>> Thursday, 4 June 2009
Pinoy Dinner is a food gathering of all Pinoys and non-Pinoys who love Filipino cooking which happens usually at the end of every month if not the first week. The idea came up when me and Ate Beth were talking about who has the highest work hours for the month of January 2009 . We are, mind you, very obsessed with our work hours because that will ultimately determine our pay slips! (alam ng mga Pinoy ‘to, aminin!)
In short, we, Filipinos, are very very hardworking individuals. =) That's how I put it. =)
So, I came up with the idea that whoever gets the highest hours worked- and of course-it follows- the highest paycheck, he/she will host a “Pinoy Dinner”.
I brought the idea when we were all present. Some questions were raised such as “what if I get to have the highest hours worked for two or three consecutive months? Of course, the answer is simple, then, you will be the host for those months! =) Follow-up question was, isn’t it unfair? Answer: No, you got the highest pay so consider it as sharing your blessings…hehehe. Don’t you want to share your blessings to the less fortunate ones? =P
So, all agreed, at gunpoint! Kidding!
The Criteria are simple.
1. Highest Hours Worked
2. Pinoy Dinner not less than 10GBP (don’t feed us with egg and hotdogs! =P )
3. Schedule it where most of Pinoys are not on duty.
4. No ready meals. (pre-packed) You have to cook at least 1 viand and 1 dessert. (simple!)
5. Of course, Filipino Food or Asian cuisine.
There are 7 of us Filipinos and we all live in one house and we also work in the same company, however, we don’t have much time to sit down and talk to each other because of our conflicting work schedules.
Pinoy Dinner is a perfect opportunity to gather around. We get to enjoy each and everyone, talk about our family, our dreams, our plans, joke about each other, laugh and just bond. We get to know each other more .We always have the company of our non-Filipino friends, Marek (Slovakian) and Babitha (Indian) who have learn to love Filipino cooking and have learned one or two of how “kalog” Filipinos can get!
If my memory serves me right, the first Pinoy Dinner was hosted by Floro, on January 2009. He didn’t however cook the pork adobo himself, but, left me with the ingredients ready and asked me to cook for him. Then he left, leaving me to “host” because he was on graveyard shift. He was the only one absent in his Pinoy Dinner!
Then the next host was Cyde, my sister, then Ate Rose, the ultimate top grosser who hosted two consecutive months!
And then..tantararataaaanannnnnnnnnnnnnnnn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ME!weeeeeee
So what did I cook?
Papaitan and Ginagmay and fruit salad for dessert!!!
For this post, I will share the Papaitan Recipe.
Papaitan/Papait (in Bisaya) is a bitter, spicy and peppery, offal stew- a famous native dish from the Philippines. It is usually made using goat’s tripe and innards or offal (kidneys, heart, liver) and then flavored with bile thus the name “papaitan” from the word “pait”which means bitter.
There are so many versions of Papaitan, but whether it is made of goat, pork, or ox, it always uses the animal’s tripe, innards and of course bile.
I was so excited to have found an Ox Papaitan pack at a Filipino/Indian store downtown. A set consists of tripe, kidney, heart, liver and a small packet of diluted bile. Goldmine! Yahooooo!
My mom, of course, taught me how to cook this one. I called her up before I started cooking and although most Papaitan versions look like stew/soup, our version is less of a soup, but definitely not less of the taste!
Try it for yourself. =)
Caution: For non-Filipinos, a well-trained palate is a must and you must embrace the thought of eating tripe and offal. =)
5 cloves chopped garlic
¼ c chopped garlic
1 c chopped onion
1 c julienne (strips) ginger
2 red hot chillis chopped
1 small sweet red pepper julienne
1 small green bell pepper julienne
Salt and pepper
Spring onions for garnish
Wash ox tripe thoroughly. Cut into strips, add 3 cloves chopped garlic, ¼ c ginger, salt and pepper, 1 cup water and simmer gently until tender adding water as needed.
Halfway thru the process, in a separate pan, combine ox kidney, heart, liver, 2 cloves chopped garlic, 1 cup water, salt and pepper and simmer for 20 minutes. Transfer on a dish. Set aside.
In the same pan, heat 2 tbsp oil over moderate high heat. Sauté onion and garlic until translucent and slightly browned. Then add ginger and hot chillis, sauté for another 3 minutes.
Add cooked innards and tripe including its broth. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Stir occasionally.
Pour in bile little at a time until desired bitterness is achieved. Then simmer for another 3 minutes.
Turn off the heat, add sweet and green bell pepper and cover for 5 minutes while you prepare the table =P.
Garnish with chopped spring onions and serve with rice.
Best paired with a mug of beer! (we didn’t, instead we had ice cold cola! wholesome kami! nyehehehe)