Welcome to Part 3 of my Global Eats series! This has been a series of posts focused on the food and culture of the Philippines.
Previously in this series I shared:
Check it out if you wish! Post #1 will give you a bit of background if you are not familiar with the food/culture of the Philippines.
Today’s post is all about…..
I talked a little bit about banana sauce (also known as banana ketchup) in post #1. I mentioned 3 foods unique to the Philippines: ube (purple yam), calamansi (citrus fruit) and banana sauce.
I’ve read that one of the things that banana sauce goes really well with is rice.
Ok. No problem.
I made the banana sauce first. (Recipe from Serious Eats) It wasn’t too difficult to make. There were quite a few ingredients and about 20 minutes cook time but nothing too hard.
I did leave out the jalapeno and substituted the rum for water. And after cooking, cooling and blending I got this:
Then I made up some brown Basmati rice. I think steamed rice is more of a thing in Asian countries but I don’t have the proper equipment for that so the rice was cooked my usual way.
And you know, I won’t lie…I was fully expecting to not like this.
The sweet banana flavor, mixed with savory, salty, tomato paste, vinegar and ginger? Plus seasonings like allspice? I was not too sure about this.
But you guys…guess what?
It was incredibly delicious. I had 2 bowls. Seriously.
I’m not sure what it was. It truly did have a ketchupy taste to it. The sweetness I could taste right away, then a combination of flavors, the vinegar and then I could definitely taste a tiny bit of the cloves in the aftertaste.
It is amazing. On its own it was ok. But with rice somehow it was really delicious.
What a cheap and easy way to spruce up a cheap bowl of rice, right? I usually just have butter and salt on mine, or the usual serve it with stir-fry (the Americanized version) or whatnot.
Ever had banana sauce on rice? 100% recommend 😄
Stay warm out there!
p.s.-Next post (and last from this country) will be a special Filipino style dessert 🍮 I’m planning on having it up on Tuesday. Enjoy your weekend!