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May 12, 2004

Tuong Phat Supermarket

Lisa arrived after school, we put the wheelchair into the trunk, and headed for Tuong Phat Supermarket at Finch and Bathurst with our shopping list. We invited the Berlins for dinner and decided to make pancit, pinakbet, and chicken adobo. Shopping list in hand, we stocked up on Philippine soy sauce, vinegars (black and white), hot fried shrimp paste, oyster sauce plus a vegetarian version made with mushrooms, and a soy calamansi sauce.
Reyna explained that the bagoong available here, bagoong Alamang, is Tagolog style. It is made with shrimp and has a little sugar in it. Bagoong Iloko, which is from her region, is made with small but not tiny fish and has sugar in it, which makes dishes made with it more savory. Bagoong Iloko is not available here but people bring it from the Philippines when coming to Canada.


Somehow we managed to forget to get patis and the mild bagoong, but we will rectify that today when we take a walk down to one of the little local Philippine grocers. We also bought a big banana blossom, which we will prepare with oxtail, for kare-kare, sweet potato leaves for a black-eye pea dish, and various vegetables for the pinakbet (Indian bitter melon, Japanese eggplant, okra, tomato), and two kinds of noodles for the pancit (vermicelli or "green bean thread" and pansit kanton, a yellow flour noodle).

Posted by BKG at May 12, 2004 11:07 AM


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