For the longest time, I was under the impression that a lot of Filipino food is fried. It wasn’t until I started my Filipino Food Fridays weekly cooking segment on YouTube that I started cooking, and that’s when I learned that just because most things start out in a skillet with two tablespoons of vegetable oil, that it’s not necessarily fried.
Well I fried chicken this week, in three cups of vegetable oil. I felt my arteries clogging as soon as the vegetable oil was poured into the pot, but I knew that there was no other way to make fried chicken. Minny in The Help–which resulted in an Academy Award for Octavia Spencer–referred to Crisco’s important role in making fried chicken, and I had to follow suit.
My friend Aydrea came over to help me make this dish. While we waited for the chicken to finish, we snacked on Pilipit. I’ve had quite a few Filipino snacks since I’ve visited the Philippines every five years for as long as I can remember, but I don’t recall Pilipit, which is why I tried them with an open mind. I enjoyed them, and if others ask, I’ll warn them about how hard they are to chew!
I really enjoy making a new Filipino dish each week–so I can learn how to cook, and so I can get closer to my Filipino culture–so please let me know what dish I should make next. Send me a tweet: @gerrardpanahon.
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