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Project 365 – Day 272

Filipino Feast

Feast!

Now that’s a feast!  It was my cousin’s birthday party, and no Filipino party is complete without tons and tons of food.  It’s especially great for me because I seldom cook Filipino food for myself.  Almost all the dishes are made to serve lots of people, so unless I feel like eating the same dish for 2 weeks straight, I’m resigned to eating some of my favourite dishes only when I visit family.

Lumpia Shanghai - the best finger food ever

Lumpia Shanghai – the best finger food ever

There is always some kind of fish at a Filipino party.

There is always some kind of fish at a Filipino party.

Bicol Express is a specialty dish from my Dad's region of the Philippines.  My cousin made this version particularly spicy!

Bicol Express is a specialty dish from my Dad’s region of the Philippines. My cousin made this version particularly spicy!

I love prawns, but I rarely eat them at a party because it's so messy to remove the shells.

I love prawns, but I rarely eat them at a party because it’s so messy to remove the shells.

Pancit usually shows up at birthday parties because eating the long noodles is a wish for a long life.

Pancit usually shows up at birthday parties because eating the long noodles is a wish for a long life.

I think this was a chicken and ham roll-up type dish.

I think this was a chicken and ham roll-up type dish.

Another great Filipino noodle dish

Palabok: another great Filipino noodle dish

The pièce de résistance - lechon, a whole roasted pig, is the national dish of the Philippines

The pièce de résistance – lechon, a whole roasted pig, is the national dish of the Philippines

Leche flan is one of my favourite desserts.  It's a heavier version of crème caramel.

Leche flan is one of my favourite desserts. It’s a heavier version of crème caramel.

I absolutely love turon.  It's like lumpia, but it's filled with saba banana and jackfruit, and it's coated in caramelized sugar.  Delicious!

I absolutely love turon. It’s like lumpia, but it’s filled with saba banana and jackfruit, and it’s coated in caramelized sugar. Delicious!

Filipinos love their sweets, and a lot of desserts are some form of sweetened rice cake.

Filipinos love their sweets, and a lot of desserts are some form of sweetened rice cake.

And no birthday is complete without a cake!  Can you guess what my cousin's hobby is?

And no birthday is complete without a cake! Can you guess what my cousin’s hobby is?

Bonus pic: This is part of breakfast the day before.  It's steamed taro, which I had never had before.  You cut a piece and dip it in sugar. Quite tasty.

Bonus pic: This is part of breakfast the day before. It’s steamed taro, which I had never had before. You cut a piece and dip it in sugar. Quite tasty.

September 29, 2013

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