Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Filipino Food: A White Lunch at Tito Paeng's

Filipino food at its finest: what I call a white lunch at Tito Paeng's.

It just so happened that everything served on the all white Paderna studio-cum-gallery during an impromptu lunch get-together were all white Filipino food.

Tita Sony, Tita Dolly and I met at my office earlier this morning and thought of calling another fellow artist, Rafael Paderna. He invited us over for coffee, but since it was nearing lunch time, he invited us to lunch -- Filipino food in mind -- at his newly built studio-cum-gallery. We then called Tito Rodney to join us as well.

He asked Tita Sony to bring a vegetable dish, laswa, but when we went to 18th Pala-pala, the all-green clear broth Ilonggo veggie dish was out, so we opted for a relative Filipino food, another Ilonggo veggie dish: tambo^ or bamboo shoots in coconut milk.

When we arrived at the charming white-washed bungalow, Tita Fe and Tito Paeng graciously welcomed us at the door. We were then greeted with artworks all around, in oil, pen and ink, charcoal, chalk pastel, brass, etc. But the center of attraction that day is Tita Fe's culinary art, Filipino food that just happened to be all white!

For our entree, we were served with kinilaw nga rabanos, and lumpia with fragrant vinegar dip.

Our main dish were all white Filipino food! KBL (kadyos, baboy, langka), ginat-an nga tambo, and of course, rice.

For dessert, we had galletas in white wrapping and buco juice. To liven up the conversation, we then had brewed coffee with creamer, just to make it white.

Now that's what I call a white lunch of all Filipino food.

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