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Wednesday, May 10, 2006

The Humble Philippine Adobo in Saveur Magazine











This celebratory blog entry is admittedly late by one year, almost.
The other day I was at my usual haunt - Booksale - when I chanced upon a rare (relative to the other food mags) copy of Saveur -
(According to their blurb: Saveur is for people who experience the world food first. It was created to satisfy the hunger for genuine information about food in all its contexts. With its emphasis on heritage and tradition, home cooking, and real food, the magazine evokes the flavors of food from around the world (including forgotten pockets of culinary excellence in the United States). It celebrates the culture and environment in which dishes are created and the people who create them. It serves up rich, satisfying stories that are complex, defining, and memorable. Saveur is the definitive culinary and culinary-travel magazine of its generation).
Now the amazing thing about the issue (October 2005) that I had stumbled on was that there was an article,under the label "Classics" on - the 'garlicky, peppery, and tart' Philippine national dish - Adobo .
Written by Amy Besa, the article is entitled "Vinegar Stew" and is only three paragraphs long (Paragraph 1 - Adobo and nostalgia for the home country, Paragraph 2 - Spanish origin of adobo = adobar meaning to marinate, Paragraph 3 - How no two adobo recipes are alike).
The article is such a joy to behold in the gourmet magazine. Theres a recipe box in the corner where, among other things, it is indicated that rice wine or cider vinegar may be substituted for the palm vinegar and then theres a very simple photo of the humble adobo (with a quaint coconut serving spoon) and a small bottle of bagoong alamang in the backdrop.
Well, check this out folks. The Philippine adobo in Saveur Magazine. I dont know about you, but I am thrilled to pieces.

11 Comments:

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Thanks for sharing!

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Blogger Kai said...

Great discovery! Oh, yes, no two adobos are the same. I wonder about that alamang, though?

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