The savory taste of the Philippines

On Thursday, November 14 the Southeast Regional Library presented the first of two Philippine cooking classes at the Carlyle Memorial Hall.

The first night was attended by 13 participants, who proved that; “too many cooks do not spoil the broth”!

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Kristina Villeta and Rosales Busog were the head cooks and were assisted by Richel Subere and Sarah Villamar. They demonstrated how to make two of the main dishes that you would find served in the Philippines.

Pansit is a dish that consists of a thin noodle, vegetables and a choice of meat cooked in a chicken broth. The ingredients are combined in a large pot and the delicious Philippine staple is ready to eat in under 20 minutes cooking time. It is dished up with a squeeze of lemon. Mmmm!

The second dish is lumpia, which is a spring roll that consists of a choice of meat [chicken, pork, or beef] mushrooms and vegetables. The ingredients, which vary from one cook to another, are rolled up in a pastry wrapper and then deep-fried. The finished product is then served with a sweet chili dipping sauce.

Once everything was dished up all those attending sat down for a delicious meal. Sorry, no leftovers.

Several opinions of the meal were offered up; Lori Wyatt’s take was “fabtabulous” and Michelle Orsted offered “absolutely fantastic”. James Dormuth added that it was a “real great experience and a lot of fun”.

Jen Sydor, the Souteast Regional librarian responsible for organizing the evening, felt “it turned out fabulously, the community is graced by this cultural opportunity”.

Kristina Villeta was extremely pleased hosting the class. She commented, “everyone enjoyed it and hopes some will try cooking it at home.”

The second class will be held Nov. 28 and all available spots are filled. 

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