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Cuisines from around the world: Sweet and sour dishes from the Philippines

Wednesday August 15, 2018

With a punchy combination of sweet, salty and sour flavours, we expect dishes from the Philippines to make a big splash on restaurant menus in 2018. According to Bloomberg, Google searches for “Filipino food” have doubled in the last five years, and the Telegraph acknowledged Filipino food as one of the hottest food trends in London in 2018.

Filipino food is a beautiful fusion of flavours influenced by their neighbouring Asian countries, Spanish and American colonial rulers from the past, as well as different ethnic and religious groups like Buddhists and Hindus.

Popular Filipino dishes include lumpia (Filipino spring roll), sisig (Pork hash made with pork head and liver), longganisa (Filipino-style sausage), and kare-kare (Filipino stew in thick peanut sauce). One particular dish that is set to be at the forefront of the Filipino food trend is adobo.

Adobo is a marinated meat dish which is commonly made with chicken and pork, however, most recently we have seen varieties made with beef, goat, lamb, and seafood as well. The meat is marinated in a mixture of vinegar, garlic, soy sauce, paprika, salt, and pepper, and then left overnight. Once marinated the meat is cooked then served with rice and a boiled egg to balance the intensity of flavours.

The term adobo is derived from the Spanish word adobar, meaning to marinate. The practice of marinating meat in this particular mixture was common to Spanish cooking. Spanish colonists gave the name “adobo” to the cooking method indigenous to the Philippines, as their marinades were so similar. Today, Spanish adobo typically refers to the sauce, intensely flavoured and red (due to the paprika), and containing chipotle chilis that have been stewed in the basic adobo marinade mixture.

In London, you can try Filipino food at the award-winning Romulo Café (Kensington High Street, London). Romulo Café describe themselves as the ‘perfect spot to savour the very best of Philippine-inspired cuisine in London’. The restaurant serves a variety of dishes, which include: pansit guisado (pan fried noodles), sinigang (pork stew), ginataang lanka (jackfruit and coconut stew) and their most famous dish adobo ‘romulo style’ (a twist on the classic adobo).

For catering operators looking to serve Filipino food for customers to take away (or to be delivered) then practical packaging options are a must. Luckily, Bunzl Catering Supplies deliver an abundance of packaging options; from plastic plates and bowls to foil containers and paperboard boxes, with and without lids.

A packaging solution that is ideal for serving adobo is COOKIPACK from our supplier Sharpak. COOKIPACK is a lightweight plastic container that is microwavable, oven safe, leak-proof and offers excellent visibility. COOKIPACK is available in five sizes (400ml, 600ml, 800ml, 1000ml and 1250ml).

Another great option is SmartServ containers from our supplier Fold-Pack. With a rounded base, square top, and unique latching system, SmartServ carry-out containers are one of a kind. The cup-like structure can be used for many different foods – it’s functional, made from sustainable natural resources and cost effective too. SmartServ is available in white, in 3 sizes; 16oz, 26oz and 32oz, and can be custom printed with your own logo and design.

To find out more about our Filipino food packaging options, please take a look at our food packaging e-brochure or contact Bunzl Catering Supplies today.

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