Last weekend we braved the strong winds just so we can get these goodies. I made sure I was bundled up nicely or else my chronic allergic rhinitis flares up. Nowadays, even the cold temperatures is a big irritant to my system. It’s such a pity that I got to this condition. It’s as if it’s telling me that it’s time to leave New York and head out to a warmer climate State or better yet, head back to the Philippines for good.
I didn’t want to disappoint my husband as he was looking forward to this trek, and had programmed his mind that the three day weekend last week (President’s Day) was going to be a spread of strictly Filipino foods in our dining table. I could have conveniently told him flat out that I was not up to going, and that my allergy can flare up given the very cold temp that day, but I didn’t.
Many months ago, I discovered the availability of home cooked Pinoy dishes every Saturday at the Filipino store which is about 22 miles away from our place. It is imperative to be in the store in the morning, because dishes run out early. We’ve been there and bought these foods in the past, and by far, they have the best delicious foods, actually even better than any of the Pinoy restos that we’ve dined in throughout the years here in New York. That makes me familiar with what dish runs out first, thus, I dutifully called the owner of the store a day before to reserve pinakbet and bistek Tagalog (Filipino beefsteak).
Needless to say, my husband walked out of the store a happy man. He got what he wanted with a little guidance from me. Do I even have to state how he loves Pinoy foods so much? The only missing dish which I had to make was steaming hot rice, which was so easy with the help of my trusty rice cooker.
Care to know what $94.14 can buy?
Just take a look.
daing na bangus (marinated, fried milk fish) and turon
pinakbet, bistek Tagalog and bopis
taho, ginataang mais (a Filipino dessert made of sweet corn, coconut milk and glutinous rice)
various baked goodies and suman sa ligia (glutinous rice dumplings) and suman malagkit (rice cake)