Foodies Magazine March 2016
I GREW UP eating lots of noodles. Of course my favorite was spaghetti. Spaghetti is one of the most beloved foods in the Philippines, especially by kids. No birthday party is complete without it. When you say you want to eat spaghetti, by default it is comes with a tomato based meat sauce, which I equate to a Bolognese. But unlike Italian spaghetti Bolognese, Filipino spaghetti runs on the sweet side because of added sugar and sometimes ketchup. Some recipes include sliced hotdog or Vienna sausage instead of, or in addition to ground beef. I love it. And still do. Of course now, I have my own Bolognese recipe which is on the sour, Italian side. For those of you who are interested, I’ve shared it on page 40.
We also ate lots of pancit or rice noodles. There are a myriad flavors and toppings. My favorite is pancit palabok: rice noodles smothered with a thick, golden sauce flavored with shrimps, crushed pork rind, flaked smoked fish and topped with hard-boiled eggs and freshly chopped spring onions. Just thinking about these noodle dishes is making me hungry.
Now that I live in Indonesia, I have adopted the local noodle dishes as my own. I now also crave bakmi, mie goreng and mie ayam on a regular basis. It doesn’t stop there, I also love ramen and pho. So it was a no-brainer to come up with a Noodle Issue.
Food lore dictates that noodles represent longevity and prosperity, that’s why the Chinese are known to eat noodles on their birthday and that noodles are always served at birthday celebrations. Fitting it seems, as we launch FOODIES. I hope you have an amazing time reading through our maiden issue. I also wish that by the time you finish reading, hunger pangs are in full swing!
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