We're lucky to be assigned in the US at the same time, but she's already going home to Manila three days from now! So finally, we have lunch... I invited her and her 9-year-old daughter Ianna to our place. Since I've been having American food in the last few days, I decided to whip up some Pinoy favorites...
Pancit Habhab, Sweet & Sour Fish, Lumpiang Shanghai, and Jasmine Rice
Pancit Habhab (a.k.a. "Pancit Lucban") is similar to Pancit Canton, but the noodles are thinner and called Lucban Miki. It is also usually served in banana leaves, eaten using your bare hands, and drizzled with vinegar, instead of calamansi. I learned to do this recently and has become my favorite pancit. The trick? Use boiled pork belly stock and make lechon kawali for toppings. It's actually good with rice. I know right? Carbs on carbs!
Sweet & Sour Fish (a.k.a. Escabeche) is usually made with Lapu-Lapu, but it's not available here. Instead, I bought Ocean Perch, which has a similar look and texture and it worked out just fine - except that the head was so fragile (definitely not pretty after frying hahaha). For the sauce, this is a no-fuss shortcut version, but I think it tastes much better than making it from scratch (thanks to my Mom's ingenuity) - I used bottled Sweet Chili Sauce (Thai or Pinoy like Jufran) and lemon juice, and poured over sautéed bell peppers and onions.
As for my Lumpia, I didn't bother highlighting because it still needs polishing - i.e. the art of wrapping! The filling is good (actually hubby's favorite and the only dish Ianna ate), but presentation needs work. Will attempt again soon.
This is Ianna and Vhie... and me. See you again soon mare.