Chopstick Cinema

Celeste Heiter's Adventures in Asian Food & Film

Philippine Serving Dishes

Chopstick Cinema

This Month's Film: Magnifico
Cuisine: Philippine

When I think of the Philippines, I think of bright tropical colors, with lots of bamboo and polished hardwood, a motif that is easy to render on a home dinner table with the right components. My own servng ware inventory has lots of possibilities. I got lucky on a thrift shopping jaunt a couple of months ago and stocked up on an array of plates, bowls and side dishes in bright colors, and a trip to San Francisco's Japantown 'dollar store' last year yielded an abundance of bamboo trays and placemats. So setting a table for the dishes on my 'Magnifico' Philippine menu will be easy this time.

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