I met an interesting Filipino couple, Jonah and Blessica, in one of our restaurants a few years ago. They told me about the seafood culture in the Philippines. She gave me a prawn recipe called Halabos na Hipon which her Mother used and she now uses. What really fascinated me was the use of Sprite or 7up in the recipe.
Apparently the word Halabos is the name of a technique of cooking all types of shellfish but many variations of the technique are used. Her recipe has a combination of garlic, butter and a variety of spices but the addition of the slightly sweet and lemon/lime tang of the Sprite/7up adds an interesting twist to the taste. I enjoyed this so much I am going to be offering it as a promotion in all our stores.
On researching the Philippines and the importance of seafood in their cuisine I have added this as one of the places to see in my bucket list.
The Philippines is a small group of many islands and as a result it is the country with the fifth longest coastline in the world. It has been blessed with rich seafood resources and biodiversity. As a result fish and seafood are the main source of nutrition and because of this availability many tasty seafood recipes have been developed. Dishes such as Adobong Pusit (Squid Adobo), Ginataang Alimango/Alimasag (Crabs in Coconut Milk), Inihaw na Pusit (Grilled Squid), Kinilaw na Isda (Raw Fish Salad)and of course the Halabos na Hipon which is the special that we will be offering as part of our Around the World with Jimmy series.
The sad thing about the amazing seafood resource they have is that they are in the process of destroying this resource and also impacting heavily on the worldwide oceanic eco system. The Philippines is the third largest source of discarded plastic that ends up in the ocean, behind two other nations, China and Indonesia.
The Philippines generates 2.7 million tonnes of plastic waste annually and 20 per cent – or half a million tonnes – of that leaks into the oceans. See the following link for details of the Philippines fight against plastic pollution
Plastic pollution in the seas is going to destroy the world as we know it. This will impact on our Children and Grandchildren. We owe it to them to do our part to reduce the use of plastic wherever possible.