until I approved them

    lawstude, sarap nga nun. kulang ang gata pag wala sili

    tina, isa ka pa mahilig sa gata :P

    bianca, i'll ask for the recipe but it's basically stated here how to cook dishes with coconut milk the bicolano way

    acey, model muna sya bago murder :P

    kyels, it's easy to cook laing. it's taro leaves. when you return to Manila or anywhere in the Philippines you can again sample it

    jane, i already did. a few months back :P

     
    At May 26, 2008, 6:17:00 AM, Blogger Andy said...

    Im going that way on my RTW trip! Cant wait!

     
    At May 27, 2008, 1:58:00 AM, Blogger dave (",) said...

    Ha! I know how to use the kudkuran!

    That's exactly how my mother would cook the crab. You got the ingredients right more or less. Though I'm not sure if the critter is strictly a crab. We call it alimango.

    As for the recipes and my additional comments, you may want to check this entry.

     
    At May 27, 2008, 11:13:00 AM, Anonymous Belle said...

    tutubi, i am from bikol so i am familiar with this type of cooking. actually, when i go home, i always hop on the kudkuran to make sure i still know how to use it and i still do.

    crabs cooked in gata with sili is one of my favorite bikol dishes. it tastes heavenly! i can't wait to get home.

     
    At May 27, 2008, 9:09:00 PM, Blogger tutubi philippines said...

    andy, nice place and great food. enjoy!

    dave, i also used to use the kudkuran when i was a child. we have one at home. i also love hot and spicy food

    belles, will take a picture of the kudkuran at home. we have one. yum!

     

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