CITY OF MALOLOS – Capturing the hearts of foodies this Christmas season, Balai Serafin Restaurant’s version of ‘Adobong Pasko sa Gata’ has tasted the best and bagged the first prize in this year’s Delectable Flavors of Bulacan Kalutong Bulacan Food Festival held yesterday at Antonio Bautista Capitol Compound in this city.
The cooks behind the said mouthwatering dish were Doreen Santos of Balai Restaurant and John Arvin Ballarta and Ron Jason Domingo from the College of Our Lady of Mercy of Pulilan Foundation who garnered a score of 85.5 points and took home P30,000 and a trophy.
Short of just .5 points, Ganchan Authentic Japanese Cuisine’s ‘MakiDobo’ composed of Rosie Macatobal from Ganchan and two students from Bulacan State University namely Jerome Roque and Ronald Michael Reyes landed on second place and received P20,000 and a trophy.
On the third spot was KaEnan Restaurant and Catering Services and it’s dish called ‘Pinoy Adobong Dalag with Kangkong’ with 83.33 points that was cooked by Renato Gerona from KaEnan and students from La Concepcion College including Kennie Kim Ferrer and Genevive Lopez who took home P15,000 and a trophy.
The judges who evaluated and picked the best Adobo dishes were Kapampangan chef and food historian Lillian L. Borromeo, Ma. Paz Trinidad E. Yabut, from Mama Sita’s Foundation and Chef Sander M. Rano.
Paz Yabut represented Mama Sita’s Foundation President Clara Reyes-Yabut as the guest speaker and said that Malolos, Bulacan is home to Mama Sita. She added that the foundation will continue her advocacy to uplift the lives of farmers by helping them to produce the best ingredients to be used in cooking authentic and best tasting Filipino dishes.
“Ang aming adbokasiya ay magturo, magtanim, buhayin ang agrikultura, mamigay ng mga tamang klaseng buto kasi hindi naman lahat ng seeds ay pwede na, tulad ng atsuete namin, hindi lahat ng klaseng atsuete ay pwedeng kuhanan ng colors,” Yabut said.
She also encouraged the Bulakenyos to plant and said that they will be the one to buy their fresh produce.
Meanwhile, Governor Daniel R. Fernando said that in line with the upcoming construction of the international airport in Bulakan, Bulacan, he is envisioning a night market with a whole stretch of eatery and local products to choose from. It is an economic development where all Bulakenyos is welcome to be a part of.
Prior the awarding ceremony, a cooking demo was held wherein Sheila Garcia, owner of Pepper’s Grill in Santa Maria, along with her assistant chef Michael Savedra demonstrated how to cook ‘Kilawing Papaya Pansit’ while Bistro Maloleño owner Ferdinand Talbenito, Jr. from the City of Malolos showed how to cook one of the so called favorite dishes of the heroes, ‘Potchero ni Plaridel’.