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Filipino Cuisine

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.

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