Alugbati…Malabar Spinach

… or the vine spinach

The cook and I continuously had our little disagreements. While I was craving for locally sourced food, she wanted to fry meat which I have a dislike of. Frying in the Philippines is so common but I wanted to eat the food I missed.

So many times I went to the market myself and asked for utan bisaya…the real comfort food I knew while growing up in the Philippines. It’s loosely translated as a soup with okra, squash, gabi (taro), malonggay (horse radish tree leaves) and alubagti. What comes with it can be dried fish or grilled fish.

Born in the Philippines, raised in Europe and globetrotter.


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