It has been a tradition of every Filipino to prepare a celebration in any kind of occasion. They love feasts and make merry till dawn. Non-stop dancing, singing, eating and drinking are the things they usually do.
In every occasion, drinking spree is the most prolonged part. This is where they get to know each other especially if there are some visitors who just arrived. They bring in their finest native wines called Tuba and paired it with their best pulutan.
The following are some Pulutan which are famous in the Philippines:
-it refers to fish and other seafoods saturated with strong vinegar with garlic, tomato, onion and ginger. No need to use fire to cook the kinilaw since the vinegar will just soften the meat of the seafood. You can also add chilli to make it spicy. Some, instead of vinegar, they prefer using calamansi.
2. Mani (Peanut)
- This kind of pulutan is well-known at the northern part of Luzon. There are different ways to cook mani.
· Boil it
· fry with garlic then add salt
· fry with kalamay and sugar
-Savour the crunchy chicharon dipped in spicy vinegar. The combination of the sourness of vinegar and a little saltiness of chicharon make a remarkable taste inside your mouth. It is mostly made from pork skin which is being deep fried.
4. Junk foods
-This kind of pulutan does not need any effort in cooking. It may also call as “chichiriya” in the Philippines and is available in any stores. Some examples are –prawn crackers, green peace, peanut, and other junk foods which is mostly salty.
5. Grilled seafood, pork or chicken
- In Tagalog, we call it as “Inihaw” while “Sinugba” in Waray. This kind of food may also a great choice as pulutan. It is cooked on top of a coal while being fanned. The meat will be turned upside down to grill the other side. It is match up with special sauce to add flavour to your inihaw.
6. Isaw, Bopis, Betamax and Adidas
-These pulutan is cooked in the same way. These are also grilled like the item number 5. The only difference is that the main ingredients are mostly the internal organs of either chicken or pork. Bopis refers to the internal organs of pig while Isaw is made from the intestine of chicken or pork. Betamax on the other hand, is shaped like a tape played in Betamax (the older version of VHS, VCD and DVD). It is made up of blood from chicken or pork. Lastly is the adidas. The word came from the brand name of famous shoes which is Addidas. They used the named to the grilled feet of a chicken.
-This kind of pulutan is famous in Pampanga. There festival is called Sisig and they celebrate it every year. The head of a pig is the main ingredient of this cuisine.
It passes through different steps in making Sisig. First, the pig’s head will be grilled to remove the hair. Second, it will be boiled till tender then chopped into small chunks. It will be cooked on a hot pan seasoned with different ingredients before serving.
8. Tokwa’t Baboy
-Tokwa means Tofu. Tokwa’t Baboy is the combination of Tofu and boiled pork dipped in a homemade sauce.
-The carabao skin can also be a pulutan. After the first boiling, you need to change the water and boil it again. You can do this for three times until it softens. The boiling process will also remove the unpleasant odor of carabao skin. When it is already cooked, it will be chopped into chunks. Dip the Balbacua in soy sauce with calamansi.
-It referst to the internal organ of pork cooked like of “Paksiw”