As a week-ender, let me feature one of my favorite native recipes, a very popular dish among Negrenses in the Visayas region of my country, the Philippines. Bamboo shoots are best cooked with shrimps and saluyot (jutes or Corchorus Olitorius).
I can still vividly remember the first time my parents asked me to taste this dish. A preschooler I was then. Imagine the usual drama at the dining table as my mother and father would repeatedly and alternately say in our native Ilonggo dialect, "Tilawi lang bala!" ("Just taste it first!"). It wasn't easy... I mean, on their part, because it was with much resistance before I would succumb to their prodding. And, take note, only after my father would start rolling his belt on his hand, ready to strike anytime his temper is provoked any further!
But wait, again, I remember how I would continue, in disguise, the tearful drama as I consumed the serving, concealing the truthful realization that the creamy taste of the coconut milk and the shrimp flavor make it a delicious dish indeed!
Click here for my recipe of Bamboo Shoots with Coconut Milk, popularly known as Ginataang Labong which is featured in Petichef.
Hope you had a productive week-end!