When in Manila and tired of preparing your same old Pinoy “ulam” recipes at home, you may opt to give it a little bit of twist like what these 4 talented Pinoy home cooks did during the semi-finals in the search for the BEST PINOY STREET FOOD 2014 by SM Hypermarket.
Last week, I was fortunate to join the SM Hypermarket team along with fellow bloggers and culinary experts in visiting the semi-finalists in the search for the BEST PINOY STREET FOOD 2014. For 2 full days, we traveled around the metro and even went all the way to Pampanga and Bulacan to see their actual food stalls and get to taste their very own special recipes. And out of over 10 dishes I tasted, there were 4 out-of-the-ordinary dishes which really caught my attention. And so, for this week, allow me to introduce to you 4 classic recipes made even more special by our very own Pinoy home cooks.
1. “Pancit Chicken BBQ” by Wendel Jay Melo from Valenzuela City
After marinating his chicken, Wendel used his BBQ sauce marinade to cook his pancit canton and bihon.
After the noodles have absorbed the BBQ sauce, he then topped it with BBQ Chicken Wings and served with fried tofu on the side.
2. “Amazing Sisig” by Harrison Arcilla from Mabalacat, Pampanga
I have such high respects for Kapampangan’s because of their God-given culinary skills!
Semi-finalist Harrison Arcilla is not only a talented cook but also highly innovative with his dishes.
As for his AMAZING SISIG, he added a twist by including pineapple bits and topping it with creamy mashed potatoes.
It reminded me of the classic Irish Shepherd’s Pie. Amazing concept and amazingly delicious! Very promising! Pwede!!!
3. “Sinidobo” by Mark Loresca from Alabang, Muntinlupa
I really thought Mark was just gonna serve the usual Adobo……
until he said it was his very own Adobo with a twist…. hmmmmmm
looking at the photo, you may think this is just an ordinary Adobo recipe with egg, but it’s actually a cross between
SINIGANG and ADOBO!!! WTF!!!! (pwede pala yun?!!)
Of course, I was very (very very 100x) skeptical at first, but I instantly fell in-love with it as soon as it landed on my taste buds.
The secret? Instead of adding a lot of vinegar, he used Sinigang mix for a more fruity tangy taste which we don’t get from ordinary vinegar.
Mark calls it SINIDOBO, but for me, I’d like to call it – ADOBO ng MUNTINLUPA!
I got two (2) words for this dish: LIFE CHANGING!
4. “Coco Sisig Kineme” by Hercules Umali from Bago Bantay, Quezon City
I’ve tasted a lot of types of Sisig before…… from the classic saucy Kapampangan style, crispy bagnet, bangus, chicken, tuna, lengua…. (blah blah blah and the list goes on) but this was my 1st ever time to try something like this.
Herks’ Coco Sisig Kineme is sisig with coconut milk and hotdog bits!
Before tasting it, I thought those red bits were red chilies, but later on I realized they were tender juicy hotdog bits! Yeah our childhood favorite “Hotdog na Pula” on a sizzling plate of sisig! BOOM! SPOT ON!
The dish was like Bicol Express meets Pampanga’s Sisig! Bravo! Expect a party in your mouth!
Now why didn’t we think of that before???!!
The Coco Sisig Kineme is available ala carte for P150 and only P75 with rice and egg in his humble eatery called STARBAKS located along Bukidnon St., Bago Bantay QC (near Sto. Nino Parish church).
I have such high regard for seasoned and established chefs which I get to meet during my travels but now, I realized that we also have a lot of equally talented and passionate home cooks that deserve much applause and recognition. I would like to personally thank SM Hypermarket for helping me rekindle my romance with Pinoy street food and for organizing this wonderful event to support and highlight our local culinary talents. Tasting these 4 fantastic dishes were truly life changing for me and I can’t wait to try them at home! You should try them too!!
The Best Pinoy Street Food Grand Finals will be held at SM Hypermarket Cubao on November 28 and will gather food business owners, street cooks, and food fans in a day filled with prizes, freebies, and a flurry of great Pinoy street food. Kita kits!!