Saturday, January 7, 2012

Snack-time at Kuya Ed

A couple days ago Janlie and I went to Kuya Ed for a "snack." A snack in the Philippines means another meal as you will be able to see from the pictures below. Kuya is tagalog for "older brother" and is used as a term of respect when addressing men that are older than you. Kuya Ed is an all you-can-eat buffet style restaurant. This includes an all you-can-eat snack time as well for only 69 pesos or $1.57. 

Here is what we had for our snack....

Pinoy Spaghetti
A typical spaghetti with a sweeter sauce.

Binignit is a vegetable stew from the Visayas region in the Philippines. The dish is traditionally made by Cebuanos with slices of saba (a type of banana), taro, sweet potato. The people in the neighboring island Leyte, usually include landang (palm flour jelly balls), langka (jackfruit), anise and thickened with milledglutinous rice in cooking binignit. The vegetables along with pearl sago is cooked in a mixture of water, coconut milk and the local landang and sweetened by muscovado or brown sugar.

Dinuguan (also called dinardaraan in Ilocano, tid-tad in Pampanga, sinugaok in Batangas, rugodugo in Waray, and sampayna or champayna in Northern Mindanao. Possible English translations include pork blood stew, blood pudding stew, and chocolate meat) is a Filipino savory stew of meat and/or offal (typically lungs, kidneys, intestines, ears, heart and snout) simmered in a rich, spicy dark gravy of pig blood, garlic, chili (most often siling mahaba), and vinegar. The term dinuguan comes from the Filipino word dugo meaning "blood".

*I did not eat this and will not*

Pansit Lug-log
Pansit Luglog is another popular Pinoy noodle dish. It is made up of rice noodles blanch in boiling water and topped with a shrimp sauce called palabok, made up of shrimp sauce that is flavoured with annatto, which also gives a bright orange tint. It is then topped with the paalat, a sautéed mixture of garlic, ground pork and diced firm tofu. For added flavour and visual appeal it is garnished with smoked fish flakes, crushed pork cracklings, shrimps, boiled egg wedges, fried garlic and chopped spring onions. And served with kalamansi.


Halo-halo (from Tagalog word halò, "mix") is a popular Filipino dessert that is a mixture of shaved ice and evaporated milk to which are added various boiled sweet beans and fruits, and served in a tall glass or bowl. Ingredients include boiled kidney beans, garbanzos, sugar palm fruit (kaong), coconut sport (macapuno), and plantains caramelized in sugar, jackfruit (langkâ), gulaman, tapioca or sago, nata de coco, sweet potato (kamote), pounded crushed young rice (pinipig). In terms of arrangement, most of the ingredients (fruits, beans, and other sweets) are first placed inside the tall glass, followed by the shaved ice. This is then sprinkled with sugar, and topped with either (or a combination of) leche flan, purple yam (ube halaya), or ice cream. Evaporated milk is poured into the mixture upon serving.

Puto is Philippine steamed rice cake, eaten as is or with butter and/or grated fresh coconut or as accompaniment to a number of savory dishes.



From left to right: Spaghetti, Dinuguan (Pork Blood Stew),  Binigit. 


Lug-log with sauce.

All done! :D 
All of this for only 69 pesos or $1.57.

1 comment:

  1. The blood pudding reminds me of Ireland where we knew what "blood pudding" was but at one point asked what the "white" part is in "black and white pudding". We were told it was best we didn't know! Jeff is pretty adventurous and took a bite of the blood pudding, but on being offered same at another place, he put his napkin over top of it!