When you are away from your birthplace and you miss home, there is not much you can do about it. Philippines is on the other side of the globe and I can only visit every two years. Going there takes a lot of preparation and good savings in order to avail the said vacation.
What I can do to ease the homesickness a little bit is cook foods and somehow think that I am in the Philippines while munching on the Filipino foods I love.
We call it, ” comfort foods” for it is with this foods we satisfy our cravings and fill our stomachs. Here are a few dishes and delicacies I can very well cook at home and feed my family with awesome goodness Filipino comfort foods.
Chopsuey, a Filipino dish that comprise of mainly vegetables, some cut up meat either pork, liver and or chicken. It is such a palatable dish that everybody can enjoy, of course this dish won’t be complete without quail eggs ( missing in the picture, I did not have it available when I cooked this food), young corn and a little bit of corn starch to thicken the sauce.
Lumpia or eggroll. You can use any kind of shredded vegetables, ground pork, chicken or beef, seasonings and bell pepper. If you are vegan, you can replace the meat with tofu and enjoy the same taste eggrolls supposed to taste. The one on the right is what we call “suman malagkit” or glutinous rice cooked with coconut milk,white sugar, ginger and a pinch of salt to make it and wrap in banana leaves, steam for 45 minutes as the final step to cook the rice some more. It is a delicacy almost all Filipinos love and commonly prepared during special occasions because of the extensive labor this requires.
We can also make “suman cassava” by using grated yucca root instead of glutinous rice. It is a labor of love and therefore, should be eaten slow and enjoyed every bite in order to savor this delicious comfort food.
Pork or calf liver is known for its chewy texture and this is what my mother used to give me growing up when I looked pale. She’d give it to me half grilled and when you slice it, you can see the blood dripping onto the plate.
It is rich in iron and known to help people with iron deficiency.