Lately I've been craving some of my favorite Filipino foods. So this afternoon I marinated some chicken and then put the pieces on skewers and did a good 'ol Pinoy BBQ (meat on a stick is what we called it at our house growing up). On the stove top I had a wok of warm Pancit! It was absolutely delicious. Micah was soooo quiet during supper--too busy to chat since he was stuffing his face. After their baths both boys went back to the table (I hadn't cleaned the kitchen yet) for more!
It all brought back wonderful memories of growing up in Puerto Princess, Palawan, Philippines. Here's a map of the islands. When we lived there it was really "out there". I think there was one stop light... or was that our last year there? I know for sure it took us 7 yrs. to get a phone in our home. Palawan had some of the most beautiful beaches too. It could easily give Hawaii competition! The last I heard it's quite the city now. One of my dreams is to have my whole family go back together and visit all the places we've lived. It may be never happen and then maybe when Nate graduates we'll finally make it :) I still remember some of my friends there. Hope and Vivian. I wonder where they are some days. I think we moved to Baguio when I was 11 yrs. old. Wow... time flies.
So anyway, every Sunday night on the way home from church my parents would stop at the same little guys 'stand' (and I use that term loosely--it was more like a chicken wire over a fire with meat on sticks and a jar of sauce he would brush the meat with--let's not discuss the reality that none of this was sanitary) then home to pancit or rice. Yummm..... good times. A few months ago I found an oriental store by the train station here in Graz that sold Chippy and Silver Swan soy sauce!!!!
Soon my goal is to make Pandesal!!! A warm, soft, yummy roll. I'm not great with breads so this may be a disappointment, but we'll see and I'll let you know when I get to it.
So, to those of you who grew up over there... share your recipes with me! If you have no idea what I'm talking about click here to help you get started on Filipino foods. I've not looked at everything so don't take my word on every little recipe... I did like the explanations the author gave as well. It's been awhile for me and I liked reading about the speciality/reasoning of some of the recipes.
Here are my pics: Before, During and After the cooking.