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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

A-Z Challenge: Letter V



Whenever I see the letter V, it reminds me of my childhood cartoon, Voltes V. (It reads Voltes Five.)

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Mazinger Z (1972) was the first cartoon I knew before Voltes V (1977). Daimos came after that (1978). Power Rangers is way after (1993). Yeah, yeah, call me a nerd for Japanese cartoons or TV programs. Just don't connect me with Anime stuff. They're not really as good as the Mazinger Z, Voltes V, and Daimos stuff I knew growing up.

A-Z Challenge: Letter U



For the letter U, there's only one word I normally associate when it comes to Filipino food, and that is Ukoy.

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Ukoy (sometimes spelled as Okoy) is a shrimp fritter mixed with sweet potatoes and bean sprouts. Anything can be added in it, to be honest, as long as it becomes crunchy. It's great when dipped in spicy vinegar.

A-Z Challenge: Letter T



The letter T reminds me of Tuba, Talangka, and Taho.

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Tuba means coconut wine. I've only tasted it once. It's sweet with a kick. It can also be referred to as Lambanog, which I discussed in Letter L. Double referrence, but it all boils down to being drunk. HaHa.

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Recently, I discovered that our local Filipino grocery and wet market sells Talangka. They're known as Asian Shore Crabs. They're tiny crabs and they live along the riverbeds. I normally steam them and they're full of roe. Honestly, I can never eat them all the time. High blood pressure!

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Taho is made of silky soft bean curd mixed with caramelized sugar called arnibal in Tagalog, and sago also known as tapioca pearls. In the Philippines, when the melodious shout of the Taho Vendor knocks your eardrums in the morning, you have to run out with cash and buy. I miss those days.

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The Taho Vendor carries a thin wooden pole over his shoulder and two aluminum containers hang on the opposite ends. He walks around the neighborhood shouting "Tahooooo!" with his own magnetic melody. Taho Vendors are probably great singers. Their baritone voice gets thrown from one street corner to the next two blocks. HaHa.

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The whole cup is definitely addictive. It's like morning crack. LOL.

A-Z Challenge: Letter S



I'm no longer going to apologize for my long breaks. I'll just continue this until it's done. The next A-Z Challenge for 2016 is about to begin this April. I know, I totally suck at blogging. LOL. Please bear with me. So, this is the S part of my 2015 A-Z Challenge. I'm almost done!
There's a lot of S words that remind me of the Philippines: Sili, Salabat, Sapin-Sapin, and Singkamas.


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Sili is probably here in California. I'm probably not having any luck finding them, that is. All chilis here are normally the green kind. I miss Siling Labuyo. That's the real spicy red chili I grew up with.

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Salabat is my home remedy for sore throat or cough. It's boiled ginger. That's it. No other ingredients, unless you want to add honey.

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Sapin-Sapin is one of my favorite Philippine desserts. It's layered rice cakes. It's good with shredded coconut.

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Singkamas is one of my favorite snacks. I love crunchy stuff! In fact, Singkamas or Jicama, is a great low carb replacement for French Fries. I have yet to try it at home, though. All I need is to find jicamas somewhere. HeHe.

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The best part of eating Singkamas is putting Bagoong on it. Bagoong is Filipino shrimp paste. I prefer the spicy flavored version. Yum!