For house husbands who’s been put in charge of the kitchen since last year’s lockdown, we’re quite sure churning out three ulams a day has been a tall order. Now if you belong to a family used to having not only one dish a meal but a pair of viands, things have just been doubly challenging, for sure.
By now, your adobo with lumpiang gulay pairing has become predictable, and the idea of your tinola with fried tawilis on the lunch table no longer spark excitement with the kids. So here’s help: we asked our favorite Instagram cook, the epicure and Zubuchon proprietor Joel Binamira, to give us ka-partner suggestions to staple Filipino lunch and dinner fare, from the familiar to the fresh-sounding.
“The idea behind pairings is to have contrasts in flavors, textures, ingredients, etcetera,” Joel tells ANCX. “Hence soft with crispy, rich with austere, creamy with dry, salty and sour.” Joel’s suggestions sound simple enough not to intimidate you, and creative enough to bring the excitement back to the dinner table. Print this and post on the refrigerator door.
1. Pork & Chicken Adobo with Munggo with Coconut Cream.
2. Fried Boneless Bangus with Ginataang Kalabasa.
3. Sinigang na Baboy with Fried Marinated Tuyo.
4. Deep-fried Tilapia with Mustasa Salad with Bagoong and Dayap Dressing.
5. Lechon with Kinilaw na Malasugui.
6. Inihaw na Liempo with Roasted Eggplant and Tomato Salad
7. Pork Chop with Laing
8. Fried Tawilis with Laswa
9. Crispy Pata, Acharang Labong and Adobong Kangkong.
10. Inasal na Manok and Langka Salad.
11. Kare-Kare with Green Mango and Bagoong Salad.
12. Lechon Manok and Bihon Guisado.
13. Sinigang na Hipon and Crispy Adobo Flakes.
14. Lechon Paksiw and Ginisang Ampalaya.
15. Bistek Tagalog and Tempurang Okra.