I am used to hearing and eating pinaupong manok, abnoy and other kooky dishes. But bobotong bangus, paksing demonyo/acharang demonyo, nilasing na mangga, and tibuk tibok? Have you tasted any of these? I chanced watching a feature on the tales of these food over a Filipino channel few weeks ago. Then a replay was aired that I thought of sharing and asking you if you have heard any of these stories.
Story telling begins.
A group of women cannot decide on how they were going to cook the milkfish. That was when women had no voting rights yet. Hence, they did cast their votes on which ingredients they will mix for the milkfish. That coined the so-called dish bobotong bangus. It looks like a sinigang na bangus to me.
Another tale originated from a province in Luzon that says that the (lady) cook left the kitchen while the fish is being cooked/boiled with the vegetables. It was so delicious that its aroma attracted a demon that made him ate the fish. When the lady returned, she made such conclusion. She tried correcting the blend of vegetables by adding more bitter gourd. It is now known as paksing demonyo/acharang gulay/acharang demonyo.
In another province during the early colonization, the intruders were said to have came while a group of Filipinos were drinking tuba/lambanog or its equivalent with hilaw na mangga and sugar on the side, not necessarily pulutan. The group had to hide themselves and the food to leave no trail that they put inside the nearby jar all the drinks, hilaw na mangga and sugar. When they checked the jar after some time, they were surprised that the mangoes tasted great. Currently, beer is being used to come up with a nilasing na mangga.
Tibuk tibok looks like a maja blanca to me. But the word itself was coined to describe the appearance of the dessert as it is boils. I think that, generally bubbles during boiling signifies the same, a beating heart. The dessert is called tibuk tibok though because the guy who cooked this was inspired by his intense courtship of a Filipina.
End of mga kwento ni Lola Basyang. 🙂
These kooky names are interesting and will always be part of Filipino culture. After all, Philippines is rich in tales. I even have my own. Jo’s Chilled Mango Cake. The story? Just because I made it and I revamped a recipe of crema de fruta and transformed it into not so ordinary refrigerator cake by involving a little boiling. That’s easy peasy. Heehee.
Do you have other yummy tales to share?
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I’ve never heard or tried any of those but I definitely enjoyed the stories! Reminds me when Garandee invented one veggie dish that we both loved so much. It didn’t have a name so we eventually called it “cabbaged onion”. It sounds horrible, pero it was all about the taste anyway!
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i enjoyed that episode of Jessica Soho. the story behind paksing demonyo was really funny!:D
i can’t think of an original recipe that i cooked up. but i wowed my nasty aunt when i presented an eggplant spread she hadn’t tasted before. i did the marketing one day and bought some really bad eggplants. to hide my blunder and avoid a diatribe, i sliced the eggplants and got rid of the offensive parts. then saute it in garlic and onions then blended it, added some spices and voila! instant eggplant spread! a cousin called it inembentong talong (hahaha).
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i have not tasted or even heard of these Filipino dishes. i thought the tibuk tibok name is funny. although i am a Filipino food fanatic…i seem to be just interested in eating…lol.
I grew up on tibuk tibok. I am not a fan of kakainin, but with tibuk tibok which my mom makes is my fave. And also what the Tagalog speaking part of the country calls palitaw, we call in our province dila-dila (shaped like tongue). That too I like.
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naku wits! i haven’t even heard of those dishes. interesting names though! iba talaga ang pinoy!
Jo, saan mo naman napulot ang mga ito? Have you tasted these foods? I have not heard of these foods yet and I just knew of them from you, but i knew of one na buong manok niluto sa loob ng buko. Interesting no, i’ll ask mom kung anong tawag dun sa food na yon.
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Hahaha! The story behind paksing demonyo is very interesting!
I’ve only heard of nilasing na mangga but have never tasted it.
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How about chicken cooked inside a bamboo tube? Or fowls tortured alive until its skin turned red (due to blood clot) before cooking?
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natawa naman ako sa atsarang demonyo haha! i just know nilasing na hipon. meron palang nilasing na mangga.
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thanks for sharing the kwent…didn’t know na may nilasing na mangga…I tried cooking the nilasing na hipon 😉
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i never knew milkfish could vote! haha!
one of the favorite dried fish we usually buy when we’re in the province is the “palad,” it’s pronounced “pa-LAD” but the dried fish are bunched together in the shape of a palm.
i am a kapampangan but i’ve never heard of paksing demonyo. me and hubby were actually exchanging weird glances when we watched & heard the story on this Jessica Soho episode.
Bobotung bangus is a delicacy somewhere in Bacolor i think. i’ve never tried it coz my former officemate used to bring for his lunch the veggie version.
while tibuk-tibuk (or maja blanca) is a fiesta favorite in pampanga. in our family, tibuk-tibuk is prepared with langka and mais. super yummy…i want one tuloy ngayon. heehee..
my mom told me that in her hometown, paksing demonyo is prevalent but is called atsarang gulay…
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This is the first time I’ve heard of such dishes. The names are very distinctive and quite amusing. 🙂