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Tambo (Bamboo Shoot Soup)



Tambo is the Ilonggo term for bamboo shoots while labong is the tagalog term. Sometimes the term tambo refers to the dish itself because tambo is the signature ingredient of this classic Ilonggo sud-an or viand. However, for a more detailed description, the dish is oftentimes called utan nga tambo in order to emphasize that what is wanted is tambo with vegetables rather than referring to other dishes such asAtchara nga Tambo or Tambo with Bagongon-telescope shells.

These fresh bamboo shoots come from the farms and mountains of Iloilo. Right after summer, at the end of May, new bamboo shoots sprout from the main bamboo plant especially when the rainy season starts to unfold. This is what rural folks refer to as“tigtarambo or season for bamboo shoots. Thus, tambo can be bought cheapest during this season. Therefore, you could find it in public markets in Iloilo, for only ten pesos per kilo.

However, whenever tambo is already out of season-starting from the months of August and September-its price from ten pesos per kilo doubles.
Utan nga tambo can be cooked in different ways and with varying ingredients. I discovered through my interviews that the choice on whether what ingredients to be used depends on one’s preferences and social status. For instance, the simplest tambo recipe only has the following ingredients: tambo, coconut milk, okra or tugabang (saluyot leaves) and bagoong. Moreover, the regular tambo recipe includes shrimps and does not include bagoong. Finally, the ultimate tambo recipe would consist of tambo, coconut milk, crabs or  even alimango, okra and tugabang (saluyot leaves) or takway.

Serving is good for 4-6 people.

Here are the ingredients

2 cans of Tambo – labong in tagalog; Young bamboo shoots. It is abundant during rainy days. You can use the canned bamboo shoots if you cannot find fresh. 

1 stalk of Tugabang – saluyot in filipino (and in other asian countries); Its english name is jute mallow or jute leaves

1 lbs Okra 

2 Yellow Corn. We Ilonggos would like to use the glutinous variety of corn.

1 can of Coconut milk – set aside the kakang gata.

1 lbs Fresh Shrimps or Crabs or Dried Fish or Visayan Shrimp Paste (Guinamos)

Procedure:

1) Boil your sliced bamboo shoots until its soft to chew. Discard the water. Squeeze out excess water.
Boil this again in 4-5 cups of water.

2.) Add your okra until soup is slimy

3. ) Add your second batch of coconut milk. At this stage I like to add some cloves of garlic. You can add your grated corn here if it’s fresh.

4.) You can now add your shrimps, or blue crabs or dried fish.

*Our Ilonggo secret ingredient: Add one spoon of Visayan Shrimp Paste to flavor (optional if available)

5) Add your tugabang(Jute Leaves)

6) Add your remaining kakang gata(coconut milk), simmer for another minute and serve.

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Chicken Inasal (Chicken BBQ)

Preparation & marinating: 6 hours to overnight
Estimated cooking time: 40 minutes
Chicken Inasal Ingredients:
2 Chickens (free range if available)
3/4 cup Filipino vinegar
1/4 cup Garlic finely minced
2 stalks Lemon grass optional
Salt
Annatto oil (see notes below)
Wooden skewers
Spiced vinegar
Additional Ingredients Instructions:
2 free-range chickens, approx. 3 pounds each, or if you can find smaller chickens, use 3 of them
3/4 cup Filipino vinegar, palm if you can find it, or cane; or if you must, the equivalent in kalamansi juice (available in the frozen aisle of your Asian market if you don’t have access to fresh)
1/4 cup garlic, minced very finely, or better yet, mashed into a paste with 2 teaspoons sea salt
achuete or annatto oil, made by steeping 1/4 cup annatto seeds in 1/2 cup hot oil for half an hour (If not available, you may mix a small amount of paprika and tumeric to achieve the same color.)
thick wooden skewers, soaked for 1 hour in water prior to cooking
Bottled spiced vinegar for serving, or make your own by mixing Filipino vinegar, lots of crushed garlic, a bit of salt, and a handful of Thai peppers or other tiny red hot peppers
Chicken Inasal Cooking Instructions:
Quarter the chickens, or if using the small ones, halve them. Marinate in the vinegar, garlic and salt, several hours or overnight, turning several times.
Preheat grill to 350 degrees. Make sure your grill is cleaned and oiled well. Cook over indirect heat for 20 minutes, basting with the achuete oil.
Turn and cook for 10-15 minutes more, or until thickest parts of chicken exude clear juices when pierced. Can also be made in a grill pan on the stove if no outside barbecue is available.

Serve immediately with the spiced vinegar. Other welcome additions to the vinegar: some soy sauce or fish sauce if you like, or even some minced ginger.

Preparation & marinating: 6 hours to overnight

Estimated cooking time: 40 minutes

Chicken Inasal Ingredients:

2 Chickens (free range if available)

3/4 cup Filipino vinegar

1/4 cup Garlic finely minced

2 stalks Lemon grass optional

Salt

Annatto oil (see notes below)

Wooden skewers

Spiced vinegar

Additional Ingredients Instructions:

2 free-range chickens, approx. 3 pounds each, or if you can find smaller chickens, use 3 of them

3/4 cup Filipino vinegar, palm if you can find it, or cane; or if you must, the equivalent in kalamansi juice (available in the frozen aisle of your Asian market if you don’t have access to fresh)

1/4 cup garlic, minced very finely, or better yet, mashed into a paste with 2 teaspoons sea salt

achuete or annatto oil, made by steeping 1/4 cup annatto seeds in 1/2 cup hot oil for half an hour (If not available, you may mix a small amount of paprika and tumeric to achieve the same color.)

thick wooden skewers, soaked for 1 hour in water prior to cooking

Bottled spiced vinegar for serving, or make your own by mixing Filipino vinegar, lots of crushed garlic, a bit of salt, and a handful of Thai peppers or other tiny red hot peppers

Chicken Inasal Cooking Instructions:

Quarter the chickens, or if using the small ones, halve them. Marinate in the vinegar, garlic and salt, several hours or overnight, turning several times.

Preheat grill to 350 degrees. Make sure your grill is cleaned and oiled well. Cook over indirect heat for 20 minutes, basting with the achuete oil.

Turn and cook for 10-15 minutes more, or until thickest parts of chicken exude clear juices when pierced. Can also be made in a grill pan on the stove if no outside barbecue is available.

Serve immediately with the spiced vinegar. Other welcome additions to the vinegar: some soy sauce or fish sauce if you like, or even some minced ginger.

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Ilonggo Guinamos (Ilonggo Shrimp Cake)

Materials and Equipment

  • Small shrimps (alamang) Salt Mortar and pestle
  • Polyethylene bags Drying trays Banana leaves
  • Plastic bowls

Procedure

  1. Remove adhering materials from shrimp. Wash thoroughly by placing them in a woven basket and dipping in clean seawater several times.
  2. Partially dry the shrimps for one day to lower the moisture content, by spreading them thinly on clean mats or drying racks.
  3. Add salt to shrimp (2:3) during tracing. Tracing is done by pounding the shrimp-salt mass with mortar and pestle. After mixing, dry the mass for one day.
  4. Form into round shape or cubes
  5. Package product in clean banana leaves or in low-density polyethylene bags.

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