Pinoy Fridays – Filipino dining in Melbourne, Occasions Restaurant

Filipino Barbie, Occasions Restaurant, William Angliss
March 7, 2014

For this week’s Pinoy Friday post, I wanted to share with you a flashback to early last year where we attended a Melbourne Food and Wine Festival event in the city. Chef Sau del Rosario and Chef JP Anglos showcased a procession of timeless Filipino classics with their own little touch to a full house. It was so nice to see that the event was sold out and that the people of Melbourne were interested and willing to give Pinoy a go.

The below lists out the descriptions of each dish from the menu:

Cocktail – Luzviminda
Our pass around food represents the 3 main isalnds of the Philippines. Mini Tamales from Luzon which Spanish influence is very evident, the Ukoy with aoili is an influence from our Malay ancestors and the Fresh Oysters and use of ginger is the Chinese presence in our country.

Malunggay Pan De Sal & Butter

Filipino Barbie cocktail

Appetizer – Kare-Kare
A Filipino “fiesta” staple of braised oxtail simmered in peanut tasting sauce and annatto seeds, we stuffed this in a ravioli and drizzled with macadamia kare-kare sauce and truffle oil

Kare Kare Filipino Barbie 2014

Soup – Binakol
A traditional chiken soup cooked in coconut water, our soup is sous vide seasbass in coconut broth and served with fresh green papaya and candied ginger

Binakol Filipino Barbie 2014

Salad – Pinoy Salad
Grilled prawns marinated in coconut milk, karrif lime leaves and ginger and served on Asian greens and cilantro served with pineapple salsa

Pinoy Salad

Entree – Lechon
Traditionally a whole pig and roasted for 4 hours, we picked the best part of the lechon, “the pork belly” and we stuffed this with paella valencia, a rice dish we ingerited from our Spanish ancestors and formed a cripsy pork belly roulade served with French beans

Lechon Filipino Barbie 2014

Dessert – Halo-Halo
A Filipino favorite dessert all rolled in a spring roll (stuff with red beans, purple yam, coconut) and cut like sushi and topped with vanilla ice cream and sprinkled with banana chips

Petit Fours – Filipino Petit Four
An espresso cup of Philippine chocolate tablea drink served with “pinipig”, Filipino crunchies, Uraro, Philippine cookies and Chocnut

Petit fours Filipino Barbie

Filipino dining William Angliss Melbourne

Pinoy Fridays – My first time baking braso…nailed it!

Nailed It Braso The Urban Ma

Ok I didn’t really nail it! The photo above on the left is my first attempt ever at cooking the sweet classic Filipino dessert called Braso de Mercedes. The above pic on the right is of course courtesy of Pinterest. Even though I didn’t nail the presentation for it to be Instagram or Masterchef worthy, it tasted every bit delicious! (just a tad bit on the sweet side – gotta adjust that recipe!).

For those of you who aren’t too familiar with Filipino desserts, Braso is well-loved soft meringue with sweet yema custard filling rolled into a log-looking shape kinda like an arm (“braso” is Filipino for “arm”). This Filipino-style Swiss roll has soft, melt-in-your-mouth meringue that reveals custard goodness inside (some versions include chopped cashews). Divine!

I thought I’d make something for all the mums for lunch and dinner (I have a heap of aunties, grandparents etc which keeps our celebrations full of laughter and chit chat! – always so festive!). I baked it as part of our Mothers Day celebrations last month where I cooked this braso dessert, macaroons and kare kare (a Filipino savoury dish, kinda like satay but not really! I’ll post up pics when I make it again.).

Boy did I underestimate the amount of work that went into preparing all this! – or maybe I just need more practice so that I’m more efficient!

All the hard work was worth it though as my aunties, grandparents, parents and in-laws have done so much for us throughout the years – always there and always with a helping hand. Love them all so much.

 Braso example cooking

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Happy Friday!

Friday’s fun facts – Pasalubong & jeepneys

The Urban Ma Pinoy

 You know you’re pinoy when you get excited about receiving pasalubong (gifts and souvenirs from someone coming back from their travels) from Goldilocks. Along with the little parcels of toasted flour, milk, sugar and butter, which we call polvoron, Mr D’s lola and lolo brought home a tricycle and jeepney to add to his car collection.

The jeepyney was packaged in a bright green box and on the back of it was quite a long passage educating the reader on some interesting jeepney facts. The content of which is below 🙂

Filipinos are known worldwide for their ability to create make-shifts and reproduce first-class technology into something that can be attained with limited resources. This has been evident in a distinctly Filipino creation, the Philippine Jeepney. The idea of the vehicle was derived from the GI jeep brought by the American soldiers during World War II. It has the same strong engine as an Army jeep but with a body that has been remodeled and re sized to accommodate commuting passengers that normally ranges from 20 to 30 all in all.

Every jeepney carries a touch of artistry and ingenuity as well-detailed artworks are elaborately displayed on the shining chrome bodies and even inside the vehicle’s interior. No jeep is exactly similar to others in terms of appearance. Payment system while inside the jeepney is on an honesty basis, every driver just hopes that passengers will pay sufficient amount of far required for a certain distance traveled. Today, the jeepney is the most popular means of transportation in the Philippines, with its innumerable population which is mostly concentrated in the metropolis, no wonder why it has been tagged as the country’s “King of the Road”.

Have you ridden on a jeepney in the Philppines? How was your experience?