To commemorate 40 days since the passing of RJ, we’ve decided to celebrate his life with his favorite dishes in the office. As RJ was fond of cooking and eating good food, there is no better way to remember him than with a festive meal.
With that, lunch was served! Here’s the spread of food we had for you to feast your eyes upon:
Good-tasting Lechon Belly
The Pork Belly Lechon Roll above was slow roasted in charcoal heat with super crispy skin (one of its best features) and moist meat. Its flavor and aroma are distinctive for every region.
We also had Chop Suey – a quick and healthy meal that’s also tasty:
Chop Suey, which literally means “assorted pieces”, is a stir-fried Chinese dish that traditionally includes bite-sized meats such as pork, chicken or shrimp, and assorted vegetables such as celery, broccoli, carrots or cabbage flash cooked in starch-thickened sauce.
It makes for a hearty dish that’s packed with vitamins and minerals. Besides being delicious, it can also be enjoyed on its own or served with steamed rice.
We also had the Philippines’ traditional sweet and sour fish dish – one that uses whole fried fish and is similar to the escabeche lapu-lapu!
Sweet and Sour Fish
The famous HUMBA.
Like most Filipino stews, the Humba is usually served as a main entrée, combined with piping hot steamed rice as it complements the sweet and savory meat. The Humba is Visayan braised pork dish similar to the classic adobo.
In this sweeter and fattier regional version, pork belly is slow-cooked in a mixture of soy sauce, vinegar or pineapple juice, as well as aromatic spices such as garlic, onions, peppercorns, and bay leaves. Palm sugar, pineapple, fermented black beans, and dried banana blossoms are also added for that extra flavor and texture.
At the end of the day, we are grateful to be able to remember RJ and honor his life. RJ, you may be gone, but are never forgotten.