Zamboanga Z-Food Recipes: A Collection of Favorite Filipino Foods
(A local Chavacano name given to this sea crab species that is uniquely found in the waters around Zamboanga, and no where else in the world. It is popularly described as a highbred crustacean, with crossbreed characteristics of a large sea crab and the big spiny lobster. Thus, it is unusually large [reddish-pink in color] for a hybrid crab and quite meaty, and oh so delicious! A special Zamboanga City treat.)
***If you care to add a touch of local flavor to it, mix in some lemongrass and about 3-5 cups of coconut milk to sauce, and boil until done. Sauce topping could be enhanced with ginger, grated coconut meat, sea salt, pepper, red chilis, and choice vegetables.
Ensalada de Latu (seaweed salad)
1 kilo latu (seaweed)
2 medium tomatoes, cut into wedges
1 medium onion, sliced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon vinegar
½ tsp. sea salt
½ tsp. ground black pepper
Wash the seaweed and discard the roots and wilted parts. Arrange latu in a salad bowl and garnish with tomato and onion.
Mix together the olive oil, vinegar, sea salt, fresh-squeezed calamansi juice, and pepper, then pour generously over the seaweed.
Serving note: If desired, top salad with red chili pepper or toasted coconut meat.
Chicken or Pork Adobo
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(Alternate flavoring: flavor with a small piece of cinnamon stick - remove after cooking).
Zamboanga Moresqueta Frito
A. 2-3 cups long-grained rice cooked separately in rice cooker or pot (for steamed rice).
B. ½ kg. (or 1 lb.) pork cut into small chunks, 2-3 chorizo sausage sliced thinly, 1 sliced white onion, 1 bundle (or ½ cup) green onions cut about 1” length, 3-4 cloves crushed garlic, 1 big peeled & diagonally-cut carrot, ½ cup shredded young coconut meat (butung) or similar, 2 tbspn. diced ginger, ¼ - ½ cup peanuts or mixed nuts, ¼ cup coconut or sugar
cane vinegar, 4 tablespoons soy sauce, 1 tspn. black pepper, 2 squeezed ripe calamansi or ½ lemon, 1 bay leaf, 3 chopped oregano leaves, 2 eggs – beaten, and 3-4 tbspn. cooking oil.
For spicy-hot (caliente) alternative: add 2-3 diced red chili peppers or 1-2 tspn. chili/cayenne pepper powder, 1 more tspn. black pepper, and/or your choice of hot sauce.
Brown pork and chorizo first with cooking oil in medium-high heat and add the crushed garlic and peanuts/mixed nuts midway; then add the white and green onions, carrot, ginger, and stir for about 1 minute; add vinegar to marinade and stir until it’s absorbed and evaporated; then add coconut meat (butung), black pepper, bay leaf, oregano, squeezed juice of calamansi or lemon, and soy sauce; stir in and cover with lid for about 1 minute, allowing steam to cook and tenderize (at this point, you can add the caliente ingredients for a spicy-hot alternative); then add eggs in, scramble and mix with rest of ingredients (at any time, you can add some oil and vinegar as needed if it starts to dry up); finally, add the steamed rice and mix in thoroughly.
Serve with: Your main course, or eat as is. SM beer to cool the spice and quench your thirst.
Caramelize 3/4 cup sugar in pan. In a separate bowl beat six eggs until lemon colored. Add 3/4 cup sugar, 1 quart milk (whole), and 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla. Mix thoroughly. Pour mixture into pan (on top of the caramelized sugar). Bake at 325 degrees 1 hour (or longer) until knife inserted in flan comes out clean. This is the real stuff, smooth and light.
(Serving for six): 3 whole eggs; 3 egg yolks; a bit of grated lemon rind; 6 tbspn sugar; 2.5 cups milk.
CARAMELIZED SUGAR: 10 tbspn sugar & 5 tbspn water: Heat sugar and water in small skillet over moderate flame, Stir constantly. When the sugar is golden brown remove and pour in six oven proof cups.
Custard (flan): Beat whole eggs and yolks together, lightly. Add lemon rind sugar & milk. Pour into caramelized cups and place cups in a pan of hot water (without letting the water in the cups). Cook on the stove for an hour, medium flame. Transfer to 350° F oven and cook for another 25 min. A knife inserted in the custard must come out clean. Remove cups from the water, cool and the refrigerate. To serve, loosen custard with a knife and invert cup to a little dish.
I kilo galungung or yellow fin tuna fish - Fresh fish - Canned or frozen will make the kilawin slimy and soft.
1 cup Vinegar
1/2 cup of calamansi juice ( lemon or lime will substitute)
5 tablespoons of ginger
I medium onion (orange size)
1 bulb of garlic
Hot chili Pepper (labuyo) to taste. Heat of pepper varies with the type.
Salt to taste
** Clean fish, remove heads fins and tails. Wash fish with 1/2 cup of vinegar. Discard vinegar and drain fish.
Cut fish into small 1" pieces. Mince ginger, onion, garlic, and chili pepper fine.
Mix all ingredients together. Let marinate for at least two hours or longer. The longer the better.
Serve with crackers or the way you like it.
Courtesy: Lori Maletsky - firstname.lastname@example.org
Kilawin de Pescao
Fish (Pescao) - ½ kg. (or 1 lb.) of any of your choice of fresh fish meat, diced into bite size pieces;
½ minced white/yellow onion,
½ cup minced green onions,
3-4 cloves crushed and minced garlic,
½ cup shredded young coconut meat (butung) or similar;
2 tbspn. diced ginger;
¼ -½ cup coconut vinegar, preferably aged to over 3 months (or distilled white vinegar),
2 squeezed ripe calamansi or ½ lemon,
¼ cup diced fresh ginger root;
1 lemon grass (tanglat);
2 minced fresh bay leaf;
½ tspn. black pepper;
and 2 cups of fresh latu (seaweed).
For spicy-hot (caliente) alternative: add 2-5 diced red chili peppers, reflecting your caliente tolerance level.
Rice Balls- prepare freshly cooked rice and shape into bite-sized balls (like meat balls). Garnish rice balls with some shredded coconut meat (fresh or toasted). Use toasted coconut meat for a more colorful presentation and different taste effect. Brown coconut meat over a dry frying pan (don’t add oil) to the desired consistency desired.
IDEA: Use an ice cream scooper with a release handle to shape the rice balls. Coat ice cream scooper with water or oil so rice will not stick to it.
Mix fish and rest of ingredients into a deep serving bowl and let marinade for one (1) hour, stirring the ingredients thoroughly every 15 minutes. The acidity of the vinegar will “cook” or pickle the mixture and make it irresistible to your palette.
Serve with: Plate of rice balls and mini tomatoes. SM beer to quench your thirst.
Arroz Valenciana de Lola Say
Sent: Monday, June 16, 2003 12:33 AM
Sati de Zamboanga (Satay)
1.5 kg. Chicken – cut to bite-sized pieces for skewer (or your choice of meat)
½ cup coconut, or olive, oil
½ cup finely minced red cayenne peppers (or whatever you can bear)
4 tbsp. calamansi juice
4 garlic, minced
¼ cup ginger
2 freshly minced oregano leaves
1 cup coconut vinegar (or balsamic vinegar)
bamboo skewer sticks
1 stalk lemon grass, with tip lightly crushed
wooden spoon for scooping rice
banana leaf to press rice into ball, or squares
Mix marinade ingredients in bowl, and allow chicken meat to marinade for ½ -1 hour, making sure to turn meat over a few times.
Skewer 5 pieces of marinated chicken into each bamboo skewer, like a kabob.
Grill chicken using coconut charcoal (if available), constantly brushing marinade mix over chicken using the lemon grass stalk.
Turn over and continue grilling until cooked to desired consistency (preferably well done).
Serve with: Plate of pressed rice balls, or squares, using banana leaf, if possible, and vinegar/cayenne pepper sauce. SM beer to quench your thirst.
From: Posting at the Chizmiz section #334
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