Chicago restaurants serve crispy pata, Pinoy-style BBQ ribs
MANILA, Philippines - Wondering where to find Filipino dishes in Chicago?
The Philippine Consulate General has organized a "Chicago Food Trip," which involves visits to several restaurants include Filipino and Filipino-inspired dishes on their menu.
The aim of the event was to create more awareness about Philippine culture, as well as support the efforts of second-generation Filipino chefs in Chicago.
The activity will run throughout October, in celebration of Filipino American History Month. Every week, a team from the consulate will visit one or two restaurants, posting teasers on where they're headed on Facebook (www.facebook.com/chicagopcg).
The first leg of the "Chicago Food Trip" involved visits to Sunda New Asian, whose executive chef is Filipino-American Jess De Guzman and co-owner is Fil-Am Billy Dec; and Smalls Smoke Shack & More, whose chef is Philippine-born Joaquin Soler.
At Sunda New Asian, diners can sample "Loompya", or more familiar Filipinos as lumpia. The dish is described as
"crispy pork and shrimp Shanghai-style egg rolls with boston lettuce, dipping sauces."
Sunda New Asian also offers "Ohhkoy" (okoy), pork Adobo flake fried rice, Pancit Canton, Crispy Pata
At Smalls Smoke Shack & More, diners can try Filipino-style "street bbq style" glazed St. Louis ribs with toasted garlic rice and banana ketchup.