Pinoy Favorites! Sugba Tinola Kinilaw!

Filipino cuisine can be very basic, subtle, or it can be over the top, complex. Sweet, salty, sour, spicy, creamy, dry, the selection is as vast as the number of islands (7,101) and the regional cuisine that boasts of an array of tastes.

image
Tuna and scallops, grilling over an open flame and hot coals!

The most basic of the cooking method is subga (grilled), often using salt, pepper, soy sauce, tuba (palm vinegar) as the most basic marinade and in some cases, just salt and pepper.

image
Shredded crab meat with vegetables, mixed with egg, stuffed in the crab shell and fried to a crisp

Kinilaw is another method, more often known as ceviche in other cuisine which involves the curing of raw or partially cooked meats with vinegar and mixed with onions, tomatoes, garlic, salt and pepper. Regional variants include the use of ginger, fish sauce and coconut milk. Regardless of the  method, what is critical is the use of fresh ingredients and meats (aka frozen fish is a no no)

image
Boiled slivers of pork then fried to a crisp, perfect as an appetizer!

The last of the trio is a basic clear soup or tinola, usually mixed with malunggay or moringa leaves, chili, young papaya and native chicken or just tons and tons of onions, tomatoes and balimbing as a souring agent for the basic fish tinola and seasoned with salt, pepper, fish sauce. For an added zing, some use green chili called espada to give it a flavor kick.

So there, sugba, tinola and kinilaw. And in cebu, a famous joint for this fare is STK ta Bai located in a hidden street somewhere midtown of cebu city. Google it if you are so inclined 🙂

image
Pinakbet, fresh vegetables stewed in shrimp paste sauce
image
ceviche of grilled pork and fresh tuna cubes in vinegar and coconut milk

image

image

image
Tuna jaw, or panga is a choice section due to the soft and luscious texture of the meat
Advertisements

4 thoughts on “Pinoy Favorites! Sugba Tinola Kinilaw!

Pandas Love Notes from You!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s