Chef pulls rag: PH cuisine ‘worst in Asia’…but wait 

Before we go calling for another boycott or persona non grata declaration on the Malaysian chef that pulled the rag from under us on the CNN online poll of world’s best dishes, let’s find Master Shifu’s inner peace in figures pointing to Asia’s “most connected” countries. (Read: Report: Malaysian chef says PH cuisine ‘worst in…

Cardiac delights at Dumaguete’s ‘kabayoan’

No, it’s not a horse race track. Neither is it a literary depiction of something R-18. It has horses though — only that here, you eat them. Seriously. Kabayoan is an eatery or a carinderia in Dumaguete. It has likely taken its name from its dish that people eat out of bravado or sheer curiosity:…

(Video) How to cook ‘tortang puso sa saging’

I did a project in 2011 for the Asian University Digital Resource Network. That project involved digital tagging of traditional Filipino food ingredients that are easily grown in the backyard and the documentation of the cooking process of known Filipino dishes. Apart from availability, the project sought to establish the influence of family tradition (how…

Don Atilano’s Wakagi Bento

There are only a few restaurants in Dumaguete that offer Japanese food. One of them is Don Atilano. This restaurant is more popular for its steaks. A few years ago, it dedicated almost half of its place as a fully Japanese restaurant, which they called Wakagi. But it didn’t take long before they reverted the…

Silliman Caf’s Homemade Burger

It’s not gourmet. Not quite fast-food. At one look, it may not even appeal quite so well. But it tastes damn…hmm…filling. Believe it or not, the Silliman Cafeteria serves a good burger. Of course, you just have to wipe off high expectations born of high social stratum. I’m not really a burger person. I could…

La Chalet’s nasi goreng: a pleasant discovery

Nasi goreng is Indonesian fried rice. It actually literally means “fried rice”. The first time I tasted it was in Indonesia, at one of the food stalls along the road. The idea of eating it alone from a street vendor was somehow a unique experience as many of the reviews that you would come across…