You know that big shark back in the province? I ATE THAT!

April 7, 2009 · Posted in Food, General · 19 Comments 

One of Rex Navarrete’s funniest comic bits is when he describes his uncle watching Animal Planet and pointing out the fact that the he claimed to have eaten all the animals shown on TV.  Recently, life immitated Rex’s art off the Burias island in central Philippines when a few of our kababayan fishermen accidentally caught a rare megamouth shark… and ate it!

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Credit: Elson Aca – World Wildlife Fund, Philippines

Rare megamouth shark caught, eaten in Philippines – AP, Yahoo!

Here are the beginning sentences of the Wikipedia entry for the Megamouth shark:

The megamouth shark, Megachasma pelagios, is an extremely rare and unusual species of deepwater shark. Discovered in 1976, only a few have ever been seen, with 41 specimens known to have been caught or sighted as of 2009 and three recordings on film.

Yes folks, our fisherman accidentally stumbled upon one of the rarest animals on the planet and instead of seizing the opportunity to advance our understanding of this creature, they decided to make supersized pulutan.  That’s 1,100 pounds of a potentially endangered species served up deep fried with rice, tomatoes, salted egg and San Miguel beer.

I wasn’t there but I can only speculate some of the rationale behind eating the 41st encountered specimen of this shark. 

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This is why we’re hot

February 27, 2009 · Posted in Food, General, Photos · 7 Comments 

Hello Pinoylifers.  I did some shopping at the local Filipino supermarket the other day and I wanted to share this with you.

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Yes folks, chicha-f’n-ron.  Just in case you can’t read those magical ingredients on the front of the bag…

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Mmmm… Pork Back Fat Skin + Salt + MSG = PINOY PRIDE!!!

Have a great Lent.

Anthony Bourdain hails lechon as the BEST PIG EVER!

February 17, 2009 · Posted in Food, General, Links · 38 Comments 

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Anthony Bourdain and his buddies Augusto and Wilbur

Food blogs and Pinoy blogs are going Tony Bourdain crazy after his popular show Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations went to the Philippines.  The show finally aired and I have to say that as a Filipino American, I felt it was superbly done.

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Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations goes to the Philippines

February 10, 2009 · Posted in Food, General, Links · 6 Comments 

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Travel Channel host Anthony Bourdain

Big thanks to Pinoylifer Cire B for sending this one in.

The Travel Channel’s hit show Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations is going to the Philippines!  Finally, in its 5th season, restauranteur/chef/culinary bad ass Anthony Bourdain explores the culture and cuisine of our beloved mother country.  I can’t wait to hear his no-holds-barred commentary on the unique foods of the Philippines.  I wonder if he’ll work in an Apocalypse Now reference. 

Here’s the Travel Channel website’s synopsis of the upcoming episode:

Tony visits the Philippines, the “Land of the Lechon.” He stops in Manila, which is a diverse combination of Spanish and Chinese cultures. Then he heads off to Pampanga to sample some of their rare delicacies.

Set your DVRs kids!

Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations – Philippines
The Travel Channel
Monday, February 16, 2009
10pm Eastern (check your listings as some of you west coasters may get it at 7pm)

Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations – Official Site

Saveur Magazine gets on the Filipino bandwagon

December 9, 2008 · Posted in Food, General, Links · 3 Comments 

Food blogger Arnold Gatilao picked up the latest issue of Saveur magazine and was a bit surprised when he found an article dedicated to the holiday cuisine of Pampanga, Philippines.

Check out his blog at inuyaki.com for the details

The issue even features four Filipino recipes:

Big thanks to Arnold for tracking this one down.