Food shorts: Pulutan platter, heirloom rice, pasta tips


Posted at Sep 13 2019 04:51 PM

MANILA – Check out some of the latest news and promos in the local food scene.

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Al Dente pasta has launched a new linguine variant, allowing its customers to cook with this versatile pasta cut. 

While all pastas taste the same, the size, texture, and sauce can completely change a dish. 

Here’s a simple guide by Al Dente on how to match each pasta variant with the right sauce:

- Linguine is traditionally served with oil or cream-based sauces, as well as light meats like seafood. 

- Spaghetti is a versatile pasta that complements silky sauces like Carbonara, Bolognese, and Alfredo.

- Fettuccine’s thick and long strands make it a good choice for cream and ragùs. If making thicker sauces like Carbonara or Alfredo, its texture can stand up to some serious tossing and stirring.

- Penne Rigate’s cylindrical shape and tiny holes make it a great home for small ingredients like green peas, nuts, and capers, and for trapping meaty sauces.

- Fusilli’s spiral shape is perfectly suited for rich meats, chunky sauces like ricotta or arrabiata, or larger ingredients tossed in such as beans, roasted vegetables, or olives. It also works well with fresh pasta salad dishes.

- Lasagna is a type of broad pasta with sheets that are designed to be baked in the oven between layers of thick sauce and cheese.


Dencio’s is offering special deals this month in celebration of its 28th anniversary. 

Dine with your family and friends until September 30 and enjoy all-time Pinoy favorites with its signature Pulutan Platter (P349), which features a combination of Dencio’s best-selling appetizers – Ukoy, Lumpiang Shanghai, Hot and Spicy Tofulutan, and Krispy Kwek Kwek – and three ice-cold bottles of San Mig Light.

On September 27, grab a chilled bottle of San Mig Light at Dencio’s for just P28 or pair it with Krispy Sisig, which was recognized as the People’s Choice for Best Sisig for two consecutive years at The Choice 2019 awards.


The diversity of local agriculture was celebrated once more with the latest Philippine Harvest at the Central Square, Bonifacio Global City held last August 30 to September 1.

In support of local farmers and the larger agricultural industry, Mama Sita’s indulged guests with a taste of heirloom rice champorado along with other plant-sourced products like labuyo hot sauce and all-natural vinegars. 

Sourced from the northern part of Luzon, the heirloom rice champorado gives a distinct texture to the breakfast and merienda favorite. 

Each kit contains a special variant of heirloom rice and pure cacao tableas that cook for about 40 minutes in a rice cooker, or in a pot over medium to low heat.