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Celeste Heiter's Adventures in Asian Food & Film

Stocking a Philippine Pantry

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This Month's Film: Magnifico
Cuisine: Philippine

Although most of the basic meat, seafood and vegetable elements of Philippine cuisine are quite common, a few specialty ingredients are essential for an authentic rendition in your home kitchen. Among them are tamarind paste or powder, oyster Sauce, chili garlic sauce, black bean sauce, shrimp paste, patis, palm or rice vinegar, coconut milk, macapuno preserves, sesame oil, and soy sauce. Fresh ingredients might include limes, jicama, ginger root, hearts of palm, chayote, jackfruit, chili peppers, and for the Portuguese effect, chorizo.

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