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Saturday, April 01, 2006

Filipino Food

In honor of Christine's first tour as a diplomat in Manila, Aaron and I went over to Christine and Terry's house for some drinks and Filipino food purchased at the Manila Oriental Mart on Leesburg Pike. Sarap!

Siopao and Lumpiang Shanghai

For our first course, kumain kami nang siopao at lumpiang shanghai. Lumpiang shanghai are Filipino eggrolls and siopao are steamed buns with beef or pork cooked with oyster sauce. They disappeared in minutes along with our vodka gimlets. Next came the main course.

Pork Mechado, Adobong Pusit, and Beef Kaldereta

Terry lit some candles and dimmed the lights after she set the table. From the left, we have pork mechado, adobong pusit (squid), beef kaldereta, and tons of rice. I was in heaven - Filipino food and real flatware and dishes! I miss my china and crystal; sadly, everything we own is currently packed away in the State Department's storage facility. We will be reunited again this summer after we get to Bern.

Another View of the Table

I miss Filipino food. Unfortunately, I did not inherit my mother's amazing culinary skills, so I suppose it's my own fault that I can't eat it often enough.


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